As we all know, the current administration is all gung-ho to built a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. This wall is estimated to cost $1.6 billion, and House Republicans have moved to put the funding measure to a vote next week.
Not only will this cost us an arm and a leg and another arm and a kidney or two, but the first portion of the wall is said to go up in the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. From ThinkProgress:
The Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge comprises 2,088-acres along the U.S.-Mexico border, and was established in 1943 for the protection of migratory birds. The refuge is home to at least 400 species of birds, 450 types of plants, and half of the butterfly species found in North America [as well as] the highly-endangered ocelot.
Federal officials told the Texas Observer that the wall would consist of an 18-foot levee wall that would stretch for three miles in the wildlife refuge... Such construction would “essentially destroy the refuge,” an official told the Texas Observer.
Not only is 45's administration ripping apart families and hurting people, but now it is threatening lil' fuzzies, and that is where I draw the line.
- Call | Use this link from 5 Calls to contact your Congresspeople. Urge them not to support the allocation of federal funds to 45's wall.
- Sign | United We Dream has petitions up the wazoo in support of DACA. If you don't know what that is, you can read about the important immigration policy here, passed under President Obama (R.I.P.).
- Donate | If you can afford to do so, support the Friends of The Wildlife Corridor, which works to protect the Santa Ana Refuge against habitat destruction.