_Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) ambassador and former border patrol agent Jenn Budd wrote this piece about how the Scott Warren retrial is a travesty of justice.
_SBCC steering committee member Andrea Guerrero joined Congressman Raul Grijalva in Washington DC to call for an investigation into Trump's Troop Deployment at the Southern Border.
_Cristina Patiño Houle of the Rio Grande Valley Network shared how tent cities are forming across the International Gateway Bridge in South Texas due to the “Remain in Mexico” policy that leaves asylum seekers homeless and unprotected in Mexico.
_In a major victory for privacy rights, the federal court ruled that border agents can’t search smartphones and laptops of travelers without reasonable suspicion.
_Home is here. It was a big week in Washington DC as SCOTUS heard oral arguments on the future of DACA and the cross-border shooting of teenager Sergio Adrián Hernández Güereca, all while Congress inched closer towards a continuing resolution to avoid another government shutdown. It was a whirlwind week to say the least, and we were smack in the middle of it. We sent a delegation of community leaders, including border dreamers, advocates and environmentalists, from the southern border to ensure that our voices are heard on the biggest issues that impact our communities. Our border dreamers called in to local stations back home and met with Members of Congress including New Mexico’s Martin Heinrich and House Assistant Speaker Ben Rey Luján while advocates huddled with representatives like Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Joaquin Castro. All in all, it was amazing to be together during such an important moment in the nation’s capital. While the southern border is our home, this country is also our home, and all of us belong here, no exceptions.
_Wall of shame. While we were busy speaking truth to power in Washington DC this week, our very closely-watched lawsuit against Trump’s vanity wall got a moment in court. A federal appeals court heard arguments on our request to halt military funding for the wall. We don’t know when the judges will rule, but they better hurry! Trump is moving quickly to use military funds to build walls that are devastating our communities and environment. Because he has no shame, Trump wants to set up a live feed of the wall construction, against objections from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and CBP officials. Our community is not a stage to be used as political theater, and we reject any further militarization of our southern border.
_The Apprentice: We’ve known for a long time that senior policy advisor Stephen Miller — a favorite in Trump’s White House edition of The Apprentice — has been the driving force behind the administration’s nastiest and most hate-filled immigration policies, from family separation at the border to the Muslim ban and everything in between. Now, thanks to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), we can now see the source of some of his racist ideology. This week, the SPLC released a series of leaked emails that reveal Miller’s affinity for white nationalism, hatred towards immigrants and refugees, and his obsession with ending nonwhite immigration to the United States. In other words, the Miller special. Miller sent these emails to reporters in the run up to the 2016 elections in his effort to stoke fear and hatred towards immigrants. The revelations prompted leaders from the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus to write a joint statement calling for his resignation. We agree. It’s Miller time, I mean, time for Miller to go. He should have never been there to begin with.
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