Rumors are swirling that the government plans to seize the private wildlife sanctuary’s land today. Center staff themselves don’t know for sure. On Sunday, construction equipment and law enforcement appeared at the National Butterfly Center and an officer told center staff that “effective Monday morning, [the center’s land south of the levee] is all government land”
Last year, Congress approved funding to build new border-wall sections atop a levee that runs through the center, which protects habitat for hundreds of butterfly species as well as birds and other wildlife. These wall plans are separate from President Trump's larger proposed wall project that is still being negotiated.
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