A policy-by-policy overview of what it would take for the Biden administration to undo the Trump administration’s hardline border and migration policies.
Migrants in limbo have hope for change if Donald Trump loses the election, but walking back many of the Trump administration’s anti-asylum policies will be difficult.
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 oversight.house.gov)
A year-long study based on site visits to eight ICE detention centers finds deficient medical care, abuse of solitary confinement, challenges accessing legal services, and unsanitary conditions. (Link at homeland.house.gov)
A whistleblower complaint about health risks—possibly including non-consensual surgeries on women—and unsafe work practices at the Irwin County ICE detention facility in Georgia.
ICE repeatedly rebuffed New Mexico state health officials’ offers to help control a worsening outbreak of COVID-19 at its Otero County Processing Center.
How the pandemic and the Trump administration’s crackdown on asylum are being experienced in southern Arizona.
The result of congressionally mandated unannounced inspections of CBP holding facilities. (Link at oig.dhs.gov)
A summary of recent experience with border security and migration, with a long list of recommendations.
Catalogues more than 400 administrative changes to the U.S. border security and immigration regime during the Trump administration, and what it might take to undo them.
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.
The House appropriators’ narrative report accompanying the 2021 bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. (Link at appropriations.house.gov)
“Reveals how unsafe conditions and scattershot testing helped turn ICE into a domestic and global spreader of the virus—and how pressure from the Trump administration led countries to take in sick deportees.”
An epidemiological model of COVID-19 in ICE detention centers finds that “by day 60 of the simulation—corresponding to May 15, 2020—the estimated number of cumulative COVID-19 cases would be 15 times higher than the number of cases ICE reported.”
ICE’s privately run detention center at Eloy, Arizona has seen nearly half of its employees test positive for COVID-19.
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 gao.gov)
- ICE detainee transfers around the country have lead to COVID-19 outbreaks in detention facilities in at least five states: Texas, Ohio, Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
A report on ICE’s new practice, during the COVID-19 pandemic, of giving migrants in family detention the choice of either separating from their children or staying together in indefinite detention.