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Forum views U.S. policies' effect on life along border

Tucson Citizen
Dec. 10, 2002

A group of panelists including attorneys, professors and activists will explore how new Homeland Security policies, among other things, are affecting life in border communities.

The forum is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Friday at St. John's Catholic Church, 602 Ajo Way.

The community forum is being presented by Derechos Humanos, a human rights organization that advocates change in U.S. border and immigration policy.

The panel will also look at how the war on terrorism, militarization, globalization and U.S. Border Patrol policies are affecting human and civil rights along the border.

Derechos Humanos Executive Director Jose Matus said the goal of the forum is to eradicate vigilantism and change border enforcement policies through public interest, education and organization.

"The human rights and human rights issues are diminishing," Matus said.

"Uprooted: Refugees of the Global Economy," a film of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, will be shown during the event.