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Nominee for ICE Director Refuses to Back Down on Family Separation

Nominee for ICE Director Refuses to Back Down on Family Separation

Ronald Vitiello, President Trump’s nominee to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), had a nomination hearing in front of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on Thursday. He had previously served as the former deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), so he faced a committee eager to grill him about his […]

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President Trump Lies to the American Public About Asylum Seekers

President Trump Lies to the American Public About Asylum Seekers

On Thursday, President Donald Trump declared his administration would be taking drastic steps to prevent asylum seekers from coming to the United States. In a rambling speech filled with false and unverifiable claims, the president declared that he intended to detain thousands of asylum seekers—including families and children—in tent cities built by the military. Trump, […]

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5 Ways to Prevent the Next Migrant Caravan

5 Ways to Prevent the Next Migrant Caravan

Just two weeks ahead of the midterm elections, much attention is being placed on a migrant caravan of Central Americans making their way north through Mexico. Now reported to include more than 7,000 people, the mostly Honduran group is seeking protection from pervasive violence at home. Even though the southern border is more secure than […]

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Will the Trump Administration Begin Family Separations Again?

Will the Trump Administration Begin Family Separations Again?

The horrifying and tragic legacy of the Trump administration’s family separation policy—which allegedly ended by executive order in June this summer—is far from over. Even with many children still waiting to be reunited with their parents, the administration is considering resuming family separations once again. Nearly 250 migrant children reportedly remain separated from their parents. […]

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What the Government Considers the US Border May Surprise You

Written by on October 19, 2018 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
What the Government Considers the US Border May Surprise You

  When you think of a national border, you probably think of a defined edge—a place where one country ends and another begins. However, when it comes to federal immigration operations, the border extends many miles into the country. While those whose daily lives are negatively impacted by this overreach of federal immigration authority have […]

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A Caravan of Migrants Makes Its Way to the US, as Trump Threatens to Close the Border

A Caravan of Migrants Makes Its Way to the US, as Trump Threatens to Close the Border

Thousands of migrants—many of whom are mothers, fathers, and children fleeing their homes in violence-stricken areas of Central America—are traveling to the U.S.-Mexico border as part of an impromptu caravan. A majority of the estimated 4,000 migrants left last week from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, which has long ranked as one of the most violent […]

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New Court Filing Highlights the Government’s Official “Turnback Policy” for Asylum Seekers

New Court Filing Highlights the Government’s Official “Turnback Policy” for Asylum Seekers

Eight new asylum seekers joined a lawsuit last week that challenges U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials’ widespread and well-documented practice of turning back asylum seekers at U.S. ports of entry (POE) along the U.S.-Mexico border. The plaintiffs also amended the complaint in the lawsuit with new facts documenting an official “Turnback Policy” that […]

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DHS Secretary Nielsen Makes Laughable Claim That Agency Does Not Detain Children

DHS Secretary Nielsen Makes Laughable Claim That Agency Does Not Detain Children

Senators grilled Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen about the Trump administration’s harsh immigration policies, including its practice of detaining migrant children and families, at a hearing on Wednesday. The most jarring moment of the hearing was when Secretary Nielsen repeatedly refused to admit that her agency detains children. During the “Threats to […]

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A Record 13,300 Migrant Children Are Being Detained by the Trump Administration

A Record 13,300 Migrant Children Are Being Detained by the Trump Administration

The Trump administration is holding a record level of 13,300 migrant children in its custody, forcing the government to shift hundreds of millions of dollars to ensure there is enough money and bed space in Health and Human Services (HHS) facilities. This increase is largely due to the administration’s new policies and not an indication […]

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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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