Happening now: our own @RobertoAleLopez joins @BetoORourke @RepRaulGrijalva @RepFilemonVela + border leaders call on @POTUS to:
#NotAnotherFoot #TearDownThisWall
Watch: txcivilrights.pro/2QUfARZ
“Today marks 68 days since the Biden administration took executive action to place the border wall on pause and initiate a 60 day review for the appropriated and redirected resources.” - @RobertoAleLopez
"During this review period #RGV border justice advocates like myself sent a letter to @POTUS & cabinet members urging them to:
-Cancel the contracts
-Dismiss all cases
-Restore+revest the land
-Consult with communities instead of giving $ to DHS.
But this hasn’t yet happened."
"TCRP even put together and published a whole flowchart, which we also attached in our letter, and which that the administration could use to understand the varying legal situations hundreds of Texas residents may be in." news.txcivilrights.org/2021/02/03/sou…
"The anxiety, the pressure, that hundreds across South Texas feel is real. It’s still unclear to folks like our client and #RGV teacher, Nayda Alvarez, whose home would be bisected by border wall construction, what the fate is of the border wall in South Texas."
"We said it at the start of the pandemic and we’re saying it again: no Texan should be fighting the virus and the federal government at the same time. These lawsuits must end." #NotAnotherFoot
"For decades now administration after administration has continued to pour more money into so-called border “security.” Already DHS has nearly $50 billion in funding annually, and has the biggest law enforcement arms in the country. This ever-increasing funding has to stop."
"We want the gov't’s pause to be permanent, not just shifting $ over to companies that profit off incarceration like GeoGroup/CoreCivic, or gov't agencies with long histories of horrendous acts like shooting children across the border or letting children die on their watch."
"In a way we’re not having the right conversation. Right now we’re debating whether or not Biden is doing the right work and what advocates want, when I wish instead we were talking about the root causes of border militarization."
"Such as how we continue to call Black/Brown people trying to enter this country a crisis, or how our role in perpetuating climate change + past+present American imperialism has forced people to leave their homes or to send their children off on their own in a dangerous journey."
"Or how corporate greed incentivizes detention centers and border walls. We need to pull ourselves that way, to that discussion.

I hope to continue to have these conversations about how we can reimagine our approach to welcoming neighbors at our door." - @RobertoAleLopez

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