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

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

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

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

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

Sign-on Statement by Elected Officials to Uphold Constitutional Protections Throughout the United States

We, state and local elected leaders and legislative bodies, charged with serving and protecting our constituents, do hereby express our concern that federal police powers to act without a warrant, granted to federal immigration authorities in perimeter states including California, Michigan, New York, Florida, and Texas, erode the integrity of the U.S. Constitution, jeopardize our communities, and undermine public safety for all. Continue reading

Views from Alongside a Border

By Michael Seifert Last week I was helping clean up the small room that serves as a clinic at the Sacred Heart Respite Center in McAllen, Texas. Looking for a broom, I noticed a woman seated in a chair in the corner of the hallway, her ankle monitor plugged into a wall socket. She looked nervous and sad, and so I introduced myself. Our conversation was halting—she was from the Quiche region of Guatemala and Spanish was her second language, as she had grown up speaking her mother tongue. Continue reading

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