Migrant processing center

As realtors, my family and I have helped thousands of people in this city find a place to call home. I have worked with people from all different backgrounds and cultures, and I have watched El Paso grow into the diverse and welcoming community it is today. 

El Paso is a beautiful and affordable place to live, but this might change if we are not considerate of our community’s needs. The federal government’s decision to place a massive migrant processing center in the middle of our city could prevent future economic growth in a prospering and growing area of El Paso, and hinder any further economic investment in the region. 

A migrant center with questionable practices that is constructed without the input of the community will reverse the progress that residents in these neighborhoods have seen to their quality of life, schools and businesses.

As a community, we must demand that the federal government engage us and work with us to develop a long-term solution that recognizes our needs and upholds the humanity of migrants coming to this country in search of a better life. Our voice needs to be heard. This is why I signed Action El Paso’s online petition at Change.org and why I hope you will too. 

- Dan Olivas


Preserve or develop?

The coming May 4 election is centered on vacancies in some districts of the EPISD board. But all El Pasoans should turn out to vote, as the ballot includes a proposition to permanently bar development on a tract of land on the western side of the Franklin Mountains. The land contains several hiking trails, including the Lost Dog trail. 

El Paso has allowed more building on the mountain than it should have, and the TIRZ 12 proposal by City Council is a huge mistake. The land abuts Franklin Mountains State Park, and its trails are an attraction for both residents and visitors. 

Albuquerque has created an Open Space Visitors Center, which provides information about getting out on undeveloped land in the city. El Paso should save its own open space if it wants to match this appeal.

I hope all El Paso voters will turn out beginning April 22 when early voting starts and click “Yes” for Proposition A.

- Marshall Carter-Tripp Central

 On May 4th, El Paso voters will decide what will happen to over 1,000 acres of city-owned land. Voting “Yes” will protect the natural open space and the Lost Dog Trails.

Since at least 2011, local environmental groups have striven to protect this land from development, gathering thousands of signatures on petitions. El Pasoans have repeatedly and emphatically articulated their desire for open space on the sides of our Franklin Mountains. 

Vote ‘Yes’ to preserve our mountainside for the enjoyment of future generations of El Pasoans and their guests.

- Judy Ackerman