The Tucson City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday night to oppose President Trump’s proposed border wall and prevent the city from doing business with companies that agree to work on the wall.
The resolution rejects Trump’s Jan. 25 executive order and increased militarization of the border region, and also calls for the identification of contractors who work on the border wall so the city can avoid doing business with them.
During a news conference, Tucson city and county leaders called Trump's wall an "offensive and damaging symbol of fear and division," as reported by Associated Press.
They were joined by two local tribes, including the Tohono O'odham, which is located on a large part of the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona. The tribe passed its own resolution opposing the border wall in February.
“We’re pleased and grateful that our local elected leaders have denounced Trump’s destructive border plans,” said Randy Serraglio, conservation advocate with the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity. “Let the message ring out ― don’t destroy our beautiful border region and terrorize its people in our name.”
According to Prima County official data cited by EFE, this year authorities have found 74 death bodies of undocumented migrants in the desert of Arizona so far.
The resolution lists many reasons to oppose the border wall and militarization. These include thousands of migrant deaths and civil- and human-rights abuses caused by existing border policy, as well as widespread harm to border environments and wildlife, including many species protected under the Endangered Species Act, denounced Tucson's Center for Biological Diversity in a statement.