Border Delegation Travels to DC to Welcome Congressmen Pearce (NM-2, R) and O’Rourke (TX-16, D) Introduction of Border Accountability Bill
Border Stakeholders will hold a Press Conference at House Triangle on March 26th to recognize Historic and Unprecedented Effort to Bring Quality, Oversight and Accountability to Border Enforcement
Washington DC: In the midst of a national discussion over the actions and strategies of US border agencies,, Congressmen Steve Pearce (NM-2, R) and Beto O’Rourke (TX-16, D) will be introducing the Border Accountability and Community Engagement bill next week. This legislation represents an unprecedented bi-partisan effort to create and enhance border oversight mechanisms for federal law enforcement agencies working on border enforcement.
Additionally, the Pearce-O’Rourke proposal addresses the issues of border agents’ civil and human rights training, the protocols and guidelines of the use of lethal force at the border, the creation of a DHS Ombudsman to promote institutional best practices, and important steps to prevent the dramatic situation of migrant deaths at the US/Mexico border.
A multi-sector border delegation organized by the Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR) will be traveling to Washington D.C. to join Congressman Pearce and Congressman O’Rourke at a Press Conference on March 26th on Capitol Hill to recognize their leadership and deliver over 4000 petitions from constituents to welcome this historic piece of legislation that will bring quality and accountability to our border enforcement and promote the civil and human rights of border residents. This event will happen in coordination with press conferences in El Paso, TX, and Las Cruces, NM, where hundreds of border residents will attend to show their support for this new bill.
What: Press Conference on Introduction of Pearce-O’Rourke Border Accountability and Community Engagement Bill
When: March 26th, 2014 at 12:00 Noon
Where: House Triangle, Capitol Hill, Washington DC
Congressman Steve Pearce (NM-2, R)
Congressman Beto O’Rourke (TX-16, D)
Rogelio Nunez, Director of Proyecto Libertad in Harlingen, Texas
Susie Byrd, El Paso Independent School District Board of Trustees, El Paso, Texas
Maria Jimenez, long-time border activist and member of Houston United Coalition
Frank Sharry, Executive Director, America’s Voice
Fernando Garcia, Executive Director of the Border Network for Human Rights (moderator)
Members of Border Delegation and National Supporters available for interview:
Sister Rosemary Welsh, R.S.M, Executive Director, Casa de Misericordia, Laredo, TX
Teresa Nevarez, representing BNHR New Mexico Human Rights Center in Anthony, NM
Irma Cruz, representing BNHR community centers in El Paso, TX
Marisa Franco, National Day Laborers Organizing Network (NDLON)
Jumana Musa, Coalition for Accountable, Moral and Balanced Immigration Overhaul (CAMBIO)
The Border Network for Human Rights, founded in 1998, is one of the leading human rights advocacy and immigration reform organizations located at the U.S./Mexico Border. BNHR has over 7,000 members in West Texas and Southern New Mexico.