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Trump's Deportation Memos Will Give the Joe Arpaios of America Free Rein to Terrorize Immigrants

US Immigration Reform Forum - 2 hours 45 min ago
Trump's Deportation Memos Will Give the Joe Arpaios of America Free Rein to Terrorize Immigrants

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The Department of Homeland Security's so-called

Rising Walls, Falling Bridges

US Immigration Reform Forum - 2 hours 45 min ago
Rising Walls, Falling Bridges

It?s no secret that the physical foundation of the country is coming apart.
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John Lennon vs. Steve Bannon: A Battle for the Western Soul

US Immigration Reform Forum - 2 hours 45 min ago
John Lennon vs. Steve Bannon: A Battle for the Western Soul

As Angela Merkel gears up for an election, a chance for the political center to redefine itself.
Source: [url=https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/23/opinion/john-lennon-vs-stev...
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Tillerson and Kelly Visit Mexico, Discuss Migration

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Tillerson and Kelly Visit Mexico, Discuss Migration


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Mexico Responds to DHS Memos

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Mexico Responds to DHS Memos


Source: Mexico Responds to DHS Memos

--Center for Immigration Studies feed.
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$13,285,000 more for the ball park

ElPasoSpeak - 2 hours 45 min ago

When the ball park bonds were originally sold the city told us they would make a large bullet payment of $17.4 million on the bonds in 2023.

We wrote about that in No Principles back in November of 2013.

No one should be surprised that city council knew that coming up with an extra $17.4 million dollars all at one time would not be possible.

The solution

The new management at the city has taken the steps necessary to keep us from having to cough up the money in 2023.

The April 11, 2016 meeting of the Downtown Development Corporation (city council in sheep’s clothing) gave permission to sell refinancing bonds.  The refinancing bonds will be used to buy back bonds that were issued in 2013 and thus eliminate the bullet payment.

Interest rates have gone down and money can be saved by locking in a lower rate through refinancing.

Unfortunately they felt the need to finance the $17.4 million also.

The result?

From the refinancing resolution:

the aggregate amount of payments to be made on the Series 2016 Bonds shall not exceed the aggregate amount of payments that would have been made on the refunded Series 2013 Tax Exempt Bonds had the refunding not occurred by more than $13,285,000, net of any issuer contribution

Even with the interest savings we still are going to pay up to another $13.2 million in interest because of the need to finance the $17.4 million bullet payment.

The problem here is that financing numbers did not work back in 2013.  The city put the $17.4 million in as a bullet payment to make it look like they financing was viable.

Does it ever end?

We deserve better

Brutus


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The Harvard-Harris Poll in Context

El Paso News Organization - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 10:00pm
The headlines starting blaring across social media and on Alt-Right websites a few days ago, announcing that 80% of voters disapprove of sanctuary cities. The Hill started the ball rolling and it trended across...
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Border-inspired writer wins 2017 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry

Borderzine - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 9:01pm

Natalie Scenters-Zapico, who was an undergraduate Creative Writing major at UT El Paso, has won the prestigious 2017 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry, for her collection of poems “The Verging Cities.”

“From her undergraduate writing career at UTEP, she went on to become a fully-funded graduate student at the University of New Mexico, and is now one of our country’s most literarily-recognized emerging writers,” said Sasha Pimentel, assistant professor of poetry and creative nonfiction at UTEP.

Judges for the award said the collection, published by the Center for Literary Publishing, Colorado State University,  shows Scenters-Zapico is an “an important emerging poet whose formal and tonal range in The Verging Cities is impressive and disarming.”

Scenters-Zapico’s style brings the border to life, the judges wrote:

“Her voice is honest, engaging, and complex as she explores the liminal space of the U.S./Mexico border with vivid imagery that moves fluidly between Juárez and El Paso. At times both tender and funny, she writes so that the border becomes not just an idea, but a rich and real world. With poems that are as intelligent as they are urgent, Natalie Scenters-Zapico offers a necessary poetic voice in these perilous times.”

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When Did WW3 Start? Let's Talk About Sanctuary Cities and the Radical Left Instead

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 6:16pm
When Did WW3 Start? Let's Talk About Sanctuary Cities and the Radical Left Instead

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Trump's Fake News Attack on Sweden, Immigrants, and Crime

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 6:16pm
Trump's Fake News Attack on Sweden, Immigrants, and Crime

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President Trump's Immigration-Related Executive Orders

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 6:16pm
President Trump's Immigration-Related Executive Orders


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DHS Secretary Kelly Meets with Guatemalan President

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 6:16pm
DHS Secretary Kelly Meets with Guatemalan President


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--Center for Immigration Studies feed.
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Planned Gift Contact Form

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 6:16pm
Planned Gift Contact Form

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Print shop supports El Paso by design

Borderzine - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 10:48am

EL PASO – If this border city’s culture could be captured on a T-shirt, the Proper Printshop is probably the place that is printing it.

