Tag: Border Patrol

Request for congressional investigations and oversight hearings on the unlawful operation of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Critical Incident Teams (BPCITs)

October 27, 2021

Published by the Southern Border Communities Coalition on October 27, 2021.

Calls on Congress to look more deeply into the operations of secretive Border Patrol teams whose purpose appears to be to exonerate agents alleged to have committed serious human rights abuses.

Tags: Border Patrol, Human Rights, Organizational Culture, Oversight, Use of Force

June 24

June 24, 2021

The Biden administration has forced Border Patrol head Rodney Scott out of office, to be replaced by Deputy Chief Raul Ortiz on an interim basis. Scott published a statement on social media claiming he had received a letter offering him the option to resign, retire, or relocate, with no additional rationale on his removal. Many were surprised Scott had been allowed to remain in his position this long into Biden’s presidential term.

Tags: Border and Migration Politics, Border Patrol

April 12, 2021

April 20, 2021

The Biden administration has flown around 2,000 asylum seekers from Texas to San Diego to be expelled across the border into Tijuana, all of whom are families with children. Many were never given a chance to tell their stories to Border Patrol, and many reported inconsistent and arbitrary decisions made by CBP.

Tags: Asylum, Border Patrol, San Diego

April 8, 2021

April 12, 2021

U.S. authorities took 172,331 migrants into custody during March, the highest monthly total since 2001. 

Tags: Border Patrol

April 8, 2021

April 12, 2021

Border Patrol expelled roughly a third of migrant families in March (17,000 of 53,000), according to government data. 

Tags: Border Patrol

March 26, 2021

March 31, 2021

Border Patrol has begun dropping off groups of migrant family units at small Arizona towns in the Sonoran desert without resources to receive them. A total of 54 migrants have been dropped off in Ajo, and dozens more in Gila Bend. 

Tags: Border Patrol, Tucson

March 25, 2021

March 31, 2021

Border Patrol detained 600 families for several days under the Anzalduas International Bridge in Mission, Texas. Migrants were held from Saturday to Monday, and were not provided with adequate shelter or medical care.

Tags: Border Patrol, Detention, Rio Grande Valley

March 22, 2021

March 26, 2021

Some migrant families will be housed in hotels (after initial Border Patrol processing) managed by nonprofit organizations that will provide testing, medical care, and case managers to assist with relocation.  

Tags: Alternatives to Detention, Border Patrol

March 19, 2021

March 23, 2021

Border Patrol reported that they have encountered 32 “large groups” (defined as more than 100) of migrants on the southern border since October 2020. This is far below the 213 encountered during fiscal year 2019, and less than half of the number during the same period in that year.

Tags: Border Patrol

March 18, 2021

March 23, 2021

Former Border Patrol agent Jen Budd published an article claiming that Border Patrol is, in part, manufacturing a border crisis by intentionally slow-walking processing and feeding a false narrative to major media outlets and politicians. 

Tags: Border Patrol, Processing

March 4, 2021

March 9, 2021

The thirteen migrants that were killed in a traffic collision near Holtville, California when a semi truck crashed into a vehicle carrying 25 migrants formed part of a larger group of 44 that had entered the United States through a hole in the border wall in the El Centro sector. The same day, a Chevrolet Suburban carrying the other 19 burst into flames and all passengers were taken into custody by Border Patrol. 

Tags: Border Patrol, El Centro, Migrant Deaths

March 4, 2021

March 9, 2021

CBP has created a new position to deal with the situation at the border. The Border Patrol processing coordinator will care for migrants in detention at processing centers and free up Border Patrol agents for other responsibilities. 

Tags: Border Patrol, CBP