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ACLU to move border rights office to El Paso from Las Cruces

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Posted at 9:31 AM, Mar 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-28 12:31:35-04

The American Civil Liberties Union plans to move a regional center on border rights to El Paso, Texas, from Las Cruces, New Mexico.

The ACLU says it will move the regional office 46 miles (74 kilometers) south to El Paso in September to expand its presence and influence in the region and that it'll keep a small presence in Las Cruces.

The office is a collaboration of ACLU affiliates in New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and San Diego.

ACLU of New Mexico Executive Director Peter Simonson says El Paso is "an epicenter of border enforcement activity and all the civil and human rights problems that come with it. "

Simonson says ACLU of New Mexico is exploring whether to open a small office in Las Cruces after the regional office moves.