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Border wall to go up in national monument, wildlife refuge

PHOENIX — The U.S. government plans on replacing barriers through 100 miles (161 kilometres) of the southern border in California and Arizona, including through a national monument and a wildlife refuge.

The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday waived environmental and dozens of other laws to build more barriers along the southern border. It’s already demolished refuge land in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

New barriers will go up at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, a 513 square-mile (1,328-square kilometre) park named after the unique cactus breed that decorates it, and Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, which is largely a designed wilderness.

Funding will come from the Defence Department following the emergency declaration that President Donald Trump signed this year after Congress refused to approve more border wall funding.

The Associated Press