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While Donald Trump Goes to the Border, the Trump Effect is on Display in Congress

If We Are Going to Have a Debate on Immigration Policy, Let’s Move from Gotcha Politics to Real Solutions While the Donald heads to the border today, the Trump Effect is on display in Washington.  The GOP is following Donald Trump’s lead by staging votes on piecemeal anti-immigrant measures in Congress while blocking a comprehensive solution … Continue reading »

Leading Anti-Immigrant Groups — Including Border Agents And Breitbart — Arrange Trump Campaign Event At Border

Leading Republican Presidential candidate  Donald Trump — who is also currently the nation’s leading anti-immigrant voice — will visit the U.S./Mexico border and meet with Border Patrol agents tomorrow, several have news outlets confirmed. “I’ve been invited by border patrols and they want to honor me, actually, and thousands and thousands of ’em because I’m … Continue reading »

US Customs And Border Protection Won’t Take Any Action Against Agents Involved In Over 60 Deadly-Force Cases

US Customs and Border Protection won’t take any action against agents involved in over 60 “deadly-force” incidents from 2010 to 2012, reports Bob Ortega of the Arizona Republic: The 67 incidents had been identified in 2013 in a scathing report on CBP’s use-of-force practices by the Police Executive Research Forum, a law-enforcement research and policy … Continue reading »

Must-Read Piece From Vox's Dara Lind: "Are Border Patrol Agents Threatening To Go Rogue?"

Vox’s Dara Lind highlights an alarming divide between the Obama Administration’s immigration enforcement priorities and the Border Patrol agents tasked with carrying out those policies on the ground. While President Obama’s November 2014 expanded DACA and DAPA programs are currently on hold following a judge’s ruling, the Obama Administration’s prosecutorial discretion guidelines — outlining who … Continue reading »

WaPo Editorial: Border Patrol May Be More Accountable With Hope of Reform

An important editorial at the Washington Post highlights the steps that the Border Patrol is slowly taking to reform its operations, which have come under scrutiny for use of excessive force.  This is important, and necessary, considering that Border Patrol has made headlines for shooting at kids who throw rocks and stepping into the path of cars to … Continue reading »

New York Times: Complaints Against Border Patrol Often Ignored

A disturbing article today from the New York Times reveals that the vast majority of complaints against Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) abuses are simply ignored.  As the article begins: On Feb. 16, 2010, a Mexican teenager caught trying to cross into the United States near Douglas, Ariz., filed a formal complaint accusing a Border Patrol agent of punching him … Continue reading »

New Report Can't Even Identify Total Number of Excessive Force Complaints Against Border Patrol

A report yesterday from the Office for the Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Homeland Security revealed that US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been keeping such poorly detailed and incomplete records that it is impossible to identify the number of excessive force allegations lodged against the agency. As the report noted, neither … Continue reading »