Border Network Condemns Governor Perry’s Decision to Deploy the National Guard to Face Children at the Border - July 22, 2014
El Paso, TX /Southern New Mexico- Statement of Fernando Garcia, Executive Director of the Border Network for Human Rights on the announcement to deploy Texas National Guard at the Border:
“Governor’s Perry decision to send the National Guard to the border to face unaccompanied migrant children is deplorable and has nothing to do with securing Texas. Unfortunately, Gov. Perry is playing politics and using a humanitarian crisis to advance his anti-immigrant political agenda; an agenda that distorts the situation of the US/Mexico border, negates the massive border enforcement build-up done in the last few years, and intentionally ignores the violent reasons that force children to leave their countries and look for protection in the US.
Sending the Texas National Guard to confront children is neither humanitarian nor provides any kind of solutions. It only fosters the right wing anti-immigrant and anti-children rhetoric, and irresponsibly funnels more that 12 million dollars a month to state-oriented operations at the border.
Also, it is very clear that the National Guard is not trained to enforce civil or criminal law and is not prepared to deal with border residents or immigrant population. This might only lead to violation of rights and discrimination.”
Dozens of Border Residents Protest Border Surge - July 8, 2014
Obama’s Policy to Further Militarize our Border to Detain and Deport Children is not a Good Policy
MARCH AND PROTEST JULY 10TH
El Paso, TX/Southern New Mexico- On July 10th dozens of border residents will march, then gather at the DHS Office in El Paso Texas to protest against the detention of hundreds of families and children.
Obama’s decision to beef up border enforcement in Texas (Border Surge) to detain and to deport children horrifically ignores that those families and those children are either fleeing violence in their countries of origin or just trying to reunify with family members.
What: Border Residents Protest Obama’s Border Surge with a March and Rally
When: On Thursday July 10th
MARCH STARTING at 9:15 a.m. at Edgemere Park
(Corner of Edgemere and Sunburst Street)
PROTEST at DHS Office at 1545 Hawkins Street
Reflection from Border Network for Human Rights on President Obama’s Strategy for Administrative Action on Immigration and Border Enforcement - July 2, 2014
El Paso, TX /Southern New Mexico- Border communities have long advocated for a balanced and humane approach to border enforcement, and the President’s decision to reallocate more enforcement resources to the border without commensurate mechanisms to ensure oversight, accountability and respect for civil and human rights is ill-advised.
Caso de Accion Diferida EXTREMADAMENTE retrasado? - June 25, 2014
En la Red Fronteriza por los Derechos Humanos queremos ayudarte, si aplicaste para acción diferida hace mas de 12 meses, y no te ha llegado tu permiso de trabajo, comunícate con nosotros al teléfono (915) 494-4213.
BNHR/UMC FIRST HEALTH FAIR IN EAST EL PASO - June 5, 2014
El Paso/Southern New Mexico – Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR) and University Medical Center (UMC) are organizing their first joint health fair where providers will offer health information and some medical services at no cost (check-ups, blood pressure, glucose, etc.)
This Health Fair will take place on June 14th at the BNHR Office in Montana Vista. We are expecting over 500 East El Paso residents to attend. The Health Services will focus on people over 35 years old and those who suffer chronic illnesses. A group of volunteer Physicians and nurses along with other health service providers and supporters will be donating their time to this fair.
- Who: BNHR/UMC
- What: Health Fair
- When: June 14th from 9:00 – 1:00 p.m.
- Where: BNHR East El Paso Office (3671 Fawn Dr, Montana Vista)
Sponsors: BNHR, UMC, Sin Fronteras
Health Providers and Supporters: Club de Leones, Anamarc College, El Paso First, Mexican Consulate among others…
Institutionalizing CBP Use of Force Policy Revisions - May 30, 2014
Today’s Announcement an Important Step, Congress has the Option to Pass Permanent Solutions Proposed in HR 4303
El Paso, TX/Southern New Mexico. Today, May 30, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released the revisions it has made to its Use of Force Policy and Procedure Handbook after an external review of its policy by the Police Executive Research Forum.
Border communities have been long advocating for reforms by the agency. Recently, Members of Congress representing border stakeholders have proposed the bi-partisan Border Enforcement Accountability, Oversight and Stakeholder Engagement Act of 2014 (HR 4303). The purpose of this Act is to increase transparency and accountability of CBP.
by Npr Staff May 16, 2014
U.S. Reps. Beto O’Rourke of Texas and Steve Pearce of New Mexico are looking for answers to their questions about the Border Patrol. These Southwest representatives, one Democrat and the other Republican, have neighboring districts along the U.S.-Mexico border.
They introduced legislation in March that calls for more oversight and accountability for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, or CBP.
Still, O’Rourke says, the “vast majority” of the agents and CBP officers he’s met “do what I think are among the toughest jobs in federal employment in very difficult circumstances, very difficult terrain, trying to remain vigilant against innumerable threats.”
In an interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep, O’Rourke and Pearce shared their constituents’ stories of alleged misconduct by agents.
“We routinely get complaints of unprofessionalism or abuse as people are crossing the ports of entry for legitimate reasons with legitimate travel documentation,” says O’Rourke, whose district includes El Paso.