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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American Citizens: U.S. Border Agents Can Search Your Cellphone
Mar14

American Citizens: U.S. Border Agents Can Search Your Cellphone

When Buffalo, New York couple Akram Shibly and Kelly McCormick returned to the U.S. from a trip to Toronto on Jan. 1, 2017, U.S. Customs & Border Protection officers held them for two hours, took their cellphones and demanded their passwords. “It just felt like a gross violation of our rights,” said Shibly, a 23-year-old filmmaker born and raised in New York. But he and McCormick complied, and their phones were...

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Is ICE’s Help-Wanted Sign a Welcome Mat for Rogue Applicants, Too?
Mar14

Is ICE’s Help-Wanted Sign a Welcome Mat for Rogue Applicants, Too?

By Ron Nixon WASHINGTON — President Trump has vowed a hiring surge of 10,000 immigration and customs officers to accelerate the deportation of unauthorized immigrants. But the aggressive pace he has laid out risks adding to the ranks of rogue agents who have been charged with abusing immigrants. Over the past decade, dozens of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and contract guards responsible for the detention and removal of...

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