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Join us to show support for the anti-border wall resolution being voted on in City Council next week!
Last week Las Cruces Mayor Pro Tem Greg Smith introduced a resolution to express opposition to a border wall. City Council will vote on the measure next Tuesday, February 21st, at 1:00 pm. Councilman Gill Sorg joined us at our community huddle and encouraged us to come out and support the resolution! Las Cruces, lets turnout in force to show our support for this great resolution that speaks to the historic cultural and economic ties our region shares with Mexico.
READ more about the resolution and how the wall would affect our local economy here:
READ the proposed resolution by Las Cruces Mayor Pro Tem Gregory Z. Smith:
WHEREAS, the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, between Mexico City and San Juan Pueblo, now known as Ohkay Owingeh in northern New Mexico, passed through present day Las Cruces and was traveled by soldiers, traders and settlers for nearly three hundred years, and
WHEREAS, similar trade routes existed between Mesoamerica, in what is presently central Mexico, and Chaco Canyon, in modern day northern New Mexico, and almost certainly passed through the Las Cruces area for hundreds of years before the arrival of Europeans and the designation of a Camino Real by the Spanish, and
WHEREAS, the trade that continues now between Mexico and New Mexico, as well as the other border states, is a major and significant portion of our economy, offering employment and opportunities for many here, and
WHEREAS, the economic, historic, and cultural connections between our part of the United States and just across the border in Mexico is underscored by the families whose members have been connected across this region for hundreds of years before there was a border between the modern countries of the United States and Mexico, and
WHEREAS, a wall along the border and various proposals for how to compel Mexico to pay for it threaten our region’s economy, relations between our two nations, and the ability of family members on one side of the border to remain in contact with family members on the other side of the border,
NOW, THEREFORE WE, the members of the Governing Council of the City of Las Cruces, state the following :
I. We stand in opposition to the construction of the proposed wall on our region’s border with Mexico, specifically in Doña Ana County.
II. We oppose the imposition of tariffs, fees, or taxes to construct such a wall, which we believe will harm our economy, most particularly in Las Cruces, Santa Teresa, and Doña Ana County, where international trade between New Mexico and Mexico provides hundreds of jobs, economic growth, and a vital opportunity to diversify our state’s economy.
III. We request that the Executive and Legislative Branches of our government in Washington D.C. look at more effective, comprehensive, and humane ways to address concerns about illegal immigration.
IV. We direct the City Manager to ensure that the Honorable Donald Trump, President of the United States; the Honorable Susana Martinez, Governor of the State of New Mexico; Mister Marcos Bucio, Consul General of Mexico in El Paso; and members of our U.S. Congressional and New Mexico Legislative delegations receive communications by the speediest methods possible clearly stating our opposition to such a wall and any funding burden placed on trade or citizens in our region to pay for its construction.
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