Tag: Office of Inspector General

The Trump Administration Is Separating Children From Asylum-Seeking Parents at the Border

The Trump Administration Is Separating Children From Asylum-Seeking Parents at the Border

An alarming trend along the U.S.-Mexico border has escalated within the last year: the inhumane practice of separating immigrant children from their parents at the hands of U.S. immigration officials. Not only is this practice deeply traumatic for the families involved, it flies in the face of established U.S. and international law. In response to […]

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DHS Wants to Monitor Immigrants’ Social Media. No One Knows What They Will Do With This Information

Written by on September 29, 2017 in Abuses, Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
DHS Wants to Monitor Immigrants’ Social Media. No One Knows What They Will Do With This Information

In a sweeping encroachment upon privacy, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it is planning to dramatically ramp up its surveillance of virtually anyone in the United States who is not a U.S. citizen by birth. In a rule which appeared in the Federal Register on September 18, DHS announced that it will […]

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Why Are More Pregnant Women Being Held in ICE Detention?

Written by on September 26, 2017 in Abuses, Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Why Are More Pregnant Women Being Held in ICE Detention?

Pregnant women held in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody are required to be released, as detention frequently leads to extreme stress, depression, and in some cases, miscarriage. But over recent months, service providers have witnessed an increase in the number of pregnant women detained by ICE and the length of time they spend […]

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DHS Office of Inspector General Launches Unannounced Inspections of Detention Centers

Written by on March 18, 2016 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
DHS Office of Inspector General Launches Unannounced Inspections of Detention Centers

For years, immigrant rights groups have documented deplorable conditions in immigration detention facilities. Yet, in spite of the growing evidence pointing to the prevalence of inhumane conditions of detention, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has shown very little initiative in trying to address this problem. This week, in an attempt to start remediating that, […]

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Border Patrol Criminally Prosecuting Asylum Seekers, Government Report Finds

Border Patrol Criminally Prosecuting Asylum Seekers, Government Report Finds

For years, the Border Patrol program “Operation Streamline” has criminally prosecuted asylum seekers in a terribly misguided effort to discourage them from reentering illegally again. A recent U.S. government report from DHS’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) said this practice may “violate U.S. treaty obligations.” Specifically, according to the OIG, the “use of Streamline” to […]

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Watchdog Report Offers Misdiagnosis of Immigration Court Backlog

Written by on November 14, 2012 in Enforcement, Immigration Courts, Reform, Right to Counsel with 1 Comment
Watchdog Report Offers Misdiagnosis of Immigration Court Backlog

With more than 325,000 cases pending at the start of October, our nation’s immigration courts are indisputably operating under a crushing backlog. The only question is whether and how it can be resolved. In a little-noticed report issued in early November, the Inspector General of the Justice Department levied a number of criticisms regarding the […]

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Inspector General Finds Serious Problems with US-VISIT Program

Written by on September 5, 2012 in Detention, Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Inspector General Finds Serious Problems with US-VISIT Program

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released results of their investigation into the US-VISIT program.  US-VISIT was created after 9/11 to track noncitizens’ entries into and exits from the U.S. to identify national security threats, individuals entering with fraudulent identities, and visa overstays.  Through US-VISIT, fingerprints and digital photographs […]

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