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If Confirmed to Lead CBP, McAleenan Must Implement Urgent Reforms

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is notorious for its violence and corruption WASHINGTON DC / SOUTHERN BORDER -- Today, the U.S. Senate voted 79 in favor and 19 against to consider the appointment of Kevin McAleenan as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner, with a final vote scheduled for Monday. Continue reading

SBCC Statement on Trump’s Visit to the Southern Border Region

President Trump’s proposed border wall is wasteful, harmful and irresponsible   SAN DIEGO - Today, President Trump visited San Diego, CA, the largest city in the southern border region, to inspect his prototype border walls. Much like his border enforcement policy, Trump persists on using falsehoods --not facts-- to justify his border wall, which is hateful, wasteful and irresponsible. Continue reading

Trump’s Attempt to Coerce Senators into a Bad Deal Fails, Placing Dreamers at Risk

The fight to protect young immigrants, who are Americans in all but paper, will continue until a pathway to citizenship is found   Continue reading

Border Communities Urge Senators to Reject $25B Slush Fund To Further Militarize Border Communities

Republican-driven border proposals are wasteful, irresponsible and put the cart before the horse when it comes to border enforcement SOUTHERN BORDER / WASHINGTON DC -- This week the Senate has an opportunity to secure permanent protections for Dreamers from deportation and fix the crisis created by President Trump; they can vote for the bipartisan USA Act, which does just that. But instead of focusing on the real issue and real solutions, some senators are proposing to give Trump a $25 billion slush fund for additional border enforcement without even assessing whether we need it or not - or the impact it will have on the 15 million who call the southern border region home. Continue reading

Dreamers, Advocates, Immigration Policy Experts Kick Off Series of Press Conferences to Decipher Senate Immigration Debate

A recording of today’s call is available here. Washington, DC – As Washington, D.C. and the country tracks this week’s Senate immigration debate, immigrants, advocates, and experts kicked off a series of press calls to decode the latest developments and to outline the path forward. A recording of today’s call is available here. Information for the press call tomorrow, February 13 at 5pm ET follows below. Continue reading

New Senate Bill To Protect Dreamers Gives Congress A Narrow Shot at Bipartisanship  

Senate and House now have companion bills to protect Dreamers with data-driven border enforcement provisions SOUTHERN BORDER -- Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Chris Coons (D-DE) announced today a narrow and bipartisan bill that gives Dreamers a path to citizenship while implementing data-driven border enforcement provisions that include consultation with local stakeholders. The bill is a companion to the Uniting and Securing America (USA) Act in the House, which was written and introduced in a bipartisan way by Reps. Will Hurd (R-Texas) and Pete Aguilar (D-California). Continue reading

The Real Casualties of a Border Wall

The Real Casualties of a Border Wall A recording of today’s call is available here SOUTHERN BORDER --  As Trump prepares to pitch his hardline, nativist immigration proposals at the State of the Union -- including his border wall -- communities across the southern border are standing firm against policies that hurt communities, commerce, and the environment. Continue reading

SBCC Statement on Congress’ Repeated Failure to Protect Dreamers

Instead of Protecting Dreamers, Congress Talks About a Harmful Border Wall SOUTHERN BORDER/WASHINGTON, DC -- In yet another sign of chronic dysfunction, the Trump Administration and Congressional leaders have failed again to protect Dreamers and act responsibly in the border region. Continue reading

By Shutting Down the Government, Trump & Republicans Have Put the Entire Country At Risk

SOUTHERN BORDER/WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, the Trump Administration and the Republican-controlled Congress shut down the federal government after failing to bring bipartisan proposals forward on to protect Dreamers and communities across the country. Continue reading

New Bipartisan House Bill Offers Viable Pathway to Protect Dreamers

SOUTHERN BORDER/WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, a group of 50 House Republicans and Democrats announced a bipartisan bill that provides Dreamers with a pathway to citizenship with a balanced approach to border policy that includes consultation with local stakeholders. Reps. Will Hurd (R-Texas) and Pete Aguilar (D-California) introduced the Uniting and Securing America (USA) Act during a press conference in Washington D.C. Continue reading

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