A chronology of events related to U.S. border governance and migration

November 10, 2020

  • Officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which oversees billions of dollars worth of government border wall contracts along the Southwest, confirmed to Border Report in an emailed statement that construction of the border wall infrastructure system will continue on projects that are already funded.

Tags: Border and Migration Politics, Fencing, U.S. Policy

November 10, 2020

  • Lawyers working to reunite migrant families separated by the Trump administration before and during its “zero tolerance” policy at the border now believe the number of separated children for whom they have not been able to find parents is 666, higher than they told a federal judge last month, according to an email obtained by NBC News. Nearly 20 percent, or 129, of those children were under 5 at the time of the separation, according to a source familiar with the data.

Tags: Human Rights, Migration, U.S. Policy

November 9, 2020

  • On Jan. 20 or soon thereafter, construction will come to an abrupt halt on the wall that President Donald Trump promised to build along the U.S.-Mexico border. The project has cost $15 billion so far, most of it diverted from the military budget after Congress refused to provide full funding. President-elect Joe Biden vowed during the campaign to discontinue the project, but leave in place whatever the Trump administration leaves behind.

Tags: Border and Migration Politics, Fencing, U.S. Policy

November 2, 2020

  • Customs and Border Protection will soon finish installing 50 wildlife passages across 63 miles of recently-completed border wall in southern Arizona in an attempt to allow more small animals to move across the border. The openings, which some have likened to “doggy doors,” are flush with the ground and the dimensions of a standard sheet of paper—eight and a half inches wide and 11 inches tall. The agency says the openings will make it easier for small animals to get through the wall, and that it plans to install more in the future. But scientists and environmentalists tell National Geographic that these openings are too small and too far apart to have a significant impact.

Tags: Border and Migration Politics, Environment, Fencing, U.S. Policy

November 2, 2020

  • Since the introduction of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) – also known as “Remain in Mexico” – in 2019, asylum seekers seeking to enter the US via the US-Mexico border must wait in Mexico for the duration of their US immigration court proceedings. As a result of this policy, thousands of migrants and asylum seekers found themselves sleeping on the streets near the border. Gradually, a camp of approximately 3,000 to 4,000 people began to form on the banks of the River Grande that separates the northern Mexican town of Matamoros from the Texan town of Brownsville.

Tags: Human Rights, Migration, U.S. Policy

October 30, 2020

  • An immigration detention center in south Texas has been converted into a staging ground to hold migrant families with children who the Trump administration seeks to expel from the U.S. without a court hearing, asylum interview or consultation with lawyers.

Tags: Human Rights, Migration, Public Health, U.S. Policy

October 29, 2020

  • Within the last six months, as the coronavirus pandemic gripped the US, the Trump administration filed 75 lawsuits to seize private land along the US-Mexico border for the border wall, according to data reviewed by CNN from the Texas Civil Rights Project.

Tags: Border and Migration Politics, Fencing, U.S. Policy

October 29, 2020

  • The House Judiciary Committee released the findings of its 21-month investigation into the development and execution of the Trump Administration’s family separation policy, which resulted in more than 2,500 migrant children becoming unnecessarily separated from their parents.

Tags: Human Rights, Migration, U.S. Policy

October 29, 2020

  • The federal agency that cares for migrant children was not told the Trump administration was intentionally separating parents and children at the border, even after an official asked why there was a surge in unaccompanied minors requiring care, says a report released by the House Judiciary Committee.

Tags: Human Rights, Migration, U.S. Policy

October 28, 2020

  • As one legal challenge to the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” program heads to the Supreme Court, a new one is being launched in California. The program, known officially as Migrant Protection Protocols, requires most asylum seekers from Latin American countries to wait in Mexico while their immigration court cases progress in the United States. The lawsuit, which aims to become a class action, was filed in the Central District of California.

Tags: Human Rights, Migration, U.S. Policy

October 27, 2020

  • Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on Tuesday decried what he called “misinformation” surrounding the repercussions of the Trump administration’s discontinued policy of separating migrant families at the southern border, saying some deported parents “have chosen” to remain separated from their children.

Tags: Human Rights, Migration, U.S. Policy

October 27, 2020

  • A new paper, published on the website of the medical journal “Pediatrics” on Tuesday, calls the federal government’s handling of migrant children at the border “consistent with torture” and recommends that pediatricians and child health care professionals take action. 

Tags: Human Rights, Migration, U.S. Policy