Warrants detail alleged smuggling scheme by Customs and Border Protection officer

By Kristina Davis To U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer Jose Luis Cota, the unauthorized immigrant women he fingerprinted and processed before their return to Mexico weren’t just detainees — they were potential customers, investigators say. Continue reading

Court Orders Government to Fix Inhumane Conditions in Border Patrol Holding Cells

Washington D.C. - A federal district court today found that U.S. Customs and Border Protection is violating the constitutional rights of people detained in holding facilities in Arizona and ordered the government to take steps to improve conditions in these facilities, known as hieleras. This is the latest turn in a legal challenge filed in June 2015 by the American Immigration Council, National Immigration Law Center, Morrison & Foerster, the ACLU of Arizona, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. Continue reading

Cities Vow to Fight Trump on Immigration, Even if They Lose Millions

By Jennifer Medina and Jess Bidgood LOS ANGELES — Here in Los Angeles, where nearly half of the city’s residents are Latino, Mayor Eric Garcetti has vowed to do everything he can to fight widespread deportations of illegal immigrants. Continue reading

A board set up to investigate Border Patrol shootings and deaths has cleared agents every time

  By Joseph Tanfani In rural Arizona, a border agent shot at and missed a migrant who had cocked his arm to throw a rock. At a California border station, a man died after being hit with a Taser three times. Continue reading

U.S. Government Settles Lawsuit with ACLU Client Over CBP Officer Abuse

Today, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas, the University of Texas Civil Rights Clinic, and the Law Office of Gilberto Hinojosa & Associates announced a settlement in which the U.S. Government paid $85,000 to a U.S. citizen with a physical disability who suffered an unconstitutional and vicious takedown by a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent at the Brownsville Port of Entry while trying to watch the search of her purse. The agent’s attack of our client, coupled with her subsequent, unwarranted arrest, violated her Fourth Amendment rights to be free from excessive force and unreasonable seizure. Continue reading

House Republicans test Trump on his U.S.-Mexico wall

By Julia Edwards Ainsley   Republicans in the House of Representatives hope to offer President-elect Donald Trump an alternate plan to his proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall, a first test by lawmakers from his own party of one of his key campaign promises. Continue reading

Alejandra, age 7, is facing a judge alone. Is that due process?

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – There are no majestic marble columns leading to the United States immigration court here, no hint of the life-altering decisions taking place inside the nondescript building. Continue reading

Combating Corruption: U.S. Customs And Border Protection Seeks Deep Reform

By John Burnett U.S. Customs and Border Protection—the nation's largest law enforcement agency—is attempting to reform itself. Washington spends $13 billion on border control and immigration enforcement, more than every other federal law enforcement force combined. Yet the huge agency—with 56,000 gun-toting agents—is dogged by complaints that too many of them will take a bribe or use excessive force and avoid consequences. Continue reading

Sign On Letter: Mass Detention of Families and Asylum Seekers Must End

Recently, The Southern Border Communities Coalition, along with over 220 nongovernmental organizations from across the United States stood in solidarity and signed a letter to end the mass detention of families and asylum seekers. Addressed to Jeh Johnson, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, the letter highlights the record-high numbers of immigrants detained daily. Furthermore, the letter notes DHS' recent contract extension with one of the nation's largest for-profit prison companies. We demand that the mass detention of families end immediately. Continue reading

What A Reporter Learned When He Infiltrated An Arizona Militia Group

Heard on All Things Considered Along the border between the U.S. and Mexico, armed groups on patrol — mostly men — look for illegal immigrants and drug traffickers. They're not U.S. Border Patrol, but regular people who've decided to take matters into their own hands. Continue reading

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