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U.S./Mexico Border Fence Harms Wildlife

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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  • Representative
    Alan Lowenthal
  • Representative
    Jeff Miller
  • Representative
    Candice Miller


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