November 9, 2017 border_lines


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_In Arizona:

  • Advocates plan a rally to urge a clean Dream Act today, Nov. 9, in front of Rep. Martha McSally’s office.

  • Kino Border Initiative traveled from Arizona to DC and, together with DACA recipients, joined about 1,000 students who lobbied on Capitol Hill for a clean Dream on Monday.

_In California:

  • A bipartisan group of elected officials in San Diego signed a letter urging Congress to support a clean Dream Act.

_In New Mexico:

_In the Texas Rio Grande Valley:

Must reads

_Sanctuary in Las Cruces. SBCC member NM CAFé accompanied Martha Lorena Rivera when she became the second person to seek sanctuary in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Jorge Taborda, a Colombian who has lived in the U.S. since 1998 was the first.

_Confirming the need for CBP reforms. Here’s another reason we need more accountability and oversight over U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). According to a study by the CATO Institute, US Border Patrol agents are twice as likely than any other federal law enforcement agency officials to be terminated for misconduct or corruption.

_DHS hearing was a mixed review: During her nomination hearing in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Kristjen Nielsen stated she: (1) didn’t think a border wall from “sea to shining sea” would be needed (it’s a start); (2) felt that local law enforcement should ask about immigration status if they have reason to believe the person was undocumented (not a good idea); (3) committed to maintaining ICE’s and CBP’s sensitive locations policy limiting enforcement activities at schools, churches and hospitals (we’ll see) and send a clarifying memo_if confirmed_to department staff; and (4) agreed that a DACA fix was needed, adding “I believe that we must and we owe it to them to find a permanent solution. This is no way to expect anyone to live, month-to-month at a time” (we couldn't agree more!) The committee is expected to confirm her nomination next week after they receive answers to almost 200 questions submitted by senators. The next step if she is approved by committee is a full Senate vote.

_Diversity is US. Normally, we wouldn’t be commenting on the results of an election, but there were too many good firsts to not say, “I see you, I hear you.” Here's a quick round-up of these historic electoral victories.

Media_lines. Sixteen Republican congressional members held a presser this week urging Congress to pass a legislative fix for DACA by the end of the year. While most hinted for the need for some kind of compromise, including more border enforcement, California Rep. Darrel Issa asked, "are you willing to get off of the enforcement-first and the all-or-nothing [approach to help Dreamers]?” Sí, se puede.


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