10 May '11, 8pm

In Texas, Obama faces test on border-wall promise

President Obama speaks today about immigration in El Paso, Texas, along the U.S. border with Mexico. Although the subject is immigration, the backdrop will be purely environmental: the 640 mile long border wall with Mexico. The wall has done nothing to reduce illegal immigration, but it has had enormous negative effects on the extraordinary wildlife of the border region. It's cut off America's dwindled population of Sonoran pronghorn antelope (U.S. population 100) from the slightly larger Mexican population, imperiling this already precarious species. It's keeping jaguars and ocelots from their native habitats in the United States. It's ruining habitat in the Rio Grande valley, one of the world's most celebrated birding destinations and a global ecotourist attraction. During the campaign, President Obama pledged to "reverse" the border-wall policy and shift to an approach ...

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