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Q&A with Cynthia Pompa of ACLU New Mexico

  By Jesus Mendez On April 21, the Caravan Against Fear stopped in Las Cruces, New Mexico before moving onto Texas, the last of the southern border states. During our stay in New Mexico, we had the opportunity to meet and stand in solidarity with local Las Cruceans in support of their efforts to get the Las Cruces City Council to pass a Welcoming and Freedom City Resolution. The press conference and rally was organized by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico, a local SBCC partner organization, along with others. As we learned in Las Cruces, similar to the reality lived on rest of the border region, Border Patrol checkpoints serve to divide communities. The presence of agents is a normalized reality.  In today’s political climate, there is fear and anxiety among families and young children in mixed-status families, who fear they might be separated. Many refrain from reporting crime and abuse to local law enforcement for fear of being deported, and don’t venture far from home. During our visit, I had the opportunity to learn more about Las Cruces and the border reality in Southern New Mexico thanks to Cynthia Pompa, a field organizer for the ACLU of New Mexico Regional Center for Border Rights. See below for part of our conversation: Continue reading
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ACTION ALERT: Help Us Stop Trump’s Mass Deportation Force!!

Congress is wrapping up negotiations on a funding bill that needs to be passed by this Friday, April 28, 2017. We are deeply concerned that this might include funding for ​new Border Patrol or ICE agents, new detention beds and new border barriers​. Reach out to your Senators and urge them to do the right thing!! Continue reading
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Why Caution is Needed Before Hiring Additional Border Patrol Agents and ICE Officers

By Josiah McC. Heyman, Ph.D The last time the Border Patrol received a large infusion of money to hire thousands of new agents, cases of corruption and misconduct spiked in the agency. New hires were not sufficiently vetted, novice agents were not adequately supervised, and agents who abused their authority acted with impunity. Continue reading
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Q&A with Juanita Molina of Border Action Network in Arizona

By Jesus Daniel Mendez Carbajal One of the best things about joining the Caravan Against Fear is that you get to travel through the entire southern border and get to know the people and places that make this a special place. So far, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with local Arizona community members  and organizations in Phoenix, Tucson and Nogales. In each city we’ve had the opportunity to share time, stories and food. These locations were chosen because of their close proximity and relationship to the border. The schedule of activities for Tucson and Nogales were both largely organized by Juanita Molina, the Executive Director of Border Action Network, and a member of the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC). Continue reading
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Why I Joined The Caravan Against Fear

By Jesus Daniel Mendez Carbajal My name is Jesus Daniel Mendez Carbajal. I was born in Guerrero, Mexico, I am 24 years old and I am a DACA recipient. I am one of several Human Rights Organizers with Alliance San Diego, and I decided to join the Caravan Against Fear as it makes its way through the Southern Border of the United States. Continue reading
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"If I'm talking to you right now" - Trump's Budget

Trump’s plan to spend billions on a border wall, thousands of new ICE agents, more detention centers, and tougher prosecutions will not make our communities safer. It will instill fear in and cause harm to families.  We teamed up with the National Immigration Law Center to create this video about the potential impact of Trump’s budget. Check it out to learn how you can help stop this budget. Continue reading
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Southern Arizona Statement on Community Security

In response to the Border Security Expo, Southern Arizona border groups released the following statement. Continue reading
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Jog near border fence ends with dueling lawsuits between former Navy SEAL, Border Patrol agent

By Kristina Davis On an August afternoon in 2014, Alton Jones decided to leave his wife and 6-year-old son behind to play on the sand at Border Field State Park to go for a quick jog near the fence dividing the U.S. and Mexico. Continue reading
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Discussion on Border Wall with D.C. & Local Leaders

A group of local leader just returned from Washington D.C. having discussions with lawmakers on the local border wall.  Find out more about the meetings as National City Chief Manuel Rodriguez shares the discussions and their awareness of being a border town. Continue reading
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Embattled Borderlands

  How would a border wall affect wildlife in the southern border region? Continue reading
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