Guiding Principles for Potential Trade-Off of Dreamer Protections for More Border Militarization

As Congress considers legislation that trades more border militarization for Dreamer protections, SBCC urges policymakers to consider the guiding principles below to prevent throwing good money after bad in any legislative negotiation. Continue reading

CATO Institute Releases New Findings on Border Patrol Discipline Problems

Last week, the CATO Institute released a new research paper highlighting the high rate of discipline and misconduct terminations for Border Patrol agents. It focused on 2006 to 2016 termination rates across all federal law enforcement agencies, and found that the termination rate of Border Patrol agents was 2.2 times greater than the rate for all other federal law enforcement officers. Continue reading

Dream Act and Border Enforcement: Perspectives of DACA recipients from the border region

Tuesday, October 24 at 10am Senate Visitor Center (SVC) Room 214 To attend, please RSVP here Since its inception, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has empowered nearly 800,000 young people to contribute to our nation and ensured that they and their families can achieve their potential.  President Trump’s choice to end DACA has created a crisis for these hundreds of thousands of Americans-in-all-but- paperwork - and time is running out for Congress to fix the Trump/Sessions announcement that DACA recipients should prepare to self-deport. Continue reading

John Oliver Criticizes Border Patrol's Hiring Surge

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on why hiring more unaccountable Border Patrol agents is a recipe for disaster.  Continue reading

The Border Wall is a Shame and a Sham!

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a funding bill for military spending. Republican leadership has snuck in $1.6 billion into the bill to begin construction on a border wall expansion.  Continue reading

Killing of Valeria M. Tachiquin Still Unresolved After 3 Years

  Video: 10 News Investigative Series, Valentin Tachiquin Speaks OutPhotos: Download Zip File San Diego: Today, September 28, marks 3 years since U.S. Border Patrol Agent Justin Tackett shot and killed Valeria Munique Tachiquin in the City of Chula Vista, a San Diego suburb. Valeria Munique was a 32-year-old mother of five and a US citizen who was killed by a federal agent with a history of civil and human rights violations at his previous career as an Imperial County sheriff's deputy. In a termination letter issued by Imperial County Sheriff's Department Chief Sharon Housouer, Tackett was described as a deputy who could not be "trusted with a badge or a gun," yet the Border Patrol hired Tackett. He ended up killing Valeria who was not the subject of the search warrant being served that day. Continue reading

Border Communities: Incoming U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Must Commit to Advancing Accountability & Transparency Agenda

Roughly two-thirds of the U.S. population live within the 100-mile border zone where interactions with U.S. Border Patrol agents have become commonplace during commutes to work, school or to run errands. Similarly, enormous numbers of tourists and border residents cross ports of entry every day from Detroit, Michigan to El Paso, Texas. Continue reading

McAleenan Should Not Get a Free Pass for Top CBP Post

Kevin McAleenan, the acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner, will have a Senate hearing this Thursday where he hopes to be one step closer from removing the word “acting" from his job title.  Continue reading

New Report Exposes Inadequacies of Customs and Border Protection Complaint and Oversight

The Kino Border Initiative, a member of the Southern Border Communities Coalition, and the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the U.S., the organization that represents the Jesuits, the largest religious order of priests and brothers in the Catholic Church, released a report shedding light on inadequacies within the Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) complaint and oversight system when it comes to investigating allegations of abuse. Continue reading

How effective is border security?

  By Alex Nowrasteh and Patrick Eddington Border security is a major issue this election cycle. Republican Presidential candidates Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are all calling for a border wall and vast increases in Border Patrol to stop the flow of illegal immigrants. The truth is, over the past 15 years, we’ve dramatically increased border enforcement. And instead of needing more, we may be going too far already. Continue reading

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