Judge stops Border Patrol from putting war vet in Texas

  By AP BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — A war veteran seeking to avoid a U.S. Border Patrol assignment in Texas because of post-traumatic stress disorder has won a key ruling from a federal judge in Michigan. Continue reading

Undocumented Cal State students fear Border Patrol’s participation in career fair

  By Peter Fricke Students at the California State University, San Marcos staged a demonstration Thursday protesting the inclusion of Border Patrol representatives at the school’s career fair. Continue reading

Border Patrol’s use-of-force stats say nothing about immigrant deaths

  By Amanda Sakuma U.S. Customs and Border Protection boasted this week that agents used significantly less deadly force in the field over the last year, with incidents down 26 percent even as assaults against agents held steady. But the embattled agency’s steps toward reform and greater transparency omit one key detail: just how many of their altercations resulted in severe injuries or even death. Continue reading

Revealed: immigration officers allowed to hack phones

  Home Office granted powers to snoop on detention centre refugees three years ago by amendment to 20-year-old Police Act By Mark Townsend Immigration officials have been permitted to hack the phones of refugees and asylum seekers, including rape and torture victims, for the past three years. Continue reading

Can the Labor Movement Live With Police Unions?

  Is there room in the labor movement for racist, Trump-supporting cops?   Continue reading

U.S. Border Patrol Reports Drop In Agents’ Use Of Force

  The agency reported a drop in uses of force by about 26%, though figures show agents in more remote and least busy areas used their guns more often. By Adolfo Flores The U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported a drop in uses of force by about 26% last year, even as some agents in more remote sections of the Southwest border reported an increase in incidents.   Continue reading

Death on the border: Family suing U.S. for “torturing and killing” Latino father at California-Mexico line, botching investigation

  Lawyer says Border Patrol's impunity after Anastasio Hernández Rojas' death on camera is "miscarriage of justice" By Ben Norton The family of a longtime U.S. resident is suing the government on charges of torture and excessive force, but the case has gotten very little coverage in the American media. Continue reading

In CBS4 interview, head of border patrol calls Trump proposal to build a wall ‘impossible’

  INDIANAPOLIS (April 5, 2016) – The head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection is calling Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border “impossible.” R. Gil Kerlikowske, the federal agency’s commissioner, met with economic and law enforcement leaders in Indianapolis Tuesday. The visit was part recruitment, part policy for Kerlikowske, who was appointed by President Barack Obama to oversee the agency and its 60,000 employees. In an interview with CBS4, Kerlikowske was critical of the Republican presidential front-runner’s immigration proposal. Continue reading

Border Patrol asking for ideas on body, car camera systems

  By Alicia Caldwell WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency is asking the private sector for suggestions on camera systems that could be worn by border agents or mounted to patrol cars. The proposal to have agents wear cameras came amid concerns that border agents have been too quick to use force, including shooting people along the U.S.-Mexico border. Continue reading

ACLU: U.S. Government Deports People into Harm’s Way

  Border Rights Groups Urge DHS to Investigate Widespread Dispossession of Belongings LAS CRUCES, NM— Today, civil and human rights organizations in Mexico and the United States filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on behalf of 26 people. Immigration officials confiscated and failed to return the people’s personal belongings, exposing them to severe risk of harm upon their return to Mexico. The complaint shows how U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials in the El Paso Border Patrol Sector—which covers West Texas and all of New Mexico—routinely dispossess people of their personal belongings, deporting them to Mexico without money, identification and legal documents, mobile phones, and other important personal possessions. Continue reading

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