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A Different Kind of Cage

In Connecting the Dots on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 at 11:27

The New York Times ran a moving story yesterday about the Sabal Palm Audubon Center, a wildlife reserve in a Texas town that would be stranded south of the planned border fence. But the center’s exotic birds aren’t the only animals whose fate could be affected by an immigration crackdown; the meager population of jaguars (nearly gone from the US) would also take a hit. The Los Angeles Times raised this issue last week when it reported that Congress waived more than 30 environmental regulations for the border fence. But Time showed that sometimes a simple number can be most alarming, reporting that both George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton added an average of more than 230 species to the endangered species list each term in office; in seven years, George W. Bush has added just 59.

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