• Petitioned President Obama

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President Obama
President of the United States

President Obama: Bring Accountability to the Border NOW!

    1. Petition by

      Border Network for Human Rights

During the last 30 years our communities on the U.S.-Mexico border have lived with an unprecedented wave of enforcement policies, strategies, and programs. Some of those have been designed to protect our country from real threats. But the vast majority have been ill-conceived and based on unfounded fears and distorted opinions about our region. These include the presence of over 21,000 Border Patrol agents, 21,000 Customs officers, 450 miles of walls and fencing, the inexplicable deployment of the National Guard and the military joint task forces, drones and other military weapons and technologies, at least four of the so-called “seal the border operations,” miles of virtual fencing and an extraordinary number of detention centers that indefinitely incarcerate non-criminal immigrant families.

Mr. President, there is a mounting human rights crisis in our border region due to the unchecked expansion of this massive enforcement strategy. Within the last two decades we have reached the horrifying average of five hundred (500) people dying per year at our southern border. And in the last two years federal border enforcement agents have used lethal force and killed 8 people that appeared to represent no threat. Among those were 15-year-old Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca near El Paso, Texas, and Anastasio Hernandez Rojas in San Diego, California.

Several local and national advocacy and community organizations have documented hundreds of cases of misconduct and abuse inflicted by federal border agents on both border residents and immigrant families. Reports of unconstitutional stops and detentions, questionable road checkpoints, invasions of privacy, racial profiling, wrongful searches and arrests, physical and psychological abuses, illegal entries into property, wrongful deportations, denial of due process, and the frequent use of excessive force, among other human rights abuses, have emerged in very dangerous patterns that have created a culture of abuse in our communities.

Mr. President, how can you allow this situation to continue unchecked in flagrant contradiction to our American  ideals? There is no mechanism in place to assess how the single largest domestic enforcement strategy impacts the quality of life and rights of border residents. There is no credible venue through which to review the training and professionalism of border enforcement institutions. There is no independent body to investigate accusations of abuse and mistreatment by enforcement agents and agencies, nor a process to evaluate how fiscally responsible or how effective these programs might be.

This I why I ask you to exercise your executive authority to create a Border Enforcement Accountability and Oversight Commission that can assess, monitor and investigate all federal border and immigration policies, projects, programs, and activities, including those of DHS — Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) — and those of all other relevant agencies. 

The Commission’s broad purposes must be to require due process and equal protection of the law for all those present at and near the border, to promote best civil and human rights practices by border enforcement agents, to enhance the capacity within border agencies, and to strengthen the relationship between the impacted local community and government agencies.

I am asking you that this commission be independent of the government, have rule-making authority, and have subpoena power over border enforcement agencies. Most of all, it must comply with all human rights standards.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. Yesterday we launched the campaign!

      More than 300 people gathered on both side of the U.S.-Mexico border to demand justice and accountability for our border communities.

    3. Reached 50 signatures
    4. Estamos lista para marchar!

      EL PASO - Este 7 de junio, al conmemorarse dos años del fallecimiento del menor Sergio Adrián Hernández Güereca a manos de un agente de la Patrulla Fronteriza en El Paso, integrantes de la Red Fronteriza por los Derechos Humanos llevarán a cabo una marcha para exigir justicia.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Samuel Miller COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
      • almost 2 years ago

      This is America, and why have an Amendment, The FOURTH, that also happens to be our Right. It is flagrantly trampled upon by these illegal stops. Most of these "Check Points" are not ont the borders but nearly one hundred miles from it. We have a problem with illegal immigration; maybe one oif the problems is that our border patrol agent are not guarding the border, but are inland harassing We the People of the United States.

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    • Julie Romero ROCKFORD, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      Enough is enough.

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    • Alejandra Pérez CIUDAD LOPEZ MATEOS, MEXICO
      • about 2 years ago

      Human rights

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    • Irma Cruz EL PASO, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      We need Justice Everywhere!!!

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    • vanessa olguin LONG BEACH, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      My father migrated here from Mexico when he was 14 years old by himself to support his 11 brothers and sisters back home. He is now a citizen and works hard to provide for our family and family back in Mexico. Many immigrants are just trying to provide a better life for their families without any harm. Why should we responsible for harming them?

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