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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

CBP Memo: Title 42 Exceptions for Ukrainian Nationals (Mar. 11, 2022)
Posted on 18 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CBP, Mar. 11, 2022 "... The Department of Homeland Security recognizes that the unjustified Russian war of aggression in Ukraine has created a humanitarian crisis. CBP is authorized, consistent with the Title 42 Order, on a case-by-case basis based... Read More

Tags: cbp , Ukraine , Title 42 , border

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

CBP Lifts US/Mexico/Canada Border Travel Restrictions
Posted on 23 Dec 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 244 / Thursday, December 23, 2021 - Notification of the Lifting of Temporary Travel Restrictions Applicable to Land Ports of Entry and Ferries Service Between the United States and Canada for Certain Individuals Who Are... Read More

CBP Extends US/Canada/Mexico Travel Restrictions Through Aug. 21, 2021
Posted on 21 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" This document announces the decision of the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) to continue to temporarily limit the travel of individuals from Canada into the United States at land ports of entry along the United States-Canada border. Such... Read More

Tags: Canada , Mexico , cbp , COVID-19 , DHS , border

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

Trump OLC Opines on Posse Comitatus, Military Support for CBP (Jan. 19, 2021)
Posted on 20 Jan 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

OLC, Jan. 19, 2021 - Military Support for Customs and Border Protection Along the Southern Border Under the Posse Comitatus Act "The Department of Defense’s proposed use of military personnel to provide limited assistance with respect to... Read More

Emails Reveal Illegal CBP Actions at Border
Posted on 29 Dec 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NWIRP, Dec. 28, 2020 - NEW EMAILS SHED FURTHER LIGHT ON ILLEGAL DETENTIONS OF IRANIANS "Today, the Council on American Islamic Relations¬-Washington (CAIR-WA) and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) are making public an official... Read More

Tags: cbp , Iranian , border

CBP Broke the Law, Then Lied About It
Posted on 17 Nov 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NWIRP, Nov. 17, 2020 EMAILS SHOW CBP DETAINED HUNDREDS OF IRANIANS FOR HOURS PURSUANT TO UNLAWFUL DIRECTIVE Media Contacts: Matt Adams, NWIRP Legal Director – (206) 957-8611, Imraan Siddiqi, CAIR-WA Executive Director –... Read More

Tags: detention , cbp , FOIA , nwirp , border

GAO Report Slams CBP Over Border Deaths, Medical Care of Detainees, Use of Funds
Posted on 15 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

SOUTHWEST BORDER: CBP Needs to Increase Oversight of Funds, Medical Care, and Reporting of Deaths "Three children died in U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s custody in fiscal year 2019, prompting questions about medical care in the agency’s... Read More

Tags: cbp , border , GAO

GAO Slaps CBP for $3.5M Border Tent Boondoggle
Posted on 10 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GAO, Apr. 9, 2020 "BORDER SECURITY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Management of a Temporary Facility in Texas Raised Concerns about Resources Used The number of people U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended on the southwest... Read More

Tags: cbp , border , Texas , GAO

He Won, But Was Deported Anyway
Posted on 10 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Joel Rose, NPR, Jan. 9, 2020 "The judge granted Jesus withholding of removal, a form of protection from deportation. In other words, he won — something that very few migrants at the border can say these days. Jesus thought he might finally... Read More

CBP Illegally Detaining Iranian-Americans at Border
Posted on 5 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CAIR, Jan. 5, 2020 "The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) is assisting more than 60 Iranians and Iranian-Americans of all ages who were detained at length and questioned at the Peace Arch Border Crossing... Read More

Tags: cbp , citizens , Iranian , border

Public (Including Media) Denied Access to Border Courts
Posted on 11 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Adolfo Flores, BuzzFeed News, Sