Op-ed: The Border Wall That Breaks Our Hearts
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, on the U.S.-Mexico border, is a gorgeous landscape of red mountains and green, towering cacti that's home to a rich array of endangered species, including — in a single, remote spring — a tiny fish found nowhere else in the world and a mud turtle that's almost as rare. The area is a UNESCO biosphere reserve and 96% federal wilderness, the highest level of protection Congress can bestow.
Now Laiken Jordahl, a Center staffer working to save fragile borderlands, writes about the experience of watching the pristine desert get bulldozed for the wall. It's fragmenting habitat, hurting and killing cacti and wildlife, and sucking out precious groundwater. Casting aside environmental laws, the Trump administration is destroying a place that may never recover.
Read Laiken's piece now.