Memorial to Address the Environmental Impact of a Border Wall Passes Committee, Heads to House Floor

Memorial to Address the Environmental Impact of a Border Wall Passes Committee, Heads to House Floor

Santa Fe – Today, a memorial to address the environmental impact of a border wall passed the House State Government, Indian and Veterans Affairs Committee. HM 52, sponsored by Reps. Angelica Rubio (D-Las Cruces) and Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos), would request that the State Land Office, the Dept. of the Environment, and the Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department jointly conduct a study on the impact of a border wall on wildlife along the New Mexico/Mexico border.

“As elected officials, it is our responsibility to protect the best interests of our families and our state, specifically those in southern New Mexico who would be most impacted by the transfer of state lands to the federal government. Outdoor recreation drives a large portion of our economy in southern New Mexico, and if this wall is going to impact that economic success, we need to know about it so we can consider our next steps,” said Rep. Angelica Rubio.

In New Mexico, we have beautiful landscapes and unique ecosystems, but a border wall has the potential to disrupt the things that matter to our families,” said Rep. Garcia Richard. “Our state should know what the impact a border wall will have on our state’s prized natural beauty.”

HM 52 requests the study of the border to be done prior to the transfer of any state land to the federal government for the construction of the wall. Concern about the negative impacts of the wall on wildlife has been reported in articles published in or by many publications and groups, including Scientific American, the Defenders of Wildlife, the Southwest Environmental Center, the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, the Albuquerque Journal, the Las Cruces Sun-News, the Sierra Club, and Business Insider.

House Democrats understand that our border helps drive local economies in southern New Mexico and are committed to ensuring those communities have the stability to thrive.