Report: First part of Trump's border wall would cut through Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge
The federal government plans to build the first part of President Donald J. Trump's border wall through the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge, according to a report published by the Texas Observer magazine.
Observer reporter Melissa del Bosque wrote Friday that U.S. Customs and Border Protection and private contractors had been working on the plan for at least six months.
The 18-foot combination levee-fence would cut through the wildlife refuge, according to the Observer report. del Bosque wrote that she witnessed workers taking soil samples Friday afternoon.
Established in 1943, the more than 2,000-acre refuge is considered the "jewel of the National Wildlife Refuge System," according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Many birds and other animals that live on the refuge aren't found anywhere else in the United States.
Customs and Border Protection spokesman Carlos Diaz told the Observer:
“CBP has prioritized 28 miles of new levee wall system in Rio Grande Valley, 32 new miles of border wall system in the Rio Grande Valley, and 14 miles of replacement secondary barrier in San Diego.”
Read the full story at TexasObserver.org.