Border Enforcement

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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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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Family Separation, Harsh Enforcement Tactics Do Not Deter Migration

Family Separation, Harsh Enforcement Tactics Do Not Deter Migration

When the Trump administration began prosecuting migrant families and separating thousands of children from their parents, many in the administration predicted this would significantly deter migrants looking to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. That has not been the case. A recent study based on new data from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shows this policy […]

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The Family Reunification Deadline Passed. What’s Next for Separated Families?

The Family Reunification Deadline Passed. What’s Next for Separated Families?

The court-imposed deadline of July 26 for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to reunite families separated at the southern border has passed. So far, over 1800 children have been released to their parents. However, the Trump administration has refused to reunite hundreds of others by excluding many families from the reunification process. It remains unclear how far the […]

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Despite Bipartisan Amendments, House Committee Passes Enforcement-Focused Bill

Despite Bipartisan Amendments, House Committee Passes Enforcement-Focused Bill

The House Appropriations Committee passed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill that provides the agency with its budget for Fiscal Year 2019, which begins October 1, 2018. The bill includes funding for record high levels of detention beds and billions for President Trump’s controversial border wall. Surprisingly, several amendments were attached that provide […]

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The Trump Administration Is Funneling Money From Health Programs to Fund Its Family Separation Policy

The Trump Administration Is Funneling Money From Health Programs to Fund Its Family Separation Policy

The cost of the Trump administration’s family separation policy continues to skyrocket. In order to finance its self-made crisis, the administration has dipped into funds that were reserved for the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) medical research and rural health services. The financial ramifications of separating, detaining, and reuniting migrant children and their […]

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Government Uses Separated Children as Leverage to Coerce Parents Into Signing for Deportation

Government Uses Separated Children as Leverage to Coerce Parents Into Signing for Deportation

Among the many questions presented by the separation of immigrant families at the border is whether detained parents are being coerced into signing paperwork ensuring their deportation. Without knowing whether or when they would see their children again, many parents may have unintentionally waived their right to seek asylum in a desperate attempt to speed […]

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