The US-Mexico Wall, it’s Borderlands, Wildlife, and People [38 Pics]

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The 17-member ILCP team spent almost a month traveling the nearly-2000-mile border and captured more than 10,000 images of the region and the impact of the wall. US-Mexico wall Photo:
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 The US Mexico Wall, its Borderlands, Wildlife, and People [38 Pics]


Introduction

In 2005, the Department of Homeland Security was granted the authority to waive environmental laws to speed the building of a barrier between the U.S. and Mexico.
Under this waiver, more then 500 miles of wall and fence have been constructed through mostly rural and wilderness areas.
In January 2009, the International League of Conservation Photographers sent a team of world-renowned photographers, with writers, filmmakers and scientists to the borderlands of the United States and Mexico to document the wildlife, ecology, and effect of immigration and the border wall on this landscape.

[38 Pictures]

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O’odham land
The image above was taken on the Tohono O’odham Reservation in Southern Arizona. The international border bisecting the lands claimed by the United States and Mexico is shown above. This border cuts the traditional O’odham territory in half.
The militarization of the border region has significantly restricted the ability of members of the Tohono O’odham tribe to travel to sacred sites and visit relatives on the opposite sides of the border. US-Mexico wall Photo by Jeffrey D. Hendricks/solidarity-project.org

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The purpose of the project is to raise awareness of the peril that border infrastructure places on the long-term survival of myriad species that live in the borderlands. This area is a shared conservation treasure of international importance that harbors some of the most biodiverse landscapes on the continent. US-Mexico wall Photo:
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They spoke with scientists and naturalists on both sides of the border and documented the effect of the wall on our shared ecosystems. US-Mexico wall Photo:
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“Nobody disagrees on how this is affecting the environment, the only disagreement is how important the environment is in the overall discussion.”
Ana Cordova, Ph, D, Institute for Northern Border Studies. US-Mexico wall Photo:
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Wildlife: Bird at borderlands. US-Mexico wall borderlands Photo:
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Wildlife: Armadillo drinking from wetlands close to US-Mexico Wall. Wildlife US-Mexico wall Photo:
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“What makes it such a fascinating region is that there are 11 distinct ecosystems. Drive 1,5h and you can be in desert dunes. You can go north and you’re in woodland potholes. “Nancy Brown, US Fish and Wildlife Service. US-Mexico wall borderlands Photo:
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“You know if you’re an Texas tortoise how do you get around 13 miles of fence or if you’re and ocelot and you’re crossing an farm field and you’re being chased by a predator… It’s not a question about convenience, it’s a matter of survival.” Nancy Brown, US Fish and Wildlife Service. US-Mexico wall borderlands Photo:
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Wildlife: Hare at the US-Mexico wall borderlands Photo: ILCP photographer

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Wildlife: Kit foxes at US-Mexico wall borderlands Photo: ILCP photographer>

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Wildlife: birds at the US-Mexico wall borderlands. Photo: ILCP photographer

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” The US Mexico border is the largest human construction that has been made to divide two countries since the great wall of china.” Rurik List, Ph. D. Institute of Ecology, UNAM. US-Mexico wall arial Photo: ILCP photographer

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“It’s all one thing and if you cut it and divide it, it can’t make it. If you’re gonna walk around something, for a long period of time, and there’s limited amounts of water, you’re gonna die. It’s that simple.” US-Mexico wall Photo: ILCP photographer

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US-Mexico wall arial photo in desert ILCP photographer

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US-Mexico wall borderlands lanscape photo: ILCP photographer

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Wildlife: Turkeys at the US-Mexico wall borderlands photo: ILCP photographer

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“Wildlife and the steel US-Mexico wall. Photo: ILCP photographer

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“There has never been this kind of unity among humanity. You have cattle ranchers, farmers, chambers of commerce, the bishop, the University system, you have everybody opposing this thing. Nobody wants this thing. Everybody thinks this is going to be a disaster. How are farmers going to get their water? How are ranchers going to get their’ cattle to the river? Yes, this is a HUGE environmental problem. But what about these people who are making a living? What are they going to do?’ Nancy Brown, US Fish and Wildlife Service. US-Mexico wall photo: ILCP photographer

