Published: April 2018

Border wall funding is a waste of taxpayer dollars

Funding for a border wall has faced strong opposition from a diverse coalition of organizations that include Latino, civil rights, consumer, environmental, faith and border community groups. The coalition has spent months advocating against the militarization of the border and the vilification of border and immigrant communities. As Congress moves forward with the FY2019 appropriations process, we urge leadership to reject efforts to continue funding additional border wall construction that draws scarce resources away from urgently needed infrastructure.

The construction of the Trump wall, the militarization of the border region, the criminalization of immigrants, and the destruction of wildlife habitat are all tools of politicians who seek to advance an extreme profit-driven agenda at the expense of our communities. These efforts have nothing to do with the security of the border region or our nation. Consumer Action joined coalition advocates in writing a letter to congress, asserting that the wall, increased militarization of the southern border, the criminalization of immigrants and the destruction of wildlife habitat are actions that do not improve security of the border region (which continues to be one of the safest regions in the country). Instead, FY2019 appropriations should be allocated to urgently needed infrastructure, including schools, roads, and health clinics.

Lead Organization

EarthJustice

Other Organizations

Alaska Wilderness League | Alianza Americas | American Civil Liberties Union | American GI Forum of the US | American Rivers | Animal Legal Defense Fund | Animal Welfare Institute | Another Gulf is Possible | Azul | Bend the Arc Jewish Action | BorderLinks | Born Free USA | Center for Biological Diversity | Center of Concern | Clean Water Action | Coalicion de Derechos Humanos | Columbus Sanctuary Collective | Community4ImmigrantRights | Consumer Action | Defenders of Wildlife | Delaware Ecumenical Council on Children and Families Earth Ethics, Inc. | Earth in Brackets | Earthjustice | Endangered Species Coalition | Environmental Protection Information Center | Fair Immigration Reform Movement | Fellowship of Reconciliation, Louisville Chapter | Florida Immigrant Coalition | Franciscan Action Network | Friends Committee on National Legislation | Friends of Blackwater | Friends of Miami-Dade Detainees | Friends of the Earth | GAPIMNY—Empowering Queer & Trans Asian Pacific Islanders | Great Old Broads for Wilderness | GreenLatinos | Hip Hop Caucus | Hispanic Federation | Hope Border Institute | International Marine Mammal Project of Earth | Island Institute | InterReligious Task Force on Central America and Colombia Justice | Peace and Reconciliation Commission | Priests of the Sacred Heart, US Province | Kentucky Interfaith Taskforce on Latin America and the Caribbean | Klamath Forest Alliance | Knobs Haven Retreat Center | La Unión del Pueblo Entero | LatinoJustice PRLDEF | League of Conservation Voters | League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) | Loretto Mission Activities Team | Loretto Peace Committee | Loretto Women's Network | National Center for Lesbian Rights | National Council of Jewish Women | National Hispanic Medical Association | National Immigrant Justice Center | National Justice for Our Neighbors | National Latina/o Psychological Association National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

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