15 Million Border Residents Shouldn't Have to Live in a Militarized Zone

15 Million Border Residents Shouldn't Have to Live in a Militarized Zone

Bills like this are considered because the rest of the nation doesn't know the border is filled with vibrant communities that millions of people call home

Today, Congress will be discussing a bill that, in the words of it's author, will allow the Department of Defense “to transfer assets from theatre of war and redeploy them to the Southwest border.” The bill H.R. 399 by Rep McCaul would make the militarization of the border official policy.

War assets and other enforcement tools authorized by Congress could be deployed within 100 miles of the southern border, encompassing cities like San Diego, Tucson, El Paso and Brownsville. This 100-mile-zone is home to 15 million people and includes destinations such as Disneyland, Big Bend National Park, and Palo Alto Battlefield, the site of the final battle of the Civil War.

Bills like this are seen as uncontroversial because the general public outside of the border doesn't know that the border is a vibrant community that millions of people call home. We need to change that perception by lifting up stories from the border.

If you have Facebook or Twitter, you can help by sharing your own experience of life along the border using the hashtags #KnowYourBorder, #RevitalizeNotMilitarize and #HR399.

It could be anything: a short video of your neighborhood or work place, with the phrase "don't militarize this" and the hashtags. A pic of your hs class and the message ".@RepMcCaul: don't militarize my community" and the hashtags. A pic of a special occasion and the message "imagine celebrating [special event] in a militarized zone" and the hashtags.

Share pics, short videos, or just your own thoughts. It all helps change perception and make Rep McCaul, his border militarization bill, and bills like it look outrageous.

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