Approximately 200 people gathered at the border wall in Sunland Park, New Mexico.
People convened for a town hall in opposition to President Trump’s FY 2018 DHS Budget request. SWEC partnered with the ACLU of New Mexico Regional Center for Border Rights (ACLU-NM RCBR), Comunidades en Acción y de Fe (NM CAFÉ), and New Mexico Wildlife Federation and organized a town hall that called on congress to not provide President Trump a cent for more boots, more beds, and more walls.
If approved, President Trump will grow an already unaccountable deportation force by adding 1,500 new ICE and Border Patrol agents, further accelerate already record-level incarceration of immigrants, and construct new border barriers that threaten critical habitat and migration of wildlife.
The No Wall Town Hall rally included testimony from NM State Representative Angelica Rubio and Doña Ana County Commissioner Billy G. Garrett as well as ceremonial prayers and dance led by tribal leaders indigenous to New Mexico’s borderlands.
“Human communities and animal populations are both harmed by the unnecessary militarization of our border, whether it’s new walls or more boots on the ground,” said Kevin Bixby, executive director of SWEC. “The border wall will absolutely stop wildlife, such as endangered Mexican wolves and jaguars and thousands of other species. The border region is home to some of the most biologically diverse lands where protecting precious habitats and migration corridors helps animals to find food, water and to survive. This wall is a weapon against the wildlife and wild places we work to protect, and we are committing everything we have to stopping it.”
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