A public defender in El Paso ran up against the Trump administration’s early rollout of its family separation policy.
ICE deported back to Guatemala hundreds of people who tested positive for COVID-19.
- Department of Homeland Security employees were told to report colleagues they suspected of sharing sensitive internal information, along with those who requested information that fell out of their day-to-day duties, according to an email obtained by BuzzFeed News.
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan and U.S. Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott released a joint statement denying claims that Border Patrol agents intentionally an undocumented mother from her newly born born child and claiming that “these agents also did everything in their control to keep them together despite the difficult circumstances and health restrictions related to the pandemic.”
Voices strong concerns about where a culture of cruelty and impunity is leading U.S. border agencies, and points to ways out.
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)
- Documents recently obtained through FOIA request shed light on new details about the 2017 raid and arrests at a No More Deaths aid station near Arivaca, Arizona. The documents include an email indicating the involvement of the Border Patrol Tactical Unit, or BORTAC, in the incident.
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)
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.
Caption: “Border Patrol also stabbed all of the gallons in the back of a truck that was at Byrd Camp during the raid on Friday. Attacks on our work are attacks on people crossing the border. Irreparable damage was done to the people who sought aid in our camp.”
Caption: “One volunteer was able to get a few pictures from inside camp when BORTAC and Border Patrol entered. Heavily armed agents drove straight into the humanitarian aid camp in a Bearcat tank as helicopters circled overhead.”
Caption: “Border Patrol also brought a cameraman. He filmed the scene as agents chased and arrested people who had sought out humanitarian aid and respite from the 100 degree heat. More photos and footage exist, but phones are still in custody.”
Caption: “Border Patrol and BORTAC arrested people receiving care and ransacked the humanitarian aid station, ripping apart tents and destroying medical supplies. This morning during clean up, volunteers also saw that agents had disconnected the power to the well, the only water source on the property of the remote desert camp.”
Finds major, basic shortcomings in CBP’s planning and purchasing as it built Donald Trump’s border wall.
- Chief patrol agent in the Big Bend sector Matthew Hudak becomes chief in the Laredo sector upon the retirement of Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez. The Laredo, Texas, sector is characterized by constant apprehensions and rescues of migrants traversing the expansive mountainous areas in the region.
- The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) states that CBP violated the purpose statute by listing goods and services in their supplemental FY 2019 appropriations that were not made available, including “consumables and medical care” and “establishing and operating migrant care and processing facilities.” The funding was instead used to pay for dirt bikes, canine supplies, computer equipment, and other enforcement-related expenditures. GOA directs CBP to either obligate the account to its appropriate purpose or report a violation of the Antideficiency Act as required by law.
- San Diego sector CBP agents pose atop a vigil to George Floyd in a now-deleted tweet by San Diego Border Patrol Sector Chief Aaron Meitke. The photo raises questions about how exactly CBP is assisting local law enforcement during protests.
- U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Representatives Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA) and Juan Vargas (D-CA) lead a letter signed by 97 congressional colleagues demanding answers on CBP and ICE’s involvement in the ongoing protests against police brutality and the reported assistance ICE and CBP are providing law enforcement.
- Voice of San Diego reports on increasing immigration checkpoints in rural northeastern San Diego, California. It focuses on the racial profiling and improper treatment of people by CBP agents.