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ICE and CBP Abuse

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 »

The Fate of the Officials Who Carried Out the Family Separation Scandal? Promoted Instead of Punished; Celebrated Instead of Prosecuted

In an interview on Fox News, acting ICE Director Ronald Vitiello — who has been nominated to become the permanent ICE Director — was asked if he supported the President’s family separation policy. His response: “We supported what the President did.” After talking about the chaos that resulted, he said “we’ve recovered from that now.” … 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 »

The Many, Many Reasons Why ICE is a Rogue Agency

ICE is a relatively new government agency and has only been operating since 2003. In its less than two decades of existence, ICE has developed a long record of abuses — yet the Trump Administration has encouraged, facilitated, and “unshackled” the agency. Under his presidency, ICE has increasingly known no bounds, which is why we … Continue reading »

Trump Administration Seizure of $58k From Cleveland Man Just Latest in Use of Un-American and Unlawful Tactics

Cleveland, OH —  Under President Trump, the twin police forces of U.S. Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have resorted to increasingly authoritarian tactics, regardless of the consequences for public safety and basic human rights. “The Border Patrol and ICE are now operating like political police forces within our communities,” said Lynn Tramonte, … 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 »

LA Times Investigation: ICE Has Illegally Detained Nearly 1,500 American Citizens Since 2012

Last Friday, the Los Angeles Times published a deeply disturbing investigative piece detailing how U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has detained nearly 1,500 American citizens since 2012. The length of time these citizens were kept in ICE custody ranges from one day to more than three years. The story, from reporters Paige St. John and Joel … Continue reading »

Shot: Conservative Columnist Michael Gerson: “ICE Has Become Trump’s Personal Bullying Squad”

Chaser: Esquire’s Charles Pierce: “There is a fully deputized, well-armed national police force operating in this country like we’ve never seen operate before” Michael Gerson, a syndicated Washington Post columnist who worked for George W. Bush as a speechwriter, pens a must-read column entitled, “ICE Has Become Trump’s Personal Bullying Squad.” The piece is an essential contribution to … Continue reading »

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