Sky Island Alliance, New Yorker document damage caused by border wall

By Ron Dungan
Published: Wednesday, May 4, 2022 - 4:34pm

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The Sky Island Alliance placed dozens of game cameras in southern Arizona after the Biden administration took office.

Their findings paint a different picture of the border than you might expect.

The alliance has found that animals make up the bulk of traffic along the border. Most of the human traffic is Border Patrol, construction workers or ranchers.

Although some construction has stopped when the Biden administration stopped using Defense Department funds to finance the project, a number of projects funded by Congress continue, along with suspension of environmental laws to expedite the process.

The nonprofit also teamed up with The New Yorker, which recorded alarming drone footage of mountaintops being blown up on public lands.

Emily Burns, a spokeswoman for the alliance, says that the wall is stopping wildlife. but not people.

“There was a tremendous amount of environmental damage that was done from border construction, on federal lands, that was really outside of the public view,” she said. "It was happening in places that weren't easy to access. It was happening without notice, and they had closed the construction areas for safety reasons."

The documentary "American Scar" can be found on the magazine’s website

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Multiple strands of concertina wire installed by the U.S. military in 2018 remain today.