Some great analysis of the Senate immigration bill has begun to come out. Below we share a press release from our friends at the Border Network for Human Rights on an important piece of the legislation. Read our own reaction at lupenet.org.
Bringing an accountability mechanism to border enforcement is the highest priority for those who live and work in border regions
Border Task Force an Important Part of the new CIR bill
(EL PASO, Texas) – The Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR) applauds the Senate bipartisan efforts in releasing the comprehensive immigration reform bill today-a moment that the border and immigrant communities have long awaited for.
In particular, BNHR applauds the inclusion of language to create DHS Border Oversight Task Force in the proposed legislation. This is an accountability mechanism that BNHR has believed in for many years.
The Task Force is about bringing border communities — that means local law enforcement, academics, elected officials, faith leaders, border residents and others — to the table when we talk about border enforcement. This creates better strategies for keeping all Americans safe, and we have the evidence of it.
This model of community policing has already proven to work. In El Paso, Texas…