Where Immigration Meets Environmental Concerns
This week the White House announced that it would override 30 environmental laws to institute the wall that President Donald Trump wants to be initiated. It’s been a firestorm with environmental activist groups and climate change activists suing the administration over this issue. This week it was noted that the Majority Leader in the United States House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, would plan to put forward spending nearly 23 billion dollars on funding the wall on the United States-Mexico border. These environmental laws are mainly being waived in the state of Texas. The Rio Grande area has seen a flow of immigration over the last two years that the Administration wants to stop. That means forgetting about our precious land and environmental treasures we have in our nation.
However, the environmental activist groups and climate change activists expected this to happen and plan to take these issues to federal court, where they think they would have a better chance versus the state court system. Marianna Trevino is the executive director of the National Butterfly Center, and she is in the process of suing the incumbent president. That being said, many believe these groups won’t have a chance because the Department of Homeland Security has planned construction in the Rio Grande area for a while now. In this area where borders would be constructed, it would hurt wildlife refugees, affect hundreds of migrating birds and animals, and many endangered species in the process.
Of the laws that were waived were the Endangered Species Act, which was passed by President Barack Obama, The Federal Water Pollution Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Migrating Bird Conservation Act, and most importantly the American Indian Religious Freedom Act. All of the animals and people associated with these pieces of federal legislation will be affected in some way by the construction of the wall. It’s also noteworthy to point out that many scientists say it would harshly affect biodiversity and fail to aid the current process of slowing down our raging climate. Some state news sources in the Rio Grande Area have said on several occasions that the Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park would have to close. It would leave one of the top bird-watching areas in the United States gone forever.
So, where’s the hope? This tends to be an issue that I have been wanting to get involved in because it’s really important that intrusion of human life doesn’t wipe away the population of animals who also live in not just Texas, but the United States as a whole. A solution to this issue would be that national organizations that are involved in environmental protection, climate change, and conservation could rally together and sue the government in various capacities. But they would likely face an uphill battle.
Both chambers of Congress are Republican-held, the Executive branch is entirely Republican, and the Supreme Court has Republican leaders as well. So the hope would be that the Democrats could win back at least the United States House of Representatives, maybe the United States Senate, and with their majority, try to block the wall being produced by voting against any laws or funding that this Administration would put forward with the wall. I think to sum this issue up in terms of preventing it is that the people of this nation who care about this issue, who care about the predicament of the human race and animals in this nation, and care about protecting our nations environment, refuges, conservation centers, state and national parks, are going to have to rally together, vote in November, and try to take back the White House in 2020. This Administration is proud of the fact that they don’t live by the rule of law and don’t think they have to respect any laws, which isn’t what our nation was founded on.