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Border Communities Oppose Chad Wolf Confirmation

SOUTHERN BORDER — Today, the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) in the Senate held a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Acting Secretary Chad Wolf to become Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  Continue reading
 

New Portal Features Real-time Data and Stories About the Southern Border Region

‘Border Lens’ offers factual, real-time data along with the stories behind them SOUTHERN BORDER — The Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) is proud to announce the launch of Border Lens, a data and research site created by southern border residents to help inform border policies while telling the stories of those who live, work and pass through our region. Continue reading
 

Supreme Court Allows Trump to Continue Wasteful Wall Construction

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court today left in place an earlier order that permits the Trump administration to temporarily continue construction of the border wall while the underlying legal challenge proceeds in court. The Supreme Court has not yet ruled on the merits of the case, and the court’s order is limited to President Trump’s diversion of $2.5 billion in military pay and pension funds for the border wall. Continue reading
 

Border Agents Spend $1.3M in Taxpayer Money to Violently Quell Police Brutality Protests

SOUTHERN BORDER — In the last two months, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has spent almost $1.3 million in taxpayer money on non-lethal weapons, tear gas, flash bang rounds and gas masks to quell police brutality protests and to supply police departments across the country, according to an analysis by the Southern Border Communities Coalition.  Continue reading
 

Border Agents Escalate and Use Force Against Protesters in Portland

One protester is in critical condition after being shot in the head by an unknown federal officer SOUTHERN / NORTHERN BORDER —  With a mandate to escalate tensions and use force  against protesters in Portland and other cities, border agents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are taking their abusive practices across the nation in a move to normalize their presence and push to become the national police force they aspire to be. Continue reading
 

Appeals Court Rules Trump’s Border Wall Illegal

CONTACT:  Yesenia Padilla, SBCC, yesenia@alliancesd.org Courtney Bourgoin, Sierra Club, courtney.bourgoin@sierraclub.org  Abdullah Hasan, ACLU, ahasan@aclu.org SAN FRANCISCO — The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled that President Trump’s attempt to circumvent Congress and transfer of $2.5 billion in military pay and pension funds for border wall construction is unlawful. The court also forcefully rejected the administration’s argument that no one can go to court to block the president’s blatant abuse of power. The court affirmed the district court’s order blocking the illegal construction. Continue reading
 

Community Groups: Trump’s Visit to Border Wall Endangers Arizonans Battling Surging Pandemic

Yuma, AZ— Today, despite a major spike in COVID-19 cases across Arizona, Donald Trump will visit Yuma in an attempt to pivot attention to his border wall project. Yuma has seen coronavirus cases quadruple since the beginning of June, and border wall workers have been getting sick even as residents have urged the administration to stop construction. Continue reading
 

Here to Stay: DACA Recipients Win Major Reprieve in Supreme Court

SOUTHERN BORDER — Today the supreme court ruled, 5-4, that the manner in which the Trump administration eliminated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was unlawful for failing to follow procedural requirements. This decision is a major, but temporary, victory for immigrant youth, who have lived with uncertainty since Donald Trump attempted to rescind DACA in 2017. Continue reading
 

BORDER PATROL USED MONEY SET ASIDE FOR MIGRANTS’ FOOD/MEDICINE ON DOG FOOD AND RIOT HELMETS INSTEAD

SOUTHERN BORDER —  The Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported today that Customs and Border Protection, the parent agency of Border Patrol, violated the law when it took emergency humanitarian assistance funds explicitly appropriated by Congress to improve the health and safety of children and adults in their custody -- and instead spent it on dog food, riot helmets, dirt bikes and ATVs. Continue reading
 

Defunding Hate Means Protecting Black Lives

Washington, D.C. – In solidarity with the millions of Black people and allies who have taken to the street to defend Black lives and demand justice for those who have been killed by police, the Defund Hate Coalition issued the following statement:  Continue reading
   
 

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