05:55 PM

For Immediate Release

House Spending Bill Allots $5 Billion for Border Wall Construction and Security

WASHINGTON (July 19, 2018) – Today the Department of Homeland Security House Appropriations Subcommittee passed a spending bill for fiscal year 2019 that includes $5 billion for physical border barriers and associated technology including 200 miles of destructive and controversial new barrier construction along the U.S.-Mexico border. The House bill allows for construction anywhere along the border, including Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge, a crucial wildlife habitat corridor.

For additional information on border wall impacts to wildlife and wild lands, please see Defenders of Wildlife’s recently released report, “In The Shadow of The Wall”.

Mary Beth Beetham, director of legislative affairs for Defenders of Wildlife, issued this statement:

“Funding more of Trump’s border wall should be a non-starter. Unfortunately, this bill is another attempt to undermine binational collaboration and divide wildlife and people along our southern border. Bringing Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge back on the table for wall construction is a punch in the gut. Both wildlife and human communities depend on the incredibly rich landscape of the refuge and building a wall through it would cause irreversible damage. Allocating funding for 200 miles of new physical barriers would insure imperiled species like the jaguar and Mexican gray wolf will have no chance of recovery in the U.S.”

Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. With over 1.8 million members and activists, Defenders of Wildlife is a leading advocate for innovative solutions to safeguard our wildlife heritage for generations to come. For more information, visit Newsroom.Defenders.org and follow us on Twitter @DefendersNews.