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NEWS LUNCHEON TO CITE WIDESPREAD, SERIOUS ABUSES AT BORDER, FLORIDA, AGAINST U.S. CITIZENS, UNDOCUMENTED PEOPLE

 NEWS LUNCHEON TO CITE WIDESPREAD, SERIOUS ABUSES AT BORDER,
 FLORIDA, AGAINST U.S. CITIZENS, UNDOCUMENTED PEOPLE
 Media are cordially invited to a news luncheon to hear of widespread, serious abuses on the U.S. southern border and in Florida by Border Patrol and other law enforcement agencies against undocumented people and U.S. citizens.
 The occasion is release of an American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) report titled "Sealing Our Borders: The Human Toll," by the Quaker organization's Immigration Law Enforcement Monitoring Project (ILEMP), based in Houston.
 Event: News Luncheon
 Subject: Extensive abuses by Border Patrol, other officers, against
 undocumented people, U.S. citizens.
 Time: 12:30 to 2 p.m.
 Date: Tuesday, Feb. 25
 Place: AFSC, Davis House, 1822 R St., NW, Washington, D.C.
 Speakers: -- Maria Jimenez, Houston, ILEMP director, report editor.
 -- Alexis Claire, Bisbee, Ariz., who has experienced law
 enforcement abuse.
 -- Brian Wolfe, San Diego, who has experienced similar
 abuse, by the Border Patrol.
 The AFSC report, from 392 people, from May 1989 to May 1991, brings a tragic international story from five targeted areas -- San Diego, southern Arizona, El Paso, the Lower Rio Grande Valley, and south Florida. The five account for 70 percent of all Border Patrol detentions.
 The report is especially pertinent because of plans by Attorney General William Barr to expand the Border Patrol significantly, without at the same time strengthening protection for abuse victims. Jimenez said there must be major changes in immigration policies that currently define international migration as a law enforcement issue and the international migrant as an intruder.
 There will be time for in-depth discussion. Make reservations now by calling contact. Copies of the report will be there. Spanish and English interviews available.
 CONTACT: Dennis Hartzell, 202-483-3341, or Paul Brink, 215-241-7060, both of the AFSC.
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