Trump’s border wall
A part of the political identity of the current president of the US, Donald Trump, is directly related to the ideal of reducing immigration, both legal and illegal.
The Trump administration assures that mass immigration harms the country, especially illegal immigration.
Therefore, one of the cornerstones of Trump’s presidential campaign to win the 2016 elections was to continue with the construction of a border wall that separates the US from Mexico.
The border wall is intended to:
- Reduce, or if possible to eradicate, illegal immigration.
- Help border forces protect the US.
- Monitor the exact amount of people entering the country through legal ports of entry.
The current administration promised to finish construction of the wall before the next elections, which will take place in November, 2020.
However, according to official figures from the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Trump government has built 275 miles, which means that there is a considerable part of the wall that still needs to be built.
Trump’s border wall has generated many reactions among the American population. On the one hand, there are people who fully agree with the construction of the wall to reduce illegal immigration and protect local resources.
On the other hand, there are hundreds of activist and citizen who claim that the idea of building a wall that isolates the US is an extremist proposal and has been classified as “capricious”.
In addition to that, there are communities of environmentalists who claim that the wall deeply hurts the ecosystem surrounding the borders, affecting the species of animals and plants that live there.
Now, there is a legal complaint filed by a Native Tribe against the construction of Trump’s border wall.
Native Tribe files a lawsuit
The Kumeyaay are native communities based in California. 12 groups of these native tribes filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, against the Trump administration and its construction of the border wall.
The Native American communities claim that:
- The wall is running through sacred burial sites.
- The Trump administration never asked them for consent to build on their land and where their ancestors lived.
- The border wall violates their religion and beliefs.
- The land, where part of the border wall is being built, is sacred to native tribes.
Therefore, they ask the government to:
- Stop wall construction at sacred burial sites.
- Allow them to monitor the construction of the wall in their territories.
- Allow them to stop the construction of the wall at any time, so that they can extract the remains of their ancestors or any other valuable object.
- Prevent the construction of the wall from damaging their sacred places, where they perform religious rituals.
This lawsuit joins the multiple legal processes that the Trump administration is currently facing due to abrupt changes implemented in the immigration sector during the health crisis.
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