THE WALL…once more, with feeling!

by Laurence Gibson, Executive Committee Chair

Check out these El Paso Sierra Club Group Loryx newsletter headlines from the past:

April 2008
BorderFence Opposed
In dramatic fashion the El Paso City Council refused to have anything to do with federal plans to build new spans of 18-foot high fencing along the border through El Paso.

May 2008
Fence Threatens Rio Bosque
Homeland Security is waiving environmental regulations to hurriedly build over 600 miles of fence in 2008.

Why is it that one of the safest cities in the USA should have to put up with this kind of interference from the feds? It isn’t as though our local lawmakers have not spoken out and protested long and hard.

I do find it interesting that 10 years ago it was a fence and now it’s a wall. Perhaps it really is just a “man thing.”This is one of those times when local control would be a really good thing. Anyway, my buddy who owns a welding supply is licking his chops at making another fortune selling machines and helmets and, and so on. I keep telling folks we already have our wall.

The Border Network for Human Rights, BNHR, founded in 1998, is one of the leading human rights advocacy and immigration reform organizations located at the U.S./Mexico Border. BNHR has over 7,000 members in West Texas and Southern New Mexico.
On Saturday, January 26 at noon, BNHR and border families held a massive mobilization protesting the border wall and advocating for a Humane Immigration Reform.

The mobilization will started at San Jacinto Plaza, stopping at the Santa Fe International Port of Entry to denounce Trump’s Zero Tolerance policy and ending in Chihuahuita with a rally and demonstration near the site of ongoing border wall construction.

In Chihuahuita, marchers denounced construction of Trump’s Border Wall and militarization of our region, calling instead for a humane and inclusive immigration reform that protects and integrates Dreamers, TPS beneficiaries, domestic violence victims, and the millions of undocumented Americans who live and work in these United States.

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