Las Cruces: a Welcoming City to Immigrants from Frontera Facts by the Hope Border Institute

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Frontera Facts -- Las Cruces adopts historic resolution declaring itself a “Welcoming Community for Immigrants”committed to defending immigrant rights on International Migrants’ Day

n Monday, December 18, 2017, the Las Cruces City Council adopted Resolution 18-075,declaring itself a “Welcoming Community ” and further affirming its status as an “immigrant-friendly city.” Further, Las Cruces displayed its commitment to the defense of the human rights of immigrant families and communities in the “city of crosses” (as Denise Chavez[1], the community’s veteran Latina writer and cultural activist describe it in a forthcoming novel).

December 18th is an especially appropriate day for the passage of this resolution since it iswidely observed throughout the world as “International Migrants Day” because it marks theadoption in 1990 of the UN’s first human rights convention focused on the defense of the rights of migrants. Namely, the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families [2]. Continue reading