Amendment is a Non-Starter for Border Communities
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 20, 2013 — CAMBIO, the Campaign for an Accountable, Moral, and Balanced Immigration Overhaul, released statements from local elected officials from border states in response to the Amendment offered by Sens. Corker and Hoeven, which calls for an additional 20,000 border patrol agents, increased drone surveillance, and an additional 700 miles of border fencing at an estimated cost of $48 billion over 10 years.
Border Overkill Not Security
Senate Deal Threatens Communities
CAMBIO, the Campaign for Accountable, Moral and Balanced Immigration Overhaul, urges the U.S. Senate to reject the proposed border enforcement compromise that will affect millions of people living in the region.
Christian Ramirez, Director of the Southern Border Communities Coalition on behalf of CAMBIO, said:
“This compromise represents a bad deal for border communities and the American people. It is nothing less than an empty promise of border security and an extreme, excessive and expensive political calculation. This is a backroom political deal at the expense of the millions of Americans living in our border communities.”
CAMBIO believes the following elements are essential to responsible enforcement activity in the border region:
- Monitor Use of Force: Equip all 20,000+ border agents with lapel cameras to deter abuse, protect against unfounded allegations of abuse, and restore trust in agents.
- Keep Border Patrol at the Border: Exclude urban and other sensitive areas from drone and other invasive surveillance.
- Protect 4th Amendment Rights in the Southwest: Reduce existing power without a warrant granted to CBP from 100 to 25 miles to board vehicles, and from 25 to 10 miles to enter onto private property (not dwellings) with sector-by-sector exceptions where DHS can justify the exception.
- Mitigate Migrant Deaths: Deploy 1,000 distress beacons in the desert to save migrants and others who fall into distress because of heat and other circumstances.
- Strengthen Border Oversight Task Force: Add subpoena power and limit Border Patrol role on Task Force to avoid conflict of interest.
- Modernize and Staff Ports of Entry: Our southern land ports are the nation’s cash register facilitating trade with Mexico that is driving our regional and national economy and creating jobs.
Every day in America, 1,500 fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and friends are taken away and locked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Detention and deportation has devastated too many homes by tearing families apart.
It’s Time to Take Action. Tell your Senators to help keep families together.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
CAMBIO is a diverse group of organizations advocating for laws and policies that create a fair system for immigrants to become citizens; bans indefinite detention; allows due process for all Americans; makes enforcement systems accountable; protects civil and human rights; encourages a better border to protect the quality of life in the borderlands, prevents the abuse of vulnerable Americans; and keeps families together.
American Civil Liberties Union | ACLU Regional Center for Border Rights | Border Network for Human Rights | Detention Watch Network | National Day Laborer Organizing Network | National Domestic Workers Alliance | National Guestworker Alliance | National Immigration Law Center | Rights Working Group | Southern Border Communities Coalition | Immigrant Justice Network | Northern Borders Coalition
OUR STRATEGIC PARTNERS
American Immigration Lawyers Association | The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.