Environmental groups push Biden to tear down portions of new wall

Environmentalists in Arizona want President-elect Joe Biden top stop construction of the border wall and tear down sections in nature preserves./ 3TV/CBS 5

By Morgan Loew | 3TV/CBS 5

Environmental groups are pushing the incoming Joe Biden administration to undo some of the damage they say President Donald Trump’s border wall caused along the southwest border with Mexico. They say they want to see portions of the wall torn down, barely a year or so after the stretches were erected.

“So on day one, Joe Biden could stop the construction and cancel the efforts to seize people’s lands. But on day two, he should immediately start looking at the damage that’s been done. And where these walls need to be torn down,” said Randy Serraglio, who is a southwest conservation advocate with the Center for Biological Diversity, which is based in Tucson.

The center signed onto a letter to Biden in November, urging him to listen to environmental groups and leaders of indigenous people who live along the border. The Tohono O’Odham tribe alleges that wall construction has desecrated some of their sacred sites. CBS 5 Investigates has documented damage to the desert environment and exposed potentially illegal actions by construction crews working on the wall project.

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