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Southern Border Communities Coalition Celebrates a Decade of Border Advocacy

SOUTHERN BORDER — In March 2021, the Southern Border Communities Coalition celebrates ten years of border rights advocacy. Formed in March 2011, the Southern Border Communities Coalition brings together 60 organizations across the southern borderlands, from San Diego, CA to Brownsville, TX.  Southern border communities are dynamic places full of hope and opportunity, but for decades border policies have cast aside human rights, criminalized migrants and focused on deadly and unaccountable border enforcement. Border communities have been harmed by these policies, adversely impacting our residents’ and visitors' human rights, local and regional economies, the environment and cross-border ties.  Continue reading
 

One Year Later, Title 42 Continues to Harm People Seeking Safety

SOUTHERN BORDER — It’s been one year since the Trump Administration began misusing Title 42 to block and expel people seeking safety at our southern border. This harmful, and possibly illegal, use of Title 42 continues to this day under the Biden Administration, with no basis as to the efficacy of its implementation in keeping people safe. Continue reading
 

Historic Bill Grants Critical Protections for Immigrant Youth and Their Families

Dream and Promise Act signals a move towards humane and dignified immigration policy SOUTHERN BORDER — Today was a momentous day in the U.S. House of Representatives, where lawmakers voted 228-197 to pass the Dream and Promise Act of 2021, protecting millions of immigrant youth and their families.  Continue reading
 

Dream and Promise Act Must Not Leave Anyone Out

SOUTHERN BORDER — Yesterday, legislation was introduced that would provide a pathway to citizenship for immigrant youth and their families by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA). The bill was co-authored by Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) and Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY). Continue reading
 

Biden Immigration Bill Takes Bold Step Towards Responsible and Humane Border Governance

SOUTHERN BORDER — Today, members of Congress introduced the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, a bold, inclusive, and humane framework proposed by President Biden to rethink immigration policy and border governance. The Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) applauds this important first step to bring us together as a country and move us forward to enact much needed reform, and offers initial recommendations to strengthen the provisions on border accountability. Continue reading
 

New Testimony from Former Border Officials Reveals Systemic Culture of Abuse

New testimony in the case of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas points to agency’s culture of violence and impunity SOUTHERN BORDER — Today, the family of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas announced the filing of new testimony from three former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials who point to a cover up in a landmark case before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). The Hernandez case epitomizes the abuse, corruption, and impunity that pervade the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The family is represented by the UC Berkeley Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic and Alliance San Diego, a member of the Southern Border Communities Coalition. Continue reading
 

ACLU, Sierra Club, and SBCC Respond to the Biden Administration’s Request to Delay Border Wall SCOTUS Arguments

For Immediate Release February 1, 2021 Media Contact: Yesenia Padilla415.269.3178 [email protected] WASHINGTON — The Biden administration today asked the Supreme Court to delay arguments in Sierra Club v. Trump, a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition. The argument was set for Feb. 22, 2021. The administration has asked the court to remove the case from the February calendar, while they assess “the legality of the funding and contracting methods used to construct the wall.” Continue reading
 

The Defund Hate Coalition responds to scarcity language in DHS memo, calls for significant cuts in funding to ICE and CBP

For Immediate Release January 21, 2021 Media Contact:Yesenia Padilla [email protected] Washington, D.C. — President Biden's first day was marked by decisive and swift action on immigration and border policy, including a memorandum directing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct a review of policies and practices concerning immigration enforcement and a 100-day moratorium on deportations.   Continue reading
 

On Day One, President Biden Terminates Illegal National Emergency Declaration for Destructive Border Wall

For Immediate Release January 20, 2021 Media Contact:Yesenia Padilla [email protected] SOUTHERN BORDER — Yesterday, President Biden signed an executive order to rescind Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration that was used to rush the imposition of border walls with money from the military’s budget. The move by the Trump administration was challenged by the Sierra Club, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) in a lawsuit that reached the Supreme Court, and declared illegal by a federal district court and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Biden’s announcement means wall construction using funds obtained through the emergency declaration will be halted until a full legal review is completed. Read the order here. Continue reading
 

Biden’s Immigration Plan Affirms Border Communities’ Call for a New Vision

  For Immediate Release January 20, 2021 Media Contact:Yesenia Padilla [email protected]   SOUTHERN BORDER — Today, President Biden announced proposals to create a pathway to citizenship for the millions of undocumented community members in this country — nearly 5 million of which live in the Southwest border states of CA, AZ, NM, and TX. This is welcome news for families living in the hyper-militarized border region, where heavy-handed immigration enforcement tears apart families on a daily basis. Continue reading
   
 

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