Damage From Border Wall: Blown-Up Mountains, Toppled Cactus

Crews have been dynamiting remote and rugged mountainsides in the southeast corner of Arizona, reshaping the landscape in an effort to build more border wall before President Trump’s term ends in January. Construction of the border wall, mostly in government owned wildlife refuges and Indigenous territory, has led to environmental damage and the scarring of unique desert and mountain landscapes that conservationists fear could be irreversible.

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Border Wall

The La Posta Band of Diegueño Mission Indians was properly denied a preliminary injunction in its case challenging border wall construction in San Diego and Imperial County, California, the Ninth Circuit ruled. The tribe claims ancestral burial grounds will be harmed by the construction but the government says such grounds have not been documented in the area.

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California Tribes Fight Border Wall Disruption of Religious Sites

The Kumeyaay Nation, 13 federally recognized Indian tribes living in Southern California, urged a federal judge on Friday to force the Trump administration to survey the grounds around an under-construction border wall to prevent the disruption of religious sites, including burial grounds.

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California Tribe Loses Bid to Halt Border Wall Construction

Appearing unclear during a court hearing Thursday about tribal rights to access cultural resources on private land, a federal judge found the federal government should not be forced to stop construction on the border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border in California despite claims human remains were bulldozed over.

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Condemnation Lawsuits Stand Between Trump and His ‘Big Beautiful Wall’

With President Donald Trump eager to fulfill his campaign promise to build 450 miles of border wall by the end of 2020, his administration has filed 63 eminent domain lawsuits against South Texas landowners this year. One problem: Such cases can take years to resolve.

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