National Wildlife Refuges Along The Southern Border


Walls and wildlife don’t mix

What is at stake?

The Trump administration is hard at work trying to build a wall across the US-Mexico border that will have a disastrous impact on wildlife and several national wildlife refuges. Without our efforts to oppose the construction of “the wall” national wildlife refuges like Santa Ana, Lower Rio Grande Valley, Cabeza Prieta, Buenos Aires and San Bernadino will be harmed and diminished in such a way that the fish and wildlife that depend on them might never recover. We must stand together to oppose the construction of a border wall across our national wildlife refuges.


The Threat

Border wall construction in national wildlife refuges would harm the refuges and the wildlife that depend on them by  severing wildlife corridors, creating dangerous flooding risks and disrupting sensitive landscapes.  In some cases, proposed border construction would cut off Americans from popular bird watching, hunting, and photography locations.

Our Solution

Construction of the border wall would be detrimental to refuges, wildlife and their habitat corridors, and the outdoor recreation community. The Refuge Association opposes the construction of the border wall, barriers and fencing on national wildlife refuges because we believe border wall construction would disrupt the environmental integrity of the  biologically diverse areas found on both sides of the wall.

We are urging Congress and the Administration to conduct a broader assessment for the best placement of infrastructure and border technology to serve its purpose -- walls are not the only way to protect the border. Surveillance towers have proven to be very effective in many locations along the border and are much less costly.  The construction of the border wall across these wildlife refuges is an easy political move for the Administration, but it is not the most effective use of federal dollars to secure the border.