The spirit of the Sun City is at the heart of the central El Paso shop at 800 Montana where owners J.J. Childress and Alan Hudson embrace the language, the people and the city itself in their designs.

The owners and employees work are also passionate about helping clients transform their own ideas into works of art.

“We don’t want to be the shop that you go into, you have a bad design and they say OK and just print it,” Childress said. “We want to help you improve and shape your artwork.”

The print shop is not only known for creating art, but also promoting El Paso’s unique culture and local art scene.

“Proper has done a great job at being a hub for artists, for embracing them and for building collaborations with other print shops throughout the Southwest and Mexico,” said Marina Monsivasis, organizer of El Paso’s annual Chalk the Block Arts Festival. “They take what they have learned from experts in the field and bring it back to El Paso to share the knowledge with our local artist community.”

Keep El Paso Loco is one of the most famous logos created by Proper Printshop owners. (Photo courtesy of Proper Printshop)

The shop specializes in screen printing apparel and posters for businesses, organizations and individuals as well as for special events around the city.

Last year Proper Printshop sponsored the Art En Vivo project, where every week the work of a different artist was featured at a live screen-printing event for the public. The 52 artists were from El Paso, Juarez and Las Cruces.

“It wasn’t just us printing, we invited the public to come in and print their own posters, and for people that have never screen-printed before its a really cool thing for them,” Hudson said. “Everybody got involved in making art and it was a fun experience.“

Attending public events like the Chalk the Block festival and a live printing exhibition during the San Jacinto Plaza grand re-opening Downtown are a great way to bring art awareness to the community, Hudson said.

“We had over 45,000 unique interactions with people that normally wouldn’t stumble into a gallery because they feel intimidated,” Hudson said. “They actually got to be a part of the art making process and then also learn about an artist in an art form.”

The print shop also teams up with a number of non-profit organizations through its Shirts for Sharity program.

“We like to give back as much as we can,” Childress said. “We exist in this community and we wouldn’t have a livelihood without it so we feel it’s really important to be able to give back.”

Outside view of the print shop in central El Paso. Photo by Kate Gannon, Borderzine,com

Proper Printshop’s roots go back to 2008 when Childress and a friend, Stephen Escarzega, taught themselves screen printing and realized it could be more than just a hobby.

“We bought a screen printing kit at Hobby Lobby and started printing shirts in our apartment just for fun,” Childress said. “Then we started selling them to bands and small businesses and then we just kept going with it.”

After several years of working with the shop, Escarzega decided to move on in 2014 to pursue other goals. But Childress said he wasn’t ready to stop blasting music in a room that smells like paint while creating art. So he teamed up with Hudson, who owned Recovery Shirts, and they merged their businesses into Proper Printshop.

“They help El Paso grow, and knowing where they started from, it’s a great accomplishment where they are now,” said Xochitl Budde, a teacher at Marian Manor Elementary School and a long time supporter of the print shop’s work.

 

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Mr. Trump?s ?Deportation Force? Prepares an Assault on American Values

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 10:30am
Mr. Trump?s ?Deportation Force? Prepares an Assault on American Values

Homeland Security reveals its plan to vastly expand the enforcement machinery.
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Open Letter to the New Yorker's Jonathan Blitzer, Pt. 2

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 10:30am
Open Letter to the New Yorker's Jonathan Blitzer, Pt. 2


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Planned Gift Contact Form

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 10:30am
Planned Gift Contact Form

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When Even Churches Refuse to Obey the Law

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 10:30am
When Even Churches Refuse to Obey the Law

[html]This week, the Boston Globe published an article titled ?Congregations in Mass. Preparing to Shelter Immigrants.? It describes efforts by local churches and synagogues to frustrate Trump administra...
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Madres de víctimas de violenciacosen la herida abierta

Borderzine - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 9:44am

Mas de una década ha pasado desde que cruces color rosa aparecieran en las calles de Ciudad Juárez, y aunque parece ser un tema olvidado para muchos, las madres de las víctimas siguen en la búsqueda de justicia por la desaparición y muerte de sus hijas.

