Border town takes first legal step to fight President Trump's border wall

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (RGVProud.com) - In a unanimous vote, Brownsville City Commissioners will oppose President Donald Trump's border wall from being built in wildlife refuge areas and anywhere along the border region.

Commissioner At-Large "B" Rose Gowen and Commissioner At-Large "A" César De León co-authored Resolution 2017-044. The resolution states in part "the existing border wall and militarization have created a human rights crisis in the border region that has caused significant social, cultural and economic harm to our community resulting in unnecessary human suffering;"

The resolution outlines the economic impact the wall may have on areas such as the Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary, Southmost Preserve, the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge and the National Butterfly Center. The combined areas is roughly 4,000 acres.

Commissioner De León feels there is a misinterpretation of what border communities are made of, "I'm pretty sure most of our Congressman have a lot of work to do. They all represent their districts to the best of their ability but it's hard when you're a representative from Montana to really grasp what life at the border is. That is why we invite them to come visit us. I wouldn't say that it's ignorance leading us I think it's more of a lack of awareness."

The day before the vote, Representative Beto O'Rourke, (D-El Paso) toured the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge and spoke with News Center 23's Derick Garcia and said "walls go back centuries and have always proven to be ineffective."

Commissioner De León said he'll reach out to Congressmen along the border of Texas along with Filemon Vela and Vicente Gonzalez as the legal action progresses.

 

This article originally posted on RGVProud.com

 


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