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Human Rights

CBP Hires First Outsider to Lead Border Patrol

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016

In a welcomed sign, Commissioner Kerlikowske Breaks with 92-year old Tradition Washington D.C. /Southern Border Region – Today, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection...

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Educational Equity

Alliance San Diego Applauds SDUSD for Preparing Students for 21st Century

Posted by on May 25, 2016

Alliance San Diego celebrates the Class of 2016 in San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) for being on track to graduate at a record-breaking 92 percent. This class of 2016...

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Inclusive Democracy

San Marcos poised to shake up voting system

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016

San Marcos is poised to become the second North County city to elect City Council members by district, after being threatened with a lawsuit alleging its at-large elections...

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Community Development

A Big Thank You From Alliance San Diego

Posted by on May 24, 2016

Our “I Have a Voice” campaign is now over and we thank you for sharing Alliance San Diego’s vision of creating a San Diego where all people can achieve their...

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Alliance Updates

2016 Neighborhoods Rising Institute

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Apply for the Neighborhoods Rising Institute, July 27th-August 7th

 

Alliance San Diego is seeking applicants for its annual Neighborhoods Rising Institute, a summer leadership development program designed to empower and educate community leaders on local progressive efforts, best civic engagement practices, and social justice issues pertinent to moving San Diego in a progressive direction where all residents can achieve their full potential. We are seeking leaders who are interested in making a difference in their community.

 

NRI participants will attend learning sessions (5 days) and will also participate in a real community outreach operation (a field component-5 days). Participants will have an opportunity to engage residents in selected San Diego neighborhoods on local issues, gather feedback, encourage civic participation, and provide information on community resources available to them. Participants in the summer institute will receive a $500 stipend for their participation in the program, as well as the opportunity to continue as part of our Fall Civic Engagement Program through November 8th.

The Supreme Court of the United States Puts Immigration Relief on Hold

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A 4-4 split decision leaves expanded DACA (DACA+) and DAPA in limbo.

San Diego, CA- Today, The Supreme Court of the United States in a 4-4 tie was not able to come to a decision on President Obama’s 2014 deferred action initiatives delaying the ability to keep families together.  Deferred Action for Parents of American and Lawful Permanent residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The actions would have provided immigration relief to an estimated 5 million undocumented immigrants nationwide and more than 100,000 in San Diego and Imperial Counties.
The 4-4 split means that the two new programs President Obama announced in 2014, DAPA and expanded DACA (DACA+), are still on hold. This means that another case winding its way up to the Supreme Court could challenge the Fifth Circuit decision. The United States v. Texas case will now be sent back to the Texas district court to determine whether the programs are constitutional.

San Marcos poised to shake up voting system

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San Marcos is poised to become the second North County city to elect City Council members by district, after being threatened with a lawsuit alleging its at-large elections disenfranchise Latino voters.

Mayor Jim Desmond said Tuesday that nothing’s set in stone, but that the proposed change will be hammered out in public hearings in the coming weeks and months. He said it was “prudent” to move to district elections in the face of a potential lawsuit.

CBP Hires First Outsider to Lead Border Patrol

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In a welcomed sign, Commissioner Kerlikowske Breaks with 92-year old Tradition

Washington D.C. /Southern Border Region – Today, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that Mark Morgan has been selected as the new Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol.

Mark Morgan has over two decades experience with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement agencies. In 2014 he was tapped by Chief Kerlikowske to temporarily lead CBP’s internal affairs office and review complaints of excessive use of force in the Border Patrol, the outcome of which are still pending release to the general public.

Christian Ramírez, Director of the Southern Border Communities Coalition and Human Rights Director at Alliance San Diego, states the following:

“We commend the decision of CBP Commissioner Kerlikowske to select Mark Morgan as head of the United States Border Patrol. The unprecedented decision to appoint a non-Border Patrol agent to lead one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the country is welcomed news for southern border residents. The selection of Chief Morgan signals a recognition of the urgent need to make a clean break from the culture of violence and impunity that has plagued the U.S. Border Patrol. We look forward to our continued working relationship with Chief Morgan to ensure that Border Patrol reflect the highest professional policing practices by implementing sorely needed transparency, oversight, and accountability reforms.”