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“The solid metal wall can not be crossed by deer, Jaguar, bears, pumas, bobcats, coyotes, badgers, parie dogs. Any animal that can not fly is not able to cross that wall.” Rurik List, Ph. D. Institute of Ecology, UNAM. US-Mexico wall photo: ILCP photographer

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Wildlife: Coyotes at US-Mexico wall borderlands. Photo: ILCP photographer

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Wildlife around US-Mexico wall. Photo: ILCP photographer

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“Bighorn sheep are hopefully going to move around freely, It’s almost a necessity because of the gene pool. You need that genetic diversity mixing so that you don’t’ have sinks in your population due to genetics. So there things are very very vital in keeping these corridors open, is the only way for these animals.” Bonnie McKinney, CEMEX – El Carmen Project. Wildlife: US-Mexico wall Photo: ILCP photographer

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“Somewhere out there is an impenetrable boundary which prohibits movement of Jaguars, Mexican wolves and other imperiled wildlife which depend of their ability to move between the US and Mexico. ” Craig Miller, Defenders of Wildlife. Wildlife: US-Mexico wall Photo: ILCP photographer

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Wildlife: Bobcat at US-Mexico wall. Photo: ILCP photographer

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“They’re just cutting the mountain where the wall is going to go into, so you have all these machines and bulldozers in designated wilderness areas.” US-Mexico wall photo: ILCP photographer

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“It’s very clear that the infrastructure, going with the wall, not just the wall itself is doing just as much damage,” Krista Schlyer, ILCP Expedition Leader. US-Mexico wall photo: ILCP photographer

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“The wall construction, and operation, just where border patrol has to drive back and forth, creates erosion and that creates silting, There’s not a lot of water going through these motorways, so silting does make a big difference. “Ana Cordova, Ph, D, Institute for Northern Border Studies. US-Mexico wall photo: ILCP photographer

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“if you talk to any professional in any field that has to do with natural resources , be it wildlife, ecosystem, water, soil, there is consensus that the wall is affecting the natural resources in a negative way. “Ana Cordova, Ph, D, Institute for Northern Border Studies. US-Mexico wall in desert photo: ILCP photographer

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“It is the main topic along the border. And the strange thing is it’s very hard to find anyone for it.” Billy Pat McKinney, CEMEX – El Carmen Project. US-Mexico wall in desert photo: ILCP photographer

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Arial photo of US-Mexico wall in desert. Photo: ILCP photographer

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Border patrol US-Mexico wall in desert. Photo: ILCP photographer

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“This huge border, which is 3000 km long, has so many different micro habitats, and micro cosms, that each place is affected differently by the wall and each place has different animal and plant species, different soil system or different hydrology that’s going to be affected. “Ana Cordova, Ph, D, Institute for Northern Border Studies. US-Mexico wall in desert. Photo: ILCP photographer

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“At first look it appears that wildlife conservation is at direct odds with national security, in that wildlife depend on open corridors and being able to move through the landscape, and national security depends on sealing off our borders. We are not at odds, there are dozens of alternatives that can be employed that strike a balance between securing the problematic areas and respecting the needs of wildlife. “Craig Miller, Defenders of Wildlife. US-Mexico wall photo: ILCP photographer

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“In addition to the direct barrier that the wall makes, you have the funneling affect where humans are directed into wildlife territories.” Craig Miller, Defenders of Wildlife
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“We’ve seen that different ecosystem’s don’t’ stop at border. You step from one side to the next and there’s no difference. And that’s where the wildlife view is and we are really creating barriers where there are none naturally.” Krista Schlyer, ILCP Expedition Leader. US-Mexico wall wildlife photo: ILCP photographer

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“We’ve seen that different ecosystem’s don’t’ stop at border. You step from one side to the next and there’s no difference. And that’s where the wildlife view is and we are really creating barriers where there are none naturally.” Krista Schlyer, ILCP Expedition Leader. US-Mexico wall wildlife photo: ILCP photographer

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“I think that the issues going on at the borderland are a complete mystery to the people in the United States.” Krista Schlyer, ILCP Expedition Leader.

