UPDATE, 11/2: WASHINGTON -- Greens challenge constitutionality of REAL ID waiver.
UPDATE, 10/18: TUCSON -- Read this High Country News article.
UPDATE, 10/17: LOS ANGELES -- LA Times editorial by Ruben Martinez.
UPDATE, 10/14: WASHINGTON -- Bush/Cheney/Chertoff may ignore court and void judge's order using Real ID act powers.
UPDATE, 10/10: WASHINGTON -- Good news. Today the court ruled to halt construction of the border wall on the San Pedro River. Read more.
“We just want the government to follow the law,” said Sean Sullivan with the Sierra Club’s Tucson-based Rincon (southeastern Arizona) Group. “We believe we can secure our borders without permanently destroying America’s special places such as the San Pedro National Conservation Area. There are less destructive alternatives which the Border Patrol should be allowed to use.”
UPDATE, 10/8: WASHINGTON -- Fed court in DC may halt border wall across river this week. Go, Segee!
Arizona Republic, 10/6: "The Arizona border is being walled off right now, and it's being done without the government taking into consideration the impacts to wildlife," said Brian Segee, staff attorney for Defenders of Wildlife.
UPDATE, 10/5: WASHINGTON -- Today, green groups were forced to go to court and file for a temporary restraining order, which would immediately halt construction on a damaging segment of border wall along the Arizona-Sonora border in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area.
"The government has willingly continued construction of the border wall in the San Pedro National Conservation Area, despite having received our appeal on Monday. If we don’t ask for this temporary restraining order now, our arguments will never be heard and it will be too late for the San Pedro and the wildlife that rely on it,” said Sean Sullivan with the Sierra Club’s Tucson-based Rincon (southeastern Arizona) Group. “The bottom line is that there needs to be a comprehensive assessment done before breaking ground on projects such as this. Following the processes that have been on the books for many years will ensure that our national treasures are protected, and that is what we are trying to accomplish today.”
UPDATE, 10/1: WASHINGTON -- Today, a legal appeal against border walls across the San Pedro River was filed with BLM by Defenders of Wildlife and Sierra Club.
Nice work, Brian Segee.
"The San Pedro National Conservation Area is an irreplaceable national treasure. Putting a fence right through the middle of it will rob America of one of its most important wildlife areas, but it won't make America any safer," says Jamie Rappaport Clark, executive vice president of Defenders of Wildlife. "The decision to build a wall in this unique area points out the absurdity of the government's ill-conceived approach to securing America's borders. Meanwhile, the government isn't even considering the cumulative impacts of these wall segments on wildlife and habitat. They haven't taken a step back to look at the whole picture—and right now that picture looks bleak."
"...Arizona is the place where bulldozers are tearing up the borderland as we speak," says Sean Sullivan, executive committee member for the Tucson-based Sierra Club Rincon (Southern Arizona) Group. "...the government has a responsibility to make sure its actions are thoroughly examined before it starts any new projects, especially in areas as sensitive as the San Pedro.
9/30, BISBEE AZ -- The bumbling, out-of-control and reckless Bush/Cheney/Chertoff Department of Homeland Security-Border Patrol has plans to try to wall off the San Pedro River, a top big money eco-tourism site, and one of the most important rivers left for wildlife in the American southwest.
The San Pedro River flows north from Sonora, Mexico in to Cochise County, Arizona, within US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' (D-AZ) CD8.
Much of the river within Cochise County, including at the US-Mexico border, is supposed to be protected as the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, within BLM's National Landscape Conservation System.
Big construction corporations friendly with the Bush/Cheney DHS are making tons of money from federal wall contracts, an important political fact pushing border militarization projects, most of which will fail.
Trying to barricade and wall the San Pedro River will not work to stop illegal immigration, but would deeply harm the desert stream web-of-life.
People don't want a new Berlin Wall on the San Pedro. This absurd border militarization folly must be stopped.