Protests in 10+ Cities Against Border Militarization Component of Immigration Reform
Border Network for Human Rights, Presente.org and border residents will join nationwide “Border Overkill” protests in El Paso, Washington DC, San Francisco, Tucson, San Diego and other cities.
July 16, 2013
The Border Network for Human Rights, Presente.org, Detention Watch Network, the Southern Borders Communities Coalition, and border residents and communities across the country are participating in a National Day of Action Against Border Militarization on Wednesday, July 17. Residents and community organizations in 10 cities will protest the “border surge” component proposed in the bi-partisan Senate's Corker-Hoeven amendment and other legislation being proposed in the House of Representatives.
The Senate’s immigration reform package was passed with the last-minute addition of a “border surge” that's guaranteed to increase racial profiling, abuse, death and other destruction in border communities. The bi-partisan Corker-Hoeven amendment in the Senate proposes increasing the number of border patrol agents by 20,000 while adding 700 miles of additional border wall. Increased spending of billions of tax dollars on unnecessary surveillance and other wasteful technology at a border that has been certified as safe by the FBI and other sources is also included.
Over the next 10 years, the bi-partisan “border surge” in S.744 would further militarize border zones in the southern United States, transforming peaceful communities into some of the most militarized regions in the world. Already, more than 7 million U.S. Citizens, residents and families that live in border communities are subjected to the “100-mile rule," which the ACLU and other groups denounce as a “Constitution Free Zone” stretching from San Diego, California to Brownsville, Texas.
El Paso, Texas
Where: Downtown El Paso
When: 10 a.m., Wednesday July 17
Contact: Border Network for Human Rights
Where: Meet in front of the White House to march together to CBP Headquarters (1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 20004)
When: 8:00 a.m., Wednesday July 17
Contact: Detention Watch Network and School of the Americas Watch
Where: Meet at the Federal Building on Congress and Granada to march to Sen. John McCain’s office for a Muerte-In (“Die-In”)
When: 3:30 p.m., Wednesday July 17
Contact: Coalicion de Derechos Humanos AZ
San Francisco, CA
Where: 275 Battery Street, San Francisco , in front of SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation)
When: 12 Noon- 1pm
Where: Corner or Montgomery and Market Streets in San Francisco, CA
When: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Wednesday July 17
Contact: On Facebook
Where: in front of Allen Center, 1200 Smith Street downtown Houston
When: Noon, Wednesday July 17
Contact: Houston United
Las Vegas, NV
Where: New York – New York Hotel and Casino at 3790 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
When: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Wednesday July 17
Contact: Immigration Reform For Nevada
Where: Congress & 11 Street- Front Steps of the Capitol
When: Action at 4 p.m., Vigil at 5 p.m.
Contact: Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition
Where: The Milwaukee office of Customs & Border Patrol at 4015 S. Howell Ave.
When: 11:00 am, Wednesday July 17
Contact: Voces de la Frontera
San Diego, CA
Where: The Office of Representative Darrel Issa
When: 4 p.m., Wednesday July 17
Contact: Convened by the San Diego Human Rights Network: Frente Indígena de Organizaciones Bi-Nacionales, Oceanside Human Rights Network, Comité de Derechos Humanos de Escondido, San Diego Immigrant Youth Collective, Fallbrook Human Rights Committee, Comité de Derechos Humanos Digna Ochoa, Comité de Derechos Humanos de El Cajon, Association of Raza Educators, Unión del Barrio, Comité de Servicios de los Amigos.