“We have these environmental laws there for a reason. We know that we can do major damage, to the environment if we don’t’ act thoughtfully, about what we do.” US-Mexico wall borderlands photo: ILCP photographer




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55 Responses to The US-Mexico Wall, it’s Borderlands, Wildlife, and People [38 Pics]

  1. Nick January 4, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    I’m a sucker for pictures of animals and moody skies. Great job once again.

  2. articles January 4, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

    Lest make citys on those empty deserts and trade goods with each other :)

    • Sanket November 24, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

      Rent a car at the airport from any of the US chnais. We have had good luck with Alamo. Keep your receipt when you make the reservation on-line to guarantee your car will be available. US car insurance is of no use in Mexico. You must buy Mexican car insurance which is available from the car rental company.Several suggestions based on years of driving in Mexico. Drive carefully, pay attention and don’t speed. Pay attention to one way streets. Intersections are almost always unprotected unless you are on a highway so always come to a rolling stop, look for cars and the one way sign. Street signs are small and usually hard to read if they exist at all. I usually stop at the Oxxo (like a 7-11) and ask for directions. If the clerk doesn’t know, a fellow shopper usually does. Don’t ever drive at night, ever! Driving in Mexico is an adventure!The police may try to get you to pay what is known as a mordita. The Mexican government is really cracking down on police who do that. Paying a bribe is actually illegal. A few tricks. Be very respectful but firm and stubborn. Make several copies of your driver’s license and passport first page. Show the cop your license but DO NOT GIVE THE LICENSE TO HIM!!! Give him the copy. Demand that he give you the ticket. Do not pay the bribe.He cannot impound your car unless you hit a pedestrian or are in an accident. If the officer is not backing off, write down the badge number and use your cell phone to take a picture. Remain respectful and polite. About 95% of the time they will not give you a ticket and will let you go. They are looking for easy marks. Have a great time!

  3. Bad quotes January 4, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

    “I think that the issues going on at the borderland are a complete mystery to the people in the United States.” Krista Schlyer, ILCP Expedition Leader.

    Yes, people are aware. The problem is that the Drug and Human traffickers and illegal border crossing Mexican Citizens themselves don’t give a damn about wildlife. All they see is a border to get past. If those elements weren’t there then the fence wouldn’t be necessary. Much like the lack of border fence with Canada.

    • sandia January 4, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

      So sad, so true

    • Joe March 30, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

      No the real problem is that we have done nothng but treat the symptoms of a government over powered by drug cartels. Why is it that illegal immigration has only been a problem with mexico for about the same length of time that drug cartels have been terrorizing the poor citizens of mexico. It’s time to take a stand and help the people of mexico take it back from drug cartel control. Without their domination the public will have less reason to immigrate illegally. And just maybe they can improve mexico for the public without being hampered by gun toting maniacs who will stop at nothing to hoard more and more money than they could ever spend in a hundred lifetimes, while only a few miles away more deserving people go hungry, in fear that their lives are at more serious risk from violence than starvation. People against those in need make me sick!

  4. HengTeets January 4, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    Wow, those are some truly incredible images! Wow.

  5. stephen January 4, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    you want a fence with canada too?!?!?!?

    • W. January 20, 2011 at 11:58 am #

      Canadians aren’t sneaking into this Country ILLEGALLY by the millions. If they were, then yes, we’d need a fence there too!

      • Phil January 27, 2011 at 1:01 am #

        Canada is A SUPERIOR COUNTRY that provides health insurance to ALL OF its citizens. Virtually no Canadians in their right mind would ever choose to come to the United States LEGALLY –OR– ILLEGALLY. Compared to Canada, the USA is a violent, racist, INFERIOR society.

