Thursday, September 13, 2007

Write your Congressman

A Chance to make a REAL difference!
Please write a letter TODAY .
Posted by: "Susan Thompson"

Write to Congressman Ciro Rodriguez today. This is our chance to have a real impact on what happens with the Border Wall.

The National Sierra Club is sending members to lobby on Borderlands Wilderness issues in Washington, D.C. on Monday September 17. Some of this lobbying effort will focus on discussing the Border Wall. The great thing for us is that one of our Valley congressman, Ciro Rodriguez, is an outspoken opponent of the wall and he sits on the Homeland Security
Subcommittee for Appropriations.

The Appropriations committee will be dealing with the fence issue soon. If each of us writes Congressman Rodriguez about our opposition to the fence before the end of this week, he is apt to listen more attentively when the Sierra Club reinforces our message next week.

Please fax your letter no later than 2:00pm, Friday, September 14, 2007 by to the attention of the Honorable Ciro Rodriguez at (202)225-2237 (Washington) or (210)923-8447 (San Antonio).

You may also E-mail the Representative at the following link (Click on Contact):

To make the difficult task of writing a letter easier, we have attached a sample. Use it verbatim, tailor it as you'd like, or write your very own. The main thing is to WRITE.

Imagine the impact of more than 150 individual letters from NoBorderWall supporters arriving in Congressman Rodriguez's office Thursday and Friday.

The Honorable Ciro Rodriguez
2458 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Congressman Rodriguez,

Because of your important role on the Appropriations subcommittee for Homeland Security, I am writing to ask your support for legislation that gives communities and affected landowners the legal right to be part of the decision-making process regarding 'fencing' in their communities.

As you know, according to the Secure Fence Act of 2006, hundreds of miles of fencing is to be built along the U.S. Mexico border, devastating a strong cultural and economic tie to Mexico, destroying many private ranching and farming operations, and preventing the migration of many wildlife species. With these problems in mind, many of us support using advanced technology instead of building physical barriers.

On the Texas border, where a 153-mile pedestrian fence (a wall) is being proposed at a cost of $3 million per mile, all communities are opposed. Illegal immigration is an issue of concern to all Americans but applying terrorism legislation to an immigration problem is a disingenuous use of the law. If this is a question of terrorism, why isn't the same law and the same wall being proposed on the Canadian border?

I support securing America's borders but I do not support building walls. Please encourage and support legislation that allows communities to use advanced technology in place of walls.

Thank you for all that you do for Texas.

(Your Name)

You may also wish to join the NOBORDERWALL Yahoo Group to stay abreast of everything that is happening concerning this important issue on a daily or weekly basis.
Thanks for your efforts and help,

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