Friday, November 23, 2007

El Paso Border Conference, Nov. 29-30

HISTORICAL MEETING IN EL PASO, TX TO DEVELOP POLICY PROPOSALS ADDRESSING IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT AND BORDER SECURITY

Members of the US Congress, mayors, local elected officials, law enforcement chiefs, academics, faith and business leaders and community activists from all US-Mexico Border States are scheduled to participate at the Border Policy Conference

            The immigration reform initiatives that Congress debated and failed to approve earlier this year completely ignored the views and experiences of border communities. It is possible to fix the immigration crisis without sacrificing national security, infringing the human rights of individuals, and disrupting bi-national commerce.

            During the last few months the US/Mexico Border and Immigration Task Force fought to include several legislative initiatives in the immigration reform bills that were discussed in Congress. Now, in a collaborative effort, the Border Network for Human Rights, the Border Action Network and the Task Force are summoning local elected officials, law enforcement agencies, faith and business leaders, attorneys, academics and community organizations from all four US-Mexico border states, to develop immigration and national security policy that t considers a new “vision of the border”. The “new vision of the border” is rooted in the belief that effective border security must integrate community security, human rights protections, government accountability and economic integration.

            On November 28 and 29, 2007, during the 2-day conference on border policy “Building a New Vision of the Border” in El Paso Texas, more that 150 participants will use their unique perspective of living in the border to discuss and develop new policy to address immigration and border security issues. The Task Force will be bringing together the opinions, expertise and insight of several sectors of border communities to present policy recommendations and testimonies on the current border security and immigration reform debate to members of Congress for possible inclusion in future legislation.

Who:       US/Mexico Immigration Task Force members, federal, state and local elected officials, community activists, academics, lawyers and religious leaders
What:            Press conference announcing the “Building a New Vision of the Border: a Conference on Border Policy”

When:    November 28th 2007, at 12:00 p.m.

Where:   2nd Floor of the El Paso Camino Real Hotel
101 S. El Paso Street, El Paso, TX 79901

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About the Texas/Mexico Border and Immigration Task Force: Includes members of the Border Human Rights Collaborative, local elected officials, community organizations, academics, lawyers, church and community leaders of border cities and counties in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

About the Border Human Rights Collaborative: The Collaborative includes Arizona-based Border Action Network and Texas and New Mexico-based Border Network for Human Rights.

For more information contact:
Fernando Garcia  (Texas-New Mexico) 915.577.0722
Jennifer Allen (Arizona) 520.820.0360
Elhiu Domínguez (General) 915.492.1354

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