The Southern Border Communities Coalition Statement on DHS' $33 Billion Budget Request

Southern Border Region/Washington DC -  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is requesting a $33B budget for increased border security. $18B of the budget is allocated for more than 700 miles of new and replacement border wall that will roll out over a 10-year span. According to sources, the outlandish request was laid out in a detailed document drafted by DHS for members of Congress. Continue reading

In Response: Invest in Community

    Christian Ramirez, the director of Southern Border Communities Coalition, responded to a recent news article last week in a letter to the editor of the San Diego Union Tribune. The article stated that one reason why Border Patrol has trouble hiring and retaining employees was in part because the "hiring process requires applicants to pass a polygraph exam (which other agencies don't require)." However this is untrue. In fact, most local and federal law enforcement agencies do require polygraph exams including the FBI, DEA, ATF and the Secret Service. Continue reading

Laws that hurt children

By Dr. Carmen Rocco and Dr. Dolly Sevier Lucio  We are pediatricians practicing on the often-maligned Texas-Mexico border. We chose to practice pediatrics in Brownsville because we have family roots in the area, and because we felt there was true need here. Continue reading

New Mexico needs unequivocal support for our families

  By Brian Erickson As Congress returns from summer recess, the vote on President Donald Trump’s proposed Department of Homeland Security budget to build a wall separating us from our neighbors in Mexico looms large on our horizon. Continue reading

DHS announces vendors who will build border wall prototypes in San Diego

The Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday which vendors have been selected to build some protoypes for President Donald Trump's promised US-Mexico border wall, a step forward for the project after months of delays. Continue reading

4 out-of-state companies invited to San Diego to build border wall prototypes

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Four out-of-state companies have been invited by the federal government to come to San Diego to build prototypes of a concrete wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, it was announced Thursday, August 31. Continue reading

One Widow's Quest to Make Border Patrol Pay for Killing Her Husband

Her husband died after being beaten and tased by border agents, and now Maria Puga gets a chance to shame the United States in an international tribunal. Continue reading

Experts share concerns amidst border security talk

With the recent El Paso visits of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, many national leaders’ emphasis on border security continues. Last week, Cruz showed support for the wall and emphasized the importance of U.S. Border Patrol agents while Sessions called the border “ground zero” against cartels during his April visit. Continue reading

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to Probe U.S. Border Patrol over Killing of Mexican Father

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, D.C., has agreed to open a case against the U.S. government for the murder and cover-up of Anastasio Hernández Rojas, who was killed by border agents seven years ago. Continue reading

Rush to hire border agents raises concerns about unqualified officers

  By Andres Guerra Luz WASHINGTON – A Trump administration plan to hire thousands of border and immigration officers has advocates concerned about a possible repeat of the last hiring binge, which they said was followed by an increase in corruption and misconduct cases. Continue reading

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