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Mounting Death Toll: Fifth Child Dies While in Immigration Detention

Welasco, Texas — The Defund Hate coalition and local immigrant rights groups mourn the loss of yet another life while in immigration detention. The 16-year-old child, named Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez, was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on May 13, and found unresponsive in his cell during a wellness check on the morning of May 20th. Continue reading

Time to Move from Myopic Enforcement to Good Border Governance

SOUTHERN BORDER — As border communities call for radically changing the way we manage our borders with a new vision for good border governance, the Trump administration is doubling down on the myopic enforcement-only policies of the past. Continue reading

SBCC Unveils ‘A New Border Vision’ for the 21st Century

SOUTHERN BORDER — Today, the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) unveiled A New Border Vision, a framework for positive and compassionate action that moves us from the myopic and harmful enforcement of the last few decades to responsive and responsible border governance for the 21st century. Continue reading

Our Deadly Border Policies Killed a Baby and a Teenager This Week

SOUTHERN BORDER —  A 10-month-old and a 16-year-old Guatemalan boy were the latest people to perish this week as the Trump administration’s policies continue to push asylum-seekers through deadly terrain while funneling immigrants into detention centers Ill-equipped to care for them. Continue reading

Defund Hate Coalition Rejects Calls for Additional ICE and CBP Funding

Washington, DC — Today the Trump Administration sent Congress a $4.5 billion supplemental funding package. The expedited funding request, to increase resources yet again for this fiscal year, will expand the already massive immigration enforcement apparatus that tears apart families, further militarizes our southern border, and violates human rights with impunity. Continue reading

Trump Visits Border for Wall ‘Selfie' Amid Self-Made Disasters

SOUTHERN BORDER — Today, President Trump is visiting the southern border to continue his trite political theater to extract more funds to fulfill his obsession with building deadly walls. Continue reading

ACLU, Sierra Club, and SBCC Ask Court to Block Construction of Trump’s Border Wall

SOUTHERN BORDER —The American Civil Liberties Union, Sierra Club, ACLU of Texas, and ACLU of Northern California filed a motion today to immediately stop the illegal construction of President Trump’s border wall. The plaintiffs in the case, the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) are asking the court to declare that Trump’s declaration of a national emergency is unconstitutional and unlawful. Continue reading

Fight Against Fake Emergency for Wall Continues Following House Vote to Override Veto

SOUTHERN BORDER — Organizations across the southern border will continue to fight the administration’s dangerous and misguided efforts to build a deadly wall following the House of Representatives failure to overturn President Trump’s veto on his fake national emergency. Continue reading

#DefundHate Coalition Demands Answers Regarding Death of Mexican Man in CBP Custody

40-year-old man’s death is the fourth Border Agent-related death in recent months El Paso, TX — The #DefundHate coalition and local immigrant rights groups mourn the loss of yet another life while in custody of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and demand accountability from the agency. On March 19th, a 40-year-old man died at Las Palmas Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. According to the CBP press release, the man suffered from flu-like symptoms, liver failure and renal failure. Telemundo reports the man’s name was Rene Pablo Perez Gordillo. Continue reading

#DefundHate Escalates Campaign to Cut Funding for ICE, CBP in 2020

Coalition of immigrant, civil rights, faith, LGBTQ, legal services and other organizations demand Congress cut funding for detention, deportation, and border militarization WASHINGTON, D.C. — The #DefundHate coalition announced today the next phase of its national campaign to defund Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Both agencies have well-documented track records of abuse and have repeatedly thwarted oversight and accountability. CBP and ICE play a key role in Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda, and are instrumental in carrying out the militarization of border communities, devastating deportations of individuals and families, and the unconscionable detention of migrants. Continue reading

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