        Canadians AREN’T staying out of the USA because of any “respect for American Law”, they are staying out of the USA because they have no “need” to LOWER their standards of living by leaving their own country.

        Please keep your American businesses, your American money, your fat-butt American tourists in bad haircuts and loud t-shirts and your violent racist and unequal American ideology on YOUR side of the border. WE WANT NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU.

        • JZ January 28, 2011 at 11:33 am #

          Please, by all means, feel free to ignor us then…start here by going away!

        • JDS February 8, 2011 at 9:26 am #

          Agree.

          Much too dangerous to travel in the US.
          No laws. No enforcement of laws. Violent police departments.
          Very dangerous.

        • Joe March 30, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

          Phil, only some of what you say about some of the people in America is true. I live in Washington State, a state which shares a border with Canada’s best province, British Columbia. I’ve visited Canada several times and have never heard such disrespectful, hateful, angst ridden dreck. None of which I have heard from anyone I have had the pleasure of visiting in Canada. Your over superiority complex and judgemental statements about overweight americans with bad haircuts and loud t-shirts suggests that you are from a french Canadian province. All I have to say about anything french is HIPOCRACY!

  6. Obvious Oversight January 4, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    The photos are amazing! Wonderful job by the photographer. The problems is that there is not one picture of the the trash and debris caused by those who are coming into the U.S. through the southern border. The effect on the wildlife on the high traffic areas is appalling. I realized that this is a pro immigrant piece, but the lack of the other side of illegal border crossings is completely disingenuous.

    • sandia January 4, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

      Replyed to “Bad quotes” so sad, so true Dito to your post

    • Glenn January 9, 2011 at 7:52 am #

      The desert can be beautiful. We lived in Sierra Vista, AZ for 20 years where it was not unusual to see a group of 50 to 200 Illegals being held for return to the Mexico by the Border Patrol. I think that picture 14 as of the area about half way between Nogales and Douglas, AR. just West of Naco, a legal border crossing point and a hot and dry part of the desert. Bodies are frequently found in this area and just over that range of mountains.

  7. link January 4, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

    First, pictures are amazing!

    “This huge border, which is 3000 km long, has so many different micro habitats, and micro cosms, that each place is affected differently by the wall and each place has different animal and plant species, different soil system or different hydrology that’s going to be affected. “Ana Cordova, Ph, D, Institute for Northern Border Studies.

    Now how may of the “micro cosms” are being destroyed by trafficking?

  8. Kelly January 5, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    Thanks so much for this! What a wonderful series of pictures and what illustrative perspective in the text.

  9. Marcus sr January 10, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    Todella hieno reportaasi.Olenkin kaivannut jotain tällaista informatiota. 5 pistettä

    • citizen January 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

      speak english please, those of us who do not speak a foriegn language cannot understand you. thank you.

      • Charles January 20, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

        Its called the world wide web for a reason, people from the world should be able to say anything on any language they choose. If you’re so interested on what was said, im sure you can use a web translator

        • JZ January 28, 2011 at 11:30 am #

          It is the WWW, true enough, but to enter a conversation that is clearly in one language and attempt to communicate in an another is inconsiderate, stupid or both.

          …to defend such behavior is both.

  10. Rob January 12, 2011 at 8:33 am #

    Just curious where the pictures of the tons of trash that illegal border crossers dump in the desert are? 1.2 million pounds per year in Arizona alone

    • W. January 20, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

      Exactly! It’s disgusting the acres and acres of trash and human waste these criminals (yeah they are criminals if they come here illegally) leave in their wake.

      IMO that fence should be twice as high and have razor wire on top!

