What’s Really Extraordinary About the National Guard Acting as Immigration Officers
Feb17

What’s Really Extraordinary About the National Guard Acting as Immigration Officers

SOUTHERN BORDER REGION – Christian Ramirez, Director of the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC), issued the following statement in response to an AP report that the Trump Administration considered the use of National Guard soldiers to round up undocumented immigrants: “We are deeply concerned about reports that the Trump Administration would even consider giving armed National Guard units along the border and...

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TELEPHONIC PRESS AND  HILL BORDER BRIEFING Recap: Border Communities Speak Up Ahead of House Border Security Hearing
Feb06

TELEPHONIC PRESS AND HILL BORDER BRIEFING Recap: Border Communities Speak Up Ahead of House Border Security Hearing

Today, the Southern Border Communities Coalition held a telephonic press conference to discuss how border enforcement affects millions of people in their communities along the southern border. Just one day before the House Committee on Homeland Security holds a hearing on border security, border residents shared how the extraordinary powers granted to immigration enforcement officers impact their daily lives. Below are some of their...

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Vox: The chaos of Trump’s executive order left field agents on their own — with tremendous power
Feb02

Vox: The chaos of Trump’s executive order left field agents on their own — with tremendous power

Here’s a question: Who was in charge of the implementation of Donald Trump’s executive order on Friday banning people from seven majority-Muslim countries and nearly all refugees from entering the US? It sounds like a trick question. Reporting over the last week has made it clear that the rollout of the executive order was chaotic at every level. The secretary of the Department of Homeland Security got briefed on it only as the...

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Union-Backed Ronald Vitiello Named to Lead Border Patrol
Feb01

Union-Backed Ronald Vitiello Named to Lead Border Patrol

A career Border Patrol official who was backed by the agents’ union was named Tuesday as chief of the agency, less than a week after his predecessor resigned under pressure. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Ronald Vitiello was appointed to lead the agency at a time when President Donald Trump has pledged to erect a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico and add 5,000 agents from the current level of about 20,000. “We...

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SBCC Statement on New Border Patrol Chief Ronald Vitiello
Feb01

SBCC Statement on New Border Patrol Chief Ronald Vitiello

Christian Ramirez, Director of the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC), issued the following statement in response to the naming of Ronald Vitiello to lead the U.S. Border Patrol: We expect Chief Vitiello to engage with border communities in productive and meaningful dialogue that addresses the agency’s long-standing issues, including a deeply ingrained culture of violence that has led to countless abuses and death....

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