Biden’s Budget Betrays Immigrants and Border Communities - Southern Border Communities Coalition southernborder.org/biden_s_budget…
2) “The Defund Hate campaign and immigrant rights groups who monitor technology surveillance programs expressed frustration after President Biden released a Fiscal Year 2022 budget request of $8.4 billion for (ICE) and $16.3 billion for (CBP).”
3) “The president’s budget contradicts his commitments to help communities rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic and pursue government policies that end racial inequities, and instead continues to direct billions of taxpayer dollars toward agencies
4) “and private prison corporations which have a nearly 20-year pattern of fiscal mismanagement, separating families, and violating people’s civil and human rights.”
5) “Alarmingly, the budget encourages “continued expansion” of the 287(g) program despite President Biden’s promise to aggressively limit use of the program and terminate all 287(g) agreements entered into under the Trump administration. “

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30 May
🧵Okay, I’ve been asked for more info on my talk with @CBPSanDiego officer yesterday. So, here it is. I noticed this agent had spotted my shirt when I was about two people from him in the inspection line. He kept staring at me, shaking his head. So, when it was my turn, I gave
2) him my passport card. Without a word he flicked his hand towards a camera. I said, “I’m sorry, I don’t understand you.” He replied, “The camera.” Now you should now that I always am polite & calm with officers & agents. Always. I am also a white, nearly 50 year old
3) former Border Patrol agent who is not afraid of them. I carry a fair amount of privilege. I said, “Oh no sir. I chose to opt out.” @CBP is constantly taking video & pics as we stand there waiting. Then they have the nerve to want more. It’s invasive and unnecessary.
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29 May
🧵 At the largest Port in the world, San Ysidro, @CBPSanDiego we have one single file line for the entire port. They hide behind razor wire. Where I am standing is a wall. To the left is the car traffic. The line stretches into the neighboring streets & snakes around forever. Image
2) As you can imagine, people are pissed. You have Americans & residents pissed about waiting hours just because they came down for their meds, mentally unstable people who hang around the port, vendors, asylum seekers, the handicapped all waiting. Image
3) It’s actually quite dangerous for the @CBPSanDiego officers. I have witnessed Americans yelling & cursing them, a mentally ill man holding up the line demanding to be let in and young Americans cursing them out. It is a stressful situation for all. I cannot believe something
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28 May
🧵 It’s difficult to estimate the number of migrant deaths on our southern border from the “deterrence operations” that Border Patrol has been doing since 1994. Border Patrol estimates it at 10,000. However, for every missing report, Border Patrol only finds about 1/5.
2) So, conservatively that puts estimates at 50,000. We have to assume that many people don’t have missing reports made by family or friends. Either they do not have family, maybe they are afraid to call or maybe they do not have the resources to contact the Border Patrol.
3) I can say as an ex-agent that agents are discouraged from reporting bodies because ever since Pres. Clinton’s Operation Gatekeeper, the walls and militarization has dramatically increased deaths. “Deterrence operations” were designed to push migrants out to the more
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27 May
'Unacceptable' conditions at Fort Bliss migrant children shelter.
“…COVID-19, other infectious diseases and lice have grown rampant; that some contract caregivers lack adequate training to work with the children.” elpasotimes.com/story/news/202…
2) “More than 4,300 children who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border alone are being held in what official and inside sources say are dangerous and distressing conditions at an emergency shelter at Fort Bliss.”
3) “Children are receiving hot meals but are eating a repetitive diet, sources say, and some have inadequate access to showers and clean clothes.”
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2) Dogs used to hunt slaves:
3) Dogs used to hunt Jews:
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From Tecate to Campo, CA, along the border road, I saw only 5 Border Patrol agents and 1 of those was up on the checkpoint. No migrants. No hoards. No caravans. No agents being overwhelmed. No groups staging on south side.
2) We did see this Boulder with graffiti from Army Corps of Engineers:
3) This is the old railroad trestle that goes to Tecate, Mexico. Families can no longer take the Sunday train down for lunch. It’s really sad. The actual border line in halfway through the tunnel. I spent many working this area.
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