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New Footage in Border Death Emerges As U.S. Gov’t Settles With Victim’s Family for $1 Million

San Diego, CA –  New footage has recently become available of the events taking place at the Border Patrol station which preceded the 2010 brutal death of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas at the hands of border agents as the U.S. government finalizes a $1 million settlement with the victim’s family. Continue reading

Speaker Ryan, Talk To Border Communities Too!

SOUTHERN BORDER REGION – Today, Speaker Paul Ryan [R-WI] of the U.S. House of Representatives is visiting McAllen, Texas to meet with Department of Homeland Security and Border Patrol officials. Continue reading

Recap: Border Communities Speak Up Ahead of House Border Security Hearing

  Today, the Southern Border Communities Coalition held a telephonic press conference to discuss how border enforcement affects millions of people in their communities along the southern border. Just one day before the House Committee on Homeland Security holds a hearing on border security, border residents shared how the extraordinary powers granted to immigration enforcement officers impact their daily lives. Below are some of their comments. Listen to the complete telephonic press conference here.</p Continue reading

Border Communities to Secretary Kelly: Let’s Talk!

SOUTHERN BORDER – Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly’s visit to the border regions of Texas, Arizona and California are leaving out one essential stakeholder: the communities most affected by the Trump Administration’s proposed wall and increased militarization.   Continue reading

SBCC Statement on New Border Patrol Chief Ronald Vitiello

Christian Ramirez, Director of the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC), issued the following statement in response to the naming of Ronald Vitiello to lead the U.S. Border Patrol: Continue reading

Border Communities Stand Ready to Protect Our Rights and Dignity

Christian Ramírez, director of the Southern Border Communities Coalition has issued the following statement regarding President Trump's Inauguration. Continue reading

SBCC Statement on Gen. John Kelly’s Confirmation Hearing to Lead DHS

  The Southern Borders Communities Coalition has issued the following statement following the confirmation hearing of Gen. John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security by the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Continue reading

SBCC Statement on Gen. John Kelly's Nomination to Lead DHS

  Border Communities Should Not be Treated like War Zones Christian Ramírez, director of the Southern Border Communities Coalition has issued the following statement regarding the nomination of retired Gen. John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security. "President-elect Donald Trump's plan to nominate retired USMC Gen. John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security is a deeply troubling signal to border communities and the nation. Continue reading

CBP Continues Pattern of Justifying Agents' Excessive Use of Force

U.S. Southern Border Region - The Southern Border Communities Coalition(SBCC) is disappointed by the National Use of Force Review Board's (NUFRB) findings of four use-of-force incidents involving U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents and officers. The incidents occurred in both southern and northern border states, including California, Arizona, Washington State and New York. You can read the cases here. The findings come after the NUFRB justified excessive use of force in four additional cases in June 2016. Continue reading

Border Groups To Hold Border Patrol Accountable for Agent Surge in South Texas

Increased Border Patrol agents come at a time of heightened anxiety for border residents   RIO GRANDE VALLEY - Border and immigrants' rights organizations will be closely monitoring the additional 150 U.S. Border Patrol (BP) agents who were recently deployed to the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. Continue reading

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