10 congressmen signed a letter sent to Washington representatives on Friday detailing their opposition to the funding and construction of a border wall along the U.S. southern border.

Congressmen, including Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Brownsville), Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-McAllen) and Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) addressed the letter to representatives of the Committee on Appropriations and Subcommittee on Homeland Security.

The letter signed by congressman from Texas, Arizona and California outlines opposition to the construction and funding of border walls; replacement of vehicle barriers with pedestrian walls; or conversion of existing flood control levees into levee-border walls, saying:

"While the false narrative of a violent and insecure border region has long been used to justify legislation that has negative economic and civil rights impacts on border communities, the southern border is not a war zone."

 

The letter goes on to read:

"Walls along the southern border separate and intimidate communities, encroach on landowner rights, harm wildlife, and serve as an un-American symbol of hatred toward immigrants who contribute so much to our country."

Co-signers of the letter include Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio), Gene Green (D-Houston), Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-El Paso), Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Juan Vargas (D-California), Marc Veasey (D-Fort Worth) and Ruben Gallego (D-AZ).