Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

January 25, 2017

Border Wall, Pipelines -- Trump Reign of Terror Endangers Indigenous Peoples

Trump reign of terror endangers U.S. and world

White Supremacist President Takes Control of United States

Article and photo by Brenda Norrell
Photo O'odham land
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President Trump intensified his reign of terror on Wednesday, as Trump ordered a border wall, which will separate Indigenous communities in the borderzone -- from California to Texas -- including the Kumeyaay, Cocopah, Tohono O'odham, Yaqui, Apache, Kickapoo and others whose communities are dissected by the international border.
Further, the wall would place Indigenous at risk, including O'odham, who must reach hospitals in the United States to survive.
Today's order follows Trump's orders on Tuesday of expediting the Dakota Access Pipeline -- which endangers the water source of millions who depend on the Missouri River -- and reviving the Keystone XL pipeline, which threatens the water source of those who depend on the Oglalla Aquifer.
Hundreds of Native American water protectors and their allies remain camped in the bitter cold and snow at Standing Rock, ready to defend the water from the Dakota Access pipeline which plans to drill beneath the Missouri River to construct a crude oil pipeline.
Further, today's action by Trump targets sanctuary cities, and ensures more Border Patrol agents who will continue unbridled abuse on the border.
Hundreds of Border Patrol agents, and ICE agents, have been convicted in recent years for drug smuggling and serving as "spotters" for cartels to bring their drug loads into the U.S. according to testimony before Congress.
Further, Border Patrol agents have acted with impunity and murdered, raped, and beat Indigenous Peoples and others in the borderzone, even murdering a teen in Mexico by shooting through the border in Nogales, Arizona.
The Border Wall will serve no purpose except to enrich the favored corporations and send a message to the world that the United States has fallen prey to a white supremacist president and his regime, endangering the lives of U.S. citizens and people around the world.
In the news today:
Trump moving forward with border wall, weighs refugee cuts
"Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who has insisted his country will not pay for a wall, is to meet with Trump at the White House next week.
The orders Trump signed Wednesday also increase the number of border patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to be hired. And the president ordered the end of what Republicans have labeled a catch-and-release system at the border. Currently, some immigrants caught crossing the border illegally are released and given notices to report back to immigration officials at a later date."

Trump orders construction of border wall and targets sanctuary cities
Fox News

Trump Blocks Syrian Refugees and Orders Mexican Border Wall to Be Built
The refugee policies are part of an executive order he is expected to issue as soon as Thursday, according to an eight-page document, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times.
The order would require tougher vetting of foreigners fleeing persecution and place a monthlong ban on allowing any person into the United States from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen. Refugee admissions would be halted for 120 days while a review of screening procedures is completed. When it resumes, the program would be far smaller, with the total number of refugees resettled in the United States this year more than halved, to 50,000 from 110,000.

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