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Archive for March 20th, 2009

NPT City: District 4 debate at Pearson Forum, more to come

News release from the forum host Joe Oliva: Plan to attend the upcoming forums and please help our community to make an informed decision by forwarding this to those on your list of contacts. Live on Saturday’s at 214 W Franklin from 9-10am
(across from City Hall, Pearson Law Firm) Sunday on cable channel 15# or raypearson .com

Saturday March 21st District #4 debate.

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March 20, 2009 at 2:33 pm

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NPT DC: Reyes introduced $5 billion border security/trade bill

News release from the office of U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes.

REYES INTRODUCES BILL TO FUND $5 BILLION TO IMPROVE SECURITY AT BORDER CHECKPOINTS
PORTS Act would add 5000 CBP agents to improve border inspections

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Silvestre Reyes (TX-16) has introduced legislation to dramatically increase funding and staffing levels at America’s land ports of entry to help combat the illegal transport of drugs, money, and weapons between the United States and Mexico and reduce excessive bridge wait times. The Putting Our Resources Toward Security (PORTS) Act would provide $5 billion through 2014 to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), to repair and modernize infrastructure all U.S. land ports of entry, and would also provide funding for an additional 5000 Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents to improve inspections and reduce traffic congestion. Congressman Reyes’ legislation has already drawn the support of 29 other Members of Congress.

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March 20, 2009 at 1:41 pm

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NPT City: Catucci’s appeal to voters

Mayoral candidate Alfrank Catucci has a mailer going out. If you’re a regular voter, you might get one soon. Click below to view it. NPT received the mailer from Catucci, who had pulled up in front of Jaime Perez’s bar on Stanton and said he was asking Perez for advice on where to send them.

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March 20, 2009 at 10:42 am

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NPT DC: An El Paso soldier protests: ‘Military recruiters are targeting young people in Latino communities’

From a news release by the ANSWER Coalition, an activist group planning and carrying out anti-war activities in D.C.:

Eric Murillo, a U.S. Army veteran from El Paso, Texas, decried, “Military recruiters are targeting young people in Latino communities. Our communities face high unemployment and young people are struggling to be able to pay the tuition costs necessary to go to school. The recruiters are offering the promise of citizenship to immigrant youth. This is the most cynical manipulation by the Pentagon. Our young people need real jobs. We need affordable education and immigrants need full legal rights.”

Follow the jump for the full text of the news release.

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Murillo being interviewed Thursday

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March 20, 2009 at 10:40 am

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NPT City: At O’Rourke’s breakfast meeting Monday, the architects of change in Juarez

Good meeting coming up at city Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s breakfast meeting Monday.

The speakers are to be Lucinda Vargas, general director, and Miguel Fernandez, president, of Plan Estrategico in Juarez. The plan aims to remake the city, and to coordinate with El Paso. The meeting is at 7 a.m. at the Village Inn Restaurant, 2929 N. Mesa.

For some background, check out this NPT interview with Vargas, or follow the jump for some excerpts and a bio provided by the O’Rourke’s office.

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March 20, 2009 at 10:35 am

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NPT DC: Reyes plans Congressional trip to meet President Calderon, assess Mexico

News release from the office of U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes:

REYES, SKELTON, AND BERMAN TO LEAD CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO MEXICO
Speaker Nancy Pelosi Announces Congressional Delegation Trip of Key Committee Chairs to Mexico at 13th Annual Border Issues Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Silvestre Reyes (TX-16), Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, will join Congressman Ike Skelton (MO-4), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and Congressman Howard Berman (CA-28), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee in a high-level Congressional Delegation trip to Mexico in the coming weeks. Speaker Nancy Pelosi made the announcement at the 13th Annual Border Issues Conference in Washington, D.C. The Committee Chairmen will meet with President Felipe Calderon to discuss Mexico’s ongoing efforts to combat drug-related violence.

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March 20, 2009 at 10:26 am

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