SOUTHERN BORDER — Southern border communities from San Diego, CA to Brownsville TX are in mourning after the deadly shootings this weekend that killed dozens of people, including 22 in El Paso by a white nationalist targeting Latinos and cross-border residents.
Shortly before the shooting took place in one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in the country, the shooter published an anti-immigrant manifesto echoing many of President Trump’s racist rhetoric; rhetoric Trump has used repeatedly to attack immigrants while pushing his deadly and misguided border policies.
Vicki B. Gaubeca, director of the Southern Border Communities Coalition, issued the following statement:
“Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the deaths of those murdered by these hate-driven attacks, and for all of our families and friends impacted on both sides of the border. Brothers and sisters in El Paso and Ciudad Juárez: we feel your pain and, during this time of healing, we stand with you against bigotry and hate. We are with you. These attacks against our families and our strong multinational existence will not stand. We must now recomit to each other and continue to stand together against white supremacist violence, whether it comes from the president in the form of deadly border policies or by somebody inspired by his racist and harmful rhetoric.”
ABOUT THE SOUTHERN BORDER COMMUNITIES COALITION
The Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) brings together organizations from San Diego, California to Brownsville, Texas, to ensure that border enforcement policies and practices are accountable and fair, respect human dignity and human rights, and prevent the loss of life in the region.