Ciudad Juárez fue colocada en el ojo del mundo después de que cientos de jóvenes mujeres entre 12 y 18 años fueran violadas, estranguladas, y mutiladas empezando desde el año 1996. Sus cuerpos eran encontrados en lotes baldíos y muchos de estos casos siguen abiertos y sin resolver.

“Lo que esta pasando aquí en Ciudad Juárez no es una historia ni una leyenda; es una realidad que estamos viviendo las madres de familia aquí y que ya no queremos que pase,” compartió Susana Montes Ruiz.

María Guadalupe Pérez Montes, hija de Susana Montes Ruiz, joven de tan solo 17 años de edad, desapareció el 31 de Enero del 2009, en el centro de Ciudad Juárez cuando se encontraba realizando la compra de unos zapatos. Su cuerpo fue encontrado tres años después posiblemente en el arroyo El Navajo en el Valle de Juárez. La información de la ubicación de sus restos tiene contradicciones.

Madres de familia como Susana Montes Ruiz se unen en colaboración con el colectivo Bordeamos Por la Paz el cual se enfoca en crear bordados que relatan la historia de cada una de estas víctimas y juntos crean piezas únicas.

“A través del bordado, se cuenta la historia de cada persona que es víctima de la violencia sea homicidio, feminicidio, o desaparición. La idea es nombrarlos – no aceptamos que sean cifras- son personas,” dijo Hazel Dávalos, miembro y coordinadora de Bordeamos por la Paz.

Bordamos por la Paz se estableció el 9 de Febrero del 2013 con la intención de acompañar y apoyar a las madres y familiares, con la meta de recuperar y preservar la memoria de víctimas y desparecidos.

El colectivo tiene el propósito de difundir que las desapariciones y feminicidios son problemas vigentes que siguen sucediendo y que no ah habido respuesta por parte de las autoridades. Ellos también tratan de sensibilizar a la población y hacerlos ver que estos no son problemas del pasado.

“Para una persona que perdió una hija la búsqueda no va a terminar nunca y menos si no hay la certeza si esta viva, si esta muerta, o en que situación esta,” dijo Dávalos.

El proceso de bordar es una actividad que no solo logra difundir los tristes hechos ocurridos pero también funciona como terapia emocional para las madres y familiares.

“Poner algo en una tela de nuestras hijas, que sepa la gente que es lo que esta pasando aquí, porque nos las están arrebatando. Es algo que para nosotras si nos ayuda muchísimo a sacar lo que traemos dentro,” señaló Montes Ruiz.

Cada uno de estos bordados es único ya que cada color representa un hecho distinto. En hilos rojos se bordan quienes han sido asesinados, en letras color rosa se bordan los feminicidios, los hilos verdes representan la esperanza de encontrar a alguien que ha sido víctima de desaparición, y los bordados morados son en representación a los crímenes de odio por homofobia.

Bordeamos Por la Paz también cuenta con adoptantes los cuales se comprometen con un caso de desaparición. Cada adoptante debe conocer al padre o titular que este al frente de la búsqueda de la persona desaparecida, estar informado de todos los datos relacionados con la desaparición, y apoyar en la denuncia por medio de sus redes sociales.

El adoptante también acompaña a familiares del caso asignado a eventos de aniversario de desaparición, cumpleaños de la hija desaparecida, eventos de recaudación de fondos, por mencionar unos ejemplos.

“El mayor apoyo es a las familias. Porque la sensación de saberse solos y olvidados después de tanto tiempo es la que mas va pesando,” dijo Rene Alarcón, adoptante de Claudia Antonia Núñez Gómez, desaparecida en el 2007.

El colectivo hace una invitación abierta todos aquellos que busquen preservar la memoria de las víctimas y aclaran que no es necesario saber bordar ya que ahí les pueden enseñar.

Bordeamos por la Paz y las madres de las desaparecidas en Ciudad Juárez reconocen que la perseverancia y la esperanza es lo ultimo que muere y juntos seguirán haciendo todo lo posible para obtener justicia, descubrir la verdad, y reparar el daño.

“Tenemos que seguir buscando, seguir con la lucha, y que se haga justicia por lo que le hicieron a mi hija. Hay algo muy grande que me dice que algún día la voy a volver a ver. ” dijo la madre de familia,Montes Ruiz

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This is why Bob Moore Sucks

Max Powers - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 8:00am
So there is an editorial in today's El Paso Times about State Representative Joe Moody's weed bill. So what do us Bob Moore think? "It deserves debate!" After laying out a case "for" Moody's bill, Moore lets Moody down but advocating only for debate of the bill, not the actual... Max Powers
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