Act now to oppose border wall funding in H.R. 3219

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A vote in the House could come soon!

To preclude public input and expedite a floor vote, Republicans on the House Rules Committee have approved an amendment to H.R. 3219, "Make America Secure Appropriations Act," that allocates $1.6 billion for border wall construction. The bill is being debated in the House later this afternoon. Echoing immigrant rights groups and residents of the border region, we condemn any new construction or reinforcement of barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Border walls do not deter people driven to migrate by violence, economic necessity, or family separation. Instead, they force people to reroute into life-threatening terrain, where 165 people have already died this year. The construction and existence of border walls also threatens the unique natural environment of the borderlands, including the most recent plans for constructions in Texas' Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge. 

Representatives Raúl Grijalva of Arizona and Filemon Vela of Texas sent a letter to the House Appropriators expressing their opposition as well. They wrote that, "While the false narrative of a violent and insecure border region has long been used to justify legislation that has negative economic and civil rights impacts on border communities, the southern border is not a war zone." 

Contact your Representative immediately:

Democratic Representatives have already begun raising objections to the inclusion of $1.6 billion border wall funding and the undemocratic process in which it was added to the bill. We urge you to contact your Representative immediately and insist that they oppose H.R. 3219. Click here to find your representative's contact information.

Sample script:

Hello, my name is _____ and I am calling to ask Representative _____ to oppose H.R. 3219, which would provide the Department of Homeland Security with $1.6 billion for border wall construction. Border militarization, including the construction of walls and barriers, contributes directly to the death of migrants, the destruction of the natural environment, and the detriment of border communities. Thank you.

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