The U.S.-Mexico border fence in Nogales, Arizona. Credit: Ariana Drehsler/AFP via Getty Images
Posted in Investigations Justice News Pro Publica

A secretive counterterrorism team interrogated dozens of citizens at the border

Government Report A report by a federal watchdog shows how the Trump administration flagged at least 51 citizens for interrogation at the border based on evidence as flimsy as once having ridden in a car with…

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Lawyers were stopped while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and questioned by counterterrorism agents. Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images
Posted in Abuse of power Analysis Pro Publica

Documents Show Trump Officials Used Secret Terrorism Unit to Question Lawyers at the Border

In newly disclosed records, Trump officials cited conspiracies about Antifa to justify interrogating immigration lawyers with a special terrorism unit. The documents also show that more lawyers were targeted than previously known. by Dara Lind  …

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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 Border Wall Immigration News

‘He is not welcome’: Trump border visit denounced as PR stunt of ‘blood-soaked’ president

“Trump has blood on his hands, and he is not welcome at the border,” one migrant rights activist bluntly declared. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Tuesday, January 12, 2021 Human rights advocates in Texas on Tuesday…

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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 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 Deportation ICE Immigration Pro Publica

Advocates sue Trump Administration over mass border expulsions

The suit, which draws on ProPublica’s story illuminating the secretive policy, seeks to stop a 16-year-old boy from being expelled to Honduras and to reunite him with his father who’s already living in the U.S. by…

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A predator drone taxis towards the tarmac for a surveillance flight in Sierra Vista, Arizona. (Photo: John Moore)
Posted in Common Dreams ICE Investigations News

AOC, Pressley join probe into Trump use of predator drones to surveil protesters

“This administration has undermined the First Amendment freedoms of Americans of all races who are rightfully protesting George Floyd’s killing.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Sunday, June 7 Democrats on the House Oversight Committee, including Reps….

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A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Predator drone like the one reportedly flown over Minneapolis. (Image: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol)
Posted in Abuse of power News

US Border Patrol denounced for using predator drone to spy on Minneapolis protests

This is a “Rogue Agency”  “This is what happens when leaders sign blank check after blank check to militarize police, CBP, etc while letting violence go unchecked.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Friday, May 29 Civil…

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