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Fund communities and natural landscapes, not senseless walls

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The 2,000-mile stretch of land between the U.S. and Mexico is home to millions of American families who live and thrive in peace along the border. Yet President Trump, hungry for political points, is holding federal workers and the families who depend on them hostage over his demand for a needless and harmful border wall, shutting down the government and stopped vital paychecks and services. We cannot give in, and we need your help to stop this attack on communities, the economy, and the environment.

The border region is home to millions who oppose a border wall. It also contains one of the most diverse ecosystems in North America, home to wildlife such as the endangered Mexican gray wolf, jaguar, bighorn sheep, and ocelot. Communities and wildlife alike will be harmed if Trump’s border wall comes to fruition.

Led by Republicans, the last Congress provided President Trump with $1.6 billion for wall construction in California, New Mexico, and Texas, in what could be the first of many allocations to cover the price of a wall. But now Trump is desperate for an additional $5 billion for his wall, and has even threatened to bypass Congress altogether and declare a disingenuous “state of emergency” in order to build the wall despite the outrage against it.

The border wall could cost taxpayers between $20 and $70 billion, would be disastrous for wildlife and the environment, and threatens the economy and communities along the border. While Congress negotiates to reopen the federal government, urge your senator to be as vocal as possible in opposing a border wall and to emphasize that funding this senseless project is nonnegotiable.

Constructing a wall is likely to create roadblocks in the migration paths of several threatened and endangered species and will also hinder the natural flow of waterways, which could cause devastating flooding, endangering border communities and wildlife.

The border wall is yet another gimmick used by the Trump administration to intimidate communities, particularly Latino and immigrant ones, from exercising their civil rights, including their right to a healthy environment. It's a symbol of fear being justified by the fiction that our border communities must be militarized and somehow deserve fewer protections under the law.

A wall is a waste of money and a distraction from the very real issues border communities face. Our border communities need funding for schools, environmental cleanup, and wildlife protection, not a divisive wall. Tell Congress to fund communities and natural landscapes, not senseless walls.

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RE: Stop the border wall. Oppose any legislation that fund it

Dear Senator,

I am writing to express my strong opposition to any efforts to pass legislation that would continue to fund the construction of a border wall. I ask you to push Congress to reopen the government without providing further funding for the wall. The Senate should vote on clean appropriations bills that do not waste hard-earned taxpayer dollars on border barriers.

Instead of focusing on funding an absurd and hateful wall that will do nothing for national security and would put our communities, wild lands, and wildlife at risk, Congress should stand up to the president by reopening the government and funding critical federal agencies that exist to protect our health and environment.

Border cities are some of the safest in the country, and communities with more immigrants are likely to be safer than places with fewer immigrants. The wall, increased militarization of the border region, and the destruction of wildlife habitats benefit only special interests who seek to profit at the expense of border communities, which already have a poverty rate about twice as high as the national average.

I urge you to put the American people ahead of the president's temper tantrum: Reopen the government, be as vocal as possible in your opposition to a border wall, and vote against any bill that would fund it.


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