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New Directive Clarifies Existing Use of Force Policy at CBP

Written by on March 11, 2014 in Border, Customs and Border Patrol with 0 Comments
New Directive Clarifies Existing Use of Force Policy at CBP

In the wake of a leaked report exposing Border Patrol agents’ use of excessive force, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a new directive last Friday attempting, indirectly, to address some of the allegations.  The report, authored by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), stemmed from its review of CBP shooting incidents from January [...]

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Customs and Border Protection Conceals Scathing Audit of Border Patrol’s Use of Force Policy

Written by on March 3, 2014 in Border, Customs and Border Patrol with 0 Comments
Customs and Border Protection Conceals Scathing Audit of Border Patrol’s Use of Force Policy

In response to mounting allegations of unwarranted violence by U.S. Border Patrol agents, including culpability in over 40 border-related deaths, Congress ordered an investigation of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) use of force policies and practices. This investigation included an internal assessment by CBP, a review by the Office of Inspector General (OIG), and [...]

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Keeping CBP In Line With Proposed Reforms

Keeping CBP In Line With Proposed Reforms

In May 2010, Congress submitted a request to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for a review of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) policy on the use of force by border patrol agents. Drawing on recommendations from a hard-hitting report by DHS’s Office of Inspector General, as well as an internal review and an [...]

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Report Exposes Treatment of Asylum Seekers in U.S. Detention

Report Exposes Treatment of Asylum Seekers in U.S. Detention

Asylum seekers—often scarred by physical and mental trauma—seek safety and refuge from genocide, religious persecution, organized violence, or other life-threatening conditions. They embark on dangerous and lengthy journeys in hope of being welcomed at our borders. Instead, upon arrival, asylum seekers routinely are arrested, shackled, and sent to detention facilities where they may be subjected [...]

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Customs and Border Protection’s New “Use of Force” Initiatives Are Welcome First Steps

Customs and Border Protection’s New “Use of Force” Initiatives Are Welcome First Steps

The endemic use of force within U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) made national headlines in 2010 when Anastacio Hernandez Rojas, a 42-year old Mexican national living in San Diego, was killed by a Border Patrol Officer while in CBP custody. Since then, at least 18 other people have have died as the result of [...]

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Incentivizing Arrests for Border Patrol Agents

Incentivizing Arrests for Border Patrol Agents

Strengthening border security, including increasing the number of border patrol agents, continues to be a component of the latest immigration reform proposals, as they have in the past. What may be overlooked in these proposals is the administration’s call for enhanced training to protect civil rights. This is critical, given the results of a new [...]

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A Look at Immigrant Detention Facilities: Abuses and Proposed Reform

A Look at Immigrant Detention Facilities: Abuses and Proposed Reform

Last week, Detention Watch Network (DWN) launched its “Expose and Close” campaign, an initiative designed to reveal the egregious human rights violations taking place in immigrant detention facilities throughout the United States and to advocate for reform. As part of this campaign, DWN, in collaboration with human rights advocates, community organizers, legal service providers, and [...]

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