The Secure our Borders First Act: Impact of HR 399 on our Communities

  The Secure our Borders First Act: Impact of HR 399 on our Communities The “Secure Our Borders First Act” was introduced by Rep. McCaul (R-TX) on January 16, 2015. The bill prescribes how Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is to secure the border, enforces penalties if the agency fails to meet the terms of the bill (restricting travel, pay bonuses, and promotions of agents), and costs the taxpayers $10 billion. The bill raises significant concerns detailed below.   Continue reading

Messaging for H.R. 399: The Secure Our Borders First Act

  Topline Value Messages H.R. 399 is a militarization only-bill that disproportionately impacts tens of millions of families living in the southern border. Residents who call San Diego, Tucson, Las Cruces, El Paso and Brownsville  home deserve the same rights and the same protections under the law as the rest of our nation. Border communities enjoy lower crime rates, are safe, thriving and contribute tremendously to the economic recovery of the United States, in fact 1 out of 24  jobs in the U.S. depend on trade that is generated in the Southern Border. H.R. 399 is more of the same failed policies that have contribute to a bloated, unaccountable and abusive police force along the border. H.R. 399 misses the mark on good government. Accountability and transparency are not partisan issues, they are about good government. Customs and Border Protection as the largest law enforcement agency in the nation must lead by example and  be a professional, accountable and transparent force. H.R. 399 is a threat to our environment, the economy, privacy and civil rights. Continue reading

Border Communities Reject McCaul's HR 399

  Bill will turn border communities into theatres of war Southern Border Region: Today, the House Committee on Homeland Security will be marking up H.R. 399, the Secure Our Border First Act of 2015, a militarization-only bill that will direct equipment meant for "theaters of war" to be deployed into southern border communities. Continue reading

2014 Southern Border Successes

  In March, after the ACLU spoke of use-of-force deaths by Customs and Border Protection officials at a review of U.S. human rights obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and hand-delivered a sign-on letter that was endorsed by more than 75 organizations and coalitions (including SBCC), the U.N. Human Rights Committee demanded in its final observations that the U.S. government improve reporting and conduct effective investigations of excessive use-of-force cases by CBP officials at the U.S.-Mexico border. Continue reading

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