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Don't fence me in

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Joyce Oscar

Former WSB TV

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As President Trump prepares to build the “big beautiful” border wall between the U.S. and Mexico a new rallying cry emerges from opponents, it involves migrating wild animals.  It’s estimated 178 reptiles, 134 mammals, and 57 amphibian species live within 30 miles of the line, some border on extinction.

We are told cutting off populations and obstructing migration patterns results in reduced gene flow and possible inbreeding. The chachalaca, the plains blind snake and the Texas earless lizard all may be harmed by the wall.

Conservationists are particularly troubled there is little legal leverage, border security takes precedent over any other single law of the land.

Perhaps I’m insensitive to the plight of these animals but I’m sure when my home was built the walls, locks, insulation and doors interrupted the migration patterns of bugs, rodents and other creatures.  Walls also are keeping people hell bent on doing us harm out of our home too.  I guess the alternative would be to live in a tent so creatures can come and go as they please.

I can’t help but think about what no borders are doing to human beings in America. Kate Steinle comes to mind. Steinle, a beautiful woman fatally shot on a pier last summer in the sanctuary city of San Francisco allegedly by an undocumented immigrant deported five times.

The Government Accountability Office, using Department of Justice data says between 2008 and 2014 criminal aliens were responsible for 38% of all murder convictions in California, Texas, Arizona, Florida and New York.  Some challenge the GAO numbers saying it does not break down legal and illegal to their satisfaction.

I don’t need the GAO or Sierra Club to tell me what common sense should tell everyone.  We should do everything in our power not to harm wild creatures but without borders we have no country and the oath of office taken by lawmakers to protect and defend America and Americans should be job #1.

I’m Joyce Oscar


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