Resolution # 2019-001: Opposing a Wall at the U.S. Southern Border
A Resolution by the Undersigned Citizens Opposing a Southern Border Wall, as proposed in Executive Order 13767, titled Border Security & Immigration Enforcement Improvements, and issued by United States President Donald Trump, Jan. 25, 2017, directing a wall to be built along the Mexico–United States border.
WHEREAS, Together Frankfort, a non-partisan, volunteer group of Kentuckians, established our mission, in March 2017, to include the following:
WHEREAS, we the undersigned, find that U.S. President Trump’s Executive Order 13767, both in its spirit and potential execution, directly opposes the guiding principles contained in Together Frankfort’s mission, and;
WHEREAS, we find that the proposed wall is contrary to what makes this country great and is an affront to human and civil rights and to our vibrant border communities and borderlands; and,
WHEREAS, the Congressional Research Service reports that border walls have had “no discernible impact” on immigration or smuggling, while costing taxpayers billions; and,
WHEREAS, the Center for Biological Diversity, in 2017, reported the proposed wall as a looming tragedy for the region’s diverse wildlife & people, as well as its spectacular landscapes, and that 93 threatened, endangered & candidate species would potentially be affected by construction of a wall & related infrastructure spanning the entire border; and,
WHEREAS, thirty-five (35) cities & Native American groups and a coalition of over 500 organizations from across the U.S. have publicly opposed efforts to expand or replace the border wall;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT we call upon the Frankfort & Franklin County community, & our local, state, and national elected officials to conduct educational forums on immigration policy and to speak up, publicly opposing a wall as proposed in Executive Order 13767; we call upon groups & officials to enact resolutions, where appropriate, opposing the wall, & we call upon Kentucky’s Members of Congress to oppose any action to construct a wall on the southern border with Mexico.
(Instructions: please add your name and contact information. Ensure that civic engagement is working! You will be directed to our webpage which facilitate your contacting Senators McConnell and Paul, and Congressman Andy Barr. Please follow through - contact our Members of Congress, urging them to oppose the wall. Don't let them be able to say that they didn't hear from constituents who oppose a wall.)