Border Network for Human Rights

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Border Network for Human Rights Fundraising Campaign

This will be the 15th Year Anniversary of the Border Network for Human Rights and the 65th of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. Please help contribute at least $15 or $65 and help in the advancement and promotion of Human and Constitutional Rights throughout the USA! Donate via Crowdrise

About the BNHR

The Border Network for Human Rights, founded in 1998, is one of the leading human rights advocacy and immigration reform organizations located at the U.S./Mexico Border. BNHR has over 7,000 members in West Texas and Southern New Mexico.

Amid Complaints, Lawmakers Seek More Oversight For Border Agents - May 16, 2014

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by Npr Staff May 16, 2014

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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.

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BNHR Community Forum with Candidates for Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office - April 25, 2014

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El Paso/Southern New Mexico – Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR) will be hosting a forum with the Dona Ana County Candidates for Sheriff in matters related to community security, community policing and relationship with Federal Immigration Enforcement Agencies.

Approximately two hundred community members are projected to attend this forum. As of today we have confirmed Sheriff Candidates Steven Foldy, Ken Roberts and Curtis Childress. All others have being invited and pending confirmation.

DONA ANA COUNTY SHERIFF’S CANDIDATE FORUM
SATURDAY, APRIL 26TH, FROM 10-12 NOON

LAS CRUCES DREAM CENTER
(1400 N. 6TH St, Las Cruces NM.)

On the Border Between Two Americas - March 28, 2014

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Border-patrol surge brings enforcement without accountability, putting politics ahead of people.

By Fernando Garcia
March 26, 2014
When Americans think about our southern border with Mexico, the first thing that comes to mind for many is, sadly, a lawless, desert region filled with drug runners and smugglers. This caricature of the border pervades the minds of many who live far from the region and certainly the political dialogue that exists in Washington today.

The reality is that our border communities are quintessential American communities. They are among the safest cities in the country. We are diverse in our populations and innovative in our approach to economic development and entrepreneurship; in many ways, we provide an insight into the future of the United States. In a report my organization recently released, “The New Ellis Island: Visions From the Border for the Future of America,” local law-enforcement officials affirm that “the crime rate in border counties is lower than in non-border counties and crime levels have been decreasing for years.”
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Border Community Gathers to Welcome Congressmen Pearce (NM-2, R) and O’Rourke (TX-16, D) Border Accountability Bill - March 28, 2014

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Simultaneous Press Conferences will be held at Congressmen’ District Offices on March 26th to recognize Historic and Unprecedented Effort to Bring Quality, Oversight and Accountability to Border Enforcement.

El Paso, TX/Southern New Mexico. In the midst of a national discussion over the actions and strategies of US border agencies and programs, early next week Congressmen Steve Pearce (NM-2 R) and Beto O’Rourke (TX-16 D) will be introducing the Border Accountability and Community Engagement bill. This legislation represents an unprecedented bi-partisan effort to create and enhance border oversight mechanisms for the action and strategies of federal law enforcement agencies working on border enforcement.
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In El Paso, residents aren’t waiting for Congress to fix immigration - February 21, 2014

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Grassroots efforts to improve relations between border officials and local community hold important lessons for reform

EL PASO, Texas — As 2013 drew to a close, volunteers for the Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR) fanned out into El Paso and the surrounding communities to collect stories of abuse and mistreatment by law enforcement officials. The annual effort seeks to establish accountability for officers working along the El Paso sector of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Amid the steady stream of complaints that rolled in, Fernando Garcia, the organization’s director, noticed a conspicuous absence of grievances against Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department. “I said, ‘This cannot be,”’ recalled Garcia. He extended the campaign for two weeks and told volunteers to focus on finding any potential complaints against Border Patrol, an arm of CBP. But once again, volunteers found no verifiable incidents of abuse. (more…)

BNHR Statement on Congressmen Pearce (NM-2, R) and O’Rourke (TX-16, D) - February 13, 2014

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Bi-Partisan Proposal on Border Accountability and Stakeholder Engagement

Border communities are quintessential American communities. They are diverse in their populations, innovative in their approach to economic development and entrepreneurship, and, in many ways they provide an insight into the United States’ future.

Unfortunately, border communities have long felt the consequences of Congress’ “enforcement only” approach to immigration reform. Previous border surges have left in their wake an insufficiently trained Border Patrol force, insufficiently resourced ports of entry, and fiscally irresponsible strategies that do not help secure our nation and choke out the potential for more economic development.
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15 Years of Protecting Rights and Dignity - February 8, 2014