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BREAKING: CBP Eliminates Border Patrol Cover-Up Units

SOUTHERN BORDER, May 6, 2022 — Today, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a memo announcing the elimination of Border Patrol Critical Incident Teams (BPCITs), which have repeatedly interfered with law enforcement investigations of agents involved in the killing and harming of community members. The Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) commends CBP for taking this action and acknowledges the leadership of Commissioner Magnus, who was responsive to community concerns about BPCITs. It is no easy feat to change a longstanding and problematic practice within the agency, and the Commissioner has taken an important step.  Continue reading

Families Seek Justice and Accountability for Border Patrol Cover Ups

SOUTHERN BORDER, May 3, 2022 — Today, family members of those who have died or have directly endured brutal and horrendous abuse by Border Patrol agents called for an end to the cover-ups and obstructions committed by Border Patrol Critical Incident Teams (BPCITs). Each of the powerful stories shared today reflect the tragic and emotionally devastating reality of living without the justice and accountability that their families deserve. Continue reading

SBCC Urges a ‘No’ Vote on Anti-Immigrant Amendments to the New Bipartisan COVID Relief Bill

SOUTHERN BORDER, April 6, 2022 — The Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) strongly urges senators to vote “NO” on any anti-immigrant amendment that may be tacked onto a new, bipartisan COVID relief bill tentatively scheduled for a vote this week.  Continue reading

Defund Hate: Instead of Investing in What Immigrant Communities Truly Need, Congress Prepares to Greenlight Billions to Fund ICE and CBP, Abusive and Deadly Agencies

Washington, DC – In the dead of night, Congress released the finalized text for its $1.5 trillion federal funding bill, which increases Trump-era spending levels for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and maintains Customs and Border Protection (CBP) funding levels roughly the same. Included is funding to detain 34,000 people in abusive ICE detention and an increase of $10 million to ICE’s so-called “Alternatives to Detention” (ATD) programs which further restrict, surveil, and harm immigrant communities and have not resulted in fewer people in detention. The  bill also fails to rescind billions of construction dollars for Trump’s lethal border wall. The House is expected to vote on the bill today, with the Senate following next week after a 4-day extension. Continue reading

Recent Killing By Border Patrol Another Example of Compromised Investigations and Possible Cover-Up

SOUTHERN BORDER, February 23, 2022 — Over the weekend, another person was killed by a border agent, and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) wasted no time in undermining the investigation, underscoring ongoing concerns about the integrity of misconduct investigations at the nation’s largest law enforcement agency. The incident also raises questions about the role played by Border Patrol Critical Incident Teams (BPCITs), which may be the largest shadow police units operating in the federal government today. Continue reading

In Response to Congress, Border Patrol Fails To Cite Any Authority to Investigate Its Own Agents

SOUTHERN BORDER, February 9, 2022 — Last month, ten House and Senate committee and subcommittee chairs sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting an investigation into the activities of Border Patrol’s Critical Incident Teams (BPCITs), which are believed to be operating without any authority and as cover-up teams to protect abusive border agents at the expense of the public.  Continue reading

SBCC Lauds Congressional Action to Investigate Border Patrol Cover-Up Units

SOUTHERN BORDER, January 24, 2022 — Today, ten House and Senate committee and subcommittee chairs sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting an investigation into the involvement of CBP’s Critical Incident Teams (CITs) along the southern border region.  Continue reading

Marisol García Alcantara was shot by Border Patrol then deported now filing a claim against CBP

SOUTHERN BORDER, December 15, 2021 — Six months ago a Border Patrol agent shot Marisol Garcia Alcantara on June 16, 2021 in Nogales, Arizona, while she was sitting in the back seat of a vehicle that Border Patrol agents detained. Now Marisol, with the help of her attorney, is filing a Federal Torts Claim Act (FTCA) claim against the Border Patrol. Despite CBP policy prohibiting the use of firearms solely to disable a vehicle, an agent fired a bullet at the vehicle into Marisol's head. Fortunately she survived to tell her story and seek justice. Continue reading

SBCC Calls for Congressional Investigations into Border Patrol's Longstanding Cover-Up Units

SOUTHERN BORDER, October 28, 2021 — Yesterday, the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) sent a letter calling on Congress to launch an investigation and oversight hearings into the unlawful operation of Border Patrol’s Critical Incident Teams (BPCITs). These teams act without congressional authority to obstruct justice, undermine public safety, and violate public trust. Continue reading

Borderland Families May Benefit from New DHS “Protected Locations” Memo

SOUTHERN BORDER — Today, the Department of Homeland Security announced a new standardized policy – effective immediately – that prevents Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials from engaging in law enforcement activities in or near  “protected locations” (formerly known as “sensitive locations”). The policy also expands the definition of protected locations to include places that had not been included before, such as school bus stops, social services establishments (such as domestic violence shelters), and disaster and emergency services locations, among others. Continue reading

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