On April 23rd, 2009, Congressman Raul Grijalva (AZ-7) introduced HR 2076, the Border Security Responsibility Act of 2009. This bill was designed to implement a comprehensive border security strategy that would not only be effective in efforts to reduce illegal immigration into the United States but would also address the ecological and environmental impacts of border security measures.
A minimum of thirty environmental laws were circumvented in order to construct the border fence along Mexico. The U.S./Mexico border spans almost 2,000 miles of diverse land, covering two deserts, numerous mountain ranges and rivers. Much of this land is contained within refuges and estuaries. The border fence cuts like a knife right through these ecosystems. This area is also home to a variety of rare, threatened and even federally endangered species. Yet the federal government continues construction without regard to the ecological impacts.
Unfortunately, HR 2076 has been sitting on subcommittee desks for almost a year and a half. I urge you to contact your representative to bring this bill back to life. Let's find out why the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities and the Subcommittee on Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism are stalling this bill.
Some key targets include:
Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities
Chairwoman - Loretta Sanchez (CA-47)
Ranking Member - Jeff Miller (FL-1)
Subcommittee on Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism
Chairman - Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
Ranking Member - Candace Miller (MI-10)
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- U.S. House of Representatives
As your constituent, I am writing to express my support of HR-2076, Border Security Responsibility Act of 2009.
I understand the importance of protecting our great nation's borders, yet the actions taken by our government have been in disregard of the ecological impacts that arise in creating a physical boundary, such as the border fence.
In addition, a minimum of thirty environmental laws were circumvented in order to construct the border fence along Mexico. I have a hard time understanding why my tax dollars are used to fund environmental programs AND fences that subsequently make those programs irrelevant.
Some federally endangered species affected by the fence include Sonoran pronghorn antelope, jaguar, and ocelot. The desert tortoise is listed as a threatened species.
Unfortunately, HR 2076 has been sitting on subcommittee desks for almost a year and a half. I am contacting you today to urge you to bring this bill back to life. Together we can find a solution that will keep our borders AND ecosystems safe and secure for generations to come.
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