FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 2010
TIME: 2:30 PM
LOCATION: CASA VIDES
325 Leon Street
El Paso, Texas
SUBJECT: PETITION FOR PROTECTION FOR MEXICAN NATIONALS FLEEING THE VIOLENCE IN MEXICO/JUAREZ
A coalition of community agencies, organizations, and legal advocates will hold a press conference to express serious concern over the politicizing of the Political Asylum process vis-à-vis its application to Mexican nationals fleeing the violence in Mexico and Ciudad Juarez as well as to call upon the Obama Administration to undertake an independent investigation of how the application process for political asylum is being applied to Mexican nationals. In Addition, the initiation of a national Petition for Protection effort, calling on the Obama Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Justice, to make use of existing avenues available in law and regulation to provide legal relief and protection to Mexican nationals directly impacted by the violence in Juarez will be released.
At the present time, the Department of Homeland Security is rejecting asylum petitions from Mexicans fleeing the violence on a wholesale basis and yet, tens of thousands of Mexicans have sought refuge in El Paso and other border cities, and now live in hiding because there is no legal avenue available for protection.
Included among the agencies and organizations issuing the statement are the following: Annunciation House, Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services, Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, Border Network for Human Rights, Paso del Norte Civil Rights Project, ACLU of New Mexico Regional Center for Border Rights, Columban Missionaries, Project Puente of El Paso, The Opportunity Center for the Homeless, Catholic Diocese Peace & Justice Ministry.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Ruben L Garcia, Annunciation House
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