Sending Office: Honorable Beto O’Rourke
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Dear Colleague,

I want to bring to your attention an invitation you should have received for an upcoming policy briefing Tuesday, March 13, at 10:30AM hosted by the American Civil Liberties Union and environmental experts on border security, Department of Homeland Security
funding, and the President’s proposed border wall.

For more information, please contact Sam Rodarte at


Beto O’Rourke

Member of Congress

Southwest Border Residents, Environmental Experts To Discuss Border Security and DHS Funding, Including Trump’s Wall

Please join them for a panel discussion Tuesday March 13 at 10:30 am, in Rayburn 2212

As budget negotiations in Washington, D.C. continue, New Mexican border residents, immigration advocates and environmental experts are on Capitol Hill this week to meet with congressional offices and to outline the costs to their communities of increased
border-security spending, including agents, detention beds, and the Trump wall which the President is promoting on Tuesday in San Diego. Instead of protecting Dreamers, many of whom live in the border region, the administration has requested $21.5 billion
for immigration enforcement, including $1.6 billion for an unnecessary and harmful border wall. More than 350 national and local organizations

to Congress last week, arguing that bloated funding for a border wall, more private prisons and agents to break up American families is unacceptable and un-American, concluding that DHS’s enforcement budget should be cut instead.



Kevin Bixby, Executive Director, Southwest Environmental Center

As the son of a naval officer,
Kevin Bixby
grew up all over the world, but the American West has always been home. While attending high school in Oakland, he began his activist career by volunteering at the Berkeley Ecology Center. After graduating with a B.A. in biology from Dartmouth
College in 1978, he returned to the San Francisco Bay Area and began volunteering at Friends of the Earth. In 1988 Kevin moved to New Mexico and started the Southwest Environmental Center in 1991.
Professor Denise Fort, Sierra Club.

has an extensive background in environmental and natural resources law – about 25 years of practice, politics, reflecting and writing about policies, all animated by a belief that society must turn toward a more sustainable relationship with its environment.
In 1991, she became director of the Water Resources Administration Program at the University of New Mexico and joined the law school faculty, from which she is now retired.


Allex Angel Luna, Community Organizer, CAFé New Mexico

joined the NM CAFé team in 2016 and started as a youth leader in the Inland Empire of Southern California. He then became an organizer with Inland Congregations United for Change (ICUC) for five years. Allex brings extensive civic engagement and campaign
issue organizing to CAFé and Southern New Mexico.


Ruby Aguilar, Organizer with the New Mexico Dream Team.


Jorge Rodriguez, ACLU of New Mexico Equity and Inclusion Coordinator. Jorge is originally from Salem, New Mexico, and has an undergraduate and master’s degree from New Mexico State University, writing his thesis on “Interior border crossing
experiences of young Mexican-Americans in the Southwest border region and the influence on border identity.” His passion for border and immigrant justice stems from his background and lived experiences as an agricultural laborer.


Cynthia Pompa, advocacy coordinator, ACLU Regional Center for Border Rights

is a border region native who grew up in Cd. Juarez, Chih. and El Paso, TX. After graduating from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX with degrees in Economics and International Relations, Cynthia served as a Public Ally (AmeriCorps) at a local
non-profit in San Antonio working as Community Advocate, connecting Hispanic immigrants with local and federal assistance. After being away from the border region for more than six years, Cynthia came back and became a Program Coordinator for Border Servant
Corps, managing long-term volunteers in El Paso, TX.

Related Legislative Issues
Selected legislative information: Appropriations, Homeland Security, Immigration
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