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“The Santa Ana refuge, located along the Rio Grande in South Texas, is one of the nation’s top bird-watching sites in the nation with more than 400 species of birds. The refuge also is home to two endangered wildcats — the ocelot and jaguarundi. It generates hundreds of millions of dollars through ecotourism every year, and is an irreplaceable treasure to the region,” the letter reads.

This includes a proposal for 28 miles of new wall in Hidalgo County and 32 miles for Starr County. In addition, there is a proposal for 14 miles of secondary fencing in San Diego, according to the map and other documents obtained by The Monitor.

“On this map, Rio Grande City’s wall is much smaller than it was in the original version, and (now) there’s a new section that goes from south of Sullivan City, (and) that goes to (near) Garciasville. That section had never been discussed. As far as I know, that’s totally new,” Nicol said.

“The Roma wall has been massively expanded and it would go from downriver in Roma, through Roma, and all the way to Falcon Lake — and so that’s all new. It’s going to be really important for the people living — especially in that area to know, but that will affect everybody.”

“My main concern was were there any neighborhoods that were going to be situated south of the wall. At first it appeared that there might (be) but after conversations we’ve had with Chief Padilla and looking at the proposed wall itself, as far as the route, it does not appear that any of our neighborhoods are going to be affected by this,” Villarreal said.

“The landowners and the people who live right there next to the wall should be able to show up and give their input and find out what’s coming to their community,” Nicol said. “A lot of these things have much broader impacts. If they wall-off Santa Ana, that has a big impact on our eco-tourism economy — we all have a stake in that."

“I think they kept going back to this idea that this is all preliminary because they don’t have funding yet, but we kept saying, ‘But once you have funding — it’s not a consultation if you come and tell us what you’re going do when it’s too late to make any changes.’”

“Well, their engineers and hydrologists are paid by them, so they have an incentive to give them the answers they want to hear. As part of the planning they should open it up to experts who do not have a stake in making these walls happen and can say things like, ‘If you stick a wall in the sand beneath the bluff in Roma it’s going to wash away.’ You may not want to hear that but it’s a fact,” Nicol said. “They need to get that kind of expert input in addition to the general public’s input — that’s the big problem from my standpoint.”

Nicol said another concern was that the decision to pick Santa Ana did not come from Padilla, or any official from the local sector. Instead, it came from the Director of Border Patrol Facilities and Tactical Infrastructure and Air Marine Facilities Loren Flossman — a detail that leads Nichol to believe that politics might be at play.

“You have people who are looking at it from D.C. and what they are interested in is primarily the politics, the ‘mile counts.’ That was the problem 10 years ago, was that they came at it with this idea that the wall is the only answer. It doesn’t matter if it works, it doesn’t matter what kind of damage it does, the wall is the only answer that is acceptable,” Nicol said, referring to earlier construction of a wall under the George W. Bush administration.

“So then the only question left is, where does it go? And I think that’s what’s happening now. There’s not the opportunity to say, ‘Why not try something else? Why not do something that doesn’t require taking people’s property, and damaging wildlife refuges?’ The wall is the only answer.”