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The conservation area is sacrificed for the sake of Trumps wall

At the city Mission in southern Texas, right next to the gränsfloden the Rio Grande, is located fjärilsreservatet the National butterfly center. A button square kilometers are allowed over 200 more or less threatened butterfly species, including the migratory monarch butterfly, and a local species called the quino checkerspot.

monarch butterfly in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Photo: Jose F. Moreno/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP

Soon to bulldozers to plow straight through the area to provide space for a piece of Trump's wall against Mexico.

has dismissed a lawsuit from several environmental groups and come to the conclusion that the government has the right to bypass the no less than 28 laws to be able to build the great wall. Laws concerning, inter alia, safe drinking water, good air quality and protection of endangered species.

Hundreds of thousands of butterflies will be in danger when 70% of the reserve lands on the other side of the wall, says the director of the Marianna Wright. With the legal go-ahead now given to murbygget begin in February, according to the authorities

the Democratic congressman Beto O'Rourke during a visit to the National butterfly center in January. Photo: Eric Gay/AP

natural areas along the entire border from Tijuana in the west to the Rio Grande river, the outflow in the east, not the least of wetlands.

Gränsfloden the Rio Grande is greatly meandrande in its lower part, and the elbows move from time to time in pace with the water's erosive action. It is out of the question to build a wall exactly along the border, so the need to cut large pieces of riverfront land in the united states.

It means that the wall will close the natural rörelseytor for many animals, such as cats ozelot and the jaguarundi, and partly to obstruct the natural water drainage when the Rio Grande overflows, which it does periodically.

the barrier already exists along the border, mainly in the topographical less complex's western end, has been a disaster for the fragile ecosystem, according to naturskyddsexperter.

A study from 2011 found that, among other things, 134 different species of mammals and 178 reptiles live within a few miles from the border. Of these, 50 species are endangered and survive only to naturskyddare on both sides of the border are working hard to preserve them. A wall would make this work difficult or impossible, according to the study.

is private, which means a fairly efficient legal and economic brake on the government's murplaner. But a lot of land is the state, and when it comes to it, there are just two pads:

the first is The laws on the protection of the environment and health, the justice system now gives the state the right to round.

The other is money. Donald Trump has annoyed observed that congress has not yet given the go-ahead to more than 1.6 billion dollars for murbygget, a far cry from the 5 billion he äskat (despite the fact that he in the election campaign promised that Mexico would pay for the wall).

Even if there are already barriers along a third of the border seems so far the idea of a complete, continuous wall along the entire route is remote.

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