Tag: Customs and Border Protection

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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When Immigrants Are Deported Without Their Belongings or IDs, They Are Placed in Even Greater Danger

Written by on April 7, 2016 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
When Immigrants Are Deported Without Their Belongings or IDs, They Are Placed in Even Greater Danger

26 Mexican nationals say the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deported them from the El Paso Border Patrol sector, which covers West Texas and all of New Mexico, without their identification, money, cell phones and other possessions, exposing them to greater danger in Mexico and making it nearly impossible to contact friends and family or get […]

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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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CBP Advisory Panel Recommends Revising Use of Force Policies and Adding Investigators

Written by on July 10, 2015 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
CBP Advisory Panel Recommends Revising Use of Force Policies and Adding Investigators

Last week, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Integrity Advisory Panel, whose creation was directed by the Secretary of Homeland Security in December 2014, released a report recommending specific steps CBP should take in order to increase transparency, assure integrity, and ensure compliance with use of force policy. The recommendations include both staffing and policy […]

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Challenging CBP’s Failure to Respond to FOIA Requests

Written by on March 16, 2015 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
Challenging CBP’s Failure to Respond to FOIA Requests

A class action lawsuit was recently filed by three immigration attorneys and eleven noncitizens challenging U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) nationwide practice of failing to respond to requests for case information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in a timely manner. Brown et al. v. U.S. Customs and Border Protection alleges that routine […]

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Documenting Ongoing Border Patrol Abuses

Written by on March 12, 2015 in Abuses, Enforcement 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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Will CBP Actions Increase Transparency and Accountability?

Written by on September 24, 2014 in Abuses, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Will CBP Actions Increase Transparency and Accountability?

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) frequently refers to itself as the nation’s largest law enforcement agency, yet many of its practices fail to live up to the expectations and standards by which modern, civilian police forces are measured. A constant barrage of advocacy and evidence pointing to CBP’s weaknesses in handling a range of complaints […]

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Shake up at Customs and Border Protection Continues

Written by on June 10, 2014 in Abuses, Due Process & the Courts, Enforcement 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

Written by on June 3, 2014 in Enforcement with 1 Comment
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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Las Denuncias de Abuso por parte de Agentes Fronterizos Rara Vez Resultan en Acción

Written by on May 9, 2014 in Abuses, En Español, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Las Denuncias de Abuso por parte de Agentes Fronterizos Rara Vez Resultan en Acción

Un nuevo informe del American Immigration Council revela la notoria falta de rendición de cuentas y transparencia que afectan a la Patrulla Fronteriza de los Estados Unidos y su agencia matriz, la Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza (CBP, por su sigla en inglés). El informe, titulado “Sin Acción: Falta de Rendición de Cuentas por […]

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