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What’s At Stake

The 2,000-mile stretch of land between the U.S. and Mexico contains one of the most diverse ecosystems in North America with wildlife such as the endangered Mexican gray wolf, jaguar, bighorn sheep, and ocelot calling it home. It is home to millions of American families who live and thrive in peace. It is also where President Trump wanted to build a 30-foot border wall. We need your help to stop it.

This region is now under siege, as President Trump, not satisfied that Congress already gave him almost $3 billion for border barriers, issued a national emergency declaration, circumventing our system of separation of powers in order to construct his senseless border wall.

Following a record 35-day government shutdown that turned the lives of federal workers into bargaining chips, the Trump administration resorted to even more extreme measures as it attempted to bypass Congress through a national emergency declaration that set up a constitutional clash between the legislative and executive branches. These illegal acts threatened communities, landscapes, wildlife, and even historic churches and cemeteries along the border.

We cannot give in. We need your help to stop this attack on communities, public health, and the environment.

The border region is home to millions who oppose a border wall. It also contains one of the most diverse ecosystems in North America, with wildlife such as the endangered Mexican gray wolf, jaguar, bighorn sheep, and ocelot. This border wall would devastate communities and wildlife alike. It would also:

* 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 Congress to protect communities, lands, wildlife, and historic cultural sites from 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.