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The Senate Supplemental Hurts More Than It Helps

Washington, DC — In response to the $4.6 billion Emergency Border Supplemental that passed the Senate Committee on Appropriations, the Defund Hate coalition released the following statement: Continue reading

Deadly Border Policies Killed Three More People This Week

TEXAS — Only days after the tragic death of 25-year-old Johana Medina Leon, a trans woman from El Salvador seeking asylum who died in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody, come reports of two more deaths from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Continue reading

Historic: House Moves to Shield Millions from Deportation

SOUTHERN BORDER —  The House of Representatives took a bold step today to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation by passing, 237-187, the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 — and did so without adding any more walls, agents or detention centers. Continue reading

Federal Court Blocks Border Wall Construction in National Emergency Challenge

OAKLAND, Calif. — A federal court today issued a preliminary injunction blocking the Trump administration from constructing the president’s border wall using funds illegally transferred from military accounts, including pension and pay funds, under counterdrug authorities. Construction using the illicit funds was scheduled to begin as early as tomorrow, May 25th. Continue reading

Dream and Promise Act Must Remain ‘Clean’

SOUTHERN BORDER — Today, the Dream Act of 2019 and the American Promise Act of 2019 cleared the House Judiciary Committee without amendments that would sacrifice any of our communities, including southern border communities. Continue reading

Mounting Death Toll: Fifth Child Dies While in Immigration Detention

Welasco, Texas — The Defund Hate coalition and local immigrant rights groups mourn the loss of yet another life while in immigration detention. The 16-year-old child, named Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez, was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on May 13, and found unresponsive in his cell during a wellness check on the morning of May 20th. Continue reading

Time to Move from Myopic Enforcement to Good Border Governance

SOUTHERN BORDER — As border communities call for radically changing the way we manage our borders with a new vision for good border governance, the Trump administration is doubling down on the myopic enforcement-only policies of the past. Continue reading

SBCC Unveils ‘A New Border Vision’ for the 21st Century

SOUTHERN BORDER — Today, the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) unveiled A New Border Vision, a framework for positive and compassionate action that moves us from the myopic and harmful enforcement of the last few decades to responsive and responsible border governance for the 21st century. Continue reading

Our Deadly Border Policies Killed a Baby and a Teenager This Week

SOUTHERN BORDER —  A 10-month-old and a 16-year-old Guatemalan boy were the latest people to perish this week as the Trump administration’s policies continue to push asylum-seekers through deadly terrain while funneling immigrants into detention centers Ill-equipped to care for them. Continue reading

Defund Hate Coalition Rejects Calls for Additional ICE and CBP Funding

Washington, DC — Today the Trump Administration sent Congress a $4.5 billion supplemental funding package. The expedited funding request, to increase resources yet again for this fiscal year, will expand the already massive immigration enforcement apparatus that tears apart families, further militarizes our southern border, and violates human rights with impunity. Continue reading

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