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Analyzing H.R. 7059, the 'Build the Wall, Enforce the Law Act of 2018'

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 11/05/2018 - 12:17am
Analyzing H.R. 7059, the 'Build the Wall,  Enforce the Law Act of 2018'

Patrick McHugh
November 2, 2018 - 4:12pm
Source: [url=https://cis.org/Report/Analyzing-HR-7059-Bu...
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Migration Is A Human Right

EPN - Border Analysis - Sun, 11/04/2018 - 11:00pm
Much to the chagrin of those opposed to immigrants coming to the United States, there are Constitutional guarantees […]
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Comadres at the Wall: City Land Trade will Prove Lucrative for Paul Foster

Deep Inside El Paso - Sun, 11/04/2018 - 12:08pm

 
Comadres at the Wall

 
1. Steve Ortega to Head Transportation Committee?
Rumor is that Ted Houghton is creating a transportation committee or organization with the El Paso Chamber of Commerce. It's rumored they will ask and pay Steve Ortega to lead it. When will he go away we ask?

 


2.  Great Wolf Lodge Land Exchange
The land being exchanged with oligarch Paul Foster is near a major TXDOT project.





 Read more here: https://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/studies/el-paso/northeastpky-lp375-fm3325.html 


3. Is a Port of Entry at Yarbrough poking its head out again?
A local organization began talking about the Yarbrough Port of Entry again. Could it be that Beto O'Rourke's potential election is getting El Paso's oligarchs ganas to bring this out again? More displacement to come folks.

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Con sus narices rojas ‘a la orden,’ Doctores de la Risa ofrecen apoyo a niños y ancianos de Juarez

Borderzine - Sun, 11/04/2018 - 11:15am

En Cd. Juárez Chihuahua, el grupo de “Doctores de la Risa Nariz a la Orden” se caracteriza por brindar sonrisas y ratos agradables a personas vulnerables como niños y ancianos.

El encargado del grupo Fernando Guijarro, 43, conocido como el Dr. Maromas, quien dice que encontró el grupo por casualidad, lleva más de ocho años formando parte de esta labor y al mismo tiempo ejerciendo la profesión de contaduría.

“Cuando uno no está buscando algo y se lo encuentra pues piensa uno que es algo divino. Yo encontré este grupo después de pasar por muchos momentos difíciles de inseguridad aquí en Cd. Juárez y esto me vino a reconfortar… de que podía hacer yo por la comunidad”, mencionó Guijarro.

Nariz a la Orden recientemente capacitó a 17 nuevos integrantes, siendo un total de 67 doctores de la risa en Cd. Juarez. Éstos visitan el Hospital Infantil de Especialidades, varias clínicas del Seguro Social, y dos asilos de ancianos. El grupo de doctores de la risa se fundó en Cd. Juarez en 2003, bajo la idea de la risoterapia, con el enfoque de brindar alegría a los demás.

Janeth Gomez, 33, conocida como la Dra. Shanell, vivió un momento muy difícil en su vida cuando tuvo que pasar meses internada en un hospital. “Yo veía que en los hospitales había mucha soledad y mucha tristeza. Decidí que yo tenía que hacer una actividad para los hospitales y las personas que estaban en estado vulnerable como yo estuve”, afirmó Gómez.

El grupo se sostiene de lo que aportan los mismos miembros para las actividades; ya sean globos, burbujas, crayolas o libros para colorear. Hace dos meses se constituyeron como asociación civil con el fin de crecer por medio de más capacitaciones, y poder ayudar a personas que conocen durante sus visitas en situaciones difíciles.

Guijarro comentó que formar parte del grupo y ayudar a los demás se vuelve parte de uno mismo. En los ocho años que pertenece al grupo, no ha faltado ni una semana a una visita, sea navidad, año nuevo, o cualquier otro día festivo.

“La risa crea historia, crea convivencia, y crea hermandad”, dijo Guijarro. “En todos lados dicen que Cd. Juárez y El Paso son las ciudades hermanas… estamos unidas pero que mejor la unión que es la risa, la risa siempre va a ser ese vínculo para poder tener paz”, dijo Guijarro.

El grupo busca poder extender su ayuda en El Paso y Las Cruces a pesar de que están conscientes de que existen barreras físicas y culturales. Sin embargo para la risa y las ganas de servir y ayudar no hay impedimento. “En primer lugar una de las barreras es el lenguaje, no?… sin embargo hay muchos métodos por medio de mímicas, de juegos lúdicos que no se necesita lenguaje”, afirmó Guijarro.

“A mi me gustaría que Las Cruces, El Paso y Juárez formarán ese triangulo de risa, de felicidad, de la nariz roja… Quizás yo no lo puedo hacer, quizás va a pasar dentro de quince años, pero la verdad es que esa siempre ha sido mi visión, siempre se lo he dicho a mi grupo”, dijo Guijarro.

