Customs and Border Protection

Report Documents Evidence of Migrant Shakedowns by Border Enforcement

Report Documents Evidence of Migrant Shakedowns by Border Enforcement

Imagine what it would be like to be in a foreign country, and law enforcement officials take your phone, identification and money. Then, what if you are moved through a series of short-term holding cells and then longer term detention facilities and eventually released by being deported to another country without any access to your […]

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President’s Plan for Border Security Could Make a Bad Situation Worse

President’s Plan for Border Security Could Make a Bad Situation Worse

The debate surrounding the Immigration Accountability Executive Actions that President Obama announced last month mostly has centered on the millions of unauthorized immigrants already living in the United States who are likely to receive a three-year reprieve from deportation. But there is another aspect of the president’s announcement that has received relatively little attention despite […]

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Civil Rights Complaint Documents Government’s Failure to Properly Screen Asylum Seekers

Civil Rights Complaint Documents Government’s Failure to Properly Screen Asylum Seekers

In a strong condemnation of Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) treatment of refugees, several organizations submitted a complaint to the Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (OCRCL) detailing the pervasive failure of CBP officers to properly screen individuals who fear persecution. The complaint supplements media accounts, and recent reports by […]

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Will CBP Actions Increase Transparency and Accountability?

Written by on September 24, 2014 in Customs and Border Protection with 0 Comments
Will CBP Actions Increase Transparency and Accountability?

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) frequently refers to itself as the nation’s largest law enforcement agency, yet many of its practices fail to live up to the expectations and standards by which modern, civilian police forces are measured. A constant barrage of advocacy and evidence pointing to CBP’s weaknesses in handling a range of complaints […]

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Inspector General Falls Short in Documenting Border Detention Conditions

Written by on September 16, 2014 in Customs and Border Protection, Detention with 2 Comments
Inspector General Falls Short in Documenting Border Detention Conditions

The deplorable conditions in U.S. Border Patrol—an agency within U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—detention facilities have been widely documented in numerous media accounts and NGO reports and challenged in federal lawsuits. Immigrant children and other immigrants detained in these facilities—often called “hieleras” or “iceboxes” because of their cold temperatures—consistently describe extremely crowded holding cells […]

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Whistleblower Alleges Cover-ups and Corruption at U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Written by on August 19, 2014 in Customs and Border Protection with 1 Comment
Whistleblower Alleges Cover-ups and Corruption at U.S. Customs and Border Protection

While allegations of abuse committed by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers are nothing new, it’s not every day that someone as high-ranking as the former head of the agency’s internal affairs office is the one blowing the whistle. In an interview with The Center for Investigative Reporting that was published on August 14, James […]

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Sealed UNHCR Report Warns of Poor Protections for Unaccompanied Mexican Children

Written by on July 28, 2014 in Children, Customs and Border Protection with 0 Comments
Sealed UNHCR Report Warns of Poor Protections for Unaccompanied Mexican Children

As the Obama administration struggles to fashion a humane yet practical response to the influx of unaccompanied children from Central America, the president’s request for $3.7 billion to deal with the situation is becoming entangled with the fate of the Trafficking Victims Protection and Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008. More precisely, a number of lawmakers—including […]

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Refugee Children Don’t Need More Immigration Enforcement

Refugee Children Don’t Need More Immigration Enforcement

A humanitarian crisis requires a humanitarian response. In the case of the unaccompanied children from Central America who are arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, this would include decent food, shelter, and medical attention while in U.S. custody. Even more crucial, it would include careful screening of each child’s case to determine if he or she […]

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Shake up at Customs and Border Protection Continues

Written by on June 10, 2014 in Border, Customs and Border Protection, Due Process with 1 Comment
Shake up at Customs and Border Protection Continues

News outlets are reporting the removal of Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) head of internal affairs, James Tomscheck—who has been temporarily replaced by a director of inspections from the Federal Bureau of Investigations. This was a follow-up to last week’s release of the enforcement agency’s new use-of-force policy and a critical review of the agency […]

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CBP Releases Report Critical of Agency, Issues Updated Use of Force Policy

CBP Releases Report Critical of Agency, Issues Updated Use of Force Policy

When Jeh Johnson took over as Secretary of Homeland Security, he committed to increased transparency of his law enforcement agencies, thus, building trust between the agencies and the communities in which they operate. Last week, in line with this pledge, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the […]

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