Tag Archives: El Paso

Keep the Doors Open

For 38 years, the triangular red-brick building of Annunciation House has been both a symbol and a center for hospitality to the migrant and the refugee. Now over a hundred years old, the building is in desperate need of repairs: … Continue reading

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Who will defend us from the self-defenders?

An officer spots a young man with brown skin on the street. The young man is immediately believed to have committed a crime, although there is little to implicate him in the moment except for his skin color. When confronted … Continue reading

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Petition for Concrete and Specific Action on Immigration

Please join us in demanding real immigration reforms now. Our petition can be downloaded by clicking here, or signed online at this link. The text of the petition is below: The arrival of thousands of families and unaccompanied minors from Central … Continue reading

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Convocation: Standing With the Refugee and Immigrant

Please share these fliers! You can download them here and here. Hope to see you on October 11.

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Update on STIR: the South Texas Immigrant Response

Emergency shelters. Nearly every week this summer, one or two planeloads full of Central American migrants arrived in El Paso, were processed at the detention facility there, and then were released on their own recognizance. This amounted to up to … Continue reading

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Response from Annuncation House to the ruling in the Juan Patricio wrongful death civil trial

in places like El Paso, where the harsh realities associated with grinding poverty and immigration are a lived experience for most, and where the ubiquitous presence of the Border Patrol figures prominently in daily life, it is of the utmost importance that matters pertaining to both are treated with meticulous care.

It is nevertheless clear that, in Juan Patricio Peraza’s case, this did not occur. Continue reading

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The Legal Decision on the Juan Patricio wrongful death civil trial

Ruling in full – PDF Judge RICHARD P. MESA’S legal decision in the case of CESAR PERAZA BARRAZA and, RAMONA IRENE QUIJADA-SOTO, Statutory Death Beneficiaries of JUAN PATRICIO PERAZA, Deceased, Plaintiffs, v.s. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Defendant

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Juan Patricio Trial Summary Part 4

In the cross-examination Enrique Moreno again went over the list of things that VB didn’t know, and didn’t find out, when he arrived on the scene. He didn’t know the number of officers, their position, who was in charge, whether progress had been made, whether the subject had a means of escape…the list went on. And all of those things were important, weren’t they?

VB agreed that they were.

According to his training, a Border Patrol agent was required to assess these things before resorting to deadly force, was he not?

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Juan Patricio Trial Summary Part 3

April 10, 2008. Today, Thursday, was the fourth day of the trial. The prosecution began by calling Irene Quijada to the stand. Before today I had known Juan Patricio through a single photograph (taken at Annunciation House shortly before his … Continue reading

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Juan Patricio Trial Summary Part 2

April 8, 2008. The prosecution called Agent VB to the stand. He walked up from his seat at the defense table, a few feet away from where the parents of Juan Patricio were sitting. I don’t think Cesar and Irene … Continue reading

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