ACLU Files Claim Against Customs and Border Protection for Alleged Sexual Assault of Teen Sisters in Texas

By Monique Judge The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California on Wednesday filed two claims with the federal government on behalf of two sisters who were allegedly sexually assaulted by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection last year. Continue reading

Arizona-based Border Patrol agent convicted of bribery, drug trafficking

By Rafael Carranza A Border Patrol agent stationed in Nogales will spend more than 13 years behind bars, after he was convicted on federal bribery and drug-trafficking charges. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Why the US should treat Mexico as a vital partner, not a punching bag

  Mexico is one of the most important countries in the world for the United States. It’s the second-largest buyer of US goods, the third-biggest consumer of US agricultural products and America’s third-most-important trading partner, after China and Canada. We trade over a million dollars of stuff every minute. Continue reading

Voices from the border: Opposing Trump’s wall

    Americans living close to the Mexico border voice opposition to policies that falsely conflate immigration and security. On Wednesday, John F Kelly, the head of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the department tasked with implementing President Donald Trump’s immigration policy, laid out the administration’s vision before Congress. It included increasing vetting procedures for foreign nationals and, most pressingly, according to the newly appointed Kelly, fixing the “gaping wound” he considers to be the US-Mexico border. Continue reading

Today the Headlines Clot in My Blood

This past Saturday, while on a quick run to the local grocery store, I ran into Sara.  She had her two youngest girls with her—one a tenth grader, and the other in the middle of her second year at the university. They are her seventh and eighth children, and, like their mom, bright-eyed and delightful to be with. Continue reading

VIDEO: What the US-Mexico border really looks like

  The US-Mexico border is 1,933 miles long, and already has 700 miles of fence running along it.   Continue reading

Former Executive Director of Anti-Immigrant Hate Group FAIR Joins Trump Administration

Stephen Piggott Julie Kirchner, the former executive director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), has been named chief of staff at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the largest federal law enforcement agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Continue reading

U.S. border officials are illegally turning away asylum seekers, critics say

By Joshua Partlow     Several weeks ago, a former Guatemalan police officer walked up to U.S. private ­security guards at the border crossing here and asked for asylum in the United States. Continue reading

What Border Communities Need to Hear from Gen. John Kelly

Later today, President-elect Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), General John Kelly, will face his confirmation hearing before the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. If confirmed, this retired, career marine general will be placed at the helm of the the sprawling agency that includes U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the largest federal law enforcement agency in the country that has been plagued by serious integrity challenges and human and civil rights abuses that have been the subject of complaints and litigation. Continue reading

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