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Continued + Creative Opposition to the Border Wall

Oppose the Border Wall

Remember when "Mexico" was going to pay for the construction of a wall at the border? To no one's surprise, that's not happening. 45 is looking to finance the wall through import taxes levied on Mexico, and will also "consider other options." While 45 claimed the cost of the proposed border wall will decrease once he became "involved in the design...and negotiations," reports demonstrate the wall will cost significantly more than expected and will take longer to build. 

  • Historically, border walls don't work. The Migration Policy institute highlights three primary reasons: people will find a way around the heavily guarded areas; smugglers have demonstrated that people and goods can get through formal ports of entry; walls have no impact on individuals who enter the country legally and overstay visas.
  • It is a logistical nightmare. A wall guarding the 2,000 miles of the US-Mexico border, a landscape of desert, mountains, rivers and canyons is a huge undertaking with limited promise for return on the investment.
  • The United States is at a 50-year low of illegal border crossings.

Action Items

  1. Contact your representatives and tell them you oppose a border wall. 
  2. Submit a design to the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (see below).
  3. Sign the petitions embedded on this page, and share them with others!

You can submit your design for the wall to the Dept. of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP). They will be asking for prototype wall structures for the border between the United States and Mexico between March 6th and March 24.  

In order to be considered for the financial award and contract, you will need to register as an interested vendor. If you're like me, you have no experience building walls--or much of anything beyond high school theater sets. Don't fret--you can email your design directly to the contacts provided!

Couch Activism suggests using unconventional media for the wall to keep costs down. Consider: hay bales; corn mazes; large-scale hedges guarded by topiaries along the top; lasers; empty wine barrels and beer kegs; red solo cups or playing cards stacked to make a dainty little house; air; a very long paper banner similar to those run through by high school football teams.

Primary Point of Contact:

John P Callahan,
Contract Specialist
john.callahan@dhs.gov
Phone: 317-614-4934
Fax: 317-298-1344

Secondary Point of Contact

Richard A Travis,
Contract Specialist
Richard.Travis@dhs.gov
Phone: 317-614-4580
Fax: 317-298-1344

Petitions to Oppose the Border Wall

Meanwhile, in Congress

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