Espanol. GreenLatinos filed suit against the discriminatory emergency declaration in federal court today, March 14, 2019. Earthjustice represents GreenLatinos, as well as other groups and individuals along border communities.
“We reject President Trump’s manufactured national crisis that displaces border families, destroys wildlife habitat and refuge, and disregards environmental protection laws along border communities,” said Mark Magaña, President and CEO of GreenLatinos. “The emergency declaration is part of this administration’s discriminatory strategy to discourage immigration and prevent people from seeking asylum in the U.S.”
GreenLatinos, a national non-profit organization, convenes a broad coalition of Latino leaders committed to addressing national, regional and local environmental, natural resources and conservation issues that significantly affect the health and welfare of the Latino community in the United States. The GreenLatinos Core Policy Priorities include: (1) Environmental Justice, Civil Rights & Public Engagement; (2) Indigenous Rights and Sovereignty; (3) Climate and Clean Air; (4) Toxics and Pesticide; and (5) Clean Water.
GreenLatinos members include people who have been U.S. citizens, documented residents, or both for generations, as well as first generation immigrants who are U.S. citizens or documented residents. Members have family who reside in Mexico, Central America, other Latin American nations.
GreenLatinos and its members are subject to discrimination based on race, color, national origin, and ancestry as a result of the declaration.
Other plaintiffs include the Ramirez family of San Juan, Texas, who for generations have owned land, a church, and a cemetery along the border; the Carrizo / Comecrudo Nation of Texas, whose ancestors inhabited the Rio Grande Valley for centuries and whose sacred cultural and burial sites would be threatened by new sections of the wall; Elsa Hull, a landowner on the border; the Rio Grande International Study Center (RGISC); the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA); and the California Wilderness Coalition.
A banner near the Eli Jackson Cemetery. Photo courtesy of Sylvia Ramirez / Earthjustice.
Contact: Mark Magaña (GreenLatinos), markmagana [@] greenlatinos.org, (202) 230-2070.
Robert García, a proud member of the GreenLatinos Board of Directors, is Founding Director Counsel of The City Project.