I’ve written letters to the entire Texas delegation and to all GOP Congresspersons in the other border states (the GOP Reps will decide on funding the wall). I tried to email, but I discovered that many Reps won’t take emails outside their district, so back to the ole’ snail mail. Here’s the link for the House for all addresses: http://www.house.gov/representatives/
I'll keep going until I contact every GOP Representative - over 200 of them.
It’s actually fun to write these letters. I feel like I’m doing something, even if it’s futile. It helps me sleep at night.
Here’s a sample letter I wrote:
The Honorable Duncan Hunter
2429 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
RE: The proposed border wall between Texas and Mexico
To the Honorable Duncan Hunter:
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. I am writing as a concerned citizen of the United States and of Texas. I’ve already written all the Representatives from my state, and now I’m writing to Representatives of other states. As a person who has spent a great deal of time enjoying the Rio Grande area, I am greatly concerned about the plan to build a wall along the Texas-Mexico border. For the following reasons, I am against the construction of such a wall now or in the future:
1. It would destroy the natural beauty of the border area, including Big Bend National Park, Big Bend Ranch State Park, 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, as the border goes to the middle of the river;
3. Since the wall cannot be built in the middle of the river, construction of a wall anywhere else on the Texas side would effectively cede the area between the wall and the border to Mexico;
4. It would disrupt the ecological system 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;
7. It would divide the private property of U.S. citizens who have land in the area; and
8. It would disrupt cultural ties and economic activity in the border cities.
While I share the concern about improving border security, the same goal can be accomplished by hiring more Border Patrol (permanent jobs) and increasing electronic surveillance. Please do not build a wall along the Rio Grande.
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