BNHR and Allies to Host Press Conference to Denounce Immigration Raids in Our Border Region
Border Network to Launch Abuse Documentation Campaign and Petition to Suspend Immigration Actions within Communities due to Coronavirus Crisis and Census
WHAT: BNHR and Allies Press Conference to Launch Documentation Campaign and Petition to Halt Immigration Raids in the Region
WHEN: Friday 13, 2020 at 1:00 pm
WHERE: BNHR Offices (2115 N.Piedras Street)
WHO: Border Network for Human Rights along with Centro de Trabajadores Agricolas sin Fronteras, Familias Unidas del Chamizal, El Paso Grassroots, Peace and Justice Ministry of the Diocese of El Paso, and El Paso Equal Voice Network.
EL PASO, Tx. — Border Network for Human Rights along with Centro de Trabajadores Agricolas sin Fronteras, Familias Unidas del Chamizal, El Paso Grassroots, Peace and Justice Ministry of the Diocese of El Paso, and El Paso Equal Voice Network will host a press conference to denounce several immigration raids within our border communities in the last few days. These raids have impacted small businesses in the area and we can foresee the fear that it will create and the damage it will cause to our already vulnerable communities.
BNHR and allies will convey concerns on the impacts of immigration raids during a major health crisis such as coronavirus and the development of the 2020 Census.
As usual, the immigration enforcement in our communities happens at a time where our communities are being counted as part of the 2020 Census, are casting their votes at the polls, and in this case during a major health crisis issue, such as the coronavirus.
We fear that the immigration raids will contribute to people not participating civically and being afraid to drive to clinics or hospitals in case a health issue arises within their families.
As part of the plan to counteract the immigration enforcement in our communities, we will be launching an intense campaign to inform community members and business owners about their constitutional rights during an interaction with law enforcement through know your rights presentations.
Border Network, along with other partners will also launch an abuse documentation campaign and a petition as a call to action to suspend immigration enforcement raids in this time of health crisis due to coronavirus and to avoid deterrence on census participation.
The Border Network for Human Rights, founded in 1998, is one of the leading human rights advocacy and immigration reform organizations in the U.S. BNHR has over 7,000 members in West Texas and Southern New Mexico