“A new low even for the Trump administration' said Laiken Jordahl with Center for Biological Diversity in AZ, which has been documenting the altered landscape. 'They're moving forward with complete disregard of sacred sites and indigenous sovereignty.’
Blasting has taken place at Monument Hill and is expected to continue through February, Customs and Border Protection said, adding it will 'continue to have an environmental monitor present during these activities as well as on-going clearing activities.' The start of the blasting was first reported by The Intercept.
With this construction, Jordahl ia concerned by how the federal government is building the wall, without consultation with Tohono O'odham Nation, a tribe that has land and members on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, at a pace worrying environmental groups that sacred burial sites are being irreversibly harmed.