New Mexico Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall have introduced a bill that would stop any federal funds from being used “to design or construct any levee wall, steel bollard fence, or other wall” within any unit of the National Wilderness Preservation System and National Wildlife Refuge System.
Five designated Wilderness areas in America are found adjacent to the U.S. border with Mexico. They are the Cabeza Prieta Wilderness, Jacumba Wilderness, Organ Pipe Cactus Wilderness, Otay Mountain Wilderness, and the Pajarita Wilderness. Other Wilderness areas not directly on the border but within the ecologically sensitive borderland area could also be negatively impacted by a border wall and its construction.
S.264 would also ensure that no federal funds are used to design or construct a border wall or fence on state land without that proper state approval or within “a wildlife corridor, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior acting through the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.”
The U.S.-Mexico border cuts through the habitat of over 1,500 native animal and plant species – many that are threatened or endangered – which would be placed at risk by additional border wall. A peer-reviewed article signed by nearly 3,000 scientists, declared the border wall would be a disaster for biodiversity.
Please ask your senators to co-sponsor S.264 in the U.S. Senate, and urge your representative to introduce and co-sponsor similar legislation in the U.S. House.
It is simply not necessary to destroy America's Wilderness and National Wildlife Refuge legacy to keep our country safe.
Tell your members of Congress to support a bill that would keep the border wall out of Wilderness and National Wildlife Refuges along the southern U.S. border.
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