Category: Government Reports

Information from the U.S. or other governments

The Trump Administration’s Mistreatment of Detained Immigrants: Deaths and Deficient Medical Care by For-Profit Detention Contractors

September 24, 2020

Published by the House Oversight Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties on September 24, 2020.

A 14-month investigation by House committee staff finds poor conditions and urgent health risks for migrants in ICE’s network of privatized detention centers. (Link at

Tags: Congress, Detention, ICE, Organizational Culture, Oversight, Public Health

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Compliance with Use of Force Policy for Incidents on November 25, 2018 and January 1, 2019

August 24, 2020

Published by the Department of Homeland Security Inspector-General on August 24, 2020.

Examines two incidents of cross-border use of tear gas and other crowd control measures during the arrival of a “migrant caravan” in Tijuana, and finds only minor wrongdoing. (Link at

Tags: Border Patrol, CBP, Crowd Control, Oversight, San Diego, Use of Force

Evaluation of the United States Military Support of Department of Homeland Security Southern Border Security Operations Under Title 10 Authority

August 18, 2020

Published by the Department of Defense Inspector-General on August 18, 2020.

A detailed look at the funding, management, and legal authority for the Trump administration’s deployments of military personnel to the U.S.-Mexico border. (Link at

Tags: Budget, Civil-Military Relations, Military Deployments, Oversight

Decision: U.S. Customs and Border Protection—Obligations of Amounts Appropriated in the 2019 Emergency Supplemental

June 11, 2020

Published by the U.S. Government Accountability Office on June 11, 2020.

GAO finds that CBP failed to spend emergency funds for detained migrants’ consumables, medical care, and humane processing as Congress intended, instead devoting the money to items like boats, dirt bikes, and office upgrades. (Link at

Tags: Budget, Congress, Detention, Institutional Culture

Southwest Border: Actions Needed to Address Fragmentation in DHS’s Processes for Apprehended Family Members

March 18, 2020

Published by the U.S. Government Accountability Office on March 18, 2020.

GAO finds that when DHS components fail to share information with each other on apprehended migrant families, the Department “risks removing individuals from the country who may be eligible for relief or protection based on their family relationships.” (link at

Tags: Asylum, Family Separation, Organizational Culture, Processing