White House Orders The Hiring Of 15,000 New Border Agents
Feb22

White House Orders The Hiring Of 15,000 New Border Agents

Heard on Morning Edition Steve Inskeep talks to James Tomsheck, former head of internal affairs for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, who worries hiring the agents at one time could lead to corruption and misconduct. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Trump administration officials have acknowledged one huge obstacle as they work to tighten border enforcement. It’s a basic reality. Although the president once promised to remove all 11...

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Speaker Ryan, Talk To Border Communities Too!
Feb22

Speaker Ryan, Talk To Border Communities Too!

SOUTHERN BORDER REGION – Today, Speaker Paul Ryan [R-WI] of the U.S. House of Representatives is visiting McAllen, Texas to meet with Department of Homeland Security and Border Patrol officials. In response, leading members of the Southern Border Communities Coalition in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, issued the following statements: Juanita Valdez-Cox, Executive Director of La Union del Pueblo Entero and member of the...

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Voices from the border: Opposing Trump’s wall
Feb10

Voices from the border: Opposing Trump’s wall

Americans living close to the Mexico border voice opposition to policies that falsely conflate immigration and security. On Wednesday, John F Kelly, the head of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the department tasked with implementing President Donald Trump’s immigration policy, laid out the administration’s vision before Congress. It included increasing vetting procedures for foreign nationals and, most...

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Border Communities to Secretary Kelly: Let’s Talk!
Feb09

Border Communities to Secretary Kelly: Let’s Talk!

SOUTHERN BORDER – Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly’s visit to the border regions of Texas, Arizona and California are leaving out one essential stakeholder: the communities most affected by the Trump Administration’s proposed wall and increased militarization. In response, Andrea Guerrero, Co-Chair of the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC), issued the following statement: “It is very disappointing that...

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Why the US should treat Mexico as a vital partner, not a punching bag
Feb09

Why the US should treat Mexico as a vital partner, not a punching bag

By Earl Anthony Wayne, The Conversation Mexico is one of the most important countries in the world for the United States. It’s the second-largest buyer of US goods, the third-biggest consumer of US agricultural products and America’s third-most-important trading partner, after China and Canada. We trade over a million dollars of stuff every minute. Read the full story...

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Border sheriff, businessman take different sides on border wall debate
Feb08

Border sheriff, businessman take different sides on border wall debate

By Joseph Guzman One day before the new secretary of Homeland Security was scheduled to testify on border security, a Nogales business owner joined critics speaking out Monday against the Trump administration’s plans to continue the “militarization” of the southern border. John Anthony Sedgwick was one of several speakers from the Southern Border Communities Coalition who said President Donald Trump’s pledge to build a wall that runs...

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