On Thursday, November 14, Rep. Filemon Vela (TX-34) will hold a press conference alongside border community residents currently suing the Trump administration over its illegal attempts to construct border barriers using federal funds seized through an illegitimate declaration of national emergency. Faith leaders from the United Methodist Church will join to discuss the historic Jackson Ranch Church and Cemetery, the first Protestant Church in the Rio Grande Valley and a current target for border wall construction.
In mid-March, Earthjustice filed a lawsuit on behalf of an informal coalition of families, Tribal leaders, and environmental advocates along the border alleging “real and dire impacts for communities living along the border,” including potential exhumation and desecration of loved ones’ and veterans’ remains at the 154-year old Eli Jackson Cemetery and 145-year-old Jackson Ranch Church and Cemetery in Texas. The sites are home to the final resting places of veterans from both World Wars, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
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