Do Not Let Trump’s Wall Divide Native Land

Target: President Donald J. Trump

Goal: Do not let the construction of a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border divide a historic indigenous nation reservation.

Since the election of Donald J. Trump, Americans have been haunted by the president’s pledge to build a wall to separate the United States from Mexico. Among the arguments opposing such an absurd proposal, one has nonetheless received scarce attention: a wall would tear apart the Tohono O’odham Nation, whose reservation extends along the border. With an upsurge in the mobilization of Native American tribes in the past years, it is time to highlight the wide-ranging consequences of a border wall to this segment of the population and express our solidarity.

The U.S.-Mexico frontier is 1,954 miles long, extending from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. Construction along the border would, therefore, require considerable financial expenses and confront incredible logistical and geographical obstacles. A border wall would be a disturbing symbol of intolerance in a globalized world. Aside from these relevant arguments, it is important to say that to the 34 thousand members of the Tohono O’odham Nation, a border wall will have a deeper impact. With a 62-mile area close to the border, the tribe would be split, and members living in the U.S./Arizona area would be apart from members residing in Mexico/Sonora.

The Tohono O’odham Nation has already been hurt by decades of gates, cameras, and patrol activity across their sacred land. Policies of immigration and border control have a huge repercussion on the tribe’s religious practice and identity. Even a partial border wall, eventually excluding the tribe’s area, will injure the Tohono O’odham Nation. Do not let such an immoral proposal damage Native American lives and wipe out this country’s history.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Trump,

Your proposal of building a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border has sparked fierce opposition within and outside the country. Numerous elements make the construction of a border wall unacceptable and a bad idea: from financial expenses and logistical obstacles to the dissemination of a hateful culture. In the wake of an executive order making the U.S.-Mexico border wall an official federal goal, I would like to highlight the harmful impact a wall would impose on Native American populations. The Tohono O’odham Nation inhabits a 62-mile area between the states of Arizona (U.S.) and Sonora (Mexico) and the tribe will be divided once construction crosses their ancestral land.

Native Americans have endured the hazards of social and economic development for centuries and deserve to have their history preserved and their cultural and religious practices respected. I urge you to rethink this proposal and work towards solutions that are satisfying for everyone living and contributing to the making of this country, regardless their origins.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Lorie Shaull

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9 Comments

  1. Trump’s plan to build a wall is absurd. He’s supposedly worried about Mexican criminals, as if there weren’t already home-made criminals in America, including some in government. He’s saying that the criminals are “out there” wanting to come into America, as if America is pristine and pure. Such hogwash.

    • Denno…do you do any reading at all? Watch the news on anything but CNN? How about naming a few of the major countries of the world that allow unfettered access. How about looking at some of the threats aimed at us from muslims who hate us. How about trying just a wee bit to find out how many illegal aliens have come here just to do us harm. How about explaining to those who have come here legally why it’s important to let just anybody come walking across our borders. Pathetic!

      • Frank, do you watch anything but Faux News? Doesn’t sound like it. This threat from Muslims who hate us is a ruse by the people who’s purpose it is to further divide our country. When will the fact that almost all terrorism in the US is perpetrated by natural born citizens and home grown terrorists become well known? Because #45 has claimed Mexicans in the US are here to do us harm, you should check the statistics. Almost all terrorism in the US is perpetrated by natural born citizens and home grown terrorists. I do not have an explanation to provide to legal immigrants but I’ll admit it. What is pathetic to me is the fear and divisiveness that has been unleashed by our illegitimate president. Do not forget, Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, won the popular vote by almost 3 million votes. That’s without Russia and Comey. That means there are more of us.

        • Interesting but not accurate response Margaret. I’ve actually taken two Homeland Security courses ( presented under the obama administration ) that deal with the threat of terrorism coming from across our open borders. And if you’ll be so kind as to check you’ll find that islamic terrorism here in this country outnumbers home grown terrorism. Our borders need to be sealed.

          • Nope, statistics show our own people are our worst enemies. That you took 2 Homeland Security courses does not change the truth. I’d like a list of Muslim immigrants who have committed terrorist attacks. Muslim-American citizens do not count. And, to go back to the petition, Native Americans should not pay the price of land and culture to assuage the irrational fears being spread.

      • I actually was responding to your post, not the petition, so sorry. It is ludicrous that we would spend enormous amounts of taxpayer dollars for a wall that Mexico is supposed to pay for. There are much more urgent needs for the money. It is ludicrous that we would once again disregard the rights and culture of Native Americans. The wall is orchestrated by a megalomaniac child who feels he can do anything and get away with it. It appears a large amount of people support xenophobia. A larger amount, almost 3 million more, do not.

        • Yes, xenophobia is what it is. And trampling over the rights of Native Americans to build a completely unnecessary wall is inexcusable.

  2. Patricia Dumais says:

    The world does not need more walls – it needs more understanding and cooperation.

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