The nearly 15 million people who call the Southern Border region home are part of a vibrant community that contributes to and strengthens our nation. But for decades, border communities have endured hyper militarization to the detriment of our economy, our safety, and our dignity. It’s time for common-sense border policies that revitalize, not militarize, our communities, and do the following:
1. Invest in fiscally responsible border enforcement.
a. Refuse to spend another cent on a costly wall that harms, not helps.
b. Invest in Land Ports (not walls) to facilitate cross-border traffic and trade.
c. Add customs inspectors (not more border patrol agents) to create jobs.
2. Increase oversight, accountability, and transparency of Customs and Border Protection.
a. Increase oversight by supporting investigators who monitor CBP.
b. Increase accountability by equipping CBP agents with body-worn cameras.
c. Increase transparency by requiring CBP reporting on corruption and abuse.
3. Protect civil rights and human life.
a. Protect civil liberties in the southern border and beyond.
b. Require data collection to address profiling concerns.
c. Mitigate border deaths with life-saving beacon stations and increased air support.
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