Monday, July 30, 2007

Struggling for Border Justice

Photos by Brenda Norrell (Protest of Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano after signing of new immigration law.)

Senate bill includes funds for dangerous crashing drones (unmanned aerial vehicles.)

Senate Approval of massive border militarization sacrifices human security
Coalicion de Derechos Humanos

(July 27, 2007) TUCSON -- Yesterday’s Senate vote to provide an additional $3 billion dollars toward “beefing up border security” will have disastrous implications for border communities and diverts attention from root causes, and therefore solutions, for our migration phenomenon, contend local human rights groups.
CoaliciĆ³n de Derechos Humanos denounces the decision as irresponsible, pointing out the dramatic number of human rights violations and abuses that have occurred as a result of more than a decade of militarization tactics and policies.
The bill provides for an additional 23,000 Border Patrol agents, 4 unmanned aerial vehicles, 700 miles of new walls, 300 miles of vehicle barriers and 45,000 detention beds. The bill passed with 89 votes to 1, and is being put forth by some as an effort to put Congress on a path to override President Bush's promised veto of a $38 billion homeland security funding bill.
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