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Texas Farmer: Border Wall Would Damage Rare Wetlands

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 10:43 AM

An alfalfa-growing Texas farmer says the U.S.-Mexico border wall planned by the Trump administration will damage rare wetlands, hurt the Rio Grande River and disrupt animal migration patterns.

"In some places, we may need a fence, but in most places, including here, it's not necessary. Governments, whether local or federal or whatever, can be heavy-handed. All we're saying is, be gentle." Terry Bishop told The Star-Telegram.

Bishop says his 10.5 acres of wetlands in the border town of Presidio would likely be devastated by a 10-foot wall erected through the property.

But others say the environmental concerns are dwarfed by the need to stop and end drug smugglers from crossing illegally.

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump said his planned wall — one of his big presidential campaign platforms — will curtail drug gangs that have "literally taken over towns and cities of the United States."

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An alfalfa-growing Texas farmer says the U.S.-Mexico border wall planned by the Trump administration will damage rare wetlands, hurt the Rio Grande River and disrupt animal migration patterns.
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