Posted in Analysis Asylum Immigration Pro Publica

Trump got what he wanted at the border. Would Biden undo it?

Democrats agree that Trump’s caused asylum-seekers unacceptable misery. But the goal of deterring people from migrating to the U.S. — which has motivated Trump’s complex web of border policies — has seduced some Democrats, too. by…

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Posted in Analysis Border Wall Corporate Influence Pro Publica

Records show Trump’s border wall is costing taxpayers billions more than initial contracts

As the presidential election nears, a review of federal spending data found modifications to contracts have increased the price of the border wall by billions, costing about five times more per mile than it did under…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Fact Check Family Separation Race for the White House 2020

‘Cruelty was always the plan’: pressed on mass family separations in final debate, Trump smears victims as ‘bad people’

“The Trump immigration agenda is defined by cruelty: it’s responsible for six children dying in cages, forced women into unnecessary surgeries including sterilizations, continued deportation flights in the middle of a pandemic.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Posted in Common Dreams Family Separation Investigations News

ACLU says it can’t find parents of over 500 children separated from families by Trump

‘Just Babies at the Time’ “We will not stop looking until we have found every one of the families, no matter how long it takes.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Wednesday, October 21 Lawyers appointed by…

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Rathke: The Crisis and Crime of Lost Children

New York City       As people look at the year gone by and a decade coming to an end there are a barrage of lists with of best movies, books, songs, plays, TV shows, and on…

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Posted in Border Wall First Nations First Peoples News News

Native American man shot protesting Trump border wall, others tear gassed, arrested by US agents on Indigenous Peoples’ Day

“It’s obscene and offensive to us that local and state governments move to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day while the federal government blows up our sacred sites, steals our kids, militarily occupies our communities, and shoots at…

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Posted in Common Dreams Family Separation ICE ICE Detention Centers News

‘Know who didn’t get a F***ing Break? The children’: Outrage over Melania Trump’s recorded comments on imprisoned kids

The first lady accused parents and children of lying about the violence they faced in their home countries and claimed children were “taken care of nicely” in ICE detention centers. by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday,…

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Posted in Common Dreams ICE Immigration News Prisons

Activists help ICE detainee avoid deportation following alleged sterilization procedure at Georgia facility

Pauline Binam, a Cameroonian who has lived in the U.S. since the age of two, was detained at an ICE facility where her fallopian tubes were removed, allegedly without her consent. by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer…

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Posted in Deportation ICE News Pro Publica

ICE deported a woman who accused guards of sexual assault while the Feds were still investigating the incident

The DHS and DOJ inspectors general are investigating allegations that ICE guards assaulted detainees in camera blind spots. DHS instructed ICE not to deport a key witness, then suddenly decided to allow it. by Lomi Kriel…

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The 3-mile border fence along the shore of the Rio Grande will fail during extreme flooding, according to an engineering report that is set to be filed in federal court this week. (Brenda Bazán for The Texas Tribune)
Posted in Analysis Border Wall Immigration Pro Publica

New engineering report finds privately built border wall will fail

The report, set to be filed in federal court this week, confirms reporting from ProPublica and The Texas Tribune that found portions of the wall were in danger of overturning if not fixed due to extensive…

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New reporting by the New York Times that border officials suggested using a "microwave weapon" to deter migrants prompted fierce outrage Wednesday. (Screenshot from Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Posted in Border Wall Common Dreams Immigration News

Trump border officials proposed ‘Heat Ray’ weapon to deter migrants

‘Unconscionable, But Unsurprising’ “Maximum cruelty and maximum harm: That is how this administration operates. It is their policy and their platform,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Thursday, August, 27, 2020 Reporting by…

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Posted in Analysis Border Wall Pro Publica Wallgate

Federal prosecutors have Steve Bannon’s murky nonprofit in their sights

Tucked at the bottom of the long indictment against Bannon, prosecutors say they want to seize the assets of his nonprofit Citizens of the American Republic, shedding more light on the secretive political group’s finances. by…

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Posted in Border Wall Investigations News Pro Publica

Private border wall fundraisers have been arrested on fraud charges

Investigators say fundraisers for nonprofit We Build the Wall, including Steve Bannon and founder Brian Kolfage, lied to donors and pocketed funds. Trump has tried to distance himself from the group but Kolfage has bragged about…

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Steve Bannon speaks before introducing Republican Senatorial candidate Roy Moore during a campaign event at Oak Hollow Farm on December 5, 2017 in Fairhope, Alabama. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Posted in Border Wall Common Dreams Investigations News

