WASHINGTON DC — It’s a big week in Washington DC as SCOTUS hears oral arguments on the future of DACA with mass mobilizations expected at the front doors of the Supreme Court. The justices will have their hands full as they will also hear oral arguments in the case of Sergio Adrián Hernández Güereca, a teenager who was shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent while he was standing in Mexico. The highest court will eventually have to decide if the Constitution travels across the border with the bullets fired from the guns of federal agents. All of this while Congress finalizes negotiations for a continuing resolution to prevent another government shutdown with billions of dollars on the line for Trump’s destructive border wall.
With so much at stake, residents from across the southern border will be at the nation’s capital this week to make their voices heard to protect dreamers — one in five live in southern border communities — and hold Border Patrol accountable. Border residents will also push back against any effort to further militarize our communities. The delegation from the border includes human rights advocates, border dreamers, environmentalists and Jenn Budd, a former border patrol agent and SBCC ambassador.
The delegation will present the findings of a new poll of voters across the four southwest states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas that reveals a profound “crisis of confidence” in Trump’s border policies, and also reveals that people want a new, more humane model of border governance.
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Vicki B. Gaubeca, Director of the Southern Border Communities Coalition, issued the following statement:
“We stand with Dreamers across the nation — especially border dreamers — whose home is here, and will always be here. When it comes to the biggest issues that impact our communities, it is imperative that the voices of the southern border are heard. We are here to tell Congress that we need to put an end to the wrongheaded and inhumane border policies of the past that have caused so much death and destruction. We are here to tell Congress that it’s high time to rethink how we govern our borders and to develop a more humane approach to border governance. We are here to tell Congress that we need a New Border Vision.”
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.