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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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Customs and Border Protection Conceals Scathing Audit of Border Patrol’s Use of Force Policy

Written by on March 3, 2014 in Border, Customs and Border Patrol with 0 Comments
Customs and Border Protection Conceals Scathing Audit of Border Patrol’s Use of Force Policy

In response to mounting allegations of unwarranted violence by U.S. Border Patrol agents, including culpability in over 40 border-related deaths, Congress ordered an investigation of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) use of force policies and practices. This investigation included an internal assessment by CBP, a review by the Office of Inspector General (OIG), and [...]

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Obama Can’t Escape Immigration at North American Summit

Written by on February 19, 2014 in Border, Economics, President Obama with 1 Comment
Obama Can’t Escape Immigration at North American Summit

One would be hard pressed to engage in a discussion about U.S.-Mexico relations and not have the topic of immigration raise its head in a matter of minutes. Immigration is a critically important aspect of the relationship between the two countries, intersecting virtually every topic imaginable, from agriculture to popular culture. So it is ironic [...]

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Dollars and Lives Lost in the Wait for Immigration Reform

Dollars and Lives Lost in the Wait for Immigration Reform

Two-and-a-half months after the Senate passed immigration reform legislation (S. 744), the House of Representatives continues to dawdle. Other than giving speeches and mulling over a few backward-looking, enforcement-only bills, the House has done nothing to revamp the broken U.S. immigration system or to realistically resolve the status of the 11 million unauthorized immigrants now [...]

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Details Begin to Emerge on New Immigration Bill

Details Begin to Emerge on New Immigration Bill

Ahead of the expected release of a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the Senate this week, details were released outlining the broad strokes of the bill. The “Gang of Eight”—a bipartisan group of senators who have been working to develop the proposal—delayed a press conference that had been planned for today about the bill out [...]

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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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Congressional Hearing Illustrates Nativist Manipulation of “Border Security”

Congressional Hearing Illustrates Nativist Manipulation of “Border Security”

The concept of “border security” is inherently ambiguous. After all, we live in a world where no international border can be completely sealed. The risk that a bad guy will come across the border—by land, sea, or air—can never be reduced to zero, no matter how much money or manpower is funneled into border-security operations. [...]

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True Border Security and Legalization Go Hand in Hand

True Border Security and Legalization Go Hand in Hand

A sticking point in current and past immigration reform proposals has been the misguided belief that a legalization program for unauthorized immigrants cannot proceed until the border is “secure.”  The immigration framework developed by the Senate “Group of 8” introduces that same sticky framework by proposing to create certain border-security benchmarks that must be met [...]

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New Report Shows That Border Benchmarks Already Have Been Met

New Report Shows That Border Benchmarks Already Have Been Met

As the components of what should be included in an immigration reform bill take shape, border security, along with enforcement, is proving to be a key part of the framework. Eight senators released a bipartisan proposal earlier this week that included a path to citizenship for the 11 million unauthorized immigrants currently living in the [...]

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Conservatives Who Support Immigration Reform Need to Rethink Border Security

Conservatives Who Support Immigration Reform Need to Rethink Border Security

The elections have produced nothing short of an immigration epiphany among some conservative commentators and politicians. Spurred by the electoral beating that Republican candidates suffered at the hands of Latino voters, pundits and lawmakers who once advocated an enforcement-only solution to the problem of unauthorized immigration are now talking about a pathway to legalization. While [...]

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