Keep up pressure on Congress: No funding now - or in the future - for the Wall and other Border Militarization

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Although President Trump has not given up his mission of building a "big, beautiful" border wall, funding for the wall, and possibly other contentious issues such as more detention beds, more agents, and a rider on funding for sanctuary cities seems to be on hold as Congress works to complete 2017 budget negotiations before a "government shut down" deadline on Friday.

But the fight for a humane border policy is far from over, and the funding issue will be resurrected on the border and other border control components. Trump has reportedly said he will revisit the funding for the wall in September.

Republican lawmakers were not solidly behind the wall, and many have not considered it a priority. And while the Democrats said they would not engage on the FY2017 budget supplemental if funding for the wall was included, Senate leaders like Chuck Schumer continue to voice support for punitive border policies and infrastructure--including "fences", drones, and other "more cost-effective" means. 

Let's keep up the pressure against the border wall and punitive, flawed border control policies.

Send a message to your congressional representatives to say that you support fair border policies that respect human rights, as well as, wildlife and border ecosystems. Demand a rollback of funding for border militarization; funding should instead go towards the economic and social welfare of border communities.

Click here to access contact information for your congressional representatives.

For information about "the wall", click here. To learn more about the range of border issues and NNIRR's "Just Borders" initiative, visit our website section, Seeking Border Justice.

Sessions on immigration crackdown: 'This is the Trump era' 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions used a trip to Nogales, Arizona on April 11 to share his new memo vowing a greater crackdown on undocumented immigrants. The thrust of the Sessions' memo instructs federal prosecutors to come down hard against unauthorized entry and re-entry, harboring, or "impeding" immigration officers engaged in "official duties".

In the prepared text of Sessions' speech, he ramped up the fear factor--describing "transnational gangs" and "international cartels" that "flood our country with drugs and leave death and violence in their wake", that "turn cities and suburbs into war zones, that rape and kill innocent citizens and who profit by smuggling poison and other human beings across our borders. Depravity and violence are their calling cards, including brutal machete attacks and beheadings.

"It is here, on this sliver of land, where we first take our stand against this filth."

Sessions omitted the word "filth" when he gave his speech.

Judge rules against Trump attempt to cut funding to sanctuary cities  

The Administration just received another court blow when a judge issued a preliminary injunction to block Trump's threat to take federal funds away from "sanctuary cities". Judge William Orrick's ruling stated that the President has no authority to attach new conditions to federal spending. In one of his January executive orders, Trump had threatened sanctuary jurisdictions with a loss of federal funding.  

The ruling was made in response to lawsuits brought by the city of San Francisco and Santa Clara County, in California, both of which have "non-cooperation" policies. Trump has tweeted that he will legally challenge the ruling.

The Immigrant Legal Resource Center in San Francisco commented that the ruling "provides strong legal support for countless jurisdictions across the country currently weighing decisions to adopt or strengthen similar policies."

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Over the next week, immigrant rights, climate justice, workers' rights and many other justice seekers will be rallying and marching in a continuing movement for rights and justice, in resistance and with resilience. This is a critical time to build on the intersections of our movements.

Thanks to our new and old friends and allies for your support and solidarity -- let's keep up the momentum!