Arizona representative Raúl Grijalva wrote in a letter to the Government Accountability Office urging for a review into the impact of the wall’s construction, which was granted in June.
Grijalva said: “The laws that the Trump administration waived included critical environmental and public health protections—like the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, and Clean Air Act—and Native American cultural resource protections.”
He continued, highlighting the irreversible damage done to the ecosystem and flora and fauna that live in it.
He wrote: “They ripped through pristine landscapes like Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, literally bulldozed and blasted sacred Native American sites, and drained the fragile desert ecosystem of vital groundwater resources.
“This careless, lawless action inflicted catastrophic harm on border lands and communities, much of which is irreversible.”
In 2015 during his run for the presidency, Trump told his supporters, “I will build a great wall—and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me—and I’ll build them very inexpensively.” He also claimed he would make Mexico pay for the wall, which he did not.