Butterfly Center Caught In Limbo

Barbara Schwarz
February 20, 2019 - 4:23 pm
Monarch Butterfly

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Heavy construction equipment sits outside the National Butterfly Center in far South Texas, ready to build the border wall.

The spending bill signed by president Trump exempted the center along with some other South Texas landmarks, but then came the president's emergency declaration. Butterfly Center executive director, Mariana Trevino Wright says last week the international boundary and water commission came in and installed signs that say US Government property, restricted access. No trespassing.

She adds they just got word from a company doing the government's appraisal work, "That they are proceeding with the valuation of our property for the Justice department for eminent domain proceedings. We have no reason to believe that we're safe."

She says bulldozers are at work on the National Wildlife refuge tract west of them, removing trees and vegetation for the wall and enforcement zone.  If a wall is built through the butterfly center, seventy of it's 100 acres would be on the Mexican side.