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New Reports Undermine Obama Administration’s Claims About Deportations

New Reports Undermine Obama Administration’s Claims About Deportations

Immigrant advocates and serious researchers have known for years that the deportation dragnet cast by the Obama administration is capturing thousands and thousands of people who pose no serious threat to public safety. This week, the New York Times and the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University each independently confirmed this conclusion. They [...]

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The Challenge of Measuring Immigration Enforcement in the United States

The Challenge of Measuring Immigration Enforcement in the United States

The effectiveness of immigration enforcement policies in the United States cannot simply be reduced to removal numbers. In other words, the system’s functionality and fairness cannot be determined by counting how many individuals a president deports each year. An honest analysis should include an understanding of what belies the numbers, as well as a look [...]

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New Website Documents Border Patrol Abuses

New Website Documents Border Patrol Abuses

An alliance of immigration advocacy groups launched HoldCBPAccountable.org, a website that catalogues lawsuits and administrative complaints brought against U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The American Immigration Council, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties have joined forces to document litigation that [...]

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New Directive Clarifies Existing Use of Force Policy at CBP

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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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Capture of ‘El Chapo’ Demonstrates Effective Border Enforcement

Capture of ‘El Chapo’ Demonstrates Effective Border Enforcement

The recent capture in Mazatlan of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, leader of the infamous Sinaloa cartel, is an example of targeted border enforcement that actually enhances border security. Although El Chapo was captured by Mexican marines, the information that led them to his doorstep came in no small measure from intelligence provided by U.S. law [...]

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Miranda-like Warning for Immigrants Argued in Ninth Circuit

Miranda-like Warning for Immigrants Argued in Ninth Circuit

Courts have long recognized that the Constitution requires police officers to inform arrested suspects of their rights—called Miranda warnings in criminal cases—before questioning them about crimes they are accused of committing. The risk is too great that a suspect who is not free to leave and is unaware of his rights would confess only due [...]

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New Study Highlights Causes of Return Migration to Mexico

New Study Highlights Causes of Return Migration to Mexico

Mexicans and Americans Working Together (MATT) have presented the results of a new study that highlights some recent, significant shifts in return migration from the United States to Mexico. One of the merits of this study is that it reminds us of the dynamic and bi-directional nature of migratory flows between the two countries. Between [...]

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Nuevos Informes Revelan Cultura de Crueldad dentro de la Patrulla Fronteriza

Nuevos Informes Revelan Cultura de Crueldad dentro de la Patrulla Fronteriza

Esta semana el American Immigration Council publicó dos nuevos informes que muestran a las claras ciertos patrones sistemáticos en el uso de la fuerza por parte de la Patrulla Fronteriza de los Estados Unidos. En particular, los informes ponen en evidencia una serie de abusos, tanto físicos como verbales, ejercidos contra inmigrantes indocumentados durante el [...]

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New Reports Expose Subculture of Cruelty Within the U.S. Border Patrol

New Reports Expose Subculture of Cruelty Within the U.S. Border Patrol

There is a subculture of cruelty within the Border Patrol—and, more broadly, within the entire machinery of the U.S. deportation regime. From the ranks of frontline Border Patrol agents to the guards in private, for-profit detention facilities, the abuse of detainees is widely tolerated and even accepted. This is the central finding to emerge from [...]

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