No question, it is overkill. The “border surge” included in immigration legislation passed by the Senate would create one of the most militarized border zones in the world. Defense contractors may be pleased with this lucrative boondoggle, but communities from San Diego to Brownsville are raising the alarm that piling more fencing, drones, surveillance equipment, and Border Patrol agents would jeopardize the rights and quality of life for millions in the border region. This Wednesday, July 17th, LAWG joins with the Border Network for Human Rights and partners in sending a unified message to Congress to halt the militarization of the border.
Politicians from both parties have promoted a distorted image of the border region by highlighting violence, chaos and mayhem that does not exist on the U.S. side of the border, a distraction from crucial efforts to forge a pathway to citizenship and keep families together. On July 17th, communities from along the border region and beyond are taking a stand to say no to border militarization.
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We may not all live along the border or be personally impacted by these decisions on a day-to-day basis, but we can all see that this is just plain bad policy and a huge waste of resources in our current economic crisis.