A public defender in El Paso ran up against the Trump administration’s early rollout of its family separation policy.
ICE repeatedly rebuffed New Mexico state health officials’ offers to help control a worsening outbreak of COVID-19 at its Otero County Processing Center.
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.
A look at El Paso and Ciudad Juárez a year after a gunman’s rampage at an El Paso Walmart.
An audio report and accompanying text, reported from the Rio Grande Valley, El Paso, and Mexico City, about the impact of the Trump administration’s virtual ending of the right to asylum at the border during the pandemic.
Caption: “Criminals don’t see vehicles the way you do. They see door panels, seats, gas tanks, tires & everything in between as an opportunity to hide their illicit items. @CBP’s committed to detecting their contraband & putting the brakes on criminal organizations.”
Caption: “@CBP has completed construction of more than 220 miles of new border wall system.”
Caption: “USBP Horse Patrol & ground agents apprehended 2 narcotics smugglers with 62.6 lbs. of marijuana, valued at $50,808, strapped to their backs.”
Caption: “Extremely proud of our #ElPaso Sector #USBP Special Ops & Mobile Response agents for quickly responding yesterday to assist @EPPolice & @TxDPSWest with unruly protestors.”
This report from Ciudad Juárez looks at the Trump administration’s dismantling of asylum and the Mexican government’s surprisingly robust cooperation with it.
“Border Patrol Agents in Clint, TX use an sUAS [drone] as a force multiplier as 7 subjects attempt an illegal entry by using a ladder to climb the border wall. Agents arrested 2 while the others ran back into Mexico.”
An interview with El Paso-based asylum lawyer Taylor Levy.
“Alamogordo #BPAs at the HWY70 checkpoint stopped a smuggling attempt by utilizing a license plate reader and X-ray technology to locate a subject hidden in a horse trailer.”
- In the El Paso sector, CBP announces the death of a pregnant 19-year-old woman from Guatemala, Miriam Estefany Girón Luna, after she fell from the border barrier near Clint, Texas. CBP blames human smugglers from Mexico for “encouraging her” to climb the barrier. Tekandi Paniagua, a Guatemalan consular official based in Texas, instead indicates the shifting migration dynamics at the border due to the asylum roadblocks implemented by the U.S. government, as migrants cross the border using far more dangerous methods out of desperation.
- Senior CBP officials announce they are sending 80 soldiers to El Paso, Texas, and 80 to San Diego, California, in response to the recent court ruling preventing the government from enforcing the Remain in Mexico program after March 11. While sent to provide support to officers at official ports of entry, these 160 soldiers are not expected to conduct immigration processing or enforcement.
- National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd announces that the FBI is investigating the disappearance of approximately $500,000 from the union’s El Paso branch. Forensic auditors found that $352,389 was misappropriated while another $150,035 was not properly paid to the IRS in tax money. Rumors of a long-running embezzlement scheme had been circulating through the ranks of CBP since 2018.
- Smugglers in Juárez use camouflaged, rebar hook-and-ladders called castillo to bypass the border wall. CBP reports that the ladders are difficult to detect after spending this week dismantling those found in the El Paso sector. Six meters of castillo costs approximately $5 and is sold in hardware stores. CBP reports the most likely users of ladders are single adults.
A conversation with WOLA’s Adam Isacson during a mid-January visit to El Paso and Ciudad Juárez.
A memo reporting back from a field visit to El Paso and Ciudad Juárez.