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The construction of an enormous border wall and roads could have devastating impacts for borderlands wildlife and communities -- and could doom hopes for recovery of jaguars and ocelots in the U.S. Tell your representative to support H.R. 2076 today!

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Tom M (814)
Friday May 15, 2009, 2:36 pm
Dear Representative,

As a constituent and a supporter of Defenders of Wildlife, I am writing today to urge you to support The Border Security and Responsibility Act (H.R. 2076) introduced by Rep. Ral Grijalva (AZ).

This important legislation would provide a new approach to secure the border and protect our borderlands wildlife and wild places by:

* Repealing the REAL ID Act waiver authority and restoring the rule of law.
* Developing a new border security strategy informed by a comprehensive cost/effectiveness analysis of various border security alternatives.
* Developing a borderlands monitoring and mitigation plan to address the full range of ecological and environmental impacts of existing and future border infrastructure and operations.
* Requiring meaningful consultation with private landowners as well as public land and wildlife managers prior to additional construction.
* Temporarily suspending construction of additional miles of border wall until the necessary functional and cost assessments can be completed.

America's border with Mexico includes national parks, forests, monuments, wildlife refuges, wilderness areas and other environmentally sensitive areas. These lands and the wildlife that depends on them for survival rely on federal, state and local laws for protection. Unfortunately, Congress has authorized the construction of hundreds of miles of border walls and roads to be built across these lands and has granted the Secretary of Homeland Security the right to waive all federal, state and local laws in the process of constructing the wall.

As a result, fragile habitat has been destroyed, ecologically important water flows have been disrupted, wildlife corridors have been severed and protected land has been damaged. There is no existing plan for monitoring or mitigating impacts on wildlife and the environment. Similarly, there has been almost no consultation with affected communities, or consideration of implementing more environmentally sensitive security alternatives.

Representative Grijalva's Border Security and Responsibility Act will restore the rule of law and ensure we have the most secure border possible without sacrificing our precious wildlife and wild places.

In the meantime, the Obama administration is allowing 50 miles of wall construction projects contracted under the Bush administration to be built across wilderness areas and wildlife refuges.

I urge you also to please write Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to ask her to suspend construction in these sensitive areas until DHS has completed its evaluation of border security to determine if walls are cost-effective.

I look forward to hearing from you on this important issue.


[Your Name]

Kathy W (299)
Friday May 15, 2009, 2:51 pm
Noted and message sent. Thank you Tom.

Cher C (1429)
Friday May 15, 2009, 2:52 pm


Thnx hun!!!


Joycey B (750)
Friday May 15, 2009, 5:01 pm
Signed and noted with thanks Tom.

Thank you for taking the time to contact your Representative. With your help, we can get the support we need in Congress to pass legislation that will secure our borders and protect wildlife in the borderlands.

Cynthia Davis (340)
Friday May 15, 2009, 6:41 pm

BernadetteP P (72)
Friday May 15, 2009, 6:41 pm
siigned and ser out i hopeit helps

Rhonda Maness (580)
Friday May 15, 2009, 7:32 pm
letter sent, thanks Tom

Evelyn Z (300)
Friday May 15, 2009, 8:06 pm
Signed! Thanks (I missed THAT one)

Past Member (0)
Friday May 15, 2009, 8:30 pm
Thank you for taking the time to contact your Representative.

sue M (184)
Friday May 15, 2009, 10:31 pm
This one I signed already. Thanks Tom

. (0)
Saturday May 16, 2009, 2:29 am
noted & signed.

Pamylle G (461)
Saturday May 16, 2009, 4:03 am
Signed - thanks. Tom !

Mandi T (367)
Saturday May 16, 2009, 11:44 am
So glad to sign!!! Tx Tom

Leigh B (211)
Saturday May 16, 2009, 2:10 pm
Thank you for taking the time to contact your Representative, thanks Tom

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Monday May 18, 2009, 11:30 am
Gladley signed. Tks Tom

Janet Solomon (231)
Sunday July 26, 2009, 11:38 pm
Yup--signed that pledge! Thanks, Tom! xo
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