I've started a non-profit corporation down in Texas with the sole purpose of trying to convince Congress to not build a border wall along the Rio Grande in Texas. That's a natural border of over 1200 miles. Today I mailed 43 letters to every Texas Rep and Senator, as well as to Speaker Ryan, and a few local newspapers. I'll have a website going soon, and will try my hand at an online petition. My basic argument against the wall, specifically in Texas, is as follows:
1. It would destroy the natural beauty of the border area, including Big Bend National Park, Big Bend Ranch, and the Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande;
2. It would prevent US/Texas citizens from having unhindered access to their river, the Rio Grande;
3. Since the wall cannot be built in the middle of the river (which is where the border is typically located), construction of wall anywhere else on the Texas side would effectively cede the area between the wall and the border to Mexico;
4. It would disrupt ecological systems in the area;
5. It is impractical to build a wall along the course of a winding river that features canyons, adjoining tributaries, lakes and cities;
6. The project would be monumentally expensive and would not work - the same purpose of border security can be accomplished by hiring more Border Patrol (permanent jobs) and increasing electronic surveillance.;
7. It would divide the private property of some U.S. citizens who have land in the area; and
8. It would disrupt cultural ties and economic activity in the border cities.
It's a feeble effort, but I love the Rio Grande and its environment, having visited there all my life, and if I don't do something to object to the wall I'll never forgive myself if it is built. I'll let you know when the website is up. Then I'll gladly accept $1,000 from each of you. Unfortunately, since it's lobbying, it won't be tax deductible. But you'll feel good about it.