Don’t Let Trump’s Wall Go Up on the National Butterfly Center

While Americans are divided on Trumpís plan for a border wall to keep out immigrants, perhaps we all can agree that we donít want a wall that blocks out butterflies?

Evidently, the government is looking to put the wall right where the National Butterfly Center sits in Mission, Texas. Marianna Trevino Wright, the woman who runs the non-profit butterfly reserve, caught workers with heavy machinery tearing down trees and plants that had been grown as a habitat for the butterflies. The workers said they were hired by Homeland Security and it was necessary to clear the area in preparation for the border wall.

Petition: Tell Homeland Security not to build a wall through the National Butterfly Reserve

There were a couple immediate problems with this scenario: the government had not given any advanced warning of this brush clearing and the workers were unable to produce any documentation to demonstrate that they had the right to be there.

Wright followed up with Border Control, who initially didnít believe the report until furnished with proof, at which point they referred to the incident as a mistake. At a later date, however, Border Patrol clarified that it was not an error after all and that they would be back for more ďcomprehensive tactical infrastructure maintenance and repairĒ on the land. They further told Wright that Border Patrol had the authority to enter any property within 25 miles of an international border.

To be clear, the National Butterfly Center is not on the Mexican border. However, because the wall is to arbitrarily to be placed several miles inland, it would run through property owned by private American citizens. If constructed, the wall would leave about two-thirds of the butterfly reserve on the wrong side of the wall.

Sadly, the National Butterfly Center isnít the only nature sanctuary under threat by the wall. The Trump admin has intentions to seize the nearby Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge for wall construction, too.

We already know that environmental factors are not a concern for the Trump administration, particularly as it pertains to the border wall. For a segment of the proposed wall near San Diego, the White House has waived all applicable environmental regulations that might impede construction.

The wall wouldnít just be devastating to this particular butterfly center, but to butterflies on the whole. Though politicians are focused on human migrants with this issue, plenty of creatures would have their migration pattern impeded by a giant, continuous wall. Thatís especially true of monarch butterflies.

Even some conservatives find the current approach to the border wall to be an attack on liberties, pointing out that if the National Butterfly Center can have its private property rights infringed on so carelessly, it could happen to anyone.

The National Butterfly Center was created by the non-profit North American Butterfly Association in order to study and promote conservation of wild butterflies. It shouldnít have to forfeit this land in order to build a wall that the president admitted he only cares about because he promised it to his xenophobic base.

Let’s not sit back and watch this unnecessary travesty occur. If Homeland Security insists on building this pointless wall, it ought to find a better location for it than through a butterfly sanctuary. Sign this petition if you agree.

70 comments

Mark Donner
Mark Donnerabout a month ago

TRUMP IS A PSYCHO.

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David C
David Cabout a month ago

petition signed

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David C
David Cabout a month ago

thanks, save butterflies!

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Margie FOURIE
Margie FOURIEabout a month ago

Okay

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Mike Habout a month ago

Signed

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Virginia Abreu de Paula
Virginia Abreu de Paulaabout a month ago

This is crazy. I just hope good sense will prevail.

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One Heart i
One Heart incabout a month ago

Thanks!!!

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Carl R
Carl Rabout a month ago

Thanks!!!

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Tanya W
Tanya Wabout a month ago

Thank you for sharing. Petition signed 🌷

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Tanya W
Tanya Wabout a month ago

Butterflies all the way 💐🌸💮🌻🌹🌼

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