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)
Details ICE’s practice of holding migrant families and children under contractors’ custody in border-town hotels before expelling them under measures put in place due to COVID-19.
Over 3,000 unaccompanied children have been summarily expelled back to Mexico or Central America, with no way even to track what’s happened to them. Some first spend days in hotels guarded by unlicensed contractors.
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.
Finds serious fault with CBP’s handling of the health of children in custody and its use of funds designated by Congress for humanitarian purposes. (Link at gao.gov)
- According to unpublished government data obtained by CBS News, the United States allowed only 39 unaccompanied migrant children to stay in the country in the month of May when there were over 1,000 arrests of unaccompanied children. Jennifer Nagda, a policy director at the Youth Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, argues that because of these record-low rates, the Office of Refugee Resettlement can and should offer refuge to unaccompanied children during the pandemic, as the Office now has ample bed capacity.
- The Texas Civil Rights Project and ACLU file a lawsuit on behalf of a Salvadoran teenager arguing that the expulsion policy violates several federal laws, including one designed to shield minors from violence and exploitation.
- The ACLU, Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, and Oxfam America file the first lawsuit against the border shutdown policy, representing a 16-year-old Honduran boy being held in CBP custody and threatened with expulsion despite fleeing severe persecution. The suit argues that the public health law doesn’t create a separate immigration process and that the Trump administration is illegally using it to create one.
- UNICEF releases a report regarding the over 1,000 unaccompanied children expelled to Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras since March. UNICEF calls on the U.S. to end the deportations of unaccompanied children, as well as those “without prior adequate protection and health screenings.” UNICEF urges governments to take additional concrete measures to protect the wellbeing of uprooted children in general.
Under cover of COVID-19 response, the Trump administration has been moving aggressively to deport unaccompanied children who are already in the system—in addition to those already being expelled at the border.
A memo explaining how, even in a public health emergency, U.S. border authorities c0uld be attending to asylum seekers and unaccompanied children instead of expelling them.
A current overview of how the Trump administration’s COVID-19 response, including blanket expulsions of asylum-seeking Mexicans and Central Americans, including unaccompanied children, is worsening the humanitarian situation along the border.
- Human Rights First releases a report on the life-threatening dangers and appalling conditions faced by asylum-seekers and unaccompanied children blocked from seeking protection. The report argues that the CDC order has no public health rationale, and numerous public health experts stress that fair treatment of refugees, as required under U.S. law, does not undermine efforts to combat the virus.
- Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus denounce the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement’s (ORR) delay in releasing children with pending Remain in Mexico cases. Under the CDC’s March order, the number of unaccompanied minors held by ORR has plummeted to as low as 58 in April, as minors are being expelled shortly after CBP receives them instead.
A thorough legal analysis, by Lucas Guttentag of Stanford University, of the Trump administration’s use of an old quarantine statute to shut down the right to seek asylum at the border.
- The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations holds a hearing to examine the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to prevent child deaths in custody. Six migrant children died in government custody between September 2018 and May 2019, the first such deaths in a decade. The hearing focused on Carlos Hernandez Vasquez, a 16-year-old Guatemalan migrant, who died of the flu on May 20, 2019. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) says DHS has “consistently failed to maintain transparency by stymieing congressional inquiries… concerns that they are hiding serious issues with management.”