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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

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

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 Advocates Gather in El Paso To Fight Militarization of Border

EL PASO, TX - Border and immigrant advocates gather in this border city for a three-day conference to organize and mobilize border communities to protect their rights, dignity, and quality of life. Continue reading

The Southern Border Communities Coalition responds to the presidential election.

Today, the more than 12 million people living in border communities continue to believe in a nation that is fair and just. Our expectation is that President-elect Trump will lead with these core values and that he will not govern based on the divisive statements he made during his campaign. The Southern Border Communities Coalition remains committed to ensuring the rights and dignity of border residents and those who travel through our region are protected and that our quality of life is preserved. We will continue to advocate for a reform of our country's immigration process to ensure fairness and dignity. We will also resist the unnecessary construction of a border wall and the further militarization of our communities. Preserving the sanctity of life and strengthening our cultural and economic vibrancy as a region will continue to be our top priority. Continue reading

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