I am writing to express my strong opposition to any efforts to pass any appropriation legislation that would continue to fund the construction of a border wall, including the "minibus" bill which contains $1.6 billion for the wall and will be up for a vote in the House of Representatives.
Instead of focusing on funding an absurd and hateful wall that will be a waste of taxpayer dollars, do nothing for national security, and put at risk our communities, wild lands and wildlife, Congress should focus on funding critical federal agencies that exist to protect our health and environment.
Border cities are some of the safest in the country and communities with more immigrants are likely to be safer than places with fewer immigrants. The wall, increased militarization of the border region and the destruction of wildlife habitats only benefit special interests who seek to profit at the expense of border communities, which already have a poverty rate about twice as high as the national average.
I urge you to vote against any bill that would fund the construction of a border wall, including the "minibus" bill.