Activists Vow Fight as Congress Funds Portions of Border Wall

Last week Congress voted to appropriate some monies to build new fortifications along the United States-Mexico border, but border activists in Rio Grande Valley say the fight against President Donald Trump’s border wall is far from over. The nearly $1.6 billion in border wall funding included in the omnibus spending bill that Trump signed Friday provides for the construction of some 33 miles of new walls, all in Texas’s ecologically-important Rio Grande Valley. Those walls will tear through communities, farms and ranchland, historic sites, and thousands of acres of protected wildlife habitat, while creating flooding risks on both sides of the border. But far from admitting defeat, border activists have already begun mapping out next steps to pressure Congress to slow down or even halt the wall’s construction. Read more in Sierra.

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