Posted in Congressional Oversight Family Separation Immigration News

Auditor says DHS knew ‘zero-tolerance’ would split families at border

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz told the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Thursday that the 2018 policy followed a test program in west Texas in which officials were not immediately able to reunite separated…

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Posted in Deportation Immigration News

Federal judge temporarily blocks Biden’s 100-day deportation moratorium after Texas sues administration

  by Julián Aguilar, The Texas Tribune Jan. 26, 2021 A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked the Biden administration’s 100-day moratorium on deportations of some undocumented immigrants. Federal Judge Drew Tipton on Tuesday issued…

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Posted in Arizona Immigration News

US Agents threaten Christmas Eve raid against humanitarians giving aid to refugees near border

‘Complete Disregard for Human Life’ One volunteer noted the cruel irony of such actions “on the eve of a holiday meant to celebrate hospitality towards travelers from distant lands.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Thursday, December…

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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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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 Asylum Columns Deportation Family Separation Immigration Wade Rathke

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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Two examples of the protective vests with identifying markings worn by Border Patrol and Homeland Security agents during a press conference with Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf on the recent events involving the agents during continued protests in Portland at the US Customs and Border Patrol headquarters on July 21, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Policing

‘We’re Ready’: Trump to deploy 75,000 Federal Agents into US cities

“Watching moms, reporters, medics, and peaceful protesters get tear gassed and beaten by federal agents on a regular basis,” said one critic, “isn’t the imagery I’d choose as a cornerstone of my campaign.” by Jon Queally,…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Courts News Policing

Federal judge curbs powers of Trump’s secret police in Portland

“This injunction is a critical protection for journalists and legal observers exercising their fundamental right to record and observe police activities at these important protests.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Friday, July 24 A federal judge…

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Posted in 2020 Fed Budget Columns ICE Policing Wade Rathke

Defund the Department of Homeland Security

by Wade Rathke New Orleans      What nightmare is this?  In his dictatorial desperation, as polls indicate that the president’s ineptness in dealing with the economy, race, and the pandemic is capsizing his campaign, he is…

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Posted in Asylum Coronavirus Immigration News Pro Publica

Leaked Border Patrol memo tells agents to send migrants back immediately — ignoring asylum law

Citing little-known power given to the CDC to ban entry of people who might spread disease and ignoring the Refugee Act of 1980, an internal memo has ordered Border Patrol agents to push the overwhelming majority…

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Blasting on Monument Hill at Organ Pipe National Monument on Wednesday. Photo Josh Galemore.
Posted in Arizona Environment First Peoples News News Off the wire Tonto O'odham

“Destruction of a sacred cultural site in international conflict is a war crime”

“I want to be clear: When sacred cultural sites are destroyed in international conflict, it is considered a war crime,” said the subcommittee’s chairman, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.). “It’s hard to see the blasting you showed…

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Posted in Immigration News Pro Publica

The FBI is investigating massive embezzlement of Border Patrol union funds

The head of the powerful union representing border patrol agents nationwide said the FBI is working to identify who stole some $500,000 out of the coffers of the El Paso local. The theft raises more questions…

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Posted in Common Dreams Deportation Immigration News Policing

‘These are the Bad Times’: Trump to deploy heavily armed Border Patrol tactical units to help with immigration arrests in Sanctuary Cities

“It is unbelievable how much this action will undermine public safety. Unbelievable.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer, CommonDreams In a move that appears destined to escalate tension between the White House and opponents, President Donald Trump…

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Posted in Immigration News Policing Pro Publica Public Policy

A group of agents rose through the ranks to lead the Border Patrol. They’re leaving it in crisis.

How several agents from a small outpost in Arizona, including recently retired chief Carla Provost, climbed to the top of the Border Patrol, then one by one retired, leaving corruption, misconduct and a toxic culture in…

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Posted in Immigration News Policing Pro Publica Public Policy

Border Patrol Officials dodged Congress’ questions about migrant children’s deaths

The chair of a House Homeland Security subcommittee reprimanded Border Patrol officials for concealing information about migrant children’s deaths. Officials did not respond to the chairwoman’s criticism. by Robert Moore, special to ProPublica Jan. 14, 5:38…

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Posted in Child Welfare Immigration National News Off the wire Politics Pro Publica Social Justice

Zero Tolerance: “Women to one side, men to the other”: how the Border Patrol’s new powers and old carelessness separated a family

Under Trump, Border Patrol agents wield nearly unchecked power over the fate of migrants — and their seemingly random decisions can cleave families apart. by Dara Lind, ProPublica Jan. 31, Mirza had a sense of foreboding…

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