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SBCC Urges Congress to Reject Supplemental Funding Package that Threatens the Right to Asylum and Harms Border and Immigrant Communities

Media Contact: Tara Kaveh - [email protected] - Mobile/text: (415) 686-2692 SOUTHERN BORDER - Following weeks of closed-door negotiations, a small group of Senators yesterday released a supplemental spending bill that contains harmful immigration, asylum and border-related provisions that would gut our asylum system, give dangerous powers to current and future administrations to close our border to those seeking safety, and continues the deadly legacy of deterrence and border militarization. Continue reading

Immigrant Rights Groups Demand Accountability for 'Gross Violations of Human Rights' at Open-Air Detention Sites at U.S.-Mexico Border

Jacumba, CA – Seven immigrant rights organizations lodged an urgent federal complaint this week against the Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) and its Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for violating their own custody standards for asylum seekers being held in several open-air detention sites along the U.S.-Mexico border in California. For several months, Border Patrol officers have forced asylum seekers to wait outdoors for several hours or days between sections of the San Diego border walls and other open-air sites in the Jacumba desert where they aren’t allowed to leave and don’t have adequate access to water, food, sanitation, medical care, or protection from the elements. Continue reading

SBCC Condemns Extreme Anti-Immigrant Texas Bills That Violate Human Rights and International Obligations

Texas – This week, the Texas Legislature passed SB 4, an unconstitutional and inhumane attempt by Texas to seize the federal immigration power for itself. This bill targets border communities from El Paso to the Rio Grande Valley and will unleash devastating racial discrimination and abuse that will harm Black and brown residents and newcomers the most. Continue reading

U.N. Special Rapporteur on Racism Calls Out Discriminatory, Abusive, and Unaccountable Law Enforcement in the U.S., Echoing Testimony and Reports of the Dignity Delegation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, November 16, 2023 Media Contacts: Mallory Adamski, [email protected], Mobile/text: (619) 571-1610 Felipe Morales, [email protected], Mobile/text: +52-555431-0851   U.N. Special Rapporteur on Racism Calls Out Discriminatory, Abusive, and Unaccountable Law Enforcement in the U.S., Echoing Testimony and Reports of the Dignity Delegation    This marks the third UN body in 3 months calling on the U.S. to end racial profiling, change its use of force standard for law enforcement, and end impunity to conform to international treaties.  SOUTHERN BORDER – Representatives of the Dignity Delegation lauded the release of a report by the UN Special Rapporteur on Racism that bears witness to discriminatory, abusive and unaccountable law enforcement in the United States. The report follows a country visit this month by Special Rapporteur Ashwini K.P., who met with government officials and civil society, including members of the Dignity Delegation, who shared their lived experience and reports prepared by Alliance San Diego, Southern Border Communities Coalition, and the Berkeley International Human Rights Law Clinic. Continue reading

U.N. Human Rights Committee Calls Out U.S. Law Enforcement for Racial Profiling, Excessive Force and Impunity, which Fail to Comply with Treaty Obligations

Dignity Delegation calls for accountability for rights violations and calls for changes to federal and state laws GENEVA, Switzerland — Today, the United Nations Human Rights Committee (HRC) issued its concluding observations after reviewing the United States' compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), a treaty signed and ratified by the U.S. more than thirty years ago. Across multiple issues, the HRC concluded that the U.S. is not in compliance and raised particular concerns about racial profiling, excessive force, and impunity by U.S. law enforcement. Continue reading

SBCC Statement on Día de los Muertos

Southern Border —  Today on Día de los Muertos, the Southern Border Communities Coalition remembers the more than 280 lives lost by fatal encounters with U.S. border agents including the 20 lives lost in 2023 alone. As we remember the victims of the culture of violence and impunity within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), we denounce the increase of use of force incidents resulting from the biggest law enforcement agency in the country. Continue reading

SBCC Statement on President Biden Denying Border Communities Equal Protection Under the Law

Southern Border — Despite President Biden’s statement today regarding the use of waiver authority to build more border wall, the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) maintains its position that border communities have the human right to equal protection under the law. Yesterday, the Biden administration announced that it will waive 26 federal public health, environmental and cultural preservation laws to expedite border wall construction in Starr County, Texas. The use of this waiver authority to ignore federal, state, environmental and tribal laws to enable border wall construction has created devastating harm.  Continue reading

Actions Across 15+ Cities Demand President Biden Shut Down Detention Centers, Release All People in Immigration Detention, and End Deportations!

For Immediate Release Friday, September 15, 2023 Contact: Jenny Garcia, Detention Watch Network, [email protected] Washington, DC — Today, advocates gathered in 15+ cities, including in Washington, DC as part of a national day of action demanding the Biden administration shut down all detention centers, release all people in detention, and end deportations. Partners in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia region used this opportunity to call on President Biden to shut down the ICA operated Farmville detention center, one of two remaining detention centers in Virginia, whose contract was set to expire on the same day. Continue reading

Sierra Club, Southern Border Communities Coalition, and ACLU Reach Settlement with U.S. Government in Border Wall Case Challenging the Illegal Transfer of Military Construction Funds

As part of the settlement in Sierra Club v. Biden (formerly Sierra Club v. Trump), the U.S. government agrees to halt further wall construction and mitigate environmental damage in the sites illegally funded by the Trump administration using stolen Defense Department funding. OAKLAND, Calif. — Under a legal settlement filed in federal court today, the Sierra Club and Southern Border Communities Coalition, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Sierra Club, ACLU of Texas, and ACLU of Northern California, have successfully settled two long-running lawsuits challenging the Trump administration’s illegal transfer of military construction and Treasury Department forfeiture funds to build sections of the U.S.-Mexico border wall that Congress explicitly refused to fund.  Continue reading

BREAKING: Migrants in CBP Custody Speak About Their Conditions in Open-Air Detention Sites in California in a New Report by U.S. Immigration Policy Center

SOUTHERN BORDER — Today, the U.S. Immigration Policy Center (USIPC) at the University of California San Diego released a new report, Lives in Danger: Seeking Asylum Against the Backdrop of Increased Border Enforcement. The report details the results of a survey of migrants held by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in open-air detention sites for up to five days in Jacumba, California.  Continue reading


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