June 6, 2017 saw the Tucson City Council and Pima County Board of Supervisors in Arizona officially join the growing resistance against the proposed building of a wall on the US-Mexico border. The wall, which is being termed as a “damaging and offensive symbol of division and fear”, is facing resistance from a number of groups.
The Pima board started by passing a resolution that officially denounced the border wall. The board also called for a thorough investigation into its necessity and cost. This action was the first of a kind in the state of Arizona. Read more: Michael Larcey | Twitter and Michael Larcey | Facebook
Tucson City Council’s Resolution
Later on the same day, Tucson City Council passed a similar resolution. However, the language went as far as expressing its intention to find out all the companies that will be involved in any aspect of designing, financing or building the border wall. The language further expressed its intent to dissociate from these companies as soon as possible.
According to Regina Romero, a Tucson City Council member, it was time for people to walk the talk especially when the environment is threatened and the huge irreparable harm that would occur to the communities.
She said that it was time for the people against the building of this destructive wall to practice what they preach by not investing and associating with companies that will build it. Regina Romero, the author of the resolution by Tucson City Council, stated that these companies showed their eagerness to benefit from the suffering and pain of fellow human beings from the profits they stood to get from the project.
However, it is not yet known which companies will be awarded the contract to build the wall as hundreds of them bid for the various contracts. The final list is yet to be released by the Trump administration.
Moreover, the resolution also opposed the continued expenditure of federal funds being channeled to for-profit prisons that are privately owned.
These prisons are used to detain and also incarcerate immigrants. The resolution further opposes any efforts that are aimed at expanding the criminalization as well as incarceration of immigrants, which translates to more profits for private prisons.
Supporting the Paris Accord
On the same day, the Pima board held a declaration that clearly defies President Trump’s stand on the Paris Accord by stating that they would uphold the standards of fighting climate change. The climate change and border wall resolutions passed with two Republican votes against while three Democrats voted for them.
Although these resolutions are not legally binding and only express intent, it is a clear message to congress that the people in areas mostly affected by the border wall do not wish for their land to get militarized and destroyed further.
About Larkin and Lacey
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are the founders of the Frontera Fund, which they started with the $3.75 million settlement award money they got from their case with Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
They started the fund mainly to fund organizations dealing with migrant rights in Arizona. The fund will help support groups that advocate for migrant, civil and human rights as well as civic and freedom of speech participation.
Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/