Anti-immigration bill protestors to gather at Cleveland Square
The Border Network for Human Rights is calling it an "overkill" of border security.
Protestors across the nation and in El Paso will hold demonstrations against the latest Senate-approved immigration reform bill in what is being called National Day of Action Against Border Militarization.
It is the same bill that calls for an additional 700 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border and the doubling of Border Patrol agents.
The BNHR specifically opposes the measures proposed for El Paso and its ports of entry.
The Senate-approved bill calls for the following measures to be located between the ports of entry in the El Paso sector:
- 27 integrated fixed towers.
- 71 fixed camera systems (with relocation capability)
- 31 mobile surveillance systems
- 170 unattended ground sensors
- 24 handheld equipment devices, thermal imaging systems and night vision goggles
Proposed equipment that would be located at the ports of entry:
- 4 non-intrusive inspection systems, including fixed and mobile
- 23 fiber-optic tank inspection scopes
- 1 portable contraband detectors
- 19 radiation isotope identification devices updates
- 8 personal radiation detectors
The bill states the measures are a minimum requirement.
The BNHR said the bill will create one of the most militarized border zones in the world.
Republican lawmakers have said they will not pass the bill, instead create own of their own.
President Barack Obama said he will not sign any bill into law that does give a path to citizenship for the 11million immigrants living illegally in the United States.
The Border Network for Human Rights will stage its demonstration at Cleveland Square in downtown El Paso beginning at 10am Wednesday.
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