Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Rio Grande Border Wall

Many birders make it a point to travel to the Rio Grande Valley at some point in their life to experience the many specialties of that area. I traveled there in 2005 and I can't wait to go back. As many of you know, there are plans to put up a wall along the US/Mexico border along the Rio Grande River. There are many impacts to the local wildlife such as reduced access to drinking water and habitat loss. There are several web sites dedicated to opposing this wall such as Border Ambassadors and No Texas Border Wall. These sites have lots of information about the wall, petitions to sign, discussion groups, and news. I don't want to start a discussion about the wall itself since there are good points to both sides of this. As a reader, you can make your own decisions by using these web sites and the many others out there.

2 comments:

John said...

The wall sounds to me like a bad idea all around. Any benefit in terms of immigration enforcement is likely to be modest compared to the cost of building it. Add that to the wildlife impacts, and it looks like a loser. At the very least, this should be kept out of the refuges that the federal, state, and local governments spent millions of dollars restoring.

dguzman said...

It's a bad idea, just like all the other walls they've tried to build on the border. They never work; people just climb over, dig under, go around, etc. John is correct--what a big money-waste this would be. Let's hope the local activists prevent it and preserve the area just like it is.