Las Cruces, NM
Brewster County, TX
Cameron County, TX
El Paso, TX
El Paso County, TX
Hildago County, TX
La Joya, TX
Laguna Vista, TX
Los Fresnos, TX
Port Isabel, TX
San Juan, TX
Starr County, TX
Sullivan City, TX
General Background Information on the U.S. Southern Border Wall Proposal:
On January 25th, Trump signed an Executive Order with plans to vastly expand the existing U.S.-Mexico border walls. This has now included attempts to waive more environmental rules in addition to the Endangered Species Act, Wilderness Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. This will be detrimental to ocelot, jaguar, and Sonoran pronghorn habitat—species at risk.
• The human cost of the border wall is immense, causing unnecessary deaths and dividing border communities.
• The Congressional Research Service reports that border walls have had “no discernible impact” on immigration or smuggling, while costing taxpayers billions of dollars at a time when immigration from Mexico is at its lowest point since the 1990s.
• President Trump has called for walling off the entire U.S.-Mexico border with a concrete barrier that would stand 30-feet tall. Solid barriers have already been built along hundreds of miles of the U.S.-Mexican border—spanning from California to parts of Texas. Most of the currently unwalled border is in Texas, and building walls there would require condemning land from hundreds of private landowners and municipalities.
• Big Bend National Park, Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, and other federal lands would be carved up by these new walls. Habitat and endangered species that they protect would be severely impacted.
• Due to the Real ID Act of 2005, the Secretary of Department of Homeland Security has the ability to waive any law in order to build border walls, roads, and infrastructure as quickly as possible. The Bush Administration used this authority to waive more than three dozen laws along the southern border, including the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and Clean Air Act along with other bedrock environmental laws putting wildlife and the public health of communities along the border at risk. Trump has doubled down on this risky behavior, waiving 33 important laws along about 15 miles of our borderlands near San Diego.
• Cost estimate for these useless and destructive border walls, earlier established at $26.1 billion, now reach at least $50,000, with many experts projecting the ultimate cost to double or triple that amount.
• New walls would make it even more difficult for wildlife to move across the border including animals such as the jaguar and ocelot—which have begun to return to various parts of the U.S. after a long absence. This barrier would severely jeopardize game animals that support local economies.
• Sixty-three percent of people living within 350 miles of the southern border oppose the idea, according to a Pew Research Center survey.
• The U.S. General Accounting Office reported that “CBP cannot measure the contribution of fencing to border security operations along the Southwest border.”
• The southern border region is home to some 15 million people living in border counties in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. These communities, which include cities such as San Diego and El Paso, are among the safest in the country despite political narratives according to FBI crime statistics.
Thirty-five (35) cities & Native American groups and a growing coalition of over 500 organizations, many based in the U.S. Southern Border region, but also from across the country, have publicly opposed efforts to expand or replace the border wall. The following cities & Native American groups have enacted official resolutions opposing the U.S. Southern Border Wall.
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Inter Tribal Association of Arizona
Pima County, AZ
Tohono O’odham Nation
Los Angeles, CA
San Diego, CA