      • Joe March 30, 2011 at 11:09 pm #

        YOU MAKE ME SICK W. If only my forefathers had the forsight to have barred your forefathers from entering this great land. Hipocracy, you cry about waste left by illegal immigrants, but what of the millions of metric tons discarded in the name of fast food and convienience packaging. The fence should be twice as high and have razor wire on top! Really do you think your forefathers deserved the hateful treatment your so eager to dish out to people trying to have a better life. This country would have been better without people like yourself, you call yourself an American, you have no concept of what it is to be a true American. “Give me your poor, tired, huddled masses yearning to be free,” Ever heard of that, it is probably the most earnest and moral statement written during a time when America was doing it’s best to move forward and be better than it had been. This country is not perfect, but it would do well to lose you and your ilk down a chasm there is no return from.

    • Phil January 27, 2011 at 1:02 am #

      Trash deserves trash.

      • JZ January 28, 2011 at 11:35 am #

        You are an angry little man aren’t you. Wow! Well here is hoping that the Canadian health care system catches up with you!

  11. Gary Leigh January 14, 2011 at 6:30 am #

    Some people are just thick. No wall means the killings and beheadings will be here in our country. Mexico is becoming a disease and liberals will let it continue just to get votes. We cannot support the world any longer.

    These are great pictures but I will trade one thousand rabbits and snakes for just the removal of a wound of one serviceman fighting for a bunch of a$$holes in those backwards countries overseas.

    Get your priorities right “Progressives” Our demise is in sight and brought into focus by eliteism, the liberal media and the likes of our politicians. We are BROKE. Government and unions have done it more than any other sources on this planet.

    Politicians now want protection. What a joke. Let them fly on airplanes like we do and be with the public they claim to represent.

    Barney Frank, John Murtha, Reid, Pelosi, Byrd, Obama, Clinton and the lot have sold us out. You have got to be blind to follow these crooks and liars.

    Close the boarder, no more Anchor Babies and all of you bleeding hearts can send your money to Mexico or Somalia to work your way to heaven without my money. Shut it.

    • Phil January 27, 2011 at 1:08 am #

      Let’s get something straight right now — No American servicemen are “fighting for a bunch of a$$holes in those backwards countries overseas.” You’re not doing a d@mn thing to “help” ANYBODY in ANY “backwards countries overseas”. You’re a bunch of imperialist war-mongers fighting to dominate and subjugate other countries. You aren’t wanted on other countries’ soil. Nobody “needs” your murderous civilian-slaughtering troops. Iraqis were happy and contented living under Saddam Hussein, and they DIDN’T “want” to be “liberated”, what they WANTED was to be LEFT ALONE.

      If you are so bent out of shape about “illegal aliens”, I suggest that you start fixing the problem by removing the 50,000 murderous illegal-alien American soldiers who are trespassing illegally on sovereign Iraqi soil. Nobody “wants” your soldiers. Nobody “needs” your “help” Stay on your own country’s soil, mind your own business and learn to allow people around the world to have the kinds of governments and economies that TYHEY WANT, –NOT– the ones you “want” them to have.

      • Gahn Knea January 29, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

        MMMMM… Canadian TROLL… not nearly as good as The Bacon though……

      • Joe March 30, 2011 at 11:29 pm #

        So Phil, you obviously have no connection with reality. The service men and women stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations around the world have no real choice. How many do you really think want to be there, besides a few inbred redneck’s, no one wants to be in that sandy asshole of the world. Even the people who were born there would only want to stay if they are mentally deficient. Oh and just remember Canada has also sent troops to Afghanistan to support the U. S. efforts. If you want the real culprits maybe you should ask Satan, or his bed buddy Dick Cheney!

    • Joe March 30, 2011 at 10:59 pm #

      Your pathetic, in what way can 700 miles of wall defend over 1900 miles from illegal immigration. A false conservative if I’ve ever seen one. What needs to be done is to stop treating the symptoms of a government over run by drug cartels, period. Forget the wall it’s a red herring, we need a full scale short term military operation to take over the drug cartel leaders and willing participants. Only then will the people of mexico have a reason and the means to improve mexico. Oh yes lets keep spending billions on a wall when over half of the illegal immigrant population came here legally but have overextended their stay because they would rather dodge immigration than be murdered by a drug cartel goon. Really use your head for something other than a hat rack.

