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Even More Border Security Won't Appease Anti-Immigrant Hard Liners

House Republican leaders appear to be riding an immigration seesaw.  One minute they’re attaching extreme amendments to the DHS appropriations bill to placate the Steve King wing of their conference, the next minute they’re readying a “Plan B” in case those provisions get rejected by the Senate.  Here’s POLITICO on the stakes that Republican leaders are … Continue reading »

Zero Evidence to Support ISIS Crossing Border, But GOPers Claiming it Anyway

The Department of Homeland Security has definitively said that “the suggestion that individuals who have ties to ISIL have been apprehended at the Southwest border is categorically false, and not supported by any credible intelligence or the facts on the ground,” but it’s election season, which means that GOP candidates are fear-mongering without proof anyway. … Continue reading »

Minutemen Re-emerge, Attempt to Deny Connections to Incredibly Violent Past

One response to the appearance of children fleeing violence has been the reemergence of the Minutemen, aka the militia-style armed groups which take it upon themselves to patrol the border, which largely disappeared a few years ago after a number of incredibly unsavory events. The thing about the Minutemen groups is that they tend to attract … Continue reading »

Fox News: Harry Reid is Right and the Border is Secure

For weeks, anti-immigrant conservatives have been trying to use the story of children fleeing violence to claim that the border is not secure — an absurd claim considering that the children coming to the border typically seek out Border Patrol and turn themselves in.  In the clip below, Sean Hannity is looking to mock Harry … Continue reading »

Former ICE Director: Those Who Re-Enter Should Not Be Deportation Priorities

President Obama recently ordered a review of deportations, looking for ways to make the US immigration system more humane.  But as we and others have pointed out, we already know a lot of what needs to be fixed.  Case in point, in an op-ed at the Los Angeles Times today, former Acting ICE Director John Sandweg expressed his … Continue reading »

Border Delegation Travels to DC to Welcome Congressmen Pearce (NM-2, R) and O’Rourke (TX-16, D) Introduction of Border Accountability Bill

The following is a press release from the Border Network for Human Rights Border Stakeholders Recognize Historic and Unprecedented Effort to Bring Quality, Oversight and Accountability to Border Enforcement  El Paso, TX/Southern New Mexico– In the midst of a national discussion over the actions and strategies of US border agencies and on the heels of … Continue reading »

New Bipartisan Border Transparency Bill to Be Introduced Today

Today, a bipartisan border bill is being introduced by Reps. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) and Steve Pearce (R-NM) designed to increase the transparency of CPB actions along the border.  Here’s John Stanton at Buzzfeed previewing the new bill and its chances: Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a Texas Democrat and one of the co-authors of the bill, said as … Continue reading »

Eight-Year-Old Girl's Reported Suicide a New Tragedy for Broken Deportations System

Every day over 1000 families in America are torn apart by deportation.  It’s a sad fact and one that we think needs to change.  But last week when we heard that an eight-year-old girl had committed suicide after being deported by Border Patrol, well, it just seemed that things had hit a new low.  According … Continue reading »

Border Patrol to Change Use-of-Force Policy

The Border Patrol and its policies allowing for the excessive use of force came under renewed scrutiny last week, with the release of a DHS inspector general report investigating 67 cases that resulted in 19 deaths.  The report found, among other things, evidence of Border Patrol agents deliberately stepping in front of cars in order … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Leaked Report on Border Patrol Excesses Provide Early Challenge to New DHS Secretary

New Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has his work cut out for him when it comes to immigration enforcement.  As Brian Bennett of Los Angeles Times highlights in a new story, entitled, “Border Patrol’s use of deadly force criticized in report,” the extreme and overly aggressive tactics by Border Patrol agents have resulted … Continue reading »