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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 »

ICYMI: Despite Numerous Examples of Corruption and Abuse, Republicans Push Legislation to Lower Border Patrol Hiring Standards

Already, approximately two-thirds of CBP applicants fail polygraph exam Tomorrow, the House of Representatives votes on HR 2213, which would allow Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to waive the polygraph test for certain new hires, while a Senate committee holds a hearing on their version of the bill – the Boots on the Border Act … 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 »

ICE Agents Continue to Arrest Immigrants at Courthouses, Despite Judges Asking Otherwise

Despite judges and officials in at least three states and one city (California, Washington, New Jersey, and Denver) specifically asking ICE to refrain from conducting immigration enforcement actions inside and around courthouses, agents are continuing to do so — curtailing immigrants’ access to legal institutions and causing harm to public safety, while sometimes refusing to … 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 »

On Deportations and Deporters, DHS’ John Kelly is a Man of Lowered Standards

As we’ve seen from the Trump Administration in its first few months, and from news from this past week, Department of Homeland Security chief John Kelly is a man with lowered standards and no priorities: none for the immigrants whom his department is deporting, and none for the Deportation Force he wants to hire to … Continue reading »

Trump and Sessions Rev Up the Mass Deportation Machine

The Sessions speech at the border and the leaked DHS plan make it clear: the nativists are going for broke With his speech at the southwestern border this week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions made it painfully clear that he is seeking to use the full power of the Department of Justice to go after immigrants. This, on top of … Continue reading »

Friday Office Hours: Rep. Espaillat’s New “Sensitive Locations” Bill; ICE Targets Victims & Witnesses; Recess Plans

During today’s “Office Hours,” Congressman Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Grace Huang, Angel Padilla and Frank Sharry analyzed the real-life impacts of Trump’s radicalism on immigration enforcement —families separated; crime victims and witnesses afraid to testify; the most vulnerable afraid to seek help — and overviewed plans to fight back against Trump’s $3 billion DHS spending request during recess. A … Continue reading »