For the past few days, on the border between Arizona and Mexico, noise of explosions has been disturbing the usual calm of the desert. In question, the wall that Donald Trump is building on the border with Mexico.
The Donald Trump administration has started blasting the land of the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, a nature reserve recognized by Unesco for the rarity of its plants and animals. “Targeted explosions will continue intermittently until the end of the month”, an official with the United States Customs and Border Protection said, while ensuring that an expert in charge of preserving the environment would be present during all of these operations.
In addition to being precious for its biosphere, this surface is also very sacred for a dozen Native American tribes, the Washington Post said, revealing this information. The Tohono O’odham tribe is particularly particularly affected by these explosions since it had erected graves where the administration of Donald Trump places his dynamite.
“The place where there were explosions the other day at Monument Hill is the place where the Apache warriors who were involved in a battle with the O’odhams rest. Then the members of the O ‘tribe odham respectfully buried them at Monument Hill, “said Raúl Grijalva, Arizona Democrat elected to the House of Representatives, in a video he posted on Twitter on February 9, which has already been viewed in the tens of thousands. of times.
“200-year-old cacti are cut like firewood. In the eyes of the O’odham tribe, these cacti are true reincarnations of their ancestors,” said a representative from the Center for Biological Diversity, who is a Local NGO working to protect endangered species, for the Washington Post.
According to a report from the national service of this natural park, consulted by the American daily, the route of the Donald Trump wall could lead to the destruction of 22 archaeological sites within Organ Pipe Cactus.
“Before the start of the work, a team of archaeologists had discovered 10,000 years old bone fragments and artefacts there,” reports Slate.fr. Voices continue to rise in Arizona because of this project, especially since several sources say that another route was possible.
And what does the law say about it? Well, it’s quite complex because the US government has the ability to override the regulations that protect the site, by enforcing the law REAL ID of 2005, valid if national security is at stake. “This exemption has been used 21 times since 2005”, noted Raúl Grijalva in a letter addressed last January to the Department of Internal Security. “Including 16 times in the past two and a half years,” he said.