Ocelot, Ocelot, Where have You Gone?
|Tell the Senate: Keep Environmental Protections Along our National Borders
Wildlife could suffer if these unnecessary border security measures are enacted.
The wildlife that inhabit and migrate across our nation’s southern border continue to face constant threats.
Soon, the U.S. Senate will begin consideration of the comprehensive immigration reform bill. This bill includes provisions that would expand authority for the Department of Homeland Security to ignore environmental protections when building various types of security infrastructure through sensitive wildlife habitat.
Provisions in this bill also call for the construction of additional border walls that will damage and sever crucial and sensitive wildlife habitat.
Border security forces already have extensive authority to ignore conservation laws in their operations. These new provisions would add nothing to border security, but will almost certainly harm the ecology of the region.
If these provisions are approved:
- Wildlife migration corridors will be blocked;
- Erosion and fragmentation will render wild habitat unsuitable for a host of animals;
- Water and air pollution may get worse, affecting wildlife and people.
These measures could impact important wildlife habitats and public lands along the border, including Coronado National Forest and San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona, and Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Texas.
Species like the jaguar, ocelot, jaguarondi and other cross-border wildlife could find their paths blocked and their homes cut into fragments by newly-constructed walls, fences and roads that cut them off from others of their kind.
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