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Rallying in El Paso and across the state Aug. 29 for immigration reform

News release in the NPT Inbox (disclosure: the release was sent by NPT contributor Jaime Abeytia, who works for the Border Network for Human Rights):

Kick-off Events for Statewide Push for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

El Paso, Texas – Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance (RITA) will launch a statewide push for comprehensive immigration reform in cities across Texas. The statewide coalition of immigration reform organizations and advocates is partnering with the Border Network for Human Rights to organize the local event, which will be a rally taking place on August 29th, 2009 at the El Paso Convention Center.

Similar kick-off events will take place simultaneously across the state of Texas such as Austin, Lubbock, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Juan, and across the Texas Valley as part of the effort.

The El Paso rally will feature speakers from all the sectors affected by immigration including community members, elected officials, law enforcement leaders, business, academia, and environmentalists. Congressman Reyes will also be producing an address to the rally to be played via video.

The Border Network for Human Rights is proud that the Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance has chosen the El Paso and southern New Mexico region as the featured kick-off event. The Border Network for Human Rights is excited to be able to organize an event that will humanize the complexities of the immigration reform debate and provide solutions to the problems our community faces.

What: Statewide Kickoff Rally
When: August 29th, 2009 2:00pm-4:00pm
Where: El Paso Convention Center
Featuring: Over 500 Community Members & Local Leaders

About Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance:

The Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance is a multi-sector statewide network dedicated to building support for a sensible immigration policy. The goal of the organization is to form a common Texas voice and vision on immigration policy and educate our elected officials on the need to fix America’s broken immigration system with fair, humane and sensible policies that foster America’s strength, security and prosperity. RITA priorities include: a pathway to citizenship, keeping families together, respecting human and civil rights, community security, establishment of a responsible and accountable border policy, support for immigrant integration, development of a practical system for future workers, and addressing the root cause of migration.

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

August 18, 2009 at 2:31 pm

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  1. July 27, 2009 Monday


    BYLINE: States News Service

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    The Secure Communities program maintains such a distinction, and our subcommittee is concerned that the 287(g) program do so as well. The Government Accountability Office has expressed some concern with the way 287(g) has been implemented in some places — uneven application of the program in different jurisdictions, the lack of ICE supervision of local results, limited complaint resolution mechanisms, and a lack of clear objectives that ensure the program operates consistently with federal immigration priorities.

    Carl Starr

    August 18, 2009 at 7:35 pm

  2. he Houston Chronicle

    July 13, 2009 Monday

    ICE program is casting wide net Database is helping to identify dangerous illegal immigrants in jail, but critics see a troubling trend SECURE: Priorities are questioned


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    A little after 3 a.m. Dec. 12, Carlos Garcia-Hernandez was booked into Harris County Jail on an aggravated assault charge, accused of slicing a man’s nose down to the bone after a disagreement at a birthday party.

    At the jail, the first in the country with full access to a Department of Homeland Security database that contains millions of immigration records, a Harris County detention officer ran Garcia-Hernandez’s fingerprints.

    Within minutes the system found a hit. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents had deported Garcia-Hernandez in November 2007 after a string of convictions including marijuana possession and escaping from law enforcement custody, the system showed.

    The DHS system also showed Garcia-Hernandez had two outstanding murder warrants in Mexico. “A year ago, we wouldn’t have gotten that,” said Lt. M. Lindsay, the point man for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office’s efforts to identify suspected illegal immigrants in the jails.

    The database is part of an ICE program dubbed “Secure Communities,” which aims to identify and deport the most dangerous illegal immigrants in U.S. jails and prisons. Since Harris County started using the database in October, participation in the program has grown to 70 sites in the U.S., including 39 in Texas.

    In the program’s first six months, more than 266,000 fingerprint submissions were run through the system nationally, generating more than 32,000 “matches” for suspects with both an immigration history and record of a prior conviction or charge. That includes 5,369 matches in Harris County.

    But critics see a troubling trend in the data.

    Nationally, only 15 percent of the 6,130 suspects that authorities filed paperwork to detain after finding a match in the system were classified as “aggravated felons” – the agency’s primary target group. The percentage was even lower in Harris County, with fewer that one in 10 suspects falling into that category, according to ICE statistics from late October to the end of April, the most recent available.

    Rocha said ICE is committed to targeting the most dangerous criminals.

    “Any individual who is here in the country illegally, ICE may choose to enter into removal proceedings,” Rocha said. “ICE is focused on the most egregious offenders. However, we will remove other individuals as resources permit.”

    The Rev. Diane McGehee, a pastor and attorney who has protested Houston Mayor Bill White’s plans to expand the DHS database and other immigration enforcement programs to the city jails, said high-profile crimes by illegal immigrants are highlighted in the media and “smear the entire population.”

    Carl Starr

    August 18, 2009 at 7:44 pm

  3. Arrest ALL illegal immigrants, their families and US born anchor kids.
    Seize ALL their assets and apply them 100% to the county health care system in which the aliens were arrested.
    Fine US companies $10,000 for each
    illegal found employed. Jail the CEO
    of the US company for 30 days every
    time his company is found employing illegals. Make all voters show proof of citizenship before becoming registered to vote.

    Tom Jefferson

    August 20, 2009 at 11:08 pm

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