Dr. Ramiro Ramirez, a plaintiff in a lawsuit to halt construction of the border wall, shares the story of the Hidalgo County, Texas-based Jackson Ranch Church and Cemetery and Eli Jackson Cemetery, which are considered historic landmarks. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol awarded contracts for 11 miles of border wall that could threaten the chapel and cemeteries in August. Sarah Burt, the Earthjustice litigator working the case discusses the legal implications.
Ramirez v. Trump challenges President Trump’s declaration of national emergency to build additional miles of the southern border wall.
Earthjustice attorneys filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Mar. 14, 2019, on behalf of the Ramirez family of San Juan, Texas, who fear that they may lose access to family gravesites or that their loved ones’ bodies may be exhumed to build the wall, and additional plaintiffs. Learn more about the legal issues.