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Border Patrol Criminally Prosecuting Asylum Seekers, Government Report Finds

Written by on June 11, 2015 in Courts, Customs and Border Protection with 0 Comments
Border Patrol Criminally Prosecuting Asylum Seekers, Government Report Finds

For years, the Border Patrol program “Operation Streamline” has criminally prosecuted asylum seekers in a terribly misguided effort to discourage them from reentering illegally again. A recent U.S. government report from DHS’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) said this practice may “violate U.S. treaty obligations.” Specifically, according to the OIG, the “use of Streamline” to […]

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Immigrants Kept for Days in Border Patrol’s Bedless Holding Cells

Immigrants Kept for Days in Border Patrol’s Bedless Holding Cells

Every day, over a thousand individuals are held in Border Patrol detention facilities near the U.S. southern border. These facilities are notorious for freezing cold temperatures, overcrowded conditions and lack of any bedding or beds. In addition, they routinely lack adequate food, water, and medical care. The reality is that these facilities are not designed […]

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Documenting Ongoing Border Patrol Abuses

Written by on March 12, 2015 in Border, Customs and Border Protection with 3 Comments
Documenting Ongoing Border Patrol Abuses

Last month, following a five day trial, a United States district court ordered the United States to pay almost $500,000 to Jesus Castro Romo, for injuries he sustained after a U.S. Border Patrol agent shot him in the back. Mr. Castro had been walking through the desert when a Border Patrol agent on horseback approached […]

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House to Vote on Bill to Further Militarize the U.S. Border

Written by on January 23, 2015 in Border, National Legislation with 0 Comments
House to Vote on Bill to Further Militarize the U.S. Border

With the start of the 114th Republican-controlled Congress, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, introduced H.R. 399, the “Secure Our Borders First” Act. McCaul introduced the new bill exclusively with Republican co-sponsors unlike his 2013 bill, the Border Security Results Act, that had four Democratic co-sponsors. But examining the bill’s […]

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Government Report Blasts Border Patrol Drones as Ineffective, Wasteful

Government Report Blasts Border Patrol Drones as Ineffective, Wasteful

Over the past decade, as the government has pursued an “enforcement first” strategy, U.S. Border Patrol enforcement has exploded with devastating consequences. Border Patrol has used excessive force without accountability while costing taxpayers $8 billion annually, with little clear impact on migration. Amongst this spending, as a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General report […]

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Can the Border Patrol Change Its Ways?

Written by on January 5, 2015 in Customs and Border Protection with 3 Comments
Can the Border Patrol Change Its Ways?

In the year just ended, the U.S. Border Patrol and its parent agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), found themselves subject to an unprecedented level of public scrutiny. Crimes committed by Border Patrol agents—ranging from accepting bribes to shooting people in the back—no longer remained shrouded in secrecy. Rather, journalists, advocates, and investigators began […]

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Shake up at Customs and Border Protection Continues

Written by on June 10, 2014 in Border, Customs and Border Protection, Due Process with 1 Comment
Shake up at Customs and Border Protection Continues

News outlets are reporting the removal of Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) head of internal affairs, James Tomscheck—who has been temporarily replaced by a director of inspections from the Federal Bureau of Investigations. This was a follow-up to last week’s release of the enforcement agency’s new use-of-force policy and a critical review of the agency […]

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CBP Releases Report Critical of Agency, Issues Updated Use of Force Policy

CBP Releases Report Critical of Agency, Issues Updated Use of Force Policy

When Jeh Johnson took over as Secretary of Homeland Security, he committed to increased transparency of his law enforcement agencies, thus, building trust between the agencies and the communities in which they operate. Last week, in line with this pledge, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the […]

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Unaccompanied Children Deserve Fair Representation in Immigration Courts

Unaccompanied Children Deserve Fair Representation in Immigration Courts

News stories and NGO reports continue to document the plight of “unaccompanied children,” and their complex legal issues were brought to the attention of Congress when Attorney General Eric Holder told the House Judiciary Committee last month that the Department of Justice needs to do more to address the problem of unaccompanied children in immigration […]

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New Website Documents Border Patrol Abuses

New Website Documents Border Patrol Abuses

An alliance of immigration advocacy groups launched HoldCBPAccountable.org, a website that catalogues lawsuits and administrative complaints brought against U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The American Immigration Council, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties have joined forces to document litigation that […]

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