Deaths, suicides at immigration centers on the rise due to lack of care, report says

  TUCSON, ARIZ. (AP) –  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has for years provided inadequate medical care at its detention facilities, leading to in-custody deaths, according to a report by a coalition of advocacy groups. The ACLU, Detention Watch Network and National Immigrant Justice Center examined reports filed by an ICE review board in charge of investigating detention deaths. The coalition examined reports from 2010 to 2012, but advocates say the problem is ongoing and getting worse, especially in Arizona, where a detention center 65 miles south of Phoenix is known as the deadliest in the country. Separately, ICE data from its website shows that there have been 155 in-custody deaths between October 2003 and Jan. 25, 2016. Continue reading

Nationwide Police Reform and Border Groups Call on CBP to Deploy Body-Worn Cameras

  Southern Border Region/Washington D.C. - More than 65 organizations from across the country united today on a letter to CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske that urges Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to equip their agents with body-worn cameras paired with privacy protections. Continue reading

San Diegans support refugees on Human Rights Day

  By: Tatiana Sanchez About 350 demonstrators gathered Thursday evening in support of refugees, amid a global debate about refugee resettlement that has intensified in recent weeks following deadly terrorist attacks. The issue is particularly poignant in San Diego County, where as many as 3,000 refugees are resettled each year. The county has consistently admitted the most refugees in California for the past seven years, according to state data. Continue reading

US Customs and Border Protection Test Body Cams to Reduce Use of Force

(NEW YORK) — It’s the largest police force in the country with about 60,000 employees, and now U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the first to conduct a massive experiment to test the use of body cameras along the United States borders. Agents have been testing different models of body cameras as part of an initiative to reduce use of force — and it’s these cameras that are the most controversial part of a new 18-month retraining program ordered by reform Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske. Continue reading

Border Patrol must have body cameras

  The recently published editorial “Border Patrol resistant to body cameras,” rightly concluded that U.S. Custom and Border Protections (CBP), which includes Border Patrol, should be held to the same standards of accountability and transparency as local police. We agree and have urged CBP to implement body-worn cameras with privacy protections since October 2012. Since January 2010, CBP — the largest law enforcement agency in the country — hasclaimed the lives of at least 42 people without consequence. Many of those killed by Border Patrol were unarmed civilians, at least 18 were U.S. citizens and six were standing in Mexico, like teens Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca or Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez. Continue reading

San Diegans Dismayed over Rep. Peters' Vote Against Syrian Refugees

  San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium Leaders toReturn Proclamation Issued by Rep. Peters San Diego - Today, the House of Representatives passed a bill that unfairly targets Syrian and Iraqi refugees fleeing violence by increasing the roadblocks they must overcome before seeking refuge in the United States. H.R. 4038, the so-called "American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act. Despite the repeated calls by refugees, faith leaders and community groups to oppose this shameful legislation, Representative Scott Peters voted in favor of H.R. 4038. If this legislation passes the Senate and becomes law, it would halt refugee resettlement for families fleeing Syria and Iraq, including individuals who served alongside U.S. troops. Continue reading

Human Rights Activists Call on President Obama to Control Border Patrol

  Washington D.C. - Human rights activists with the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) are in Washington D.C. this week to continue advocating for oversight and accountability of Customs and Border Protection (CBP).  Andrea Guerrero, Executive Director of Alliance San Diego and Co-Chair of the SBCC, and Christian Ramirez, Human Rights Director at Alliance San Diego and Director of the SBCCC are leading voices on border issues with years of experience advocating for border communities and families. Their visit to DC comes on the heels of an announcement by CBP to reject the use of body-worn cameras as an oversight mechanism to control an agency that has proven to be incapable of resolving its systemic problems with abuse, corruption and impunity. Continue reading

CBP Fails to Move Forward on Body Worn Cameras

    SBCC Responds to Announcement and Calls for Implementation Timeline and Budget Southern Border/Washington DC: After years of being in the national and international spotlight for abuse and impunity, today's announcement by Commissioner Kerlikowske of more study and delays is unacceptable. Instead of setting goal posts and timelines for implementation, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is choosing to expand its review and consider upgrading cameras where they already exist. Continue reading

Lo último sobre el caso Anastasio Hernández

  Entravision(SAN DIEGO).-Esta mañana nos acompaña el activista y director de la coalición de comunidades al sur de la frontera, Christian Ramírez para platicarnos sobre la resolución del tema de Anastasio Hernández Continue reading

Shocking: DOJ will Not Prosecute Agents who Murdered Anastasio Hernández Rojas

  San Diego -  In a shocking turn of events in the case of Anastasio Hernández Rojas, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced today that they will not prosecute the agents involved in his death. The DOJ cited a lack of evidence to meet the standard for federal criminal prosecution. Despite eyewitness testimony and video, DOJ concluded they were unable to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the agents committed homicide or civil rights violations. Following are statements from the family of Anastasio Hernández Rojas along with representatives from the Southern Border Communities Coalition. Continue reading

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