Laiken Jordahl of the Center for Biological Diversity writes in The New York Times that the damage impeached president Donald Trump’s border wall has inflicted on the surrounding lands is “incalculable.” The borderlands are home to precious wildlife, ecosystems, and monuments that are supposed to be protected by law. But the federal government gave itself the ability to waive away those protections, and the Trump administration has done this to devastating effect.
”Saguaro cactuses, some nearly a century old, in shards on the desert floor,” Jordahl writes. “Jaguars, lost, because a metal wall has blocked their migratory path. Endangered species homeless because their critical habitats have been destroyed. Living and working along the U.S.-Mexico border means watching the surreal, slow-motion leveling of the wild and fragile ecosystems I’ve spent my career fighting to protect.”
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