ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Marian Mendez-Cera, a DACA beneficiary and community organizer for El CENTRO de Igualdad y Derechos, delivers 3,800 signed petitions to the offices of Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich on Thursday in downtown Albuquerque. (Maddy Hayden/Journal)More than 50 activists from environmental and immigration rights groups gathered in Downtown Albuquerque on Thursday to ask the state’s U.S. senators to block additional funding for what they call “border militarization” when they vote on the federal budget this month.
Carrying signs saying “Fair immigration reform” and “ICE out of ABQ,” the group delivered a petition with nearly 4,000 signatures to the Albuquerque offices of Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall, both Democrats.
President Donald Trump’s administration has requested $1.6 billion in the fiscal year 2018 budget for the Department of Homeland Security to expand border walls and additional funding to hire 500 more Border Patrol agents, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.