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The Border Wall and Endangered Species

Bald Eagle

Building a wall between the US and Mexican border has been not only a loud talking point during the past 2016 election, but now with Trump as our president it has become a near daily talking point. From the 24 hour news cycle to your neighbors across the street, everyone continues to talk about it. No doubt it has major human rights issues, and would mark itself a truly isolationist move our country hasn’t seen in decades—but has anyone considered the impact it may have on our planet? On our animal species?

Many important and endangered species live both in the US and in Mexico. Borders mean nothing to them, but a wall could decimate the improvements we’ve seen in these cross border numbers. Jaguars, bears, wolves, ocelots, bison, and even the symbol of our nation the bald eagle need access to both sides of the border (as do their prey). A study from the Center for Biological Diversity says that 111 endangered species will be detrimentally affected by the wall.

So, will this wall help the people? Studies seem doubtful. And well we know for a fact it will not help our wildlife. Walls do not encourage freedom, they do not encourage the health of our planet.

Indonesia and Trump

id-mapA few months back I wrote about the future of relations between Indonesia and the US under the new presidency. Well, since then Trump has moved into the White House and begun a swift set of executive orders. One of the most talked about has been the executive order that targets seven Muslim majority countries, and though Indonesia is not on this list it is home to 220 million followers of Islam. Those from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen are now not allowed to enter the US for the next 90 days. Syrian refugees are indefinitely banned.

Indonesian Foreign minister Retno Marsudi said that her government held “deep regrets about the policy.” Indonesian President Joko Widodo have not yet addressed the ban.

While there is no ban on those from Indonesia entering the US, what could this mean for relations between these two countries? The only thing that is certain at this time is uncertainty.