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Two Border Patrol Agents Charged with Murder Highlights the Need for Robust Hiring Standards

Written by on September 19, 2018 in Abuses, Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Two Border Patrol Agents Charged with Murder Highlights the Need for Robust Hiring Standards

For the second time this year, a Border Patrol agent has been charged with murdering multiple people in Texas. Both agents were hired nearly a decade ago amidst a surge in staffing that backfired on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in many ways, resulting in Congress passing an act to improve hiring practices. However, […]

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As Florence Hits US, Trump Administration Diverts Funds for Disaster Relief Towards Immigration Enforcement

Written by on September 14, 2018 in Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments
As Florence Hits US, Trump Administration Diverts Funds for Disaster Relief Towards Immigration Enforcement

As Hurricane Florence pummels the southeastern United States, newly released Department of Homeland Security (DHS) documents show that a total of $200 million—including $10 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)—was transferred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during the summer of 2018. This transfer of funds, which allows the agency to have […]

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Government Agrees to Give Some Separated Families A Second Chance to Seek Asylum

Government Agrees to Give Some Separated Families A Second Chance to Seek Asylum

In a tentative partial settlement agreement reached with lawyers representing parents and children who were separated as a result of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, the government has agreed to give thousands of parents and children a second chance to seek asylum. Organizations have argued that parents were so traumatized by the separation from […]

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For $182 Million a Year, the Military Is Being Used at the Border to Shovel Manure and Conduct Other Menial Labor

Written by on September 10, 2018 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
For $182 Million a Year, the Military Is Being Used at the Border to Shovel Manure and Conduct Other Menial Labor

The Pentagon recently announced that up to 4,000 National Guard troops will remain deployed on the U.S.-Mexico border through September 2019, following a 12-month extension authorized by Defense Secretary James Mattis. But the nature of the military service members’ work at the border—which is mostly menial labor—will still cost millions. The original deployment order, set […]

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Trump Administration Proposes Regulations in ‘Flores’ to Detain Migrant Children Longer in Unsafe Conditions

Trump Administration Proposes Regulations in ‘Flores’ to Detain Migrant Children Longer in Unsafe Conditions

The Trump administration is proposing new regulations to indefinitely detain immigrant children at the border and keep them in unsafe conditions, creating a false choice between separating families or detaining children indefinitely. This misguided effort would continue the administration’s pattern of inflicting needless suffering on asylum-seeking children. The Flores Settlement Agreement (“Flores”) is a decades-old […]

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Court Allows Lawsuit Challenging CBP’s Practice of Turning Away Asylum Seekers to Proceed

Court Allows Lawsuit Challenging CBP’s Practice of Turning Away Asylum Seekers to Proceed

In a blow to the Trump administration, a federal court in California recently allowed a class action lawsuit to move forward challenging U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) practice of turning away asylum seekers at the border. The lawsuit, Al Otro Lado v. Nielsen, was brought in 2017 by six individual asylum seekers and the […]

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Medical Neglect and Abuse Reported at Atlanta Immigration Detention Center

Written by on August 30, 2018 in Abuses, Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Medical Neglect and Abuse Reported at Atlanta Immigration Detention Center

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) currently uses hundreds of detention centers throughout the country to hold individuals in immigration proceedings. Many of these facilities have a concerning record, with appalling conditions and treatment of individuals under ICE’s custody. A recent report from Project South and Georgia Detention Watch highlights such issues at the Atlanta […]

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Asylum Seekers Challenge Spending Months Locked Up Without Interviews or Bond Hearings

Asylum Seekers Challenge Spending Months Locked Up Without Interviews or Bond Hearings

Earlier this year, the Trump administration launched its “zero tolerance” policy, aimed at punishing immigrants, including asylum seekers, who enter the United States without authorization. Among its many inhumane effects, this policy is leaving asylum seekers to languish in detention for weeks or months without the opportunity to present their asylum claims or request release […]

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Government Coerced Parents into Signing Their Rights Away Before Being Reunited with Their Children

Written by on August 23, 2018 in Abuses, Asylum, Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Government Coerced Parents into Signing Their Rights Away Before Being Reunited with Their Children

In all the chaos of family separation, another disturbing detail has come to light: immigration officials may have coerced vulnerable parents into signing away their right to be reunified with their children. In a complaint filed on Thursday with the DHS Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, organizations allege that Immigration and Customs Enforcement […]

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Detention Is Not the Solution to Family Separation: 15 Years of Government Data Explain Why

Written by on August 16, 2018 in Asylum, Detention, Enforcement, Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
Detention Is Not the Solution to Family Separation: 15 Years of Government Data Explain Why

In the wake of the government separating thousands of asylum-seeking families, the Trump administration has scrambled to reunite families. In place of family separation, the administration is pursuing the expansion of an equally horrific practice: holding families in detention camps. This practice has sadly persisted in the United States since 2001. Neither option—separation or detention—is […]

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