After years of building border walls, Arizona activist says it’s time to restore damaged land
CORONADO NATIONAL MONUMENT, Arizona (Report to the border) – After a year and a half of watching the border wall erect almost daily in Arizona, Laiken Jordahl says he finally had reason to smile this week.
Jordahl works for the Center for Biological Diversity.
He said he definitely sees a break in construction as crews put away equipment and withdraw following President Joe Biden’s executive order to stop construction of the border wall along the southern border.
“It feels like change is coming,” Jordahl said. “I can’t help but feel like we failed to protect some of these places, like Organ Pipe and San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge, we fought like hell did everything we could, sue, staged protests, put pressure on Congress, but Trump’s administration was so committed that we couldn’t save everything.
Jordahl says he saw mountains stand exploded and dug as miles and miles of new fences climbed.
“It is a deep evil irony that Trump always said he was about law and order, yet he has renounced over 80 legal policies and laws that protect people and wildlife,” he said. he declared.
Jordahl is optimistic Biden will stop construction of the border wall for good, with the current moratorium expiring in two months.
The Trump administration has always maintained that the wall was necessary for national security to prevent illegal drugs and undocumented migrants from entering the country.
Border patrol officers often say the wall made their jobs easier. Something Jordahl disagrees with.
“The walls were never the solution, the wall was aimed at Trump to win the election,” said Jordahl, who says attention must now turn to restoring sensitive land damaged by construction.
“It could take hundreds of years to undo what happened, but we have to start right away,” he said.
In Part 2 of our special series, Border Report will take a look at the future of the wall sections that have already been erected and what it may take to restore the land below and around it.