Immigration Law

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After Years of Tribal Resistance, DHS Finishes its “Virtual Wall” on the Tohono O’odham Nation
Posted on 1 Sep 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Todd Miller, The Border Chronicle, Sept. 1, 2022 "When I come across surveillance towers in the borderlands, I first look to see if there are any communities, towns, or houses in its view. I did this on Monday, on the Tohono O’odham Nation... Read More

Expert: CBP is NOT Handing Out Social Security Numbers to Border Crossers
Posted on 5 Aug 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Josh Kelety, Associated Press, Aug. 3, 2022 "Lara Logan, a former Fox Nation host, recently claimed that U.S. Border Patrol agents are distributing Social Security numbers to immigrants at the border. A video of her comments has circulated widely... Read More

Does DHS Have Your Cellphone Data?
Posted on 19 Jul 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Julia Ainsley, NBC News, July 18, 2022 "The Department of Homeland Security has paid millions of dollars since 2017 to purchase, without warrants, cellphone location data from two companies to track the movements of both Americans and foreigners... Read More

Tags: cbp , DHS , ICE , cell phones

Cruelty as Border Policy: The Biden Administration Keeps in Place CBP’s “Consequence Delivery System”
Posted on 24 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Todd Miller, The Border Chronicle, Mar. 24, 2022 "In June 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a guide to determine the effectiveness and cost efficiency of the punishments meted out to unauthorized border-crossers. According to documents... Read More

Tags: Biden , cbp , Trump , border

A Pastor’s Legal Fight Against CBP Exposes a Reckless Surveillance Operation
Posted on 7 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ryan Devereaux, The Intercept, Mar. 6, 2022 "A quiet drama unfolding at the intersection of faith, surveillance, and borders, Kaji Dousa’s experience that night in San Diego began a legal fight that continues to this day. As she would later... Read More

Tags: cbp , asylum

The Everyday Mistreatment of Transfronterizo Commuters on the Mexico-U.S. Border: A Q&A with Borderlands Scholar Estefanía Castañeda Pérez
Posted on 3 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Todd Miller, The Border Chronicle, Mar. 3, 2022 - Crossing the border everyday brings the normalization of surveillance and interrogation, but what happens if you refuse to comply with the CBP facial recognition camera? "The data that I have collected... Read More

Tags: cbp , border

Senate Confirms Chris Magnus to Lead CBP
Posted on 8 Dec 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Eileen Sullivan, New York Times, Dec. 7, 2021 "The Senate on Tuesday approved President Biden’s choice to run Customs and Border Protection, filling a key post that has oversight of one of the president’s earliest and biggest challenges... Read More

Tags: cbp , Magnus

Greyhound Must Stop Allowing Warrantless Immigration Sweeps, Pay $2.2M
Posted on 29 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Sept. 27, 2021 "Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that Greyhound Lines Inc. will pay $2.2 million to resolve his lawsuit over the bus line’s practice of allowing U.S. Customs &... Read More

CBP Falsified Records in Death of Boy
Posted on 24 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Robert Moore, El Paso Matters, Sept. 17, 2021 "A new report details “deeply troubling failures” by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the 2019 death of a Guatemalan boy in the agency’s custody, including the creation of false... Read More

Documents Show Trump Officials Used Secret Terrorism Unit to Question Lawyers at the Border
Posted on 14 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dara Lind, May 14, 2021 "Taylor Levy couldn’t understand why she’d been held for hours by Customs and Border Protection officials when crossing back into El Paso, Texas, after getting dinner with friends in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in... Read More

Border Patrol Agrees to Two $35,000 Settlements in Racial Profiling, Unlawful Detention Cases
Posted on 29 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NWIRP, Apr. 29, 2021 "The United States has agreed to pay two men $35,000 each in settlements after they were wrongfully detained and interrogated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in separate incidents at the Intermodal Center, a bus... Read More

CBP Memo: Updated Terminology for CBP Communications and Materials
Posted on 20 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CBP, Apr. 19, 2021 "This memorandum establishes updated language and aligns our communication practices with the Biden Administration’s guidance regarding immigration terminology. The Administration has provided guidance on the preferred... Read More

Tags: alien , cbp

Biden Names Picks for USCIS, CBP (Jaddou; Magnus)
Posted on 12 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

