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This 'crown jewel' of wildlife refuges is one of the world's top bird destinations. Trump's wall would end public access

This 'crown jewel' of wildlife refuges is one of the world's top bird destinations. Trump's wall would end public access

Environmentalists along the U.S.-Mexico border are gearing up for a fight as federal officials zero in on the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in Texas to build the first stretch of the border wall promised by President Trump.

Last week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers used a drilling rig to extract soil samples at the Rio Grande Valley refuge to prepare for the possibility of constructing three miles of concrete levee wall and fence, according to a federal Homeland Security official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe internal planning for the wall.

There is no money in the current federal budget for wall construction on the site. But federal engineers...

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