** BNHR Applauds El Paso Elected Officials Opposition to Anti-immigrant Proposals in Texas **
January 28, 2011. El Paso, TX. The Border Network for Human Rights applauds the decision of Congressman Silvestre Reyes, State Senator Jose Rodriguez, County Judge Veronica Escobar, City of El Paso Mayor John Cook and Commander Gomecindo Lopez from the El Paso Sheriffsâ€™ Department , Â to oppose the efforts by Governor Rick Perry and Republicans in the Texas legislature to require local police officers and sheriffsâ€™ deputies to engage in immigration matters.
El Paso has become the safest city in the nation due to the trust our local community has with local law enforcement agencies. However, Governor Perry and some state republican legislators in Texas are willing to sacrifice our public safety and the well-being of our communities to move forward a raw political agenda.
Once again we welcome this joint statement of our El Paso elected officials and we appreciate their leadership.Â We want to continue being the safest city in the US, and we know that it is possible only when there is full trust, respect and cooperation between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.
The Border Network also believes that this proposal, if implemented, would be detrimental to the Texas economy, education, security and will go against basic American values. For those reasons, we are joining the Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance (RITA) in launching the â€œTexas Can Do Betterâ€ Campaign that aims to organize and mobilize communities and diverse sectors all across Texas in order to rise and present a strong voice against prejudice and xenophobia in our state policy discussions.
More information on the Border Network for Human Rights: This organization, founded in 1998, is one of the leading immigration reform and human rights advocacy organization in the United States. Based in El Paso, the BNHR has over 4,000 members in El Paso and Southern New Mexico. Visit us at www.bnhr.org
Contact: Gabriela Castaneda
Border Network for Human Rights