Justice Department says it will end use of private prisons

By Matt Zapotosky The Justice Department plans to end its use of private prisons after officials concluded the facilities are both less safe and less effective at providing correctional services than those run by the government. Continue reading

President Obama: Castner Connects The Past And Future

Mayor Oscar Leeser Mayor of El Paso, Texas   Mayor Javier Gonzalez Mocken Mayor of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico President Obama, help unify our community through designating Castner Range as a national monument. If you ask El Pasoans and Juarenses how they view the U.S.-Mexico border between El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, they will say the same thing: the separation between the two cities is more or less a fiction. And as the mayors that represent these two cities, we agree. Continue reading

U.S. needs more Mexican workers

BY PIA ORRENIUS “You got what you wanted! But you lost what you had!” Friends on the Other Side, “The Princess and the Frog” Continue reading

Border agent charged with sexually assaulting girl

LAS CRUCES - A U.S. Border Patrol agent allegedly had sex with an underage high school student at least 20 times since last summer, according to court documents filed in Doña Ana County Magistrate Court. Continue reading

Federal judge orders more photos unsealed in suit alleging overcrowding in migrant detention centers

A U.S. District Court judge in Tucson has released photographs and documents that immigration activists allege will show crowding and unsanitary conditions at detention centers maintained by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency in its Tucson Sector along the Arizona-Mexico border. Continue reading

The Long History of America's Constitutionally-Challenged 'Border Zones'

Recently Maria Abi-Habib, a journalist at the Wall Street Journal, had a troubling experience. As she detailed on Facebook (picked up by Motherboard), customs agents at Los Angeles airport tried to take her phones after grilling her for an hour—something she protested as a violation of her rights. But it went further than that. "My rights as a journalist or U.S. citizen do not apply at the border," she wrote, "since legislation was passed in 2013 giving DHS very broad powers." Continue reading

Black Lives Matter joins the fight against deportations and ICE raids

The Black Lives Matter movement this week announced it has adopted a 10-point platform that includes a call to end all deportations. It could be a game changer. Continue reading

Immigration Agents Don’t Follow The Law When It Comes To Asylum Seekers

A Bangladeshi asylum seeker who arrived at the southern U.S. border was turned away after a border agent told him to seek asylum in Mexico. Another Central American asylum seeker was told by an immigration agent that he would be deported, regardless of whether he signed a statement testifying that he would be at risk of persecution or torture if he was returned to his country. And yet a third immigrant was told that it would be “better if you just ask to be deported” or “we’re going to throw you out.” Continue reading

The Border Patrol Is in Chaos. Can Its New Chief Make a Difference?

A new chief took over the US Border Patrol this month, and for the first time in 92 years, it isn't someone who rose through the ranks. Mark Morgan—a former FBI official who once specialized in intelligence and counterterrorism—has stepped in to lead the scandal-plagued group once described as "America's most out-of-control law enforcement agency." Continue reading

New details emerge in fatal border shooting of Mexican teen

  By Associated Press A Border Patrol agent indicted for the fatal shooting of a Mexican teen through the gaps of a border fence threw up after the shooting and said people were throwing rocks and struck a police dog. Continue reading

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