Lawyer: BP ‘lost or destroyed’ original video of Nogales cross-border shooting
Mar20

Lawyer: BP ‘lost or destroyed’ original video of Nogales cross-border shooting

By Paul Ingram A lawyer representing Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent charged with second-degree murder for shooting and killing a Mexican teenager across the border in Nogales, said that the agency has “lost or destroyed” the original video recordings of the incident. Nearly three years after the shooting, Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Ray Swartz was indicted by a grand jury for firing through the border fence and...

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What Border Communities Really Need (HINT: Not More Walls or Agents)
Mar16

What Border Communities Really Need (HINT: Not More Walls or Agents)

SOUTHERN BORDER —  Today, the White House officially requested $3 billion from Congress to push ahead with its misguided plans to build more walls along the southern border while laying the groundwork to hire thousands more immigration officers. In response, the  Southern Border Communities Coalition has released the following statement: Andrea Guerrero, Executive Director of Alliance San Diego and Co-Chair of the  Southern Border...

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American Citizens: U.S. Border Agents Can Search Your Cellphone
Mar14

American Citizens: U.S. Border Agents Can Search Your Cellphone

When Buffalo, New York couple Akram Shibly and Kelly McCormick returned to the U.S. from a trip to Toronto on Jan. 1, 2017, U.S. Customs & Border Protection officers held them for two hours, took their cellphones and demanded their passwords. “It just felt like a gross violation of our rights,” said Shibly, a 23-year-old filmmaker born and raised in New York. But he and McCormick complied, and their phones were...

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Is ICE’s Help-Wanted Sign a Welcome Mat for Rogue Applicants, Too?
Mar14

Is ICE’s Help-Wanted Sign a Welcome Mat for Rogue Applicants, Too?

By Ron Nixon WASHINGTON — President Trump has vowed a hiring surge of 10,000 immigration and customs officers to accelerate the deportation of unauthorized immigrants. But the aggressive pace he has laid out risks adding to the ranks of rogue agents who have been charged with abusing immigrants. Over the past decade, dozens of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and contract guards responsible for the detention and removal of...

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Organizations Urge Oversight Hearings on Trump’s Immigration Executive Orders (House)
Mar13

Organizations Urge Oversight Hearings on Trump’s Immigration Executive Orders (House)

Recently, the Southern Border Communities Coalition joined over 130 organizations in a letter calling on the Senate and House Judiciary Committees to hold rigorous oversight hearings of the Trump immigration executive orders. Check out the letters below. Letter to the Senate Letter to the House...

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SBCC Statement on New Data Showing a Decline in  Apprehensions of Border Crossers
Mar09

SBCC Statement on New Data Showing a Decline in Apprehensions of Border Crossers

SAN DIEGO, CA –  U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently released data showing a decline in the apprehension of unauthorized border crossers. Andrea Guerrero, Executive Director of Alliance San Diego and Co-Chair of the Southern Border Communities Coalition, stated the following: “The flow of undocumented people to the United States has been low for several years, and the recent declines in apprehensions are consistent with...

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