Customs and Border Protection

Commissioner Kerlikowske Offers Vision of Change at CBP

Written by on April 24, 2015 in Customs and Border Protection, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Commissioner Kerlikowske Offers Vision of Change at CBP

On Thursday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP’s) Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske answered questions from the House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee regarding CBP’s budget, and more generally his first year on the job. Kerlikowske’s seeming rationality, and openness to administrative changes, provided an alternative to the enforcement-first strategy that has marked Congress’ approach to border security. […]

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Challenging CBP’s Failure to Respond to FOIA Requests

Written by on March 16, 2015 in Customs and Border Protection with 0 Comments
Challenging CBP’s Failure to Respond to FOIA Requests

A class action lawsuit was recently filed by three immigration attorneys and eleven noncitizens challenging U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) nationwide practice of failing to respond to requests for case information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in a timely manner. Brown et al. v. U.S. Customs and Border Protection alleges that routine […]

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Documenting Ongoing Border Patrol Abuses

Written by on March 12, 2015 in Border, Customs and Border Protection with 3 Comments
Documenting Ongoing Border Patrol Abuses

Last month, following a five day trial, a United States district court ordered the United States to pay almost $500,000 to Jesus Castro Romo, for injuries he sustained after a U.S. Border Patrol agent shot him in the back. Mr. Castro had been walking through the desert when a Border Patrol agent on horseback approached […]

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DHS Funding Controversy Over, But Enforcement-First Approach Remains

DHS Funding Controversy Over, But Enforcement-First Approach Remains

Over five months into fiscal year 2015, the President on Wednesday finally signed the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’) appropriations bill, after Congress twice narrowly averted shutting down the agency. Congressional members called it a “clean” bill, without House Republicans’ efforts to repeal President Obama’s recent executive actions (well within the President’s authority). But the […]

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Government Report Blasts Border Patrol Drones as Ineffective, Wasteful

Government Report Blasts Border Patrol Drones as Ineffective, Wasteful

Over the past decade, as the government has pursued an “enforcement first” strategy, U.S. Border Patrol enforcement has exploded with devastating consequences. Border Patrol has used excessive force without accountability while costing taxpayers $8 billion annually, with little clear impact on migration. Amongst this spending, as a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General report […]

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Can the Border Patrol Change Its Ways?

Written by on January 5, 2015 in Customs and Border Protection with 3 Comments
Can the Border Patrol Change Its Ways?

In the year just ended, the U.S. Border Patrol and its parent agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), found themselves subject to an unprecedented level of public scrutiny. Crimes committed by Border Patrol agents—ranging from accepting bribes to shooting people in the back—no longer remained shrouded in secrecy. Rather, journalists, advocates, and investigators began […]

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Top Five Immigration Stories of 2014

Top Five Immigration Stories of 2014

This year, the narrative on immigration swung from hope that the House of Representatives would follow the Senate’s lead and act on comprehensive immigration reform legislation to hopelessness when Republican leaders refused to act. Then attention turned to anticipation of the President’s announcement of temporary executive actions to improve the nation’s immigration system. Also, over […]

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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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