The Department of Homeland Security repeatedly ignored warnings by federal scientists and wildlife experts about the threat President Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall poses to rare and endangered species across the Southwest. That’s according to documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity and other environmental groups. Wildlife experts at the San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona have fought for months to save scarce water springs crucial to the protection of multiple endangered fish and other species. DHS continues to pump millions of gallons of groundwater for wall construction in the dry desert.
In related news, the La Posta Band of Diegueno Mission Indians have sued the Trump administration, seeking to block the construction of the border wall near San Diego, California, as tribal members say it’s desecrating sacred burial sites.