Target: Chief Michael J. Fisher, Head of Office of U.S. Border Protection
Goal: Stop building walls at the U.S.-Mexico border to protect wildlife habitats from destruction
Fragile plant and animal habitats aren’t the first things that come to most people’s minds when discussing the United States’ immigration and border policies. However, these policies are destroying the habitats and migration corridors of delicate species that depend upon resources along the border to survive. Stop building walls at the U.S.-Mexico border to protect both human rights and wildlife habitats.
Pending Congressional bills to increase border provisions would not only cost taxpayers billions of dollars, but they would also destroy the habitats of jaguars, ocelots, bighorn sheep, wolves, wildflowers, and the saguaro cactus. The wildlife along the border is rare, and our government is destroying its livelihood more every year. The fate of native species should not be at the mercy of ineffective government policies.
Congress wants to expand environmental waivers and build even more structures along the border without the guidance of any environmental laws. More information about this growing problem is available in Krista Schyler’s book, Continental Divide: Wildlife, People and the Border Wall. Sign the below petition to urge the U.S. Department of Customs and Border Patrol to rethink their decisions to build move walls and barriers along rare habitat areas.[gravityform id=1 name=Signthe Petition: ajax=false]
Dear Chief Fisher,
Over 650 miles of walls and barriers have already been built along the U.S.-Mexico border. These structures are devastating the habitats of rare plants and animals in the area including, bighorn sheep, ocelots, and cactus. We must stop sacrificing our wildlife species for border policies that don’t even take the environment into account.
Environmental groups, including the Sierra Club and the Sky Island, Alliance are working to save these fragile species, but their voices are not being heard quickly enough. I am urging you to stop granting environmental waivers to perpetuate ineffectual policies at the expense of innocent species.
Stop building walls that harm native species and that don’t make our country any safer either. Thousands of our tax dollars have already been wasted with these border control projects. Don’t destroy all of the native habitats there too.
[Your Name Here]
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