*NEW* DHS Document Reveals Locations for 213 Miles of Border Wall Construction Across Three Border States
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Arizona– A newly-obtained letter from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to the Department of Defense requests use of billions of dollars in military funds to build new border walls as part of the Trump Administration’s emergency declaration at the border. According to the document, 213 miles of new and replacement border walls, floodlights and surveillance equipment would be imposed on communities and landscapes in California, Arizona and New Mexico– including a wall that would block the San Pedro River, one of Arizona’s last remaining free-flowing waterways. Find the original document and summary of its meaning here. See maps of the proposed border wall construction areas: Yuma 1, Yuma 2 and El Paso.
In response, representatives at the Sierra Club released the following statements:
“The irony of using our national security budget to divide communities, destroy wildlife habitat and cut us off from our public lands is atrocious. The only crisis on the border is the one this administration is creating by building these barriers and stripping people of their rights and protection under the law. We cannot allow Trump to illegally steal taxpayer dollars in an attempt to militarize safe places and build more walls through our most precious American landscapes,” said Richard Guerrero, LCDR, USN (Ret.) and Sierra Club Borderlands Activist.