Immigration Law

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ACLU to CBP: Stop Trashing Asylum Seekers’ Possessions
Posted on 5 Oct 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Melissa del Bosque, The Border Chronicle, Oct. 4, 2022 "For years, Border Patrol agents have trashed peoples’ documents and possessions at the border. But since the pandemic, the practice has escalated, further dehumanizing asylum seekers... Read More

A New Campaign to Get the Border Patrol to Stop Trashing Asylum Seekers’ Possessions
Posted on 16 Aug 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Melissa del Bosque, The Border Chronicle, Aug. 16, 2022 “There’s really no reason for what they’re doing other than to strip people of their humanity.” Volunteers from the community and the county maintain these two dumpsters... Read More

The Most Dangerous Police Force: A Podcast with Geographer Reece Jones about His New Book on the Border Patrol
Posted on 11 Aug 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Todd Miller, The Border Chronicle, Aug. 11, 2022 " Have you ever wondered how the Border Patrol got so much power? How it can roll into places like Portland, Oregon, in unmarked vehicles and snatch protesters off the streets? Or why it is permitted... Read More

With Migrant Deaths Mounting, Border Residents Organize to Save Lives
Posted on 9 Aug 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Melissa del Bosque, The Border Chronicle, Aug. 9, 2022 "Every week, Joel Smith, a former Marine, drives into the desert to leave water for migrants trekking through the Devil’s Highway and other deadly corridors in the Sonoran Desert. Smith... 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

I Was Not Prepared...
Posted on 8 Jul 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

...for Jenn Budd's book, Against The Wall: My Journey from Border Patrol Agent to Immigrant Rights Activist (Heliotrope Books, 2022). I thought I knew the border. I thought I knew human nature. But Jenn Budd's compassionate, fearless honesty floored... Read More

No Place for a Child
Posted on 16 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Anna Flagg, Julia Preston, June 16, 2022 "In cells built for adults, one-third are child migrants. Border authorities have resisted improving conditions for minors in crowded, freezing facilities." Read More

From Border Patrol Agent to Immigrant Rights Activist: A Podcast with Jenn Budd
Posted on 25 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Melissa Del Bosque, The Border Chronicle, May 24, 2022 "Budd's new book "Against the Wall" takes an unflinching look at the systemic misogyny and racism in the Border Patrol, and overcoming a childhood of trauma and abuse." Read More

Border Patrol Strips Migrants of Needed Documentation
Posted on 3 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Melissa del Bosque, Border Chronicle, May 3, 2022 "In Arizona and Texas, border residents are noticing more and more personal belongings discarded along the U.S. side of the border wall. They include passports, birth certificates, police reports... Read More

GAO: Border Patrol's Migrant Death Program is Missing Data
Posted on 22 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GAO, Apr. 20, 2022 "Border Patrol has not collected and recorded, or reported to Congress, complete data on migrant deaths, or disclosed associated data limitations. Specifically, Border Patrol’s fiscal year 2020 report to Congress did not... Read More

Groups Ask Border Patrol to Stand Down
Posted on 5 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIPNLG letter, Oct. 5, 2021 "We write on behalf of No More Deaths (“NMD”) in response to Border Patrol’s pattern of surveillance, harassment, and raids against NMD aid stations and volunteers. Border Patrol’s actions threaten... Read More

Vermont Supreme Court Deals Blow to Border Agents' Roving Patrols
Posted on 26 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Derek Brouwer, Vermont Seven Days, Sept. 24, 2021 "Border patrol officers can search Vermonters' cars without a warrant under their special federal authority to conduct "roving" patrols within 100 miles of the U.S. border. But, as... 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

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