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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

Group Applauds Rep. Hinojosa for Announcing Opposition to Corker-Hoeven

July 16, 2013

Washington, DC - In response to a petition signed by over 10,000 Presente.org members, Congressman and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Ruben Hinojosa announced his opposition to border militarization as part of a Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill. As cities from across the nation prepare for a day of action against border militarization on July 17, Chairman Hinojosa’s characterization of the Corker-Hoeven amendment as “misguided” border policy is an important victory for border communities who have expressed their outrage over the rightward turn of the amended immigration reform bill S.744.

“We applaud Chairman Hinojosa for his leadership and courage in announcing his opposition to the Corker-Hoeven amendment and the extreme border militarization it represents. Polls show Latinos oppose this type of “overkill” border militarization, and it’s important to see that more and more Latino Congressional leaders are standing on the right side of history,” said Arturo Carmona, Executive Director of Presente.org.

Congressman Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15) issued the following statement to Presente.org members:

"Coming from a Border district in southwest Texas I am very sensitive to amendments like Corker-Hoeven. It is undeniable that people have concerns about our border; however those of us from the border region know that we most need security investment at the ports of entry, not between them. The movement of people legally through our ports of entry, and the ability to stop guns and narcotics at the border is critically important to the safety and economic growth of the region. Unfortunately Corker-Hoeven ignores the progress already made at our border and is misguided in its allocation of resources for the region. Our region has a long history of business trade with our neighbor to the south and we hope to build on that strong relationship to make our economy strong along the border and the rest of the country. I stand firm in my belief that we should not allow the separation of families, and I completely support the passing of an immigration bill with a pathway to citizenship."