    • Joe March 30, 2011 at 11:22 pm #

      Gary Your pathetic, in what way can 700 miles of wall defend over 1900 miles from illegal immigration. A false conservative if I’ve ever seen one. What needs to be done is to stop treating the symptoms of a government over run by drug cartels, period. Forget the wall it’s a red herring, we need a full scale short term military operation to take over the drug cartel leaders and willing participants. Only then will the people of mexico have a reason and the means to improve mexico. Oh yes lets keep spending billions on a wall when over half of the illegal immigrant population came here legally but have overextended their stay because they would rather dodge immigration than be murdered by a drug cartel goon. Really use your head for something other than a hat rack.

  12. Nev Durow January 14, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    It is a shame that this beautiful area and its wildlife is being ruined by couldn’t-care-less humans. This border wall is but another Berlin Wall. Millions of migrating creatures will be left stranded by a thoughtless bunch of politicians.

    • toray99 January 19, 2011 at 9:24 am #

      Huh…. Mexico is NOT part of the United States of America.
      The Berlin wall divided a country called Germany. Finish the wall already !

    • JZ January 28, 2011 at 11:41 am #

      Agreed…millions of migrating creatures left stranded. Human creatures! Well done! Build it faster!

  13. Jay January 14, 2011 at 8:33 am #

    Gary Leigh – You say the US is supporting other countries. You aren’t. You support countries that can supply you with oil and materials that you require. You support countries that require the weapons that you make. What the US does around the globe is to force all oil payments through it’s own NY banks and if anyone threatens to take that business away you bomb them (Iraq). You create wars where there were none and ensure their longevity by creating unrealistic goals (Afghanistan and killing the ellusive Bin Laden – how do you know he isn’t already dead?).

    What the US does really well is to vote in politicians that are heavily biased based on their financial background. The wall is creating a vast number of jobs and wealth for a certain number of people. Delve into the finances of those politicians that agreed to this endeavour and you will no doubt see that they are benefiting either directly or indirectly.

    As a previous commentor mentioned there is no huge wall and strict border controls between the US and Canada… and, from the outside, US citizens appear to regard themselves morally superior to Canadians in the same way as they perceive themselves more civil than Mexicans.

    What is the US actually scared of? Or does the US / Mexico border simply offer a guaranteed income for politicians from the expensive building and military patrols?

    • Joe March 30, 2011 at 11:41 pm #

      This is a problem from the get go. Dick Cheney personally profited from every action made during his puppet presidency. Rebuild Iraq contracts, Halliburton, Rebuild Afghanistan contracts, Halliburton, Rebuild after hurricane katrina, Halliburton. Build a great wall of America, you guessed it Cheney profits again. How about the drug war, Halliburton builds over 150 prisons to house illegal immigrants going through adjudication, and non violent drug offenders sentanced with manditory minimums. Oh it gets better how about the TARP program in which 742 billion is given to banks and insurance firms supposedly so foreclosures can be absolved, and our health care system can be repaired, yet the only executive signiture actually signed, guess again Dick Cheney givin buckets o’ duckets to his buddies who are trying to control the world. Yet this demon spawn is allowed to breathe look it over folks, Dick Cheney is responsible for in excess of 1 trillion dollars of the national defficiet as of January 12, 2009 of which he has directly profited through his company holdings in Halliburton and a few others not easilly tracked. Dick Cheney raped America!

  14. Claude January 14, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    Amazing! After 10,000 years of ‘civilization’, we still can’t get along with our neighbors, and endanger the ones, (the animals) who can…..

