For Immediate Release
October 26, 2007

TSC Board Passes Border Fence Resolution

The Texas Southmost College District Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution against the proposed border fence during a board meeting Thursday, Oct. 25.

The resolution urges the U.S. Government to pursue alternative solutions to the border fence that will not divide the institution and community.

According to the resolution signed by board members, the fence would be “within such proximity to UTB/TSC that is will inhibit the movement of students, faculty and staff and the general public to campus facilities and activities…”

“More than anything the nation needs to know we are a community with Mexico,” said Rosemary Breedlove, a board trustee. “We need to not be building fences; we need to be building bridges.”

Board Chairman Chester Gonzalez read the resolution, stating that the city and university “and Matamoros, Mexico are connected economically, culturally, socially and geographically.” And that the university’s mission “involves the creation of knowledge and the exchange and diffusion of ideas.”

“I commend the mayor and the other city and county officials for taking the lead in fighting this measure,” said Trustee David Oliviera. “I am happy we are joining this endeavor and we have got to get the message out to (congress) that this is not the way to do it.”

For more information contact the Texas Southmost College District Office at 882-3879.