We’ve beaten the immigration-and-wall topic to a pulp, so I’m curious to look at the proposed border wall from a different perspective: The environment.
For Catholics, at least, being responsible stewards of the earth is not optional. Here are some links to Church teaching on the matter. Feel free to reference them in your response:
As it stands, the border wall threatens to exacerbate flooding on the Mexican side, kill land species needing to migrate, kill species on the U.S. side that depend on the water for hydration, endanger species that cut through the region to find mates, cut off a key water supply for bordering ranches, bisect federal wildlife refuges, (including Big Bend National Park, Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, and the National Butterfly Center), disable the broad transplantation of plants vital to the ecosystem, (certain land animals poop out the seeds!), engender massive erosion of already fragile soil, and prevent the ability of animals to escape from floods and fires. Many of these dangers are delineated here: https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/68/10/740/5057517
Finally, it may be hard to grasp if you’ve never been to this region, but in many areas construction of the wall is simply impossible, at least without ceding thousands of acres over to Mexico, (a wee bit ironic, no?) A lot of portions of the land are extremely ragged canyon lands.
Do you believe the proposed wall is in line with Catholic teaching on care for the earth? Why or why not? Are there more ecologically responsible ways to enact commonsense immigration control?