  15. Arthur Craig Maynard January 14, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

    I have always had a hard time with the Wall deal! I lived in California for 40 years and every year I saw more and more illegal people at my work and where I lived! I can only tell what I saw, my Wife and my three children lived in a nice 3bedroom condo and one day I notice about three illegals haning out at the wash room! You can tell them from other people in the community! They just stick out! I won’t go into every situations that happen but within three years everyone had moved out of the community and we were the last to move! There were about 200 illegal men and women living in a one block area! It was made for about 50 people! People stated missing clothes out of wash room, the men just hung out on the coners everyday and the weekends! I called everybody I could think of? We got no help at all! Just like a cancer moving over the land! The neborhood, within one year looked just like TJ in Mexico! A big dump! When people have to work or they die, they will do whatever it takes! they had about one child per Women every year, right up until we moved! Four full family’s lived in a two bedroom? I am not making this up! When we left those four family’s had 12 more kids! The answer is very clear, but nobody would ever think of doing it! they liked the cheap labor! The only real answer that would work, bring in the Military. Let them man the Wall? Orders ( Shoot to Kill )! That’s what any other nation would do! Craig.

    • Joe March 30, 2011 at 11:50 pm #

      Arthur the shoot to kill order shouldn’t be made on simple poor people trying to make a better life for themselves, that would make us no better than Nazi’s. I agree there should be a military action all right but its the drug cartels and those who willingly serve them who should have orders of shoot to kill. One concentrated effort and the border issue would be quelled more than fencing the entire 1952 miles of U.S.-Mexico border. Beleive me it sucks seeing illegal immigrants recieving benifits I can’t get. I’m unemployed, I have no healthcare, three kids and because I answer honestly to aid forms I get nothing. We must stop treating the symptom and deal with the problem. Otherwise the cancer will take us and them too.

  16. D. Mills January 19, 2011 at 9:02 am #

    outstanding photos. Some of the caption quotes were quite slanted! At least the photos weren’t manipulated the way the truth was. Fact of the matter is “everyone” isn’t against the wall. “Everyone” is neither for nor against anything. It is ridiculous to assert that. Someone now needs to do a story on the positive benefits of the wall, including the human lives saved because human traffikers can no longer attract as many potential victims to exploit, abuse, kill and leave their bodies in the desert.

  17. Katifa January 19, 2011 at 9:05 pm #

    Looks like the Israelis have been here putting up their apartheid walls. Walls should have stopped with the great one in China, they are highly obsolete the 21st
    century where we need union, not separation! The US should have spent the money fixing the problem instead of adding to it and making more.

    • JZ January 28, 2011 at 11:51 am #

      “fixing the problem”? What problem or problems? The ones that make so many want to leave Mexico and countries south of there as well? Fix the problems in those sovereign nations. Those are not our concern are they? We are supposed to stay out of the affairs of others right?

  18. Razmar January 20, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    There’s no fence, no desert, no wall, no law that can stop our people (people of the sun), we are citizens of the world VIVA MÉXICO C*BRONES!!.

    • Gern January 29, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

      Bullets stop you pretty well. You could have some of those instead of the wall. I’m more sympathetic to the animals than to arrogant lawbreakers.

  19. LucyKnarnia January 20, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    Mexico needs a reform in their government. The corruption for money and drugs of their government, starting by its leader, is making people poor. They can use all the fertil land for to plant food, and make a big industry in yello and white corn and export it, and produce jobs. but for the importan people there that have the power to change things, prefer the easy way, drugs cartel from the highest person to the little one.

  20. Jane January 23, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    The last I heard Animals can dig under, climb over or fly over. That skinny fence aint gonna keep animals out. It wont keep cactus from growing.
    Now it might curtail some Mexicans from scaling over and illegally enter a country that they dont belong in.

  21. http://terraoko.com/ January 28, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    very interesting report. pictures are very good, fantastic. Bravo.

  22. Dave March 1, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    Wow, those are gripping pictures and the story they tell is just as stunning. Does anyone feel an increased level of safety because of this wall? Will it detour others of finding ways around it? Will boarder patrol agents have a right to shoot anything or one that crosses that fence? To all of these questions the answer is no except the last one. There will be many repercussions to this discussion to build. As an idea the fence makes sense, in practice it makes no sense. One last point, how many citizens voices were ignored, while the government makes a decision for us….

  23. Blu June 2, 2012 at 3:37 am #

    the mexico is incrlibe

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