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Rethinking the future of the southern border region

Our borderlands have been used as staging grounds for President Trump’s misguided, enforcement-only policies, from the destructive border wall to desecrated Indigenous lands and anti-immigrant and anti-refugee policies. As the dust from the 2020 Elections settles, the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) hosted a conversation with border experts, all of whom live and work in the region, to discuss the results of the elections and the work that lies ahead in 2021 and beyond. Continue reading
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Top 10 Priority Requests to the Biden-Harris Administration that Protect Border and Immigrant Communities

Communities along the U.S.-Mexico border are home to millions of people and are diverse and vibrant places of encounter, hope and opportunity. But for decades, border communities have borne the brunt of a deeply misguided (often bipartisan) political strategy that unwisely attempts to offset immigration reforms with the so-called need for border “security” that is devastating to the region. Continue reading
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The Obama-Biden Administration Built More than 100 Miles of Border Wall. The Biden-Harris Administration Should Tear Walls Down.

Border walls came to symbolize Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, and were prioritized during his administration.  The 400 miles of border wall that he has overseen will inflict ongoing damage upon Native American nations and border towns, fragile ecosystems and endangered species, for as long as they stand. Continue reading
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2020 Elections, The Border Wall and their Impact on Our Communities

As we head into the 2020 elections, we joined experts from the southern border region to host a series of live conversations to discuss the impact of border militarization on communities located along the southern border following decades of politically-driven, enforcement-only policies. This election, WE VOTE for our southern border communities. If you'd like to be notified about future live conversations, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and follow us on Instagram.
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‘Border Lens’ Combines Data and Stories About the Southern Border Region

By Gustavo Lopez From the California coasts to the Gulf shores of Texas, the southern border is home to one of the most dynamic regions in the country. The region is diverse and growing, is home to incredible biodiversity, and acts as an economic engine for the nation. At the same time, our region is a militarized zone where rogue federal agents threaten our rights and quality of life on a daily basis. Stories of migration and divisive walls dominate national headlines about the border region. For this reason, the Southern Border Communities Coalition — a network of organizations spanning the length of the southern border — is launching a new data portal that tells the stories of border communities through real-time data, testimonials, and research. Continue reading
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WHEN BORDER AGENTS COME KNOCKING ON EVERYONE’S DOORS

Watch as we discuss the deployment of border agents across the country as they continue to escalate and use of force against protesters in Portland and other places. The deployment of these unaccountable border agents is offering the country a glimpse of what border communities have been experiencing for decades: a hyper-militarized agency in Customs and Border Protection with a long track record of death and abuse, a culture of impunity and a complete and total lack of transparency.
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Border Patrol Deleted This Tweet Of Heavily Armed Agents Posing at a George Floyd Vigil

San Diego Border Patrol Sector Chief Aaron M. Heitke tweeted a photo on June 1st from his official twitter account. The photo was of Border Patrol in full tactical gear, holding weapons while standing over a community altar from a peaceful vigil in remembrance of George Floyd and other victims of police brutality in San Diego, CA. What the photo didn’t show, however was that these agents were posing for a photo-op in the aftermath of officers firing tear gas and rubber bullets into the peaceful crowd.  In the now-deleted tweet, Sector Chief Heitke claimed that they were protecting police from “lawless rioting & other criminal activities.” However, the photo of border patrol agents smiling with guns and military-grade equipment, standing with local police atop the remains of the all but destroyed altar paints a drastically different picture, one that falls in line with CBP’s culture of abuse and lack of accountability.  Sector Chief Heitke may have deleted his tweet, but we see CBP’s true colors — and we have the screenshots to prove it. We won’t let CBP, Border Patrol and law enforcement continue to go unchecked and not held accountable for their abuse and excessive use of force. All across the country CBP has been deployed to surveil and police peaceful protestors. CBP is the largest law enforcement agency in the country who claim unprecedented powers that they believe allow them to violate 4th amendment protections in certain circumstances. They believe they are untouchable, and their culture of accountability and cruelty must be revealed for what it is. 
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Border Patrol’s Dream of Becoming a National Police Force is Becoming a Reality

By Jenn Budd The United States Border Patrol and its parent agency, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), have long wanted to become a national police force. This week, they took a dangerous step closer to realizing that vision. As Acting Secretary of CBP Mark Morgan was tweeting about deploying these unaccountable agents across the country to clamp down on people protesting the killing of George Floyd, immigration agents were already deployed in the streets of Washington DC, San Diego and El Paso. This after a CBP predator drone flew over protester in Minneapolis last week. Continue reading
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Border Patrol Gloating On Twitter About Being Deployed to Clamp Down on Protesters

By Yesenia Padilla As communities across the country take to the streets to protest unjust policing practices, police brutality and the murder of George Floyd, Border Patrol agents are being deployed nationwide to clamp down on protesters.  Continue reading
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