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The Death Toll of Migrant Children in US Custody Continues to Rise

The Death Toll of Migrant Children in US Custody Continues to Rise

Another migrant child died after being in U.S. custody this week—the fifth child since December 2018. These tragic deaths raise serious concerns about conditions in border facilities and the lack of adequate medical care. 16-year-old Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez, the most recent child to die in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody, was held […]

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Chaos Continues at DHS as Trump Purges More of His Senior Immigration Team

Chaos Continues at DHS as Trump Purges More of His Senior Immigration Team

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned from her position on Monday. She was reportedly forced from office after President Trump grew frustrated with the government’s inability to stop asylum seekers from arriving at the southern border. Her departure marked an extraordinary week in which most DHS leadership faced the chopping block. These […]

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The Pentagon Is Transferring $1 Billion to Trump’s Border Wall at the Expense of Military Readiness

Written by on March 26, 2019 in Asylum, Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
The Pentagon Is Transferring $1 Billion to Trump’s Border Wall at the Expense of Military Readiness

In an ongoing battle over President Trump’s border wall, the Pentagon is authorizing the transfer of $1 billion from planned military readiness projects to build fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border. Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan announced the decision Monday evening. The Department of Defense (DOD) funds will now go to construction contracts. The Pentagon gave […]

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Making Sense of the Rising Number of Families Arriving at the Border

Making Sense of the Rising Number of Families Arriving at the Border

Over the past few months, a new trend has emerged at the U.S.-Mexico border: more families are crossing and presenting themselves to U.S. officials to ask for asylum. But even though the number of people crossing the border are still at historically low levels, the Trump administration alleges it is overwhelmed by the arrival of […]

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How Trump Can Use Immigration to Make the State of the Union Stronger

How Trump Can Use Immigration to Make the State of the Union Stronger

Immigration will undoubtedly be a central issue during President Trump’s State of the Union address. However, it’s unlikely that any of the proposals the president advances will move us closer to a policy breakthrough. It’s more likely the president will propose ideas that make our immigration system less effective and do little to keep us […]

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US Government to Force Migrants to Remain in Mexico and Await Their Immigration Court Hearings

US Government to Force Migrants to Remain in Mexico and Await Their Immigration Court Hearings

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced plans to immediately launch a new policy to force asylum-seeking migrants to wait in Mexico for their immigration court hearing. Officially labeled the “Migrant Protection Protocols” but more commonly known as “Remain in Mexico,” this sweeping change to how people access the asylum process could lead to catastrophic […]

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FOIA Lawsuit Seeks Names of CBP Officers Who Allegedly Abused Children

Written by on January 10, 2019 in Abuses, Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments
FOIA Lawsuit Seeks Names of CBP Officers Who Allegedly Abused Children

Lack of transparency has long dogged the enforcement branches of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in particular, has been the subject of numerous requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) during the Trump administration and previous administrations. Records produced in response to FOIA requests demonstrate that […]

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A Second Child Died in Border Patrol Custody. Why Is the Government Doubling Down on Deterrence?

A Second Child Died in Border Patrol Custody. Why Is the Government Doubling Down on Deterrence?

In early December, seven-year-old Guatemalan Jakelin Caal died within hours after coming into the custody of Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Her tragic death brought renewed attention to the systemic problems of medical care in CBP’s “iceboxes,” where not even children are screened for medical problems after being detained. Tragically, a second child, eight-year-old Felipe […]

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How to Prevent More Deaths in Border Patrol Custody

How to Prevent More Deaths in Border Patrol Custody

In a year marked by the Trump administration’s cruel attempts to deter asylum-seeking families from coming to the United States, the news that a child had died in immigration custody appears to be a tragic low. While the circumstances of the death of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal is still being investigated, this tragedy came as no surprise […]

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Will American Workers Take Another Hit If President Trump Closes the US-Mexico Border?

Will American Workers Take Another Hit If President Trump Closes the US-Mexico Border?

President Trump wants the Mexican government to turn back the “caravan” of Central American and Mexican asylum-seekers—and he’s threatening to close the U.S.-Mexico border if it doesn’t. In an ominous tweet on November 26, the president declared that if the Mexican government didn’t get a handle on the situation, “We will close the Border permanently […]

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