The number of unaccompanied minors in CBP custody has dropped 45%, from a peak of 5,767 on March 28th down to 3,130 as of April 11th.
President Biden has asked Congress to increase funding for ICE and CBP workforce oversight offices to $470 million (a 22 percent increase) to help investigate white supremacist beliefs.
President Biden is planning to nominate Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus to lead CBP, according to a White House announcement. Magnus was reportedly selected for his efforts on police reform and for his understanding of the separation between local law enforcement and federal law enforcement.
Some migrants are now being released into the United States without documents due to lack of CBP capacity.
CBP announced the opening of a soft-sided processing facility in Eagle Pass, Texas.
Over 171,000 migrants were encountered on the southern border during March 2021, according to preliminary CBP data. This is the highest monthly total since 2006.
Two Ecuadorian girls (aged 2 and 5) were dropped over the top of a 14-foot section of the border wall by a smuggler on March 30th. The children were taken to a CBP facility and then to a local hospital.
CBP confirmed to Congress that 4 individuals arrested on the southern border since October 1 match names on the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database, including 3 Yemenis and a Serbian.
Asylum-seekers being flown from the Rio Grande Valley to El Paso due to limited capacity are being expelled to Mexico by CBP, according to the Dallas Morning News. Exact numbers are unclear, but at least 50 migrants have been expelled into Juarez.
More than two dozen CBP officers in full riot gear blocked several northbound vehicle lanes at the port of entry in downtown Nogales. The officers were conducting a routine training exercise, but failed to notify anyone that they were doing so.
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.
DHS has failed to effectively implement prompt asylum programs including the Prompt Asylum Claim Review (PACR) and Humanitarian Asylum Review Process (HARP), according to reports released by the DHS Inspector General and U.S. Government Accountability Office. These programs were developed to quickly process migrants with claims of credible fear, and raise very troubling due process concerns.
CBP announced that it is building soft-sided (tent) processing facilities in Donna, Texas that will be complete within 30 days. The facility will increase U.S. capacity to process apprehended migrants, particularly asylum seekers. A more permanent processing facility in McAllen, the Central Processing Center, is under renovation.
Looks at how CBP misspent much of $192 million that Congress had appropriated to attend to the humanitarian needs of migrants in custody. (Link at oig.dhs.gov)
“Overall, the majority of respondents reported their facilities were prepared to address COVID-19.” The report makes no recommendations. (Link at oig.dhs.gov)
The result of congressionally mandated unannounced inspections of CBP holding facilities. (Link at oig.dhs.gov)
Tianna Spears, a diplomat assigned to the U.S. consulate in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, recounts the difficulty she consistently experienced re-entering the United States, as an African-American person, through CBP’s ports of entry.
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 oig.dhs.gov)
A summary of recent experience with border security and migration, with a long list of recommendations.
An overview of key measures in the House of Representatives’ version of the 2021 DHS appropriation, including cutting border wall spending, defunding “Remain in Mexico,” reducing ICE detention, and others.