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Media Advisory: Impacted Community Members Call for End of Legacy of Violent & Abusive Border Policing on Border Patrol 100-Year Anniversary

Media Contact: [email protected], (619) 571-1610 MEDIA ADVISORY Impacted Community Members Call for End of Legacy of Violent & Abusive Border Policing on Border Patrol 100-Year Anniversary Continue reading

New GAO Report on Border Patrol Critical Incident Teams (CITs) Points to Widespread and Ongoing Abuse of Power

Media Contact: Mallory Adamski - [email protected] - Mobile/text: (619) 571-1610   Border Communities Call for Elimination of all Incarnations of Cover-Up Teams  Southern Border — Yesterday the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on Border Patrol Critical Incident Teams (CITs) that was prompted by a 2021 letter sent to Congress by the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC). The GAO report validates community concerns that Border Patrol has used CITs to engage in criminal investigations of border agents for use of force without any congressional authority and with the contrary purpose of managing “civil liability”. The report points to widespread and ongoing abuse of power at the nation’s largest law enforcement agency. In light of this, SBCC calls for an end to all current and future incarnations of CITs to ensure the integrity and independence of criminal investigations. Continue reading

Sierra Club, Southern Border Communities Coalition, and ACLU Act to Protect Border Wall Remediation Settlement Amid Texas Court Decision

Photo by AFSC San Diego Southern Border - In response to a recent Texas court order implicating Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition’s (SBCC) settlement with the U.S. government concerning the illegal use of military construction funds for border wall projects, Sierra Club and SBCC took decisive action to protect the agreement’s vital remediation projects by filing a Motion to Intervene in the case. Continue reading

Federal Court Affirms What Advocates Have Said For Nearly A Year: Children Held In Open Air Detention Sites Are In Customs and Border Protection’s Custody

     SOUTHERN BORDER - In a significant victory yesterday, a court decision affirmed that children held in Open Air Detention Sites (OADS) are indeed under the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This ruling comes on the heels of nearly a year of documentation and multiple administrative complaints filed by the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) and its partners with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) concerning the dire conditions migrants face while detained at these sites. Continue reading

More than 125 Border and National Organizations Demand Biden Administration Refuse Support for Texas’ Operation Lone Star and Reject SB 602 Agreements

Media Contact: Mallory Adamski - [email protected] - Mobile/text: (619) 571-1610 TEXAS – On the eve of President Biden’s visit to the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas, 128 advocacy organizations from across the southern border region and the country issued a joint letter today demanding President Biden and Department of Homeland Security Secretary (DHS) Mayorkas refuse to sign any agreements with the state under TX SB 602, new Operation Lone Star legislation now in effect allowing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to enforce Texas state criminal laws at Border Patrol checkpoints and Ports of Entry. Continue reading

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


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