Take Two for August 2, 2013

Security trumps environment in border fence building

Fronteras Desk

Jill Replogle

Mike McCoy, a long-time member of the advisory committee for the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, worried that sedimentation from border fence construction would silt up the Tijuana River estuary. The estuarine reserve is one of 28 in the country set aside for conservation and research.

Congress is considering building hundreds of miles of new fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border as part of immigration reform.

Jill Replogle from the Fronteras Desk reminds us of the last big fence-building push, and the fight that centered on the fence's potential effects on San Diego's fragile border ecosystems.

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