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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
 

Voters Choose Hope, Reject Hate at the Southern Border

SOUTHERN BORDER — Former Vice President Joe Biden has won the presidential election, beating Donald Trump in a record-breaking election turnout and winning critical battleground states. Joining the rest of the country in record numbers, border-state voters did their part to participate in the 2020 Presidential Election. From San Diego, CA to Brownsville, TX, southern border communities voted to ensure that our voices are heard and taken into account in the decisions that impact our region today and into the future.  Continue reading
 

DHS Watchdog: Trump Unlawfully Deployed Federal Agents to Clamp Down on Protesters

Announcement comes as Trump looks to deploy the same border and immigration agents in the wake of the elections Continue reading
 

SBCC, ACLU, Sierra Club Comment on Supreme Court Hearing Arguments in Border Wall Case

WASHINGTON D.C. — The Supreme Court today stated it will hear arguments in a challenge to the Trump administration’s diversion of $2.5 billion from military pay and pension funds for border wall construction that Congress explicitly denied. The order came 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. Continue reading
 

Border Communities Oppose Chad Wolf Confirmation

SOUTHERN BORDER — Today, the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) in the Senate held a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Acting Secretary Chad Wolf to become Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  Continue reading
 

New Portal Features Real-time Data and Stories About the Southern Border Region

‘Border Lens’ offers factual, real-time data along with the stories behind them SOUTHERN BORDER — The Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) is proud to announce the launch of Border Lens, a data and research site created by southern border residents to help inform border policies while telling the stories of those who live, work and pass through our region. Continue reading
 

Supreme Court Allows Trump to Continue Wasteful Wall Construction

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court today left in place an earlier order that permits the Trump administration to temporarily continue construction of the border wall while the underlying legal challenge proceeds in court. The Supreme Court has not yet ruled on the merits of the case, and the court’s order is limited to President Trump’s diversion of $2.5 billion in military pay and pension funds for the border wall. Continue reading
 

Border Agents Spend $1.3M in Taxpayer Money to Violently Quell Police Brutality Protests

SOUTHERN BORDER — In the last two months, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has spent almost $1.3 million in taxpayer money on non-lethal weapons, tear gas, flash bang rounds and gas masks to quell police brutality protests and to supply police departments across the country, according to an analysis by the Southern Border Communities Coalition.  Continue reading
   
 

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