BROWNSVILLE, Texas — The promise of a “big, beautiful wall” along America’s southern border was a cornerstone of President Donald Trump’s campaign. From the moment he announced it during his candidacy kickoff address in June 2015, the proposal was hit with charges of racism and questions of effectiveness.
But during almost two years of heated debate over the wall, there has been an often overlooked issue — the potentially “catastrophic” environmental toll the wall could have on the hundreds of species that span the frontier, activists say.
“This would cause incalculable damage to the integrity of wildlife populations on either side of the border, as well as the massive societal disruption it would cause,” Defenders of Wildlife’s Senior Vice President of Conservation Programs Bob Dreher told NBC News.
Like so many other policies….