Sierra Club is concerned that specific proposals to address the issue of immigration can have unintended consequences for the environment and human rights.
The REAL ID Act of 2005 gave the Secretary of Homeland Security – an unelected official – the authority to waive any law in order to expedite construction of infrastructure along our shared international border with Mexico. This authority has been used multiple times, with the result of waiving three dozen landmark federal laws designed to protect environmental, archaeological, historical and cultural values.
To date, infrastructure has been built across more than 600 miles of our shared international border with Mexico. Walls have separated families, caused damaging floods and erosion, and fractured habitat and migration corridors vital to wildlife that has been pushed to the brink of extinction.
The Sierra Club takes a strong stance against policies that promote environmental degradation and quash public participation, including those that provide for destructive border enforcement activities. We support changes to current border policy that include:
The Sierra Club also seeks to address the root causes of migration while respecting individual human rights, dignity, and economic aspirations. U.S. migration policy is divorced from policies on agricultural subsidies, trade, security, international development lending and family planning, all of which have a tremendous impact on the pressure to migrate into the United States.
Over 40 percent of the land along our southern border is protected public land. The Sierra Club works to preserve these national treasures, support positive legislation, promote fair trade, end tragic border deaths, and ensure compliance with environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act.
Support the protection of the Borderlands NOW!
Email or call your Washington DC Representatives today and ask them to: