El Paso Times BNHR article

"D.C. hears El Pasoan's ideas about reforms"
January 15, 2007
by Louie Gilot
El Paso Times

Article offers profile of Fernando Garcia of El Paso, executive director of Border Network for Human Rights. The groups was formerly called the Border Rights Coalition and the Immigration Law Enforcement Monitoring Project. They appear to operate in Arizona and California, and most of their funding comes from a $375,000 grant from the Ford Foundation.

He's a Mexican citizen with a green card. Despite that:

He took on a popular sheriff (El Paso County Sheriff Leo Samaniego) over border enforcement methods. And he found himself sitting at a Washington, D.C., round table, discussing the future of immigration policy with Sens. Ted Kennedy and John McCain.

He also organized pro-illegal immigration marches, apparently in El Paso.


Doris Meissner, who was commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service under President Clinton and who heads a national immigration task force, called Garcia a "very promising young leader."

...Meissner, Garcia, Kennedy, McCain and others collaborated on a report called "Immigration and America's Future" for the Migration Policy Institute last year.

...Last week, Garcia organized a conference in Houston for non-governmental organizations to prepare for a possible massive legalization of undocumented immigrants.