By Nicki Fleischner
September 16, 2016
There are plenty of environmental factors impeding the U.S. border wall with Mexico construction often pitched by Donald Trump. Rivers, mountains, and sand dunes stand as physical obstacles to his “impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful” southern border wall. Not only that, but private property, a Native American reservation, and several national parks lie in the wall’s path. More than 650 miles of barriers currently exist along the nearly 2,000-mile border, and have already contributed to flooding, erosion, desertification, and groundwater depletion. Trump’s proposed construction has the potential to exacerbate the problem and degrade over 500 acres of land, a vast majority of which provides wildlife habitats.