News Who Doesn’t Love a Wall?
posted by May 22 at 13:27 PMon
Posted by Sage Van Wing
Ocelots, jaguarundi, and bobcats, apparently. This morning’s AP article discusses the harm that the new border fence will do to the land animals in the Rio Grande Valley region. Once the fence is up, the animals won’t be able to get to their only source of fresh water. Nor will they be able to cross the Rio Grande river to find mates on the other side. Not only will this cause incalculable damage to the animals, it will also hurt tourism in the area which is drawn by the diversity of animal species.
The fence, argue the region’s environmentalists, is at odds with the last 30 years of government policy putting together the wildlife refuges along the border. One could say the same of immigration policy.
What was NAFTA but an invitation to open borders? An easy way to access the market in Mexico— flooding it with (for example) cheap corn, driving Mexican farmers out of work, forcing them to come north looking for agricultural work, which is then gladly provided. In fact, we wouldn’t be producing much food at all without the labor that comes illegally across that border.
So what is a fence doing where we’ve been inviting people in with a wink and a nod since NAFTA went into effect?
I guess you can’t just put up an ocelot ladder, eh?