Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration Limited but Welcome by Border Communities - November 20, 2014
Border Network for Human Rights Very Concerned about Millions Left Out, Continue Border Militarization
El Paso, TX /Southern New Mexico
Today’s announcement of President Obama to use his executive power to expand DACA to cover more young undocumented students (DREAMERS) and to protect from deportation close to 5 million immigrants living and working in the US is historic, and represents a temporary victory for American communities fighting for sensible and human immigration reform.
Obama’s Executive Order, in essence, will grant deferred action and provide relief from deportation to those undocumented parents with US citizens and permanent resident children that have been in the US for more than 5 years. All of them will receive work permits while Obama’s action is in effect, for at least 2 years.
While we are pleased many families will be included, it is very concerning that more than half of the 12 million undocumented immigrants, more than 7 million of them, will not be protected by the President’s action, not even the parents of DACA recipients (DREAMERS). What will happen to all of them? Will they be targeted with more aggressive and punitive enforcement? Will they be super-criminalized? If the President’s action fails to cover the vast majority of those immigrant families in the US, it might fail as a remedy as well.
Also, it is unfortunate that the President traded off the well-being of border communities by continuing the militarization of the southern border. In the last 10 years, border security resources and personnel has doubled, including 22,000 border patrol agents, 700 miles of fencing, and 8 drone systems. All of these without effective and transparent oversight and accountability mechanisms, which has led to agents’ misconduct, civil and human rights violations and killing of immigrants and border residents. Such border strategy has impacted the lives, the rights and the well-being of our communities and crossing immigrants.
Finally, this temporary and short-term remedy granted by the President does not eliminate or substitute the need for congress to pass immigration reform and develop a long term solution that fully integrates undocumented Americans to our society and give them a pathway towards citizenship and rights.
Community Procession and Gathering to Remember Migrant Deaths at the Border and Disappeared Mexican Students in Mexico - October 31, 2014
Border Residents Condemn Institutional Violence that Kills Migrants and Disappears Students
El Paso, TX/Southern New Mexico. On Saturday November 1st, the traditional day to commemorate the death, dozens of El Paso and Southern New Mexico residents will participate in a procession and vigil to remember those migrants that have died while crossing the US/Mexico Border and to bring attention to the grave situation in Mexico where students have being killed and disappeared.
BNHR Letter to El Paso Democrats on Obama’s Deferred Action - September 24, 2014
2115 Piedras, El Paso, TX 79930 (915) 577.0724 320 Lincoln, Anthony, NM 88021 (575) 882.1177
Chairman of the El Paso Democratic Party
El Paso, Texas
September 24, 2014
Dear Mr. Maya
We are border residents and members of the Border Network for Human Rights who have been organizing for 16 years in our border region to bring about a just and fair Immigration Reform that would provide a pathway to citizenship to millions of immigrants who call this country home.
We have experienced many setbacks along the years in our efforts to impact the national debate; however, we have never before felt both sides of the political spectrum be so inhumane and unwilling to bring about legislation to legalize millions of families facing separation and deportation.
In the last few years President Barack Obama has increased, time after time, deportation programs such as Secure Communities, to target immigrants around the country and has allowed an unprecedented militarization process of our border communities; all of this only to appease the anti-immigrant Republicans demands for more punitive border enforcement. Such political decisions has left us with a record-breaking number of more than 2 million immigrants deported during this administration and has not brought us any closer to Immigration Reform, an electoral promise to Latinos by the President and the national Democratic leadership.
As if these actions were not enough, just a few days ago Latino and immigrant families suffered the latest blow, another broken promise by the President and the Democratic leadership; the postponement of the President’s Executive Action to stop deportation until after the November election.
The reasoning for such a terrible decision is based on the fears that Democrats might lose some Senate seats if the President moves forward with any type of action to provide relief to millions of undocumented Americans. Meanwhile, between now and November, more than 60,000 persons will be deported, and many more American families will suffer separation and division.
And now, during these election times, they are telling us that the responsibility to keep the Democrats in control of Congress is placed on Latino voters this November, even after the leadership of the Democratic Party and the President have not fulfilled their promises. This is the reason that polls of Latino voters show such dissatisfaction with the Democratic Party, raising a very important question of whether or not the Party is a viable choice for Latino and Hispanic voters.
Furthermore, we now know that the delayed Executive Action by the President on immigration, scheduled for late November or December, will not provide relief for all hardworking immigrant families already in the U.S. and it will trade off our border region by further militarize it.
As unique communities living at the border we cannot stand for broken promises and actions (or inactions) that hurts our families. The Democratic Party and the President need to do what is right for Latinos, immigrants and border residents and not follow in the footsteps of Governor Perry and deploy the National Guard to border cities.
Therefore Mr. Maya, we have seen the goodwill and understanding that most local Democrats have shown when it comes to Latinos, immigration and punitive enforcement, but goodwill is no longer enough. We call upon you and the democratic leadership in El Paso to stand with our community and make a public statement on the following points:
1. Question and condemn the broken promise of the President by delaying the Executive Order to stop deportations, leaving more than 60,000 Latino families separated and divided due to this electoral decision.
2. Call upon the President and the national Democratic leadership for a prompt Executive Order on immigration that will not exclude any hardworking immigrant families already in the U.S.
3. That an Executive Order on immigration that offers further militarization of our U.S.-Mexico border region will be unacceptable and damaging for our communities.
Mr. Maya, today members of the communities of West Texas and Southern New Mexico stand together in demanding action of those who represent us and we hope you will stand and support our concerns.
Border Network for Human Rights
Border Residents to Protest Obama’s Deportation Strategy - September 22, 2014
Families will also Condemn National Democratic Party Leadership for Supporting the Delay to Stop Deportation of Immigrants
PROTEST AND DEMONSTRATION AT El PASO DEMOCRATIC PARTY HEADQUARTERS
WHEN: Wednesday September 24, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: 1401 Montana Avenue
BNHR Report: Turning a New Chapter in in Commuity Policing in Dona Ana County, NM - September 19, 2014
Preliminary Report September 2014
Community Policing in Dona Ana, New Mexico: Analysis from Border Network for Human Rights
Border Network for Human Rights has been working in Doña Ana County, NM to promote and protect civil and human rights for 15 years now. The organization is based on the needs of the community and offers a vision of human rights that has drawn nearly 1,000 member families.
This report offers our analysis of the state of community policing in Doña Ana County, NM and outlines a series of recent local government resolutions and public positions that local elected officials have taken, as well as comments by candidates for Sheriff. A comprehensive look at these developments indicates that County residents are on the verge of a new approach by local governments to public safety; one that seeks partnerships with all sectors of the community.
Border Network for Human Rights is proud of the involvement of our membership in these developments and is committed to holding public officials accountable to the public safety needs of the community.
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Official Doña Ana Country Resolution Supporting Creation of Safe Communities - September 15, 2014
Dona Ana County Board of Commissioners to Vote Tomorrow on Immigration Resolution - September 8, 2014
BNHR Praises Commissioner Hancock for Initiative that will Prevent Discrimination against Dona Ana County Families.
El Paso, TX /Southern New Mexico- Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR) and Doña Ana residents praise Commissioner Wayne Hancock for the introduction of the County Resolution “calling for Doña Ana County Employees to support the conditions needed to create safe communities for all residents”.