Author: Angelika Albaladejo
Instead of passing legislation that would protect the rights of border communities and migrants, or reform our broken immigration system, some members of Congress are once again trying to do the opposite. The misleadingly-named “Arizona Borderlands Protection and Preservation Act” (S. 750) is an extreme bill that would further militarize the U.S.-Mexico border and compromise environmental and human rights at the border. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs is set to mark up this bill starting today at 10am, so they need to hear from you NOW!
Can you take five minutes to tell the committee to OPPOSE S. 750 and harmful border legislation?
This bill represents an extreme and misguided “border-security first” approach that would strip existing environmental protections on all federal public lands in Arizona and worsen the already massive militarized buildup on the southwest border. Instead, border legislation from Congress should focus on increasing accountability for the corruption-plagued U.S. Customs and Border Protection, while building a workable, human solution for our broken immigration system. The Arizona Borderlands Protection and Preservation Act does no such thing.
Tell the Senate to reject S. 750’s enforcement-only approach that compromises border communities and environmental protections without providing any workable solution for our broken immigration system.
Click here to tweet at Chairman Johnson and the leadership of the Homeland Security Committee.
Sample tweet: [ .@SenRonJohnson #S750 harms #bordercommunities, environment, human rights. Support more accountability, not militarization. @SenateHSGACDems ]
Can you take one more minute and contact the other committee members, either by Twitter or telephone? Click the twitter handles below for a sample tweet.
Chairman Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI):
Phone: (202) 224-5323
Senator John McCain (R-Arizona.):
Phone: (202) 224-2235
Senate Homeland Democrats:
Phone: (202) 224-4751
Senator Tom Carper (D-Delaware):
Phone: (202) 228-2190
Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana):
Phone: (202) 224-2644
Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri):
Phone: (202) 224-6154
Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin):
Phone: (202) 224-5653
Senator Cory Booker (D-New Jersey):
Phone: (202) 224-3224
Senator Gary Peters (D- Michigan):
Phone: (202) 224-6221
Senator Rob Portman (R-Portland):
Phone: (202) 224-3353
Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky):
Phone: (202) 224-4343
Senator James Lankford (R-Oklahoma):
Phone: (202) 224-5754
Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming):
Phone: (202) 224-3424
Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire):
Phone: (202) 224-3324
Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa):
Phone: (202) 224-3254
Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska):
Phone: (202) 224-4224
Follow the discussion online with these hashtags: #S750, #RevitalizeNotMilitarize
Also, for more information, see this letter from LAWG and over 40 border, immigration, faith, labor, environmental, civil rights, and human
rights groups advocating against the harmful Arizona Borderlands Protection and Preservation Act..Thanks for taking action and standing in solidarity with border communities!