Friday, April 6, 2007

Border Network Denounces Raids

El Paso and Southern New Mexico Communities March and Rally for Just, Humane and Comprehensive Immigration Reform NOW!

Stop the Raids! Do Not Divide American Families!
“We are not the Enemy, We are part of the solution.”

Commemorating the 1st Anniversary of the massive mobilizations against the criminalization of immigrants, El Paso and Southern New Mexico border communities (including students, elected officials, unions, local businesses, and members of human rights and faith organizations) will march again on April 10th to ask the US government to STOP THE RAIDS, DO NOT DIVIDE AMERICAN FAMILIES and insist that “We are not the Enemy, We are Part of the Solution.”

The March and Rally in downtown El Paso on April 10 will also emphasize the need of our border communities for an new immigration policy that provides means for immigrants living and working in the US to attain permanent residency and new a border policy that upholds community security as well as border security.

Events on Monday April 9th

Press Conference:
Monday, April 9th, 2007
12 pm noon
Downtown El Paso at the
Plaza de los Lagartos

Representations: Community Members and Organization from Southern Mexico; East El Paso; Central El Paso; as well as Students and Professors from UTEP;

Events on April 10th

Community March and Protest:
Starting at 4:30 pm at the Leech Grove (UTEP)
Walking towards San Jacinto Plaza through Oregon St.
Hundreds of Border Residents will join!

Concentration and Rally
Starting 5 pm at the Plaza los Lagartos
(San Jacinto Plaza)

Participant Elected Officials:, Sunland Park Mayor Ruben Segura, Socorro Mayor Trinidad Lopez, City Council Member Susie Byrd, County Commissioner Veronica Escobar, County Attorney Jose Rodriguez, among others.

Participant Organizations and Institutions: A.Y.U.D.A; Border Network for Human Rights; Centro de Mujeres de la Esperanza; Intercultural Woman Center; Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MECHA) - UTEP; Border Workers Association, Promotoras de Sunland Park, NM; St. Pius X. Catholic Church, El Paso de Norte Civil Rights Project, University Democrats, Anthropologist Association at UTEP, ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), and DMRS (Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services.), BNHR Regional  Coordinator Southern New Mexico, BNHR Regional  Coordinator Central El Paso, and BNHR Regional Coordinator East El Paso.

Participating Academics: Josiah Heyman – UTEP Sociology and Anthropology Dept., Cristina Morales-UTEP Sociology and Anthropology; Gina Núñez- UTEP Sociology and Anthropology

WHY: On the 1st anniversary of the massive marches, communities of El Paso and Southern New Mexico are coming out demanding that a Comprehensive Immigration Reform be issued this year.   

Visuals & Interviews: On April 10th the marches will be led by immigrant children and families and will include huge numbers of protesters carrying mostly American banners, signs and wearing white clothing.   Immigrants and their families, elected officials, and organization representatives will be available for interviews at the start of the March and at the rally in Plaza de los Lagartos (San Jacinto Plaza).
Fernando Garcia
Border Network for Human Rights
1101 E. Yandell
El Paso, TX 79901
(915) 577-0724


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