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America’s Voice Education Fund Responds to House Passage of HR 2213

“We won’t forget.” Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed HR 2213, a bill that will allow President Trump to lower the hiring standards for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents, an agency already notorious for its corruption. According to Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice Education Fund, We are not surprised that Republicans are helping Trump … Continue reading »

In CBP Bill Vote Today, Will House Democrats Be Complicit in Advancing Trump’s Extreme Immigration Agenda?

Trump Has Already Lowered the Standards of Decency and Accountability in Government; House Democrats Should Not Lower Their Own Standards This afternoon, Members of Congress will vote on HR 2213 – a CBP bill to enable and expand the Trump Administration’s deportation force by weakening hiring standards for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The … Continue reading »

CBP’s Own Internal Documents Show Why Congress Should Vote “No” on HR 2213

CBP Needs More, Not Less, Accountability; Members Should Not Enable and Expand Trump Deportation Agenda and Force This week Members of Congress will vote on HR 2213 – a bill to enable and expand the Trump Administration’s mass deportation agenda. America’s Voice Education Fund strongly recommends a no vote on this measure. The proposed legislation … Continue reading »

The New DHS M.O.: Dine, Discriminate and Detain

ICE Agents in Michigan profile and arrest Latino restaurant workers after enjoying breakfast This, from a follow up story in on a recent ICE raid at an Ann Arbor restaurant: It started with a breakfast order – waffles, bacon, eggs and toast – and ended with handcuffs and questions about the immigration status of … Continue reading »

Trump’s Mass Deportation Policy Inspires Vigilantism and Violence

To Some, Immigration Status More Important than Human Status In a new report for NPR, Josh Burnett finds that President Trump’s “new immigration crackdowns [are] creating ‘chilling effect’ on crime reporting: Police officials have been warning about the unintended consequences of Trump’s immigration dragnet. They caution it will further isolate immigrants who are in the country … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Former Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Leader Condemns Proposed Bill to Waive Polygraph Test for CBP Hires

James F. Tomsheck, the former Assistant Commissioner for Internal Affairs at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) from 2006 to 2014, writes a new must-read op-ed in The Hill titled “Why Is Congress Proposing to Increase Customs and Border Protection Corruption?” The piece recaps his firsthand experience at CBP and condemns proposed legislation which would … Continue reading »

New Bill Wants to Relax Hiring Standards for CBP, One of Worst Law Enforcement Agencies Ever

Tomorrow, the House will vote on HR 2213, which would allow Customs and Border Protection to waive the polygraph test requirement for certain new hires, while a Senate committee holds a hearing for an equivalent bill — the Boots on the Border Act authored by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ). Both reflect Donald Trump’s plan to quickly bolster the ranks of … Continue reading »

CBP Officers at Newark Allegedly Conduct “Hazing” Rituals that Involves a “Rape Table”

In the latest in horrifying news about the abusive practices of Customs and Border Protection, NBC News in New York is investigating allegations that CBP officers at Newark Airport conduct an abusive hazing ritual that involves duct-taping victims to a “rape table”. You can read the full article here, or the beginning below: “I’m afraid for … Continue reading »

CBP Illegally Turning Away Asylum Seekers at the Border

Customs and Border Protection officials are reportedly turning away asylum seekers at the southern border — which is a violation of international law. Here’s more from a Dallas Morning News editorial: The U.S. government is illegally turning away asylum seekers at official land crossings all along the southern border. This is the succinct and chilling … Continue reading »

Atlantic: CBP Has Rate of Corruption Exceeding Any Other Federal Law Enforcement Agency

From the Atlantic this week comes an article about Customs and Border Patrol, the chilling rates of corruption within the agency, and what this means for Donald Trump’s plan to hire thousands more CBP officers — while possibly lowering the bar for the applications process, including loosening polygraph test requirements. The article is centered around a former … Continue reading »