Borderlands

Borderlands

Borderlands

Walls and barriers have already been constructed across more than 650 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border. These barriers block wildlife migration, cause flooding and damage pristine wild lands, including wildlife refuges, wilderness areas, and national forests. Sierra Club Borderlands advocates for real solutions, such as comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship, that address the root causes of complex border problems.


Border wall construction has blocked access to food and water resources and fragmented animal populations, leaving them vulnerable to genetic isolation, inbreeding and disease.

About Us

We are a coalition representing civil rights, faith, environmental, indigenous, LGBT, and border communities working together to protect the community, culture, land, wildlife, and environmental well-being of the border region.

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Real ID Waiver Authority Compromises Our Borderlands

Real ID Waiver Authority

The unprecedented power granted to the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) by Section 102 of the Real ID Act has been used multiple times to "waive in their entirety" dozens of federal laws.

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A growing coalition of organizations across the country that have publicly opposed efforts to expand or replace the border wall.

Our Coalition

A list of local governments and organizations that are against the Wall.

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Film: Ay Mariposa

Ay Mariposa tells a story of La Mariposa, Zulema, and Marianna–three characters in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas whose lives are upended by plans to build a US-Mexico border wall. Watch the Film.

Photo Exhibit: Lens on the Border

Vibrant images of the Southwest landscape, the people, and the communities that have been impacted by walls and would be impacted by more border walls. See the Exhibit.

Storymap: Embattled Borderlands

The borderlands harbor some of North America’s rarest wild species and oldest human cultures. See storymap.

Support the Borderlands Project

Every dollar of your tax-deductible donation will be used to help stop further destruction from border policies and to enhance protections to ensure habitat resiliency in light of climate change impacts.

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January 11, 2021

McAllen, Texas— Today, less than a week after his supporters stormed the Capitol in a failed coup, Donald Trump will make a stop in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley to visit the border wall.

December 21, 2020

Congress has included $1.375 billion in funding for border wall construction in this year's appropriations package. This request comes just days before President-elect Biden takes office. Biden has publicly mentioned several times his administration…

October 19, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Supreme Court today stated it will hear arguments in a challenge to the Trump administration’s diversion of $2.5 billion from military pay and pension funds for border wall construction that Congress explicitly denied. The…

October 10, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO — The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last night ruled that President Trump’s use of emergency powers to divert $3.6 billion in military construction funds for the border wall is unlawful. The ruling came in a lawsuit, Sierra Club v.…

July 31, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC— The Supreme Court today left in place an earlier order that permits the Trump administration to temporarily continue construction of the border wall while the underlying legal challenge proceeds in court.

Photos courtesy of kristaschlyer.com.