Discretion to Deny and the Impacts of Immigration Enforcement on Border Communities: Presentation and Panel Discussion on ICE Abuse in the El Paso Sector


On Wednesday, February 15th at 5.30pm, the El Paso-based Borderland Immigration Council will present the groundbreaking report, Discretion to Deny: Family Separation, Prolonged Detention, and Deterrence of Asylum Seekers at the hands of Immigration Authorities along the U.S. -Mexico Border. The presentation will be followed by a panel conversation with Dr. Josiah Heyman of the UTEP Center for InterAmerican and Border Studies; Shaw Drake, Equal Justice Works Fellow, Refugee Protection with Human Rights First; Joanna Williams, Director of Education and Advocacy for the Kino Border Initiative; and legal experts from the El Paso area.

Discretion to Deny details the human impacts of systematic practices in border immigration enforcement that infringe upon the rights and dignity of those caught up in the immigration system in the El Paso Sector. The report is based on a five-month study involving numerous local legal experts and practitioners and over 100 cases of asylum-seekers and immigrants in the El Paso sector. Discretion to Deny paints a startling picture of a system that fails to promote justice at the cost of the most vulnerable among us: immigrant families, undocumented children, mixed-status families and those arriving to the border fleeing violence, persecution, and insecurity.