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Judge Orders Border Patrol to Immediately Provide Short Term Detainees with Basic Necessities

Judge Orders Border Patrol to Immediately Provide Short Term Detainees with Basic Necessities

A federal judge ordered the Border Patrol to immediately cease its practice of refusing to provide basic amenities to people detained in Border Patrol holding cells in Tucson, Arizona. The judge cited evidence that shows that detainees are kept in freezing holding cells—often called “hieleras” or “iceboxes” —for days without any access to showers or […]

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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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Government’s Treatment of Asylum Seekers Falling Short

Written by on August 10, 2016 in Asylum, Detention with 0 Comments
Government’s Treatment of Asylum Seekers Falling Short

Human Rights First (HRF) and the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) each released reports this month detailing the flawed treatment of asylum seekers in the United States. The USCIRF report, Barriers to Protection: The Treatment of Asylum Seekers in Expedited Removal, looks at the Department of Homeland Security’s overall process for asylum seekers, […]

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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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