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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

Border Agents Escalate and Use Force Against Protesters in Portland

One protester is in critical condition after being shot in the head by an unknown federal officer SOUTHERN / NORTHERN BORDER —  With a mandate to escalate tensions and use force  against protesters in Portland and other cities, border agents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are taking their abusive practices across the nation in a move to normalize their presence and push to become the national police force they aspire to be. Continue reading

Appeals Court Rules Trump’s Border Wall Illegal

CONTACT:  Yesenia Padilla, SBCC, [email protected] Courtney Bourgoin, Sierra Club, [email protected]  Abdullah Hasan, ACLU, [email protected] SAN FRANCISCO — The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled that President Trump’s attempt to circumvent Congress and transfer of $2.5 billion in military pay and pension funds for border wall construction is unlawful. The court also forcefully rejected the administration’s argument that no one can go to court to block the president’s blatant abuse of power. The court affirmed the district court’s order blocking the illegal construction. Continue reading

Community Groups: Trump’s Visit to Border Wall Endangers Arizonans Battling Surging Pandemic

Yuma, AZ— Today, despite a major spike in COVID-19 cases across Arizona, Donald Trump will visit Yuma in an attempt to pivot attention to his border wall project. Yuma has seen coronavirus cases quadruple since the beginning of June, and border wall workers have been getting sick even as residents have urged the administration to stop construction. Continue reading

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