White House, Apr. 12, 2021 " Ur Jaddou, Nominee for Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services Ur Mendoza Jaddou has two decades of experience in immigration law, policy, and administration. Most recently, she was the Director of DHS Watch... Read More

Tags: Biden , cbp , Jaddou , USCIS , Magnus

Administration Ends Requirement That Information on Migrant Children, Sponsors Be Shared with ICE
Posted on 15 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Austin Landis, Spectrum News, Mar. 12, 2021 "On Friday, the Biden administration officially ended an information sharing agreement between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the agencies caring for unaccompanied children who cross the... Read More

Masks Required at All Ports of Entry
Posted on 4 Feb 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CBP, Feb. 4, 2021 "Effective Feb. 2, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is enforcing the requirement that travelers wear face masks at all air, land and sea ports of entry in the United States in accordance with President Biden’s Executive... Read More

Tags: cbp , COVID-19
  • Blog Post: CBP bars Russian engineers headed for Boeing, Seattle: B-1 in lieu of H-1B?

    "U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport denied entry Friday to 15 Russian engineers from Boeing's Moscow Design Center and sent them back to Russia. The incident caused the company to suspend U.S. travel for other engineers from Russia...
  • Blog Post: GAO on Arizona Border Surveillance Technology: More Information on Plans and Costs Is Needed before Proceeding

    "In 2005, the Secure Border Initiative Network (SBInet) was conceived as a surveillance technology to create a 'virtual fence' along the border. After spending nearly $1 billion, DHS deployed SBInet systems along 53 miles of Arizona's border that represent the highest risk for...
  • Blog Post: CBP bats down iPad border crosser claims

    "U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Jan. 4 called a Canadian man’s claims to have entered the U.S. using only a scanned image of his passport on an iPad “categorically false.” News reports on Jan. 4 said Martin Reisch, 33, a resident of Montreal, claimed he entered the...
  • Blog Post: Pilot Pedestrian Ready Lane Coming to Otay Mesa

    "U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials will open a pilot pedestrian Ready Lane at the Otay Mesa port of entry on February 23. Similar to the existing vehicle Ready Lanes, any traveler with an approved document that has Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology can use the lane...
  • Blog Post: Federal immigration agency turns to El Paso migrants' shelter for help

    "Necessity often results in unexpected relationships, and that's one way to describe the connection between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Annunciation House in El Paso, a shelter for undocumented immigrants. Ruben Garcia, the shelter's director, said that as the...
  • Blog Post: Authority of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agents: An Overview

    "U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) was established in 2003 as an arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It combined agents from the U.S. Customs Service, the former Immigration and Naturalization Service and agricultural inspectors, who monitor the ports of entry, and the...
  • Blog Post: CBP Apologizes for SRK Detention

    "In reel life (read his blockbuster movie, My Name Is Khan ), Shah Rukh Khan succeeds in convincing the 'US President-elect Barack Obama' that he's not a terrorist. But in real life, the picture isn't as rosy for the Bollywood superstar. Shah Rukh, on his way to deliver a lecture...
  • Blog Post: PBS: Border Patrol Using Excessive Force?

    "In partnership with the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute , Need to Know investigates whether U.S. border agents have been using excessive force in an effort to curb illegal immigration. Eight people have been killed along the border in the past two years. One man died a short...
  • Blog Post: Mexican Border Controlled, CBP Looks North

    Now that net migration from Mexico has fallen to zero , CBP turns its attention to the wily Canuck , approaching by stealth via canoe. "There are no roads into or out of Canada in this remote wilderness area. All travel into and from Canada is by non motorized small boat, canoe, kayak, and...
  • Blog Post: ACLU Charges Border Abuse by CBP

    "The American Civil Liberties Union today demanded a federal investigation into allegations of rampant abuse of individuals, including U.S. citizens and legal residents, by Customs and Border Protection agents at ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border. In a complaint filed today with...
  • Blog Post: Will ICE and CBP Take Over US-VISIT?

