How Trump's border wall would disrupt nature

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  • Published on:  Friday, April 13, 2018
  • The environmental impact of border walls, explained.Read more about the border wall's effect on wildlife here: we talk about the consequences of the proposed wall at the border of the US and Mexico, we usually think in terms of people. But along the political divide are rich pockets of biodiversity, with dwindling populations of species that rely on the ability to move back and forth across the border. Under the 2005 REAL ID act, the Department of Homeland Security doesn't have to comply with various environmental laws that might otherwise slow or halt construction in a sensitive area. Laws like the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act or the Migratory Bird Treaty Act — none of those apply to border wall construction. Several parcels of land, including the National Butterfly Center, a state park, and other areas in the federal wildlife refuge system — are still threatened by wall construction. It could still be years before construction starts in some of these areas — but there’s still a lot we don’t know about the full impact of barriers on biodiversity. Subscribe to our channel! Design is a new Vox video series about the intersection of design and technology, hosted by Christophe Haubursin. Stay tuned for more, and check out Christophe's most recent work exploring design in our Vox + 99% Invisible collaboration: is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out our full video catalog: Vox on Facebook: Twitter:
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  • Kyco MC

     6 months ago

    110% vox subscribers are Democrats.

  • Truth Teller's Radio

     6 months ago

    DEBUNKED: How Trump's border wall would disrupt nature + Three Major Reasons Democrats Need to Fund a Physical Barrier at the Southern Border - Fact-Checking Chuck Schumer in His Response to Trump Oval Office Address

  • Prince Righty I

     1 years ago

    When a 30-foot tall wall is erected, there will be a large market for 31- foot ladders 😂

  • EskmM

     1 months ago

    too steep of an angle, you'd want atleast a 35-40ft

  • Salokin

     1 years ago

    Problem: you're thinking these people care about nature at all

  • DIY Kitty Kimi

     1 years ago

    No not the ocelot 😢

  • Elena Gibbons

     6 months ago

    Sad thing is it made me think of Minecraft. But the ocelots are so cute and didn’t deserve this.

  • PoDH

     1 years ago

    And the best/worst part is it use tax payer money for something that won't stop the problem, it won't even make a dent in the problem.


     3 months ago

    You are wrong my friend. Walls and other barriers have been built since the beginning of civilization. The Great China Wall is over 13 thousand miles long and was constructed to protect against the raids and invasions from nomadic peoples. This link shows that there are many historical walls built for the express purpose of defending nations and its people. This is NOT a new idea. . Also, since 9/11 the world went from 7 standing wa...

  • Van Hendrix

     1 years ago

    How effective can border walls stretching thousands of miles be? Ladders would be very effective. And you'd have to deal with sabotage, so the cost of maintenance would be high


     2 months ago

    Well considering there was a total of 76,000 border crossing in February, if the wall was only 20% effective that would stop 15,200 illegal immigrants. According to each illegal immigrant will cost $70,000 during their life time so 15200 x 70000 = $1,064,000,000. So in one month a 20% effective wall would save the U.S taxpayers 1 billion dollars.

  • Eric Li

     2 months ago

    @Do not subscribe to Me They can smuggle drugs through border checkpoints, under our current fencing, even through shipments that go around the border. Additionally, we simply do not have enough border police to make a sensory net large enough 24/7. On top of that, visibility is reduced in the nighttime, making more border police needed. The cost of the manual labor and the actual wall is not worth it, especially because illegal immigrants have a profound positive impact on the United States industry, ...

  • Joe T

     1 years ago

    So much common sense in this video

  • SLab _

     6 months ago

    the sarcasm is so thick i can cut it

  • Top Turn

     1 years ago

    Yoko Lucky-redpill, on it's way.

  • Alexandra Martínez

     7 months ago

    look I live in sandiego and there are other ways of illegal immigration. the wall isn't gonna stop illegal immigration the fence already does it's job.

  • Ethan

     10 days ago

    @Kip Kasper Up to 40% take planes and even more just come legally but overstay visas. Building a wall will just make them change their way over the border.

  • Kip Kasper

     a months ago

    Yeah, aren't y'all on the ocean? Couldn't illegals just take a small boat down the coast? I understand why these people are desperate to get out of California but the plan to contain them has major holes.

  • drink15

     1 years ago

    No wall can stop a ladder. No wall is deep enough to stop a tunnel.

  • Korey

     5 months ago

    The wall is for creating time for our agents to respond to illegal entry. I think you should do more research on what a border patrol agent has to do.

  • Elliette M.

     6 months ago

    Pretty much yeah, people have done it before, not unlikely that people now will do the same

  • Jakob Schulze

     1 years ago

    Walls are a great idea.Greetings from Berlin Germany.(For those not getting it, this is sarcasm)

  • Michael Lamas

     2 months ago

    Wunderbar, also lets not forget about the Great Wall of China, that didn't stop the Mongels