Abuses

Supreme Court Hears Case on Shooting of Sergio Hernandez by U.S. Border Patrol Agent

Written by on February 22, 2017 in Abuses, Enforcement, Federal Courts/Jurisdiction with 1 Comment
Supreme Court Hears Case on Shooting of Sergio Hernandez by U.S. Border Patrol Agent

Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—the federal agency which includes the Border Patrol—are rarely held accountable for their actions. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the case of Sergio Hernandez, a 15-year-old boy shot dead in 2010 in Mexico by a Border Patrol agent who fired on him from the U.S. side […]

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The Ongoing Mishandling of Migrants’ Possessions by CBP and ICE

Written by on December 21, 2016 in Abuses, Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
The Ongoing Mishandling of Migrants’ Possessions by CBP and ICE

Each year, tens of thousands of individuals are deported from the United States to Mexico without their personal belongings—including their identifications, money, and cell phones, among other possessions. Both U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have a serious and longstanding problem with handling the personal belongings of detained migrants […]

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Judge Orders Border Patrol to Immediately Provide Short Term Detainees with Basic Necessities

Judge Orders Border Patrol to Immediately Provide Short Term Detainees with Basic Necessities

A federal judge ordered the Border Patrol to immediately cease its practice of refusing to provide basic amenities to people detained in Border Patrol holding cells in Tucson, Arizona. The judge cited evidence that shows that detainees are kept in freezing holding cells—often called “hieleras” or “iceboxes” —for days without any access to showers or […]

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The Death Toll of Immigration Detention

Written by on November 1, 2016 in Abuses, Detention with 0 Comments
The Death Toll of Immigration Detention

Each year on November 1 and 2, people around the world celebrate the Day of the Dead—sometimes called All Souls Day or Día de los Muertos in Spanish—to remember and honor children and adults who have died. To date, since 2003, 165 people have died in immigration detention, including ten in Fiscal Year 2016 (ending […]

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Hearing Reveals Ongoing Civil Rights Abuses at Border Patrol Checkpoints

Written by on September 14, 2016 in Abuses, Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Hearing Reveals Ongoing Civil Rights Abuses at Border Patrol Checkpoints

Under current law, the Border Patrol is allowed to conduct certain enforcement activities within 100 miles of the U.S-Mexico border that it isn’t permitted to in areas further interior. In fact, some have dubbed this 100 mile radius a “constitution-free zone” because of the broad authority Border Patrol exercises there. One example of their activities […]

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Lengthy Detention and Reprehensible Conditions in Border Patrol Facilities, New Evidence Shows

Written by on August 18, 2016 in Abuses, Border Enforcement, Detention, Enforcement with 2 Comments
Lengthy Detention and Reprehensible Conditions in Border Patrol Facilities, New Evidence Shows

Each year, the Border Patrol—a division of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—holds hundreds of thousands of individuals in detention facilities near the U.S. southern border. These facilities are meant to hold individuals for a short time while they undergo initial processing and until a decision is made about the appropriate next step in their cases. […]

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Photographic Evidence of Conditions in CBP’s Short-Term Detention Facilities “Hieleras” Revealed

Written by on June 30, 2016 in Abuses, Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Photographic Evidence of Conditions in CBP’s Short-Term Detention Facilities “Hieleras” Revealed

A judge in Arizona unsealed photographs central to ongoing litigation challenging deplorable and unconstitutional conditions in Border Patrol’s short-term detention facilities in the Tucson Sector. The never-before-seen-photos show the inside of facilities known as “hieleras” or ice-boxes—a term coined by those held in the frigid concrete cells. The underlying case is Jane Doe, et al. […]

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This Lawsuit Seeks to Determine Whether Customs and Border Protection Has Improved Its Complaint System

Written by on June 6, 2016 in Abuses, Due Process & the Courts, Enforcement with 0 Comments
This Lawsuit Seeks to Determine Whether Customs and Border Protection Has Improved Its Complaint System

Two years ago, the American Immigration Council released an analysis of data it had obtained from the Department of Homeland Security detailing an utter lack of responsiveness to complaints filed against agents employed by United States Border Patrol. In fact, the report, No Action Taken: Lack of CBP Accountability in Responding to Complaints of Abuse […]

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CBP Officers Accused of Abusive Behavior at Ports Of Entry

Written by on May 19, 2016 in Abuses, Border Enforcement with 0 Comments
CBP Officers Accused of Abusive Behavior at Ports Of Entry

Residents along the U.S.-Mexico border in Western Texas and New Mexico face repeated abuse from U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP’s) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at ports of entry, including excessive use of force, verbal abuse, unwarranted searches and intimidation. These allegations of misconduct are all according to a complaint filed by the […]

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Two People Died in Immigration Detention This Week

Written by on May 4, 2016 in Abuses, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Two People Died in Immigration Detention This Week

For more than a decade, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been criticized for the inadequate medical care available in its detention facilities, which has had deadly repercussions. This week, two more people died while in ICE custody—Jose Leonardo Lemus Rajo, 23, of El Salvador and Igor Zyazin, 46, of Russia. Rajo, who was in […]

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