Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Protect Our Rights, Our Heritage & Our Wildlife

On April 1, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced that the Bush Administration will waive environmental and land use laws along 470 miles of the USA/Mexico border.

If you live in a state that borders Mexico, please call your representative and deliver this simple message:
My name is ______________ and I’m calling from ________ to voice my shock and outrage about the Bush Administration’s announcement today that it will waive important environmental and land use laws along 470 miles of the U.S./Mexico border. This flagrant abuse of power threatens border communities and wildlife. I urge you to do everything in your power to challenge this awful decision.
Find your representatives and their phone numbers by clicking here.

Back in March, Defenders of Wildlife and The Sierra Club filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its argument on the abuses of the authority of the executive branch. They allege that this abuse is a violation of the Constitution’s separation of powers provision. Read about this important action here.

Secretary Chertoff has already waived 19 laws intended to protect public health, wildlife and endangered species, clean air and water, and historic and archaeological sites to move forward with construction of the border wall. In some places, the only access to water is being blocked by this accursed wall. Please take action.

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