Action: Urge your members of Congress to oppose funding for border walls and fences.
Background: With a partial government shutdown that began on December 21, 2018, Congress continues to debate how much, if any, funding to provide for new fences and walls along the U.S.-Mexico border. President Trump is calling for more than $5 billion for additional walls (about 200 miles) and also thousands of additional detention beds and immigration enforcement agents.
Some members of Congress insist they are funding "fences," not "walls," but the difference is semantics as border resident Scott Nicol explains: "Calling a 30-foot-tall concrete and steel monstrosity a fence does not change its nature or impact." Construction is scheduled to begin in February on several miles of fences and walls that will cut through a butterfly center, state parks, a wildlife refuge and the grounds of a historic chapel. Both walls and fences have devastating impacts on landowners, wildlife and tourism. Native lands could also be affected by any new funding.
Faith reflection: "When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God." (Leviticus 19:33-34)
Other ways to take action
- Tweet at your members of Congress (find their twitter handles here):
- .@YOURMEMBER For landowners who are losing their property to eminent domain, for wildlife, for ecotourism-whether you call it "pedestrian fencing" or a "border wall," it is devastating. #WallsDontWork #Not1Dollar
- .@YOURMEMBER Build bridges not walls. Instead of wasting billions on ineffective border walls and fences, invest in the crumbling infrastructure in our communities. #WallsDontWork #Not1Dollar
- .@YOURMEMBER Calling a 30-foot-tall concrete and steel monstrosity a "fence" does not change its nature or impact. #WallsDontWork #Not1Dollar
- Funding for border fences and walls falls far short of faith values (PDF)
- Instead of building fences/walls, modernize U.S. ports of entry (PDF)
- Additional resources: FY 2019 immigration/border spending webpage
Alert prepared by Tammy Alexander, Senior Legislative Associate for Domestic Affairs. Updated January 10, 2019.
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