The Summer 2008 issue notes that two mainstream environmental groups—Defenders of Wildlife and the Sierra Club—have asked the Supreme Court to overturn the portion of the REAL ID Act that allows the Department of Homeland Security to waive any environmental laws that impede construction of a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border. This hypocritical appeal to the rule of law by these environmental groups is a sad example of chickens coming home to roost. The mainstream environmental movement has continually refused to support environmentally reasonable governmental action (such as enforcing work-eligibility laws) to stem the well documented, environmentally destructive flood of illegal immigrants into the United States. Consequently, we now have to contend with environmentally destructive measure like border fences to stop this flow. In other words, while Sierra Club executive director Carl Pope and Defenders president Rodger Schlickeisen lament that existing environmental laws are being overruled to enable building of the border fence, they ignore the 12 to 20 million illegal immigrants who are currently breaking existing U.S. immigration law and who now contribute a substantial percentage of rapid, never ending, environmentally unsustainable U.S. population growth.
-Ben Zuckerman, Los Angeles, CA
Ben Zuckerman is a CAPS Board Member