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Biden’s Budget Betrays Immigrants and Border Communities

Defund Hate Campaign Response to President’s  FY22 Budget Request Washington, DC (Friday, May 28, 2021) — The Defund Hate campaign and immigrant rights groups who monitor technology surveillance programs expressed frustration after President Biden released a Fiscal Year 2022 budget request of $8.4 billion for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and $16.3 billion for Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The president’s budget contradicts his commitments to help communities rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic and pursue government policies that end racial inequities, and instead continues to direct billions of taxpayer dollars toward agencies and private prison corporations which have a nearly 20-year pattern of fiscal mismanagement, separating families, and violating people’s civil and human rights. Continue reading

Biden’s Address Was Good on Immigration, Bad on Border Policy

SOUTHERN BORDER — President Biden’s address to a joint session Congress reiterated the good and bad policy points when it comes to immigration and the border. President Biden shared his stance on immigration reform and how The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 is a bold, inclusive, and humane framework to rethink immigration policy. This is an important first step to bring us together as a country and move us forward to enact much needed reform, however, Biden’s provisions on “high-tech border security” are not a step in the right direction. Continue reading

New Cornyn/Sinema Border Bill Raises Red Flags

SOUTHERN BORDER — Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced a bill on Thursday, April 22, that would undermine access to fair asylum processes at the southern border. Representatives Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and Tony Gonzalez (R-TX) introduced a sister bipartisan bill in the House of Representatives on Thursday as well.  Continue reading

Southern Border Communities Coalition Celebrates a Decade of Border Advocacy

SOUTHERN BORDER — In March 2021, the Southern Border Communities Coalition celebrates ten years of border rights advocacy. Formed in March 2011, the Southern Border Communities Coalition brings together 60 organizations across the southern borderlands, from San Diego, CA to Brownsville, TX.  Southern border communities are dynamic places full of hope and opportunity, but for decades border policies have cast aside human rights, criminalized migrants and focused on deadly and unaccountable border enforcement. Border communities have been harmed by these policies, adversely impacting our residents’ and visitors' human rights, local and regional economies, the environment and cross-border ties.  Continue reading

One Year Later, Title 42 Continues to Harm People Seeking Safety

SOUTHERN BORDER — It’s been one year since the Trump Administration began misusing Title 42 to block and expel people seeking safety at our southern border. This harmful, and possibly illegal, use of Title 42 continues to this day under the Biden Administration, with no basis as to the efficacy of its implementation in keeping people safe. Continue reading

Historic Bill Grants Critical Protections for Immigrant Youth and Their Families

Dream and Promise Act signals a move towards humane and dignified immigration policy SOUTHERN BORDER — Today was a momentous day in the U.S. House of Representatives, where lawmakers voted 228-197 to pass the Dream and Promise Act of 2021, protecting millions of immigrant youth and their families.  Continue reading

Dream and Promise Act Must Not Leave Anyone Out

SOUTHERN BORDER — Yesterday, legislation was introduced that would provide a pathway to citizenship for immigrant youth and their families by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA). The bill was co-authored by Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) and Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY). Continue reading

Biden Immigration Bill Takes Bold Step Towards Responsible and Humane Border Governance

SOUTHERN BORDER — Today, members of Congress introduced the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, a bold, inclusive, and humane framework proposed by President Biden to rethink immigration policy and border governance. The Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) applauds this important first step to bring us together as a country and move us forward to enact much needed reform, and offers initial recommendations to strengthen the provisions on border accountability. Continue reading

New Testimony from Former Border Officials Reveals Systemic Culture of Abuse

New testimony in the case of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas points to agency’s culture of violence and impunity SOUTHERN BORDER — Today, the family of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas announced the filing of new testimony from three former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials who point to a cover up in a landmark case before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). The Hernandez case epitomizes the abuse, corruption, and impunity that pervade the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The family is represented by the UC Berkeley Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic and Alliance San Diego, a member of the Southern Border Communities Coalition. Continue reading

ACLU, Sierra Club, and SBCC Respond to the Biden Administration’s Request to Delay Border Wall SCOTUS Arguments

For Immediate Release February 1, 2021 Media Contact: Yesenia Padilla415.269.3178 [email protected] WASHINGTON — The Biden administration today asked the Supreme Court to delay arguments in Sierra Club v. Trump, a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition. The argument was set for Feb. 22, 2021. The administration has asked the court to remove the case from the February calendar, while they assess “the legality of the funding and contracting methods used to construct the wall.” Continue reading

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