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Talking Points: H.R. 2076, The Border Security and Responsibility Act of 2009

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Talking Points:

  • I encourage you to cosponsor and support the Border Security and Responsibility Act of 2009 (H.R. 2076), a bill recently introduced by Rep. Grijalva.  This bill will help address and prevent the harm caused by border walls to communities and natural resources, including the network of congressionally protected federal lands along the border.
  • I am concerned that three dozen laws were waived for border wall construction, including the Endangered Species Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act.  Landmark laws like these were put in place for a reason: to protect the public’s interest.  These laws shouldn’t be ignored.
  • The border wall has caused significant damage to communities, water quality, and wildlife habitat.  I believe that Congress needs to act to address these problems that the wall has created.
  • This act would require federal authorities to work cooperatively and transparently with local, state, and tribal leaders to devise a border security strategy that is humane, ecologically-sound, fair, and effective.

Background:

The Border Security and Responsibility Act of 2009 (H.R. 2076) was introduced April 23, 2009 by Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-7) with nine original cosponsors—Rep. Baca (CA-43), Rep. Brady (PA-1), Rep. Hinchey (NY-22), Rep. Reyes (TX-16), Rep. Sanchez (CA-39), Rep. Blumenauer (OR-3), Rep. Capps (CA-23), Rep. Ortiz (TX-27), and Rep. Roybal-Allard (CA-34).