Steve Bannon arrested for fraud related to role in privatized border wall scheme

The “We Build the Wall” campaign, led by Iraq War veteran Brian Kolfage, raised over $25 million. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Thursday, August 20, 2020 This is a breaking story and may be updated. Former…

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Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli speaks about immigration policy at the White House during a briefing August 12, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams Congressional Oversight Immigration Investigations News

GAO Says Top Trump DHS Officials Wolf and Cuccinelli appointed illegally

Democratic lawmakers said the GAO decision “paints a disturbing picture of the Trump administration playing fast and loose by bypassing the Senate confirmation process to install ideologues.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, August 14 This…

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Paper dolls are held by demonstrators protesting outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Washington on July 17 to demand the release of immigrant families in detention centers at risk during the coronavirus pandemic. (Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images)
Posted in Coronavirus Deportation Family Separation ICE News Pro Publica

ICE is making sure migrant kids don’t have COVID-19 — Then expelling them to “prevent the spread” of COVID-19

The administration has used infection risk to justify expelling thousands of children without legal protections. But it’s only expelling kids who’ve tested negative. by Dara Lind and Lomi Kriel Monday, August 10 Since March, the Trump…

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Posted in Asylum Columns Deportation Family Separation Immigration Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Tough Stuff at the Border for Asylum Seekers and Immigrants

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   The President is still running and running hard against immigrants and immigration, even though the issue has now fallen out of the top ten concerns for the American public. It…

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Posted in Immigration Investigations News Pro Publica

After a year of investigation, the Border Patrol has little to say about agents’ misogynistic and racist Facebook group

The Border Patrol vowed a full accounting after ProPublica revealed hateful posts in the private Facebook group. Now congressional investigators say the agency is blocking them and revealing little about its internal investigation. by A.C. Thompson…

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A father, left, and his son, who was detained in an American hotel and faced expulsion to Honduras. (Carolina Guerrero for ProPublica and The Texas Tribune)
Posted in Asylum Deportation ICE Pro Publica

Her rapist threatened to make her “disappear.” Instead of asylum, ICE put her in a hotel and sent her back.

Thousands of migrant children — including babies — have been expelled by the Trump administration since March. Some have been held in hotels without access to lawyers or family. Advocates say many are now “virtually impossible”…

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Rain from Hurricane Hanna left a large trail of soil erosion beneath and around the privately funded border wall in South Texas. (James Hord for The Texas Tribune/ProPublica)
Posted in Border Wall News Pro Publica

A privately funded border wall was already at risk of collapsing if not fixed. Hurricane Hanna made It worse.

Hurricane Hanna dumped torrential rainfall on a border wall that Trump supporters built, leaving gaping holes and waist-deep cracks on the banks of the Rio Grande that threaten the wall’s long-term stability. by Perla Trevizo and…

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Posted in Immigration News Pro Publica

House passes NO BAN Act

“Victory!” “Significant rebuke” to Trump’s anti-immigrant administration  by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Wednesday, July 22 The U.S. House on Tuesday passed the NO BAN Act to stop President Donald Trump’s xenophobic travel restrictions, delivering what the…

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President Donald Trump visiting the U.S.-Mexico border along the Rio Grande in January 2019, not far from where a builder backed by his supporters later erected a border wall. (Leah Millis/Reuters)
Posted in Border Wall Immigration Investigations News Pro Publica

Trump Says He “Disagreed” With privately funded border wall, So why did his Administration award the builder $1.7 billion in contracts to erect more walls?

President Trump now claims this privately funded border wall — touted as the “Lamborghini” of fences — was built to “make me look bad,” even though the project’s builder and funders are Trump supporters. by Perla…

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Gashes and gullies at the fence’s foundation show potentially dangerous erosion. (Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Texas Tribune/ProPublica)
Posted in Border Wall Investigations News Pro Publica

Eroding private border wall to get an engineering inspection just months after completion

Months after the “Lamborghini” of border walls was built along the Rio Grande, the builder agreed to an engineering inspection of his controversial structure. Experts say the wall is showing signs of erosion that threatens its…

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Protesters holding a banner reading, "U.S. Immigration Policy Is A Crime" at a silent protest in January 2020. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus ICE Immigration Justice News

Cuban asylum seeker describes vicious pepper spray attack on hunger strikers at ICE detention facility

More than 2,000 migrants and refugees in U.S. detention facilities have contracted Covid-19 as advocates demand their release. by Julia Conley, staff writer Saturday, July 4 A Cuban asylum-seeker on Thursday described a “shocking” pepper spray…

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