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Fund communities and natural landscapes, not senseless walls

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What’s At Stake

The 2,000-mile stretch of land between the U.S. and Mexico is one of the richest regions in North America. It’s a tapestry of cultural treasures, bicultural communities, diverse ecosystems, and historical and natural landmarks. It’s a safe haven for wildlife such as the endangered Mexican gray wolf, jaguar, bighorn sheep, and ocelot, and home to millions of American families who live and thrive in peace. It is also where President Trump tried to build an infamous 30-foot border wall. With Trump out of power, President Biden can end the wall and heal the damage — but we need your help.

Border wall construction during the Trump administration wreaked havoc on the borderlands, scarring the land and harming all those who depend on it. The Trump administration bulldozed Native American burial sites, dynamited mountains, erected walls in flood plains that dangerously deplete water from sensitive desert ecosystem, and seized ranches and farms from families to build wall. All of this was done by waiving dozens of environmental protection laws that would have rendered the wall illegal in any other part of the country. 

In his first day in office, President Biden ordered a temporary stop to wall construction and a review of all existing activities and contracts. After the review, he will decide whether construction continues or stops.

Continued wall construction would circumvent the law and threaten communities, landscapes, wildlife, and even historic churches and cemeteries along the border. We need your help to stop this attack on communities, public health, and the environment. Tell the Biden administration to:

  1. Permanently stop wall construction
  2. Cancel all active and future construction contracts
  3. Remediate the damage already done by the wall

If construction continues, the wall would:

  • Cost taxpayers between $20 and $70 billion
  • Disrupt local economies dependent on cross-border trade
  • Block the migration paths of several threatened and endangered species
  • Hinder the natural flow of waterways, potentially causing devastating flooding and destruction to wildlife, lives, and property.

The border wall was yet another gimmick used by the Trump administration to intimidate communities, particularly Latinx and immigrant ones, that are fighting for their civil rights, including their right to a healthy environment. It’s a symbol of fear being justified by the fiction that our border communities must be militarized and somehow deserve fewer protections under the law.

A wall is a waste of money and a distraction from the very real issues border communities face. Our border communities need funding for schools, environmental cleanup, and wildlife protection — not a divisive wall. Tell the Biden administration to protect communities, lands, wildlife, and historic cultural sites by cancelling the border wall.

Your Actions Matter

Your messages make a difference, even if we have leaders who don't want to listen. Here's why.

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You level the playing field.

Elected officials pay attention when they see that we are paying attention.

They may be hearing from industry lobbyists left and right, but hearing the stories of their constituents — that’s your power.

Our legislators serve at the pleasure of the people who gave them their job — you. When you contact your elected official, you’re putting a face and a name on an issue. Whether or not you voted for them, they work for you, for the duration of their term.

Make sure your elected officials know whose community and whose values they represent. (Find your local, state, and federal elected officials.)

Your action is with us in court.

If a federal agency finalizes a harmful action, the record of public comments provides a basis for bringing them into court.

Throughout each of the public comment periods we alert you to, Earthjustice’s attorneys are researching and writing in-depth, technical comments to submit — detailing how the regulation could and should be stronger to protect the environment, our communities, and our planet.

We need you to join us — your specific experiences, knowledge, and voice are crucial to add to the Administrative Record through the comment periods.

Lawsuits we file that challenge weak or harmful federal regulations rely on what was submitted during the comment period. The court can only look at documents that are in the Administrative Record — including the public comments — to decide if the agency did something improper.

Your actions aid our litigation. Taking action and submitting comments during a comment period is substantively important.

It’s the law.

Federal agencies must pause what they’re doing and ask for — and consider — your comment.

Many of us may have never heard of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), but laws like these require our government to ask the public to weigh in before agencies adopt or change regulations.

Regulations essentially describe how federal agencies will carry out laws — including decisions that could undermine science, or weaken safeguards on public health.

Public comments are collected at various points throughout the federal government’s rulemaking process, including when a regulation is proposed and finalized. (Learn more about the rulemaking process.) These comments become part of the official, legal public record — the “Administrative Record.”

When the public responds with a huge outpouring of support for environmental protections, these individual messages collectively undercut politicians' attempts to claim otherwise.

What this means is each of us can take a role in shaping the rules our government creates — and ensuring those rules are fair and effective.