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Tohono O’odham Nation makes video showing opposition to proposed border wall.
The video also reiterates the Nation’s commitment to continue working with federal, state and local agencies on border security measures with a proven record of success.
A statement from the Tohono O’odham Nation reads, in part:
"The current international border was drawn through the Nation’s traditional lands in Arizona and Sonora, Mexico, which the Tohono O’odham have inhabited since time immemorial. The Nation’s reservation includes 75 miles of the US-Mexico border, with tribal members residing on both sides of the border.
As such, the Tohono O’odham Nation has substantial experience in border security efforts. In recent years the Nation’s Legislative Council has passed over 20 resolutions supporting border enforcement efforts and opposing a fortified wall.
On Feb. 7, 2017 the Nation's Legislative Council passed a Resolution restating this opposition. The Inter Tribal Association of Arizona, National Congress of American Indians and other organizations have formally supported this Resolution.
The video highlights how the proposed wall would further split the Nation in half and have dramatic cultural and environmental impacts. It would also face severe geographic challenges in the rough desert terrain. A wall would also be easily bypassed in remote regions with the same tunnel and ladder tactics that undocumented immigrants already use to overcome barriers even in more populated areas."
“This video provides insight on the many reasons why the Tohono O’odham Nation can not and will not support a fortified border wall," Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Edward D. Manuel said. "The Nation remains committed to working together to protect the border using proven and successful techniques. We invite the President and his Administration to visit the Nation, see these challenges firsthand, and begin a productive dialogue for moving forward.”
The video can be found online.
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