We don’t need a Border Wall. There’s a good solution in plain sight

Trump’s border wall would disrupt and potentially destroy the already fractured habitat of endangered species such as this jaguar. Photo courtesy of Bureau of Land Management

President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency has escalated tensions all across the southern border. The large majority of residents who live near  the Mexican border don’t want the Wall built. Their reasons include fear of the government’s use of eminent domain, the high probability of flooding from a built wall, concern of escalating tensions with Mexico resulting in loss of trade and tourism, serious repercussions for wildlife across California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

The President is adamant that the wall be built. He’s clear he MUST keep his campaign promise, no matter the cost. But scientists agree that the consequences of a Border Wall would wreak havoc on the surrounding areas.

So why not seek an alternative solution? After all, if the consequences are clear, and it appears science backs this up, isn’t it time to look elsewhere for workable solutions?

A recent article in The Revealator focuses on what could be a viable solution to the underlying issues by “(tackling) the root causes of problems that affect border communities on both sides (of the border).” Addressing the economic issues and benefits to both countries is a much more practical and likely scenario than creating unwanted miles of structure that divide both regions.

And it all stems from a native tree that appears innocuous in its simplicity and pervasiveness.

A coalition of ranchers, farmers, conservationists, chefs, carpenters, small business owners and public-health professionals from both sides of the border have come up with a better idea – the Mesquite Manifesto. It would help build a sustainable future for the region by using the simple mesquite tree which has provided food, fuel, medicine, shade and shelter to indigenous communities in the borderlands for over eight millennia.

Often seen as a nuisance tree by locals, the coalition believes that targeted investments in restoring and managing mesquite could become—dollar for dollar and peso for peso—the most cost-effective investment ever made in the future of our southern border with Mexico.

It’s a fascinating idea that looks worth investigating. Check out the full article and see if you agree. The crux of this is – put politics aside and bring concerned parties together to work out a real and positive solution. It won’t address the illegal immigration issue. THAT could be effectively address through the use of more technology and manpower, not a large, long wall. But the mesquite tree solution COULD get factions working together and end the divisiveness that’s grown between two countries that have been economic partners for decades. Now THAT’S worth checking out, don’t you think?

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