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Custom and Border Protection Use–of-Force Data Raises More Questions

Written by on April 13, 2016 in Abuses, Enforcement with 1 Comment
Custom and Border Protection Use–of-Force Data Raises More Questions

Use-of-force by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 declined more than 26 percent compared with the previous year, according to statistics released last week by CBP. During FY 2015, which ended in September of last year, CBP reported 756 uses-of-force, down from the 1,037 in FY 2014 and 1,215 […]

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Customs and Border Protection Releases Independent Review of Its Complaints System

Written by on March 24, 2016 in Abuses, Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 1 Comment
Customs and Border Protection Releases Independent Review of Its Complaints System

As part of its announced efforts to become more transparent and accountable, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) just released the results of a review of its processes for handling allegations of employee misconduct. The review, which was conducted by an independent consulting firm and completed four months ago, yielded 19 findings and 62 recommendations. […]

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Flawed U.S. Response to Central American Refugees Reiterated by DHS Officials

Written by on February 24, 2016 in Enforcement, Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
Flawed U.S. Response to Central American Refugees Reiterated by DHS Officials

Top officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continue to believe that deporting families and children quickly deters others who are considering coming to the United States. This view was reiterated during a Senate Judiciary hearing about unaccompanied children this week, in statements made by DHS officials Ronald Vitiello, Deputy Chief of the Border […]

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Lengthy Detention and Deplorable Conditions the Norm in CBP Detention Centers

Written by on December 17, 2015 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
Lengthy Detention and Deplorable Conditions the Norm in CBP Detention Centers

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 a decision is made about where they go next, taking into account […]

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Operation Streamline: Ten Years of Criminalizing Immigrants

Written by on December 15, 2015 in Enforcement, Immigration Courts with 1 Comment
Operation Streamline: Ten Years of Criminalizing Immigrants

For the last 10 years, in federal courts across the Southwest border, the federal government has systematically prosecuted unlawful border crossers in group hearings with little-to-no due process. These prosecutions, often referred to as Operation Streamline, were intended to deter illegal entry and reentry. Instead, they have clogged up the federal courts and wasted precious […]

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Corruption Flourishes Within CBP

Written by on December 10, 2015 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
Corruption Flourishes Within CBP

In 2002, in the wake of 9/11, Congress and the White House embarked upon an unprecedented bureaucratic experiment: grafting together 22 federal agencies into a single entity that was supposed to protect the nation from terrorist attack or any other potential threat. The result was a multi-headed monstrosity known as the Department of Homeland Security […]

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Accountability Continues to Elude the Border Patrol

Written by on November 13, 2015 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
Accountability Continues to Elude the Border Patrol

A startling number of media accounts continue to demonstrate that the Border Patrol is an agency which is unable to control many of its agents and shows little willingness to provide accountability for its actions. Its agents frequently use force—sometimes deadly force—against people who do not represent a serious threat. Their agents are rarely disciplined […]

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Report: CBP Must Implement Body-Worn Cameras

Written by on November 9, 2015 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
Report: CBP Must Implement Body-Worn Cameras

Since the incidents in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014, the use of body-worn cameras has been steadily on the rise. It was a major focus of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, which was established to “provide meaningful solutions to help law enforcement agencies and communities strengthen trust and collaboration.” Yet, there has […]

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CBP Releases Use of Force Breakdown: Unclear What It Means

Written by on October 21, 2015 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
CBP Releases Use of Force Breakdown: Unclear What It Means

Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released a yearly report on the number of use of force incidents. The report stated that use of force incidents by officers and agents were down 26 percent from the previous year, from 1,037 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 to 768 in FY 2015. The announcement was […]

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Indictment of Border Patrol Agent for Murder Provides Some Much-Needed Accountability

Written by on September 30, 2015 in Abuses with 0 Comments
Indictment of Border Patrol Agent for Murder Provides Some Much-Needed Accountability

Justice was served on September 23, when a federal grand jury indicted Border Patrol agent Lonnie Swartz for the second-degree murder of 16-year-old José Antonio Elena Rodríguez in Nogales, Mexico, in October of 2012. Rodríguez was shot at least eight times. Seven of the bullets hit him in the back. Swartz claimed self-defense, saying that […]

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