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Día de los Muertos: A Record of Near 860 People Die Crossing the Border in FY22

SOUTHERN BORDER, Nov. 2, 2022 — Today, on Día de los Muertos, the Southern Border Communities Coalition is calling on the Biden administration and Congress to end policies that harden the U.S.-Mexico border and force an increasing number of people seeking safety to their deaths.  Continue reading
 

Alarming New Facts Implicate CBP in the Congressional Investigation of Border Patrol Cover-up Team

SOUTHERN BORDER, August 11, 2022 — The Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) sent a letter to Congress today to share new and alarming facts that could directly impact their investigation of unlawful Border Patrol’s Critical Incident Teams (BPCITs), that have operated as cover-up teams for more than three decades. Continue reading
 

National Poll Shows Voters Do Not Fully Trust Border Agency, Want More Accountability

SOUTHERN BORDER, July 21, 2022 — Today, the U.S. Immigration Policy Center (USIPC) at UC San Diego and the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) released the results of a nationally representative border-specific survey Voters Distrust Border Agency, Want More Oversight and Accountability conducted in July 2022.  Continue reading
 

Sham Investigation: CBP’s Oversight Report on Treatment of Haitian Migrants in Del Rio

SOUTHERN BORDER, July 12, 2022 — On July 8, 2022, CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility released a disappointing 500+ page report on their sham investigation into the abuse of Haitian migrants in Del Rio, Texas in September of 2021. Nearly ten months later, and with no interviews from victims or other Haitian migrants who witnessed the incident, the investigation concluded there was no evidence that Border Patrol agents struck any person with their reins intentionally nor did agents prevent migrants from seeking safety, which is the opposite of what the photos and agent testimonies showed and what witnesses told the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC). Continue reading
 

SCOTUS Rules To End The "Remain In Mexico" Program

SOUTHERN BORDER, June 30, 2022 — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Biden v. Texas that allows the Biden Administration to rescind the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” program, formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocols. While the 5-4 ruling is a welcome outcome, there is still work to do to ensure due process for people seeking protection or refuge in the United States. There should be a universal standard for humanitarian treatment at our borders, without exceptions. The Remain in Mexico program forced people seeking safety at our southern border to wait in Mexico while their cases were pending, putting thousands of people at risk and in compromising positions.    Continue reading
 

Cruel Border Policies Forced Migrants to their Deaths in Texas

SOUTHERN BORDER, June 28, 2022 — 53 people died in a speculated attempt to cross the US-Mexico border. The bodies of forty-six people believed to be migrants were found dead on Monday in and around an abandoned tractor-trailer near San Antonio Texas. Over a dozen others, including children, were taken to the hospital alive but suffering from apparent dehydration and heat exhaustion where another six died today and four lie in critical condition. Seeking asylum is a human right and legal form of entry under U.S. law. However, the current border expulsion policies of Title 42 and the “Remain in Mexico” program, both wielded by Trump before Biden, have effectively closed off the border. These policies follow decades of escalating border militarization and prevention through deterrence tactics that force migrants to take more dangerous, and often deadly, routes to seek refuge in the United States, resulting in these and countless other preventable deaths. In recent weeks alone, our communities have mourned the eleven Haitian migrants who lost their lives trying to reach Puerto Rico, nine migrants who drowned in El Paso irrigation canals in early June, and many others who lost their lives to drowning, dehydration, heat exposure and falling from the border wall. Continue reading
 

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
   
 

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