- Contractors based in the United States are replacing old barriers along the Arizona-Mexico border.
- Witnesses told local
newsthat as constructing crews are tearing pieces of the old wall down, they’re leaving the scrap pieces on the Mexico side of the border.
- Mexican scrap metal collectors are profiting off the pieces of the wall, which was funded by taxpayers.
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The witnesses — an ecologist who works in the desert region in Southern Arizona and people selling the metal online — told CBS 5 that the contractors are essentially giving away the old wall.
“There were DHS and Army Corps of Engineers officials, standing there watching their contractors with a bulldozer and front-end loaders push the scrap metal onto the Mexican side,” Gary Nabhan, a desert ecologist, told the station. “And Mexican scrap metal scavengers were coming right up to the border.”Advertisement
Long before his presidency, President Donald Trump had made the construction of a wall along the border with Mexico his keystone issue. The wall, if finished, will end up costing American taxpayers tens of billions of dollars.
Nabhan told KOB4 that he believed that dumping the old wall for anyone to haul away in Sonoyta, Mexico, is both a taxpayer waste and environmentally concerning.
“All of that metal and concrete should have been carried away to Phoenix or Tucson where there’s legal disposal sites or recycling centers – none of it should have been pushed into Mexico,” Nabhan said.
CBS5 first learned of the scrap metal dumping after discovering an ad online for “Steel For Sale Arizona,” the station reported.
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