Border Enforcement

Customs and Border Protection Inches Forward in Deployment of Body-Worn Cameras

Written by on September 20, 2016 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Customs and Border Protection Inches Forward in Deployment of Body-Worn Cameras

For over two years, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has examined body-worn cameras to see if this technology which is quickly becoming standard police practice, should be used by its agents and officers. In their most recent step forward in implementing body-worn cameras for its agents and officers, CBP announced last week they will be […]

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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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Why “Family Detention” is a Misnomer

Why “Family Detention” is a Misnomer

More than two years after the Obama Administration launched its aggressive expansion of family detention in an attempt to “deter” the arrival of asylum-seeking Central American families, numerous problems associated with such practice have been brought to light. One such issue is the separation of family units while in U.S. custody. A report released this […]

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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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Donald Trump’s Shortsighted Immigration Plans Won’t Secure the Homeland

Written by on August 16, 2016 in Border Enforcement, Elections, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Donald Trump’s Shortsighted Immigration Plans Won’t Secure the Homeland

As any serious national security expert will tell you, trying to find a potential terrorist by treating all immigrants or Muslims as security risks is far too vague to be effective. Accurate intelligence and effective information-sharing across agencies is the key to national security—not profiling. Yet in a bombastic August 15 speech, Republican presidential nominee […]

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Why 22 Mothers Are On a Hunger Strike at the Berks Family Detention Facility

Written by on August 15, 2016 in Border Enforcement, Detention, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Why 22 Mothers Are On a Hunger Strike at the Berks Family Detention Facility

In protest of their families’ ongoing and prolonged detention in the Berks County Residential Center, a group of mothers began a hunger strike on Monday, August 8. They penned a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson explaining why: We left our homes in Central America to escape corruption, threats, and violence. We […]

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FOIA Documents Reveal Government Always Knew Flores Settlement Applies to All Children

FOIA Documents Reveal Government Always Knew Flores Settlement Applies to All Children

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that the 1997 settlement in Flores v. Reno—which governs the detention, treatment and release of immigrant children—covers both unaccompanied and accompanied minors. This was a direct repudiation of the position the government took while defending its family detention policies in court. The government argued that the Flores […]

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New Book Documents 10 Years of Operation Streamline

New Book Documents 10 Years of Operation Streamline

For more than 10 years, the federal government has operated a program in federal courts along the Southwest border targeting unauthorized border crossers for criminal prosecution. The program, known as Operation Streamline, has long been criticized for its group hearings—up to 75 people at once—that provide little or no due process to those processed through […]

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Government Reverses Policy on Using Border Agents as Translators

Written by on July 5, 2016 in Border Enforcement with 0 Comments
Government Reverses Policy on Using Border Agents as Translators

In December 2012, then acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) David Aguilar had announced a policy restricting his agencies’ officers and agents from acting as interpreters for state or local law enforcement agencies—which had become a common practice along the northern and southern borders. However, just last month, current CBP Commissioner, Gil Kerlikowske reversed […]

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Paul Ryan’s New Border Security Plan Is More of the Same

Paul Ryan’s New Border Security Plan Is More of the Same

This week Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan (R-WI) introduced his national security agenda, which included a plan to “secure the border.” As part of that plan, Speaker Ryan says, “America must secure the border once and for all by accelerating the deployment of fencing, technology, air assets, and personnel.” Ryan’s plan is […]

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