South Texas Border Advocates Call for Congress to Reject Militarization of the Rio Grande Valley

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Ahead of Trump’s visit to El Paso, Immigrant Communities Say “Stay Out of the Borderlands & Defund the Deportation Force Now!

Monday, February 11, 2019
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Austin, TX — In the next few hours, a bicameral committee in Congress may release a negotiated deal for immigration enforcement, expanded detention capacity and funds for border militarization ahead of the Friday, February 15th budget deadline.  

As Trump heads to El Paso today for another one of his rallies filled with hate and lies, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick has already met with Trump and told him that Texas will build the wall, regardless of funding.

Immigrant rights groups in the Rio Grande Valley are sending a clear, unified message: Stay Out of the South Texas Borderlands and Defund the Deportation Force Now!

Greisa Martinez Rosas, Deputy Executive Director of United We Dream said:

“Lt. Governor Dan Patrick is prepared to fulfill Trump’s plans to build a wall, but he has ignored the growing immigrant and communities of color in Texas who reject his plan to further militarize our communities.
“ICE and CBP are an abusive and immoral agency that take money from other agencies so they can detain and deport more immigrants that their already bloated budget allows. They must be defunded NOW and should be held accountable for the terror they have inflicted on our communities through intimidation, surveillance, incarceration and death.
“Immigrant youth demand that Congress defund ICE & CBP so our border residents and communities across Texas can live without fear.”

The RGV Equal Voice Network, a coalition comprised of La Unión del Pueblo Entero, A Resource in Serving Equality, Texas Civil Rights Project, Fuerza del Valle, Proyecto Juan Diego, Brownsville Community Health Center, and the ACLU of Texas, said:

“Border militarization diminishes the quality of life of our families, will create dangerous flood zones, and will establish a security apparatus that will undermine our constitutional rights. These issues will not be felt by interior US communities and will make our home a sacrifice zone for political agendas. We wholly reject any effort to create a “Border-Military-Industrial Complex” of our southern borders and instead, request for humanitarian and fair legislation that seeks to help vulnerable families while simultaneously addressing our needs and concerns in the Rio Grande Valley. “

The Angry Tias and Abuelas of the Rio Grande Valley, a grassroots organization providing aid to asylum seekers said:

“This country has a system in place and the resources for refugees to ask for asylum, in compliance with U.S. and international law.  We raise our voices against the injustice of this noncompliance and we remain committed to services on the ground to right these wrongs.”

The Texas Latina Advocacy Network of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health said:

“Our communities need access to reproductive healthcare without the fear of deportation and separation. The “poderosxs,”the powerful people of South Texas, want to make it clear: the Rio Grande Valley is resilient against the over militarization of our border and we will continue to fight efforts that threaten the livelihood of these communities. We condemn the actions and misdirected funding of the Department of Homeland Security whose operations create physical and social barriers to reproductive care and healthcare overall, inside and outside of detention centers. Under the tenet of Reproductive Justice, we envision a society where families do not live in fear of separation or deportation.”