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The Defund Hate Coalition responds to scarcity language in DHS memo, calls for significant cuts in funding to ICE and CBP

For Immediate Release January 21, 2021 Media Contact:Yesenia Padilla [email protected] Washington, D.C. — President Biden's first day was marked by decisive and swift action on immigration and border policy, including a memorandum directing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct a review of policies and practices concerning immigration enforcement and a 100-day moratorium on deportations.   Continue reading
 

On Day One, President Biden Terminates Illegal National Emergency Declaration for Destructive Border Wall

For Immediate Release January 20, 2021 Media Contact:Yesenia Padilla [email protected] SOUTHERN BORDER — Yesterday, President Biden signed an executive order to rescind Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration that was used to rush the imposition of border walls with money from the military’s budget. The move by the Trump administration was challenged by the Sierra Club, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) in a lawsuit that reached the Supreme Court, and declared illegal by a federal district court and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Biden’s announcement means wall construction using funds obtained through the emergency declaration will be halted until a full legal review is completed. Read the order here. Continue reading
 

Biden’s Immigration Plan Affirms Border Communities’ Call for a New Vision

  For Immediate Release January 20, 2021 Media Contact:Yesenia Padilla [email protected]   SOUTHERN BORDER — Today, President Biden announced proposals to create a pathway to citizenship for the millions of undocumented community members in this country — nearly 5 million of which live in the Southwest border states of CA, AZ, NM, and TX. This is welcome news for families living in the hyper-militarized border region, where heavy-handed immigration enforcement tears apart families on a daily basis. Continue reading
 

With The Election Certified, Biden Must Uphold Democracy and End Racist Border Policies

For Immediate Release January 7, 2021 Media Contact:Yesenia Padilla [email protected]69.3178 SOUTHERN BORDER — Last night, amid the broken glass and remnants of chaos left behind by hordes of Trump-supporting white supremacists who stormed the Capitol, Congress reconvened to certify Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 Presidential Elections.  Continue reading
 

President Signs Bipartisan Humanitarian Bill into Law

The new law will help prevent deaths and identify human remains in remote border regions. SOUTHERN BORDER — Today, President Trump signed into law the Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains Act. The bipartisan humanitarian bill will help save lives in remote areas of the border and identify human remains to bring closure to families whose loved ones perished in these areas. The bill received overwhelming support in both chambers of Congress, demonstrating that lawmakers can come together across political differences to act on their shared humanity. Continue reading
 

TRUMP PARDONS BORDER AGENTS WHO COVERED UP SHOOTING

For Immediate Release December 23, 2020 Media Contact:Yesenia Padilla [email protected] The two border agents were convicted in 2006 of assault and 4th amendment violations SOUTHERN BORDER — In a slew of unprecedented lame-duck pardons, President Trump issued pardons to Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, two U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents who were convicted in 2006 of shooting Osvaldo Aldrete-Davil and then attempting to cover up the shooting. Continue reading
 

Biden Administration Commits to Processing People Seeking Safety

For Immediate Release December 22, 2020 Media Contact:Yesenia Padilla [email protected] Biden team’s announcement heralds the end of harmful expulsions of migrants SOUTHERN BORDER — Today the Biden transition team announced their commitment to resume processing — in a COVID-safe way — of people seeking safety as soon as possible after President-Elect Joe Biden enters office in January. The news is a welcome change from the Trump administration’s practice of rapidly expelling people — including asylum seekers and children — under cruel initiatives such as the so-called Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) and “metering.”   Continue reading
 

Congress Fails Americans by Rushing through $23 Billion in Taxpayer Dollars to ICE and CBP as Communities Face Deepest Suffering Yet During Pandemic

For Immediate Release December 21, 2020 Media Contact:Yesenia Padilla [email protected] Washington, D.C. - At a time when Americans are desperate for relief from the social and economic devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress is expected to vote tonight for a federal funding bill that shamefully fails to meet the needs of the communities and families who have suffered the most, and instead pours $23 billion into the Department of Homeland Security’s immigrant detention and deportation system. Continue reading
 

Border Groups Call on Congress to Reject Funding for Border Wall Construction

For Immediate Release December 21, 2020 Media Contact: Courtney Bourgoin [email protected] View as webpage Border Groups Call on Congress to Reject Funding for Border Wall Construction WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congress has included $1.375 billion in funding for border wall construction in this year's appropriations package. This request comes just days before President-elect Biden takes office. Biden has publicly mentioned several times his administration will not build another mile of border wall. Continue reading
 

In a Rare Moment of Agreement, Congress Sends Bipartisan Humanitarian Bill to the President

The Bill Was Passed on International Migrants Day and Will Help Prevent Deaths and Identify Human Remains in Remote Border Regions. SOUTHERN BORDER — Tonight, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives sent a bipartisan, bicameral humanitarian bill, the Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains Act, to the president for his signature. The bill will help save lives in remote areas of the border and identify human remains to bring closure to families whose loved ones perished in these areas. The overwhelming support in both chambers demonstrates that lawmakers can come together across political differences to act on their shared humanity. Now it’s up to the president to do his part and sign the bill. Continue reading
   
 

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