The Borderlands Team has, as usual, been busy. Our efforts to educate the public and decision makers about the environmental and human impacts of border militarization – the walls, roads, towers, and forward operating bases that scar the borderlands – continue, with outreach to groups and through the press. In this year that marks the 50th
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The Sierra Club’s Borderlands Team held its annual team meeting in San Francisco September 18-22, to coincide with the Sierra Club’s annual Council of Club Leaders (CCL) meeting.
How did you come to be the chair of the Sierra Club Borderlands Team?
I had been working on the issue as part of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Sierra Group. Once I heard about border walls going up my concern was about what they would do to South Texas wildlife refuges. Some of the best habitat is along the river.
Around this same time Sean Sullivan was working in a similar capacity with the Rincon Group in southern Arizona. He talked to Jill Workman, and that’s when we came together to create a national team in 2008.
The condemnation suit has been filed and construction crews are staging. Another section of border wall will soon stand beside the Rio Grande.
President Obama has said that he will put pressure on the U.S. House to pass comprehensive immigration reform as soon as the budgetary crisis is resolved. But which immigration reform bill should the House adopt? There are many options that have been proposed, and here are just a few of the good, the bad, and the ugly:
Hold the applause for the Senate’s immigration bill.
It would spend $50 billion on border enforcement measures that are not only ineffective; they are also destructive.
The rich rhetoric about border security in the United States makes for a great story. And we hear lots of stories about the border these days: The federal government has failed to secure our southern border. Treacherous criminals threaten our way of life. Home and family are under siege.