Bill would ban eminent domain for border wall

Article by Madlin Mekelburg, USA Today Network Austin Bureau

AUSTIN — Two Democratic congressmen on Wednesday announced plans to introduce a bill that would prevent the federal government from seizing private property to build President Donald Trump's proposed border wall.

U.S. Reps. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, and Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona, said they expect to introduce their legislation — called the Protecting the Property Rights of Border Landowners Act — in the House next week. 

O'Rourke said the wall, which could cost between $20 billion and $25 billion, would place an additional burden on Texas property owners because because "that wall will be built not on the international boundary line between the United States and Mexico. It will be built in the U.S. and much of it will be on U.S. property owners’ land."

"We do not need a 2,000 mile, 30-foot high wall separating us from Mexico," O'Rourke said, adding that it would not improve safety or deter people looking to enter the country.  Read More

Keeping children in school is a top priority of FECHAC, a Juárez charity

for fechac 7.jpg

In poor, marginalized areas of Ciudad Juárez, FECHAC is providing pre-school, primary and secondary children with enrichment programs in artistic, academic and physical areas. All this and more will be discussed at the forum, October 1st at 2:30 in the El Paso Public Library downtown. Street parking is free on Sundays.  To learn more about keeping kids in school, click here.

Learn from an impressive Juárez charitable institution, FECHAC

for fechac 5.jpg

FECHAC is assisting families in Juárez who lost appliances and other household items during the severe windstorms and floods that slammed the city this past summer. Learn more at our forum Sunday, October 1, 2:30 pm at the El Paso Public Library. Street parking is free on Sundays. Read more

Are you wondering what "la trumba" was like. Watch this video:  

Join Us! Forum on Innovative Approaches to Fighting Poverty in Ciudad Juárez

Sunday, October 1st, 2:30-4:30 PM

Fernando Avila, Director of FECHAC

El Paso Public Library downtown, 501 N. Oregon (free street parking on Sunday)

for fechac 4.jpg

FECHAC (Fundacion del Empresariado Chihuahuense, A.C.) is a non-profit and independent grant-making foundation in Chihuahua supported by more than 34,000 corporations in the state.  Its purpose is to address critical community needs in Juárez and elsewhere in the state in three program areas: quality basic education, preventive health, and creation of social capital. FECHAC promotes corporate social responsibility, civic engagement, and the strengthening of civil society organizations.  Working through FECHAC, the business community, government entities, and civil society have thus far implemented more than 4,200 projects.