Border Enforcement

By Eliminating the Polygraph Test, Corruption among Border Agencies Could Run Rampant

By Eliminating the Polygraph Test, Corruption among Border Agencies Could Run Rampant

The House and Senate Homeland Security Committees took action this month on two nearly identical bills that seek to fast-track the hiring of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers and Agents by weakening CBP hiring standards. If passed, these bills would eliminate critical polygraph requirements that are widely used in federal law enforcement, a measure […]

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What’s Causing the Decline in Border Crossings?

Written by on May 11, 2017 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
What’s Causing the Decline in Border Crossings?

New government data points to a decline in apprehensions of undocumented immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border over the past few months. This can be attributed to a range of factors, only one of which might be the get-tough immigration enforcement policies of the Trump administration. Apprehensions normally rise and fall over the course of the year, […]

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Congress Is Checking the Trump Administration on Their Immigration Agenda

Congress Is Checking the Trump Administration on Their Immigration Agenda

After threats of a government shutdown echoed throughout Capitol Hill in early May, Congress finally passed a bill to fund the government through the remainder of the Fiscal Year. Though much of the attention centered on the lack of funding for a border wall and massive detention expansion—there was another aspect to the funding bill […]

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Tracking the Trump Immigration Agenda and What Comes Next

Tracking the Trump Immigration Agenda and What Comes Next

What can the first 100 days of the Trump administration tell us about how immigration will be handled in the next 100 days and beyond? Since his inauguration, President Trump has prioritized making splashy announcements on a range of issues to show his supporters that he can make good on campaign promises. He hit immigration […]

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Spike in Corruption Followed Last Hiring Surge at CBP and ICE

Spike in Corruption Followed Last Hiring Surge at CBP and ICE

When President Trump signed three immigration executive orders in January of this year, much of the attention was focused on the travel ban and border wall. But within those orders is another proposal that is equally troubling: his call for hiring 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents and 10,000 additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers. […]

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Sessions Reveals Plan to Ramp up Prosecutions of Low Level Immigration Offenses

Sessions Reveals Plan to Ramp up Prosecutions of Low Level Immigration Offenses

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a shift in policy for the Department of Justice on Tuesday, directing U.S. Attorneys to prioritize criminal immigration enforcement and drastically expand federal court prosecutions of immigration violators across the nation. Operation Streamline and other border enforcement programs—where some border crossers are referred by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to […]

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Border Wall May Be an Expensive Solution to a Nonexistent Problem

Written by on March 27, 2017 in Border Enforcement, Demographics, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Border Wall May Be an Expensive Solution to a Nonexistent Problem

If the Trump administration fulfills its promise to build a “big, beautiful wall” along the entire length of the U.S.-Mexico border, it will be a very costly solution to a problem that no longer exists—and may not exist again for a very long time. A report from the Brookings Institution has concluded that changes in […]

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Homeland Security Unions Testify in Support of More Staff but Not a Border Wall

Homeland Security Unions Testify in Support of More Staff but Not a Border Wall

As part of the President’s immigration executive order on Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was directed to hire 5,000 additional border patrol agents and 10,000 additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers. With record numbers of ICE officers and Border Patrol agents already in place, it is unclear […]

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America’s Treatment of Asylum Seekers Reviewed by Regional Human Rights Body

America’s Treatment of Asylum Seekers Reviewed by Regional Human Rights Body

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) heard testimony today about policies that prevent access to the U.S. asylum process for those fleeing grave danger in their home countries. U.S. law guarantees the right to seek asylum to all who flee persecution and arrive at our border looking for protection. And yet, the testimony heard […]

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President Seeks Billions of Taxpayer Dollars to Support Harsh Immigration Enforcement

President Seeks Billions of Taxpayer Dollars to Support Harsh Immigration Enforcement

President Trump released a preview of his Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget request this week, as well as a request for supplemental funds for this current year (FY 2017). These proposals would begin to fund a border wall and increase immigration detention and deportations. Both requests would also expand the already record levels of immigration […]

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