Earlier this year Trump signed an emergency declaration to build a border wall after Congress refused funding, which will now come from the Defense Department. As per usual, anything that Trump does is a crime. This time the noble liberal excuse for outrage is interrupting a cactus park. The Associated Press wrote, “The U.S. government plans on replacing barriers through 100 miles of the southern border in California and Arizona, including through a national monument and a wildlife refuge, according to documents and environmental advocates.”
Initially, one may think it’s prudent not to interrupt a treasure such as a national monument. However, let’s take a look at this particular monument. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is “row after row of cactuses” that reach “516 square miles of land” and is apparently somewhat of a “wilderness home to 275 wildlife species.” Sounds nice. The AP quoted the distressed Laiken Jordahl, who works at the Center for Biological Diversity, “the Trump administration just ignored bedrock environmental and public health laws to plow a disastrous border wall through protected, spectacular wildlands.” Well, these “spectacular wildlands” apparently endured such high amounts of drug smuggling and illegal immigrant crossing that “half the park was closed to the public.”
This is not the first of the border battles with environmentalists. “After months of public outcry, Congress forbade U.S. Customs and Border Protection from building in the nearby Santa Ana wildlife refuge or the nonprofit National Butterfly Center.’ However, while enjoying the win for the butterflies, the center’s director Marianna Trevino Wright is concerned that it didn’t stop from building the wall in other refuge lands. “They’re going to have to protect us in every single spending bill going forward, and they have to protect us against the state of emergency…” I think when Wright says “us” she means the butterflies, not the American people.