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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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New Directive Clarifies Existing Use of Force Policy at CBP

Written by on March 11, 2014 in Border, Customs and Border Patrol with 0 Comments
New Directive Clarifies Existing Use of Force Policy at CBP

In the wake of a leaked report exposing Border Patrol agents’ use of excessive force, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a new directive last Friday attempting, indirectly, to address some of the allegations.  The report, authored by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), stemmed from its review of CBP shooting incidents from January [...]

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Groups File Legal Claims Against Border Patrol In Abuse Cases

Groups File Legal Claims Against Border Patrol In Abuse Cases

While the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) immigration officers have broad authority to detain and ultimately deport noncitizens, they are generally not authorized to detain U.S. citizens and certainly cannot deport them. Yet, that is essentially what happened to a four-year-old U.S. citizen.  In March 2011, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a component of [...]

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Removals Remain the Starkest Measure of Immigration Enforcement

Removals Remain the Starkest Measure of Immigration Enforcement

For more than a decade, the general thrust of U.S. immigration policy has been aimed at expanding the grounds of removal and the tools for facilitating deportations from the country. Not surprisingly, this has come at an enormous cost. Although the figure has been disputed by restrictionists, a report from the Migration Policy Institute recently [...]

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New Border Patrol Strategy Changes Rhetoric More than Substance

New Border Patrol Strategy Changes Rhetoric More than Substance

The U.S. Border Patrol’s newly released strategic plan is a decidedly mixed bag when it comes to border security—just like the Border Patrol’s last strategic plan, released in 2004. On the plus side, both documents advocate an intelligence-driven, risk-based approach to border security which focuses on the greatest security threats. Both plans also call for [...]

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More Evidence that Hostile Immigration Enforcement Compromises Public Safety

More Evidence that Hostile Immigration Enforcement Compromises Public Safety

The priorities of immigration enforcement authorities, such as ICE and the Border Patrol, often do not align with those of local law enforcement agents. When local law enforcement officials are charged with enforcing federal immigration laws, unauthorized immigrants tend to lose trust in, cease interacting with, and often do not report crimes to law enforcement [...]

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Border Patrol to Roll Out New “Get Tough” Policy on Unauthorized Immigrants

Border Patrol to Roll Out New “Get Tough” Policy on Unauthorized Immigrants

This month, the U.S. Border Patrol is set to end the practice of sending unauthorized Mexican immigrants back to Mexico without any sort of punishment. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the Border Patrol believes it now has sufficient resources and personnel “to begin imposing more serious consequences on almost everyone it catches from [...]

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House Hearing, New Report Add to Hysterical Narrative on Border Security

House Hearing, New Report Add to Hysterical Narrative on Border Security

It was clear from the outset that Friday’s Congressional hearing on U.S.-Mexico border security was going to be light on data and heavy on bluster. The tabloid-style title of the hearing said it all: “A Call to Action: Narco-Terrorism’s Threat to the Southern U.S. Border.” Not surprisingly, it proved to be a largely fact-free performance. [...]

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