Sometimes, a T-shirt says it all.
In the Big Bend region of Texas, where towering canyon walls plunge to the Rio Grande and black bears, big horn sheep and other species now move back and forth between the United States and Mexico unimpeded, some wildlife experts are worried about the impacts of a proposed border wall.
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Now an Austin company is selling a T-shirt that sums up what some of them are thinking.
The simple gray and white shirts say “(expletive) Tu Muro.” That’s “(expletive) your wall,” in case you don’t speak Spanish.
Jonathan Rebolloso and Claudia Aparicio designed the shirts. The first batch was unveiled in time for the South by Southwest music festival, but the shirts are seeing a new surge of popularity now. Reboprints has sold about 200 so far.
“The wall represents basically hate,” Rebolloso says.
The shirts cost $25 and are available here. Reboprints also sells shirts with other designs, including one that says “Dreamer,” the term used to identify recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allowed some people who had entered the country or stayed here illegally as minors to get a two-year deferral from deportation. The program, suspended in September, also allowed recipients eligibility for a work permit.
“I think it’s pretty self explanatory,” Rebolloso says of the shirt. “It’s the feeling we have and (the shirt) is a way to fight back and say we aren’t putting up with that.”
Rebolloso is a recipient of DACA.
“There is an immigration problem, but a wall is not going to change anything,” Rebolloso says. “People are going to find a way to go over or under or through a wall.”