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

Editorial: The Border Patrol has made improvements in accountability and use-of-force. Will Trump continue that progress?

By: LA Times Editorial Board Over the past three years, the Obama administration has struggled to change a culture of violence and impunity within the U.S. Border Patrol — a culture that has tolerated excessive force against suspected border crossers, including unnecessary lethal shootings. To its credit, the government has forced some improvements in both transparency and accountability, as well as reductions in the use of force, under Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske, though the agency continues to face dogged problems with bribery and other underhanded actions by some of the agents. Continue reading

Trump’s Pick for Homeland Security Secretary Is Inheriting a Border Agency Known for Human Rights Abuses

By Vicki B. Gaubeca, Director of the ACLU of New Mexico’s Regional Center for Border Rights Next week, retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly, President-elect Trump’s choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security, will go before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for his confirmation hearing. If confirmed, Gen. Kelly will inherit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP): the largest federal law enforcement agency and infamous for its abusive and lawless practices. One question before committee members then is whether Gen. Kelly will check the agency’s worst practices or only make them worse. Continue reading

Border corruption targeted

Campaign enlists public’s help fighting officials on the take By Kristian Hernandez This year at least a half dozen government agencies in the Rio Grande Valley were allegedly compromised by criminal organizations, but a new campaign aims to enlist the public’s help to end corruption across the border. Continue reading

6 Things that President Obama Needs to do to Dismantle the Deportation Machine

Dear President Obama, In your remaining days in office, you have the ability to overcome some of your administration’s checkered immigration record.   You have a choice — you can hand over the largest immigration enforcement regime in history to an incoming administration that has promised mass deportations and human rights violations; or you can begin to dismantle some of the detention and deportation machinery and protect the human rights of migrants and their families. Continue reading

Head of Customs and Border Protection watchdog office resigns

By Andrew Becker The head of internal affairs for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the nation’s largest law enforcement agency, has resigned, according to an email obtained by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. Continue reading

Local group informs people crossing border into the U.S. about their rights

By Erika Cervantes People who cross the U.S.- Mexico border to shop in San Ysidro or visit family in the area say they’re living in fear. They say it’s because of President-Elect Donald Trump and his promise to crack down on immigration. Continue reading

Border Patrol: Agent shot man who got control of steel baton

By Associated Press The U.S. Border Patrol says one of its agents shot a man who had gotten control of the officer's collapsible steel baton during a physical struggle in southeastern Arizona near the U.S.-Mexico border. Continue reading

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