Wednesday, July 17, 2013
What do you think of the "border surge," the controverial late amendment to the Senate immigration reform bill? We have posted about the benefits to military contractors of the bill, as well as the increased deaths, destruction of families, and racial profiling in immigration enforcement.
The Border Network for Human Rights, Presente.org, Detention Watch Network, the Southern Borders Communities Coalition, and border residents and communities across the country are participating in a National Day of Action Against Border Militarization TODAY. Residents and community organizations in 10 cities will protest the “border surge” component -- the Senate's Corker-Hoeven amendment -- of CIR.
The bi-partisan Corker-Hoeven amendment in the Senate proposes increasing the number of border patrol agents by 20,000 while adding 700 miles of additional border wall. Increased spending of billions of tax dollars on unnecessary surveillance and other wasteful technology at a border that has been certified as safe by the FBI and other sources is also included. Over the next 10 years, the bi-partisan “border surge” in S.744 would further militarize border zones in the southern United States, transforming peaceful communities into some of the most militarized regions in the world.
Already, more than 7 million U.S. citizens, residents and families that live in border communities are subjected to the “100-mile rule," which the ACLU and other groups denounce as a “Constitution Free Zone” stretching from San Diego, California to Brownsville, Texas.
LOCATIONS: El Paso, Texas: Where: Downtown El Paso When: 10 a.m., Wednesday July 17 Contact: Border Network for Human Rights
Washington, D.C. Where: Meet in front of the White House to march together to CBP Headquarters (1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 20004) When: 8:00 a.m., Wednesday July 17 Contact: Detention Watch Network and School of the Americas Watch
Tucson, AZ Where: Meet at the Federal Building on Congress and Granada to march to Sen. John McCain’s office for a Muerte-In (“Die-In”) When: 3:30 p.m., Wednesday July 17 Contact: Coalicion de Derechos Humanos AZ
San Francisco, CA Where: 275 Battery Street, San Francisco , in front of SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation) When: 12 Noon- 1pm Where: Corner or Montgomery and Market Streets in San Francisco, CA When: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Wednesday July 17 Contact: On Facebook
Houston, TX Where: in front of Allen Center, 1200 Smith Street downtown Houston When: Noon, Wednesday July 17 Contact: Houston United
Las Vegas, NV Where: New York – New York Hotel and Casino at 3790 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109 When: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Wednesday July 17 Contact: Immigration Reform For Nevada
San Benito, TX Where: 1390 W. Expressway 83 San Benito, TX 78586 When: 10 a.m., Wednesday July 17 Contact: La Union del Pueblo Entero – LUPE and Movimiento Del Valle Por Los Derechos Humanos Austin, TX Where: Congress & 11 Street- Front Steps of the Capitol When: Action at 4 p.m., Vigil at 5 p.m. Contact: Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition
Milwaukee, WI Where: The Milwaukee office of Customs & Border Patrol at 4015 S. Howell Ave. When: 11:00 am, Wednesday July 17 Contact: Voces de la Frontera
San Diego, CA Where: The Office of Representative Darrel Issa When: 4 p.m., Wednesday July 17 Contact: Convened by the San Diego Human Rights Network: Frente Indígena de Organizaciones Bi-Nacionales, Oceanside Human Rights Network, Comité de Derechos Humanos de Escondido, San Diego Immigrant Youth Collective, Fallbrook Human Rights Committee, Comité de Derechos Humanos Digna Ochoa, Comité de Derechos Humanos de El Cajon, Association of Raza Educators, Unión del Barrio, Comité de Servicios de los Amigos.