The Arizona Republic reports:
The contractor that is building President Donald Trump’s border wall in southwestern Arizona began blasting this week through a site that the Native American O’odham people consider sacred to make way for newer, taller barriers.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed the contractor started blasting through the site called Monument Hill at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument west of Lukeville “in preparation for new border wall system construction within the Roosevelt Reservation.”
Southwest Valley Constructors of Albuquerque, New Mexico, received a $646 million contract from the federal government, paid for using diverted military funds, to build 63 miles of fencing in Pima and Cochise counties.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 8, 2020
Miles of new border wall construction mean more precious desert habitats at risk, more militarized communities, and more Native American sacred sites slated for destruction.
— Raul M. Grijalva (@RepRaulGrijalva) February 5, 2020
Just informed by a source that @DHSgov has started dynamiting Monument Hill in Organ Pipe for wall construction.
— Laiken Jordahl (@LaikenJordahl) February 5, 2020