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Wildlife, Pollution and Native American Laws Be Damned. Trump Waives All To Build More Wall

Admin. issues record 30th waiver of federal laws meant to protect people, wildlife and the environment SOUTHERN BORDER —  If putting public safety at risk by accelerating the construction of his vanity border wall during a pandemic wasn’t enough, the Trump administration reached a reckless milestone today by issuing the 30th waiver of federal laws to build a wall across the southern border. This waiver applies to communities in Webb and Zapata counties in the Laredo, TX area, where the administration plans to fast track 69 miles of wall. Continue reading

Experts Discuss Trump’s War on Immigrants At the Border Amidst a Pandemic

A recording of the call is available here WASHINGTON, D.C. – Earlier today, experts and activists gathered on a call to discuss pushing the administration to permanently halt the construction of the border wall and shift the funding to save lives during the COVID-19 outbreak. The recent funding for a firm linked to the administration to build 17 miles of the border has put a spotlight on the administration’s xenophobic strategy that will go to extremes to prioritize political survival over the nation’s public health amid a crisis.  Continue reading

Virus Spreads in CA Detention Center as ICE Covers Up Pepper Spraying, Neglect

SAN DIEGO, CA — With the nation’s largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, the for-profit Otay Mesa Detention Center has become a national coronavirus hotspot as a record number of employees and detainees continue to fall ill. So far, at least 16 detainees and seven employees have tested positive for the virus.  Continue reading

Vista Unified School District Passes Resolution Embracing a New Border Vision

SAN DIEGO, CA — On Thursday, April 9, the Vista Unified School Board passed a resolution to embrace a New Border Vision, a framework for well-functioning borders for the 21st century. The resolution was sponsored by Vista Unified School Board member Cipriano Vargas, and comes as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has increased checkpoint operations in North County, blocking routes to healthcare facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Continue reading

Wall Construction, Troops and Checkpoints Show Complete Disregard for Public Health

SOUTHERN BORDER —  The Trump administration is putting the lives of millions at even greater risk during this pandemic as it continues to build more wall, send more troops, and operate interior checkpoints, forcing people across the southern border to choose between accessing healthcare or getting deported (see map with checkpoints and hospital locations). Continue reading

San Francisco Passes ‘New Border Vision’ Resolution

SAN FRANCISCO, CA —  On Tuesday, March 17, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution sponsored by District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen to embrace a New Border Vision, a framework for well-functioning borders for the 21st century. The resolution came in part as a response to the deployment of BORTAC — a highly-militarized unit of Border Patrol — to San Francisco, targeting the city’s most vulnerable communities. Continue reading

SBCC, ACLU, Sierra Club Challenges New Border Wall Funds Transfer

WASHINGTON — Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC), The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Sierra Club today filed a new lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s transfer of an additional $3.8 billion in military funds for border wall construction. Congress did not authorize the funds. Continue reading

While Tribal Leader Testifies to Save Sacred Land, Border Agents Blasts it to Pieces

SOUTHERN BORDER — In a show of complete disregard to the voices of the southern border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) invited members of the media to witness the blasting of Monument Hill (see min 8:25), a sacred site for the Tohono O’odham Nation located in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, a UNESCO reserve. Continue reading

SCOTUS on Cross-Border Shooting: Constitution Doesn’t Travel With Bullet

SOUTHERN BORDER — In a blow to justice for victims of border patrol deaths, the Supreme court voted 5-4 to deny the parents of Sergio Adrián Hernández Güereca from suing the border patrol agent who shot their unarmed 15-year-old son in a cross-border shooting in 2010. Continue reading

Defund Hate Coalition Condemns Trump’s Anti-Immigrant FY21 Budgets, Calls on Congress to Act

Washington, DC — The Defund Hate Coalition issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2021:  “For his final budget proposal before the election, the Trump administration is clear on its core motivations: a wholesale, hate-fueled attack on immigrants. Continue reading

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