On May 8, 2013, The Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR) released a report by the Council for Border Security, Development and Human Rights (the Council). The Council, which BNHR convenes, consists of border residents from diverse sectors, including the faith-based community, law enforcement, academia, the media, public officials, labor and business. The report, which is titled The New Ellis Island: Visions from the border for the future of America, responds to what the Council believes to be the inaccurate and counter-productive prevailing vision of the border region as a lawless, deadly, threatening and chaotic place. The report consists of narratives from four sectors that are represented on the Council: law enforcement, public officials, academia and faith-based entities. Each narrative addresses the border region as it is and presents a vision of what it can become. The resulting report offers a dynamic and hopeful view of the border that builds on the region’s unique character and core values.
Video of from the report release is below: