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Former Border Patrol Agent Blows the Whistle on Culture of Violence, Cruelty and Impunity

Ur Jaddou: “CBP’s accountability structures are woefully lacking and way behind other large law enforcement agencies” In a new article for The Intercept, John Washington interviews a former Border Patrol agent. Using a pseudonym, “Mario” reveals instances of violence and cruelty towards immigrants, a culture of impunity and corruption, and a “green line” of protecting … Continue reading »

Glaring Need for Robust Structures of Accountability and Hiring at CBP   

A Long-term Border Patrol Agent Accused of Being a Serial Killer is the Latest Example of an Agency in Need of an Overhaul The Associated Press recently reported that a ten-year U.S. Border Patrol agent and “supervisor was charged Saturday with murder in the deaths of four female sex workers following what authorities called a … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Juan Escalante: “Trump Congratulating ICE And Border Patrol Officers Is An Insult To All Americans”

In his latest column  for HuffPost, America’s Voice Communications Manager and DACA-recipient Juan Escalante calls out President Trump for holding a ceremony to celebrate the men and women who have willingly separated thousands of families and for refusing to hold Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) accountable. Escalante’s piece is … Continue reading »

Frank Sharry: White House Pep Rally for ICE and CBP All About “Divide and Distract” Political Strategy

Today, the White House will host a “celebration” for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents, against the backdrop of the cruel and unresolved family separation crisis that implicates both agencies. Last week, we offered a brief primer on the litany of abuses at ICE and CBP that show why … Continue reading »

Three Weeks Past the Court-Ordered Family Reunification Deadline, Trump Celebrates and Promotes Those Responsible

 Last night we learned the total number of children that remained separated from their parents has actually increased. Based on new numbers released last night, 565 children (up from 559) are still separated, including 24 children who are 5 years of age and under. This is deeply disturbing confirmation that the Trump administration continues to … Continue reading »

Why Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is One of America’s “Most Out-of-Control Enforcement” Agencies

Customs and Border Protection (CBP), like its agency cousin ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), is a relatively new agency and has only operated since 2003. In that short time, however, CBP has developed a long record of abuses — so many that Politico once called it America’s “most out-of-control enforcement agency” — yet the Trump … Continue reading »

Trump’s Immigration Enforcement Strategy: Unaccountable, Un-American and Increasingly Unlawful

A US Senator is denied access to inspect the well-being of children: contractor calls police on him As President Trump openly claims that he is above the law, below is a roundup have of recent episodes that how his administration is advancing an immigration enforcement agenda that is unaccountable, un-American and increasingly unlawful. A private … Continue reading »

Border Patrol Shoots and Kills Unarmed Woman

Customs and Border Protection Must Be Held Accountable for Excessive Use of Force, Abuse and Corruption Yesterday, Univision reported that a Border Patrol agent fatally shot an unarmed undocumented woman in the head, according to a video of the incident by a bystander. In the video: a woman yells at an agent: “Why are you … Continue reading »

What Trump Has Unleashed: Border Patrol Agent Detains U.S. Citizens for Speaking Spanish in Montana

Evidently, racist lawyer bro in New York City isn’t the only one threatening Americans for speaking Spanish. In an article entitled, “A Border Patrol agent detained two U.S. citizens at a gas station after hearing them speak Spanish,” the Washington Post describes in 0disturbing detail how two U.S. citizens were detained by a Border Patrol agent outside … Continue reading »

Reminders: As Trump Administration Advances Cruel Policy Agenda at Border, CBP is Out of Control, Not the Border

La Opinión editorial and Matt Yglesias at Vox with key new commentaries as Trump Administration advances cruel new policies at the border Two new commentaries capture why the Trump Administration’s approach to border and asylum policy is defined by callousness and inhumanity and not by the actual facts or needs of the border region. An … Continue reading »