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06/10/2011

Update: Yet Another Attempt to Expand the Border Wall

Border Wall

Earlier this week we introduced you to Sierra Club organizer and Borderlands activist Dan Millis. Today, he reminded us just how relentless politicians are on the border issue. One senator in particular, Jim DeMint of South Carolina, will not ease off furthering destructive border policies. Dan informs us that DeMint has placed an amendment into the Economic Development Revitalization Act that would expand 10 to 25-foot barriers by hundreds of miles and choke off adjacent wilderness.

DeMint tried three separate times during the last congressional session to expand the wall by slipping it into existing legislation as an amendment. It was attempted through the Homeland Security Appropriations bill, the major fiscal reform bill, and finally the DREAM Act. Earlier this year, DeMint tried to sneak it into the Patriot Act, but failed.

"He's certainly persistent, I'll give him that," Dan says. "But so are we. We have been fighting these silly proposals for nearly two years now. It's easy to help us out by going to our action alert on this issue and letting your senators know how you feel about expensive, ineffective border walls."

(Photo credit: Krista Schlyer.)

-- Brian Foley

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