Brownsville, Big Bend, and the Border

Over the course of the past year, I’ve been to the southernmost continental tip of the United States, Brownsville, and I’ve been to Big Bend National Park, in Texas.

Big Bend and Brownsville.

The Rio Grande River in Big Bend National Park.

The “pretty” wall, as an activist in the Rio Grande Valley calls it, in Brownsville, Texas.

On the other side, Mexico. When you walk right up, it seems so easy. You can just walk or wade across, it seems. But we’ve constructed all of these laws and ideas that don’t mean anything in the real world, in nature, but that can literally ruin your life, separate you from your family, and rip your dreams away.  It’s a human construction, since nobody else seems to care. Birds fly right over, animals migrate (except where the border wall is in the way, which is a whole other story), and pollution certainly doesn’t give a damn. Borders mean so much and yet so little at the same time.

Undocumented activist Claudio Rojas is in detention on a hunger strike. Ask ICE to release him. Sign here.

The Sierra Club Borderlands team and the Sierra Club in the Lower Rio Grande Valley is writing to Secretary of State Clinton to stop the construction of the border wall in Starr County. According to their research, it’s completely unnecessary and impedes the area’s ability to handle flooding (story by Texas Observer here). Send a message to Hillary here.

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