    "Although the budget has not yet been approved, ICE, CBP and US-VISIT are taking proactive steps to transfer the multiple US-VISIT programs, including its biometric and biographic entities over to ICE and CBP." - ICE, June 5, 2012 .
  • Blog Post: CBP to Review Use of Force Policy

    "U.S. Customs and Border Protection has launched what it calls a comprehensive review of its officers' use of force amid a sharp increase in fatal confrontations along the Southwest border. The initiative, which appears to be the most far-reaching of its kind in recent years, calls for an assessment...
  • Blog Post: CBP on Language Assistance to Other Law Enforcement Agencies

    "U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) offices across the Nation work together with Federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement partners to achieve a unity of purpose and maximize operational integration, along with providing for the safety of the public and our law enforcement partners...
  • Blog Post: Oscar-Nominated Director Emad Burnat Detained by CBP at LAX

    "Emad Burnat, the Palestinian who co-directed the Academy Award-nominated documentary "5 Broken Cameras," was reportedly detained at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday night as he attempted to enter America to attend the Oscars, this according to filmmaker Michael Moore. Burnat...
  • Blog Post: CBP Issues Sequestration FAQs and Plans

    "Customs and Border Protection (CBP) The Department of Homeland Security agency resposible for the movement of people and goods across international boundaries has published several statements on how sequestration will affect its operations." - Valentine Brown, Mar. 4, 2013 .
  • Blog Post: CBP Targeted for Abuse in Blizzard of Lawsuits, Complaints

    "Over the past week, an alliance of immigration groups, private attorneys and a law school clinic joined forces in filing complaints targeting abuses by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) across the country. Ten damages cases have been filed alleging unlawful CBP conduct in northern and southern...
  • Blog Post: Lawsuit: CBP Unlawfully Deported American Toddler

    Ruiz v. USA, Filing date: 3/8/13 "On March 11, 2011, E.R., a four-year-old U.S. citizen, was detained by Customs and Border Protection following her arrival at Dulles Airport. E.R. was returning home to New York from a vacation in Guatemala with her grandfather, when her flight was diverted from...
  • Blog Post: Shootings by CBP Agents Increase Border Tensions

    "As rocks hurled from Mexico rained down on United States Border Patrol agents one night last October, at least one of the agents drew his gun and fired across the border, striking a teenager 11 times, 7 times in the back. The boy, José Antonio Elena Rodriguez, 16, collapsed and died on a...
  • Blog Post: How CBP Coerces False 'Confessions' from American Citizens

    "The State Department’s primary basis for revoking my client’s U.S. citizenship was a sworn statement taken by CBP officials on 09/24/1998. As revealed by a State Department attorney in yesterday’s post , the State Department does not do anything to corroborate the veracity...
  • Blog Post: Lawsuit Claims Woman’s Deportation Was a Death Sentence

    "The U.S. government deported 387,790 people in 2009, one of them a frightened 22-year-old victim of domestic abuse known, in a lawsuit filed Wednesday [June 5, 2013,] as “Laura S.” Despite having a restraining order against her abusive ex-boyfriend—she warned immigration agents...
  • Blog Post: DREAMer Stranded in Mexico After Confusion at Presidio Port of Entry

    "A mistake that left a deferred action beneficiary unable to re-enter the United States for weeks is being cited by immigration attorneys both as an example of confusion over certain laws and as a warning to those with a sensitive immigration status. On Aug. 12, Josue Alberto Rodriguez, 24, who...
  • Blog Post: DHS OIG on CBP Use of Force

    "Attached for your action is our revised final report, CBP Use of Force Training and Actions To Address Use of Force Incidents – Redacted (Revised), OIG-13-114. We incorporated the formal comments from U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the final report. This revised version is redacted...
  • Blog Post: 'Nothing worse than a whiny Canadian...'

    "Is there a culture of anti-Canadian, anti-immigrant attitudes among some U.S. Customs and Border Protection members? According to Bellingham immigration lawyer Greg Boos, there is – and, he says, it’s a factor in border inspections, including questioning about marijuana use." ...
  • Blog Post: Eight Border Activists Released by CBP

    "Eight of the more than 30 immigrant activists who tried Monday to enter the U.S. at an international bridge in Laredo have been released pending their immigration cases. Federal authorities released four teenagers and three adults — parents of young activists who at the last minute chose...
  • Blog Post: DHS on Immigration Enforcement During Tropical Storm Karen

    "To the extent that Tropical Storm/Hurricane Karen (Karen) impacts law enforcement operations and/or the storm triggers the need for an officially ordered evacuation or an emergency government response, U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's...