Date: Monday, February 11, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. MST (doors open at 9:40 a.m.)
Location: 325 Leon Street
El Paso, Texas 79901
The separation of children from their parents continues. The narrative that refugees and immigrants are criminals is not true. Annunciation House and our partner organizations and faith communities have been providing hospitality to thousands of these families every week. The idea that refugees and immigrants make our country dangerous is not true. Rather, the truth is that they overwhelmingly become productive, contributing citizens of our community and of our country.
Given the national attention being given to refugees and immigrants on our southern border, Annunciation House will hold a press conference with the objective of providing a more truthful narrative reflecting the reality of refugees on our Border.
The speakers will include:
1. A refugee mother from Honduras forcibly separated for over 115 days from her three and four-year-old daughters by Border Patrol Agents on October 11, 2018.
2. A newly-arrived refugee parent who fled violence and persecution in Central America to lawfully seek asylum in the United States.
3. A former refugee who was granted asylum in the United States and who has since become a valued member of our vibrant border community.
Following the press conference, the speakers—along with Annunciation House Executive Director Ruben Garcia and Legal Coordinator Taylor Levy—will have limited availability for individual interviews with members of the press.