Guijarro recalcó la diferencia entre un payaso común y los Doctores de la Risa Nariz a la Orden, explicando que ellos son “payasos humanitarios”, con el fin de buscar empatía hacia los niños, pacientes y ancianos que más lo necesitan.

“Tiene que tener empatía con esa persona y sentir eso que esa persona puede estar con un grito ahogado y con solo abrazarte con eso la hiciste feliz y no necesariamente la tienes que hacer reír”, afirmó Guijarro.

Entre música, baile y carcajadas en el asilo Anciano Desamparado, los doctores de la risa demuestran la calidez, dedicación y entrega en servir a los demás. Sin buscar nada más que una sonrisa a cambio.

“Y eso es lo que llevamos en el corazón, y el corazón lo tenemos en la nariz, y la nariz va por delante y cuando te ven si tu tienes el corazón en la nariz la gente abre las puertas y la gente te abre su corazón, te sonríe, eso es lo más bonito que nos puede pasar a los doctores de la risa, se abren contigo”, afirmó Guijarro.

The post Con sus narices rojas ‘a la orden,’ Doctores de la Risa ofrecen apoyo a niños y ancianos de Juarez appeared first on Borderzine.

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Trading land you don’t own

ElPasoSpeak - Sun, 11/04/2018 - 5:00am

There has been a lot of activity talking about the water park the last few days.

Part of the package involves the city trading property with a local land owner.

The city then plans to lease their newly acquired land to the resort company.

The rest of the story is that the city does not own the land it plans to trade.  Our water utility does.  The city is planning to buy the land from the water utility and pay for it over a 30 year period.

We deserve better

Brutus

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RumpToons No: 105

EPN - Border Analysis - Sat, 11/03/2018 - 10:00pm
I hope you enjoy RumpToons No:105!
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Common Sense on the Caravan

US Immigration Reform Forum - Sat, 11/03/2018 - 6:05pm
Common Sense on the Caravan

A group of desperate migrants walking toward the Texas border is not a threat. We have laws to protect us ? and them.
Source: [url=https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/02/opinion/caravan-border-trump-migrant.h...
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The Trump Legions

US Immigration Reform Forum - Sat, 11/03/2018 - 6:05pm
The Trump Legions

Despite their sudden rise, they didn?t come out of nowhere.
Source: The Trump Legions

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Nigerian Army Justifies Killing Protesters With Trump Video on Stone-Throwing Migrants

US Immigration Reform Forum - Sat, 11/03/2018 - 12:02pm
Nigerian Army Justifies Killing Protesters With Trump Video on Stone-Throwing Migrants

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Hotel occupancy tax issue

ElPasoSpeak - Sat, 11/03/2018 - 5:00am

Good government oxymoron wrote this the other day:

A percentage of the HOT tax was approved soley for paying for the stadium.

How is the city legally allowed to waive it or rebate it back to a hotel???

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That got us to wondering so we found the ballot language that the voters were asked to approve.

VENUE PROJECT AND HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX PROPOSITION

“AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF EL PASO, TEXAS, TO DESIGNATE THE MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STADIUM PROJECT AS A SPORTS AND COMMUNITY VENUE PROJECT WITHIN THE CITY IN ACCORDANCE WITH APPLICABLE LAW AND TO IMPOSE A TAX ON THE OCCUPANCY OF A ROOM IN A HOTEL LOCATED WITHIN THE CITY, AT THE MAXIMUM RATE OF TWO PERCENT (2%) OF THE PRICE PAID FOR SUCH ROOM, FOR THE PURPOSE OF FINANCING SUCH VENUE PROJECT.”

Good government oxymoron is right.

According to the Texas comptroller of public accounts:

The city of El Paso collects the municipal hotel occupancy tax at 7 percent to support an auditorium and convention center, and in 2012 introduced an additional 2 percent levy via a venue district hotel tax for a multipurpose sports stadium. Combined city HOT taxes totaled $13.1 million in fiscal 2015.

The documents with the water park specify the hotel occupancy tax rebate at 7 percent.  It looks like the city is respecting its obligation on the 2 percent but the comptroller’s explanation seems to mean that the other 7 percent is also allocated and the city cannot re-purpose it.

We deserve better

Brutus

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio Let Immigrant Killer Featured in Trump Ad Go Free 'for Reasons Unknown'

US Immigration Reform Forum - Fri, 11/02/2018 - 6:04pm
Sheriff Joe Arpaio Let Immigrant Killer Featured in Trump Ad Go Free 'for Reasons Unknown'

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As Scott Shackford noted

Trump Baits the Press on Asylum No-Shows

US Immigration Reform Forum - Fri, 11/02/2018 - 6:04pm
Trump Baits the Press on Asylum No-Shows

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The president's offhand remark misstated the number of aliens who pass credible fear but fail to ...

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New Research Finds Few DACA Beneficiaries Pursuing Higher Education

US Immigration Reform Forum - Fri, 11/02/2018 - 6:04pm
New Research Finds Few DACA Beneficiaries Pursuing Higher Education

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An updated study by a Harvard University researcher again finds very m...

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The President Should Create a New Position on the Council of Environmental Quality Dedicated to Immigration

US Immigration Reform Forum - Fri, 11/02/2018 - 6:04pm
The President Should Create a New Position on the Council of Environmental Quality Dedicated to Immigration

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A new immigration-focused posi...

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Foreigners Outside the U.S. Claim Trump is Violating their Constitutional Rights

US Immigration Reform Forum - Fri, 11/02/2018 - 6:04pm
Foreigners Outside the U.S. Claim Trump is Violating their Constitutional Rights

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The US Constitution is a global document that guarantees rights to those with no formal ties to the US. At least that?s what a group of migrants marching t...

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Here’s what the young voter surge in Texas looked like at UT El Paso

Borderzine - Fri, 11/02/2018 - 12:51pm

Turnout by younger voters in El Paso is skyrocketing, driving a voting surge that continues to lead the state. This was evident at the mobile early voting station at UT El Paso Thursday, Oct. 25.

 

 

In all, 1,267 votes were cast on that Thursday, the first of two mobile voting days on campus. Early voting was also available on campus Friday, Nov. 2.

Through the first seven days of early voting, the number of voters age 18 to 29 was already 58 percent higher than the turnout for that age group in the last midterm election, which had 12 days of early voting plus election day, according to an analysis of county election data for ABC-7.

At UTEP, voters said they were there for a variety of reasons. Student and veteran Fred Matney sought to lead by example.

 

Student Kaelin Walker had stronger words for what drove her to wait up to an hour to have her say in the election.

Walker was also proud of her role in Tweeting to get the attention of Pizza to the Polls, a non-profit organization that sends pizza to polling places with long lines. In the end, 25 pizzas were delivered to campus.

Nearly 10,800 people age 18-29 had cast ballots as of Sunday’s seventh day of early voting, accounting for almost one in every eight people who voted by that point. At UTEP, most didn’t seem to mind the long line, but were determined to get their vote in.

In 2014, young voters accounted for only about one in 12 voters in El Paso; during early voting that year only one in 20 voters was under age 30.

And younger voters can continue to grow their influence on the 2018 El Paso election.

The percentage of voters age 18-29 has increased during each day of early voting, and that age group makes up 24 percent of all El Paso registered voters.

Young women in particular are showing huge voting gains, already up 67 percent over the 2014 vote total for women 18-29.  More than 55 percent of voters 18-29 so far have been women.

UTEP student Ashley Soto said she wanted to use her vote in order to be heard.

 

For more information on the young voter turnout and day-to-day election analysis, go to KVIA.com. https://www.kvia.com/november-2018-election

Borderzine reporters covered early voting on the UT El Paso campus Thursday, Oct. 25 using Twitter and Instagram. Ch. 7 KVIA Election Analyst Robert Moore contributed to this story

The post Here’s what the young voter surge in Texas looked like at UT El Paso appeared first on Borderzine.

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Trump Takes Full Ownership of His Anti-immigrant Nativism with Latest Ad

US Immigration Reform Forum - Fri, 11/02/2018 - 12:02pm
Trump Takes Full Ownership of His Anti-immigrant Nativism with Latest Ad

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President Donald Trump has a new,

Central American Immigrant Population Increased Nearly 28-Fold since 1970

US Immigration Reform Forum - Fri, 11/02/2018 - 12:02pm
Central American Immigrant Population Increased Nearly 28-Fold since 1970

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November 1, 2018 - 6:01pm

           
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On Monday...

Refuse the Juice - Fri, 11/02/2018 - 9:58am
I'm busy with some election stuff right now so I can't really do this. However, I will write about the Wolf lodge. And that's about it right now. Brad Kanus
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Impossible occupancy rate

ElPasoSpeak - Fri, 11/02/2018 - 5:00am

John Hogan made this comment that we believe deserves it’s own post:

One article I read said that the Great Wolf Lodge could bring 500,000 people to El Paso per year. That’s a really rosey outlook because with 350 rooms, that would require every room to have 4 people in it 365 days a year.

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It is good to see citizens taking a critical look at the baloney that these people are spewing.

Unfortunately no one on city council brought this up.

Brutus

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