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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 »

Over 1000 Gather to Hear Reps. Beto O’Rourke (D) and Steve Pearce (R) Discuss Better Border Bill

Saturday was an historic day in Anthony, New Mexico. More than 1,000 people gathered at a church to hear from two Congressmen – a Democrat and a Republican – about how to make the border a safer place for migrants who travel through and people who live there.  It was the 15th anniversary assembly of the Border … Continue reading »

In Passing Immigration Reform, Republicans Cannot Afford to Wait

After spending all of last year rotating through a litany of excuses for why they couldn’t pass immigration reform (including President Obama, the Democrats, the fiscal crisis, the legislative calendar, and immigration reform advocates themselves), House Republicans have cycled back to the beginning, once again using their hatred for and distrust of President Obama as … Continue reading »

Three Keys to the Immigration Reform Debate

Enforcement at Historic Highs, Citizenship is Central, GOP Politics Favors Action Now In the fast-moving discussion of immigration reform, here are three keys to the current debate: 1.  Despite Republican Rhetoric, Immigration Enforcement & Border Security Are Already in Overdrive: Here are the facts: President Obama has presided over a record-high number of deportations; the … 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 »