El-Chuco

El Paso, TX.

For me, El Paso is the perfect city and I am lucky to live here.  Others may disagree and I would argue that they are mistaken.  But I won’t argue.  

Spring is here and Summer is right around the corner, my absolute favorite time of year.  Some will say it’s hot, I will say passion should be hot.  Some will say El Paso has nothing to offer to them, I will say they have nothing to offer to the city.  

Some will say they hate this place, but this place will always love them.  The people that proclaim their “hatred” know this.

“There are cooler cities,” they say.  But none more genuine.  

“El Paso has a small town mentality,” they say.  But they are small minded.  

“El Paso is boring,” they say.  They have chosen to be bored.    

El Paso welcomes all, even people who’d rather be welcomed elsewhere.  

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DreamActivist: Transgender Immigrant @ El Paso Detention Center: Credible Fear Approved in November

“The Petition

To Acting Director John Sandweg and El Paso Field Director & President Obama:

I write to ask for the immediate release of "Viesca,” Jose Alberto (A#206-527-787) from the El Paso Detention Center. Viesca, who is transgender, has been detained since August, despite passing her credible fear interview in November. Officer Ramirez, Viesca’s deportation officer, is refusing to release her. 

Viesca is transgender and transitioning; she identifies as a women. In detention, she is forced to shower openly, in front of all the men, Viesca reports constant harassment from the guards, ‘they mock me.’ Viesca’s continued detention is NOT in the best interest of the United States. She passed credible fear in November and has a sponsor living in the United States; all of this makes her eligible for parole, however her deportation officer is unwilling to release her. 

Viesca’s long-term detention is in direct violation of ICE’s own directive no.: 11002.1. It has come to light that Viesca’s deportation officer, Officer Ramirez, is not only behind her long-term detention, but also the long-term detention of hundreds of others. He simply does not want to let these people go. 

I urge for ICE leadership to take swift action to bring Viesca out of the El Paso Detention Center. I urge for her immediate parole, and an investigation into all such cases. "  

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O.T Bassett Tower, El Paso, TX.

This building of fifteen stories high stands on the corner of Texas AVE. and Stanton ST. 

“Charles N. Bassett built the Bassett Tower as a memorial to his father, Oscar T. Bassett, a pioneer El Pasoan who was one of the founders of El Paso’s first bank, The State National Bank of El Paso, which was organized in March 1881.  Henry C. Trost was commissioned to design the building.

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The Bassett tower is unique for its architectural design, based on Art Deco (popular style in the late 1920s and 1930s).  Art deco was influenced for the classic style used in Paris.  The tower’s single most striking feature is the fact that it was designed as a finished building from all sides.  At this period that type of construction was unusual.  Another characteristic is its main lobby’s doors made of bronze.  Ten eagle sentries guard the 15th floor.  The mustachioed face over the main entrance is reputed to be that of Henry C. Trost himself.”

 

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