In ‘unprecedented no-show’ U.S. officials skip Inter-American Commission on Human Rights hearings
Mar22

In ‘unprecedented no-show’ U.S. officials skip Inter-American Commission on Human Rights hearings

U.S. government policies and practices on immigration, indigenous rights and the treatment of asylum seekers were the subject of hearings today at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, a body of the Organization of American States. But, for the first time in organization’s history, the U.S. government didn’t even send an official representative to the hearings. Shannon Young has more. Download Audio Hearings at the...

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U.S. border agents told a Mexican teen to drink liquid meth. His family received $1 million for his death.
Mar21

U.S. border agents told a Mexican teen to drink liquid meth. His family received $1 million for his death.

Cruz Velazquez Acevedo began convulsing shortly after he drank the liquid methamphetamine he’d brought with him from Tijuana, Mexico. The 16-year-old had just crossed the U.S.-Mexico border to San Diego and was going through a checkpoint at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. He was carrying two bottles of liquid that he claimed was apple juice. U.S. Border Patrol agents told him to drink it to prove he wasn’t lying, court records say. The...

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Immigration Enforcement in Schools, Churches, and Courts: What the Government Can (and Can’t) Do
Mar20

Immigration Enforcement in Schools, Churches, and Courts: What the Government Can (and Can’t) Do

By Tory Johnson Following the release of President Trump’s immigration enforcement executive orders and implementation memos, and the recent arrest of a transgender domestic violence victim at a courthouse in El Paso, Texas, there has been widespread confusion about where immigration enforcement can and cannot take place. Questions and concerns stem from the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) written policies regarding “sensitive...

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Lawyer: BP ‘lost or destroyed’ original video of Nogales cross-border shooting
Mar20

Lawyer: BP ‘lost or destroyed’ original video of Nogales cross-border shooting

By Paul Ingram A lawyer representing Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent charged with second-degree murder for shooting and killing a Mexican teenager across the border in Nogales, said that the agency has “lost or destroyed” the original video recordings of the incident. Nearly three years after the shooting, Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Ray Swartz was indicted by a grand jury for firing through the border fence and...

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What Border Communities Really Need (HINT: Not More Walls or Agents)
Mar16

What Border Communities Really Need (HINT: Not More Walls or Agents)

SOUTHERN BORDER —  Today, the White House officially requested $3 billion from Congress to push ahead with its misguided plans to build more walls along the southern border while laying the groundwork to hire thousands more immigration officers. In response, the  Southern Border Communities Coalition has released the following statement: Andrea Guerrero, Executive Director of Alliance San Diego and Co-Chair of the  Southern Border...

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