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Tohono O'odham Officials Argue Against Border Wall

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"Is it a Mexican deer or an American deer, when it crosses the border?"

"Our longstanding experience tells us that building a physical wall on or near the reservation will not achieve the objective of securing the border in our area," said Verlon Jose, vice chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation, during a meeting of the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday. He said building a border wall through the reservation will change the tribe's culture.

"A wall that does not allow our members reasonable passage back and forth fundamentally interferes with our own right to our religion and our culture and practices." 

The Natural Resources Committee is chaired by Raul Grijalva (D-Tucson), an outspoken critic of Trump's border wall proposal.

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