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May 24, 2017

Border wall threat to Tribal land?

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Arizona Republic -- May 24, 2017
Tribal leaders, conservationists try to stop border wall
    Phoenix -- The latest attempt to stymie President Trump's planned border wall has united Tohono O'odham tribal members and conservation groups in an international plea to protect jaguar, pronghorn and other endangered species along the Arizona-Mexico border.
    The Center for Biological Diversity, Greenpeace Mexico and the Tohono O'odham tribe in Sonora, Mexico, filed a joint petition Tuesday with the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. The petition asks that the El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage Site in Mexico, be granted “in danger” status.
    The group said Trump's proposed 30-foot wall would prevent endangered wildlife migration across the border, threatening the species' genetic reproduction and survival. A wall, the group said, would splinter habitats and restrict animals' ability to search for food and water in the desert during droughts.

Glenn Spencer -- May 24, 2017
Much ado about nothing
   There is a very simple solution for the Arizona Indian Tribes facing a 30-foot-high wall on the border --- install technology that would see if a wall is needed at all.
    A system combining SEIDARM and IDENTICOPTER could be installed by the end of summer at a cost a small fraction of a wall within the sixty-foot federal reserve - not touching tribal land. It would be buried and solar powered.
    Once there, the system would not only detect every attempt to cross the border, we could see live video of the perpetrators. There would be no argument about how serious the problem really is.
    We would probably learn that, due to the harsh desert conditions, there are few places where people might try to cross --- and few do --- making the problem of finding a permanent solution much easier.
    This approach would end this silly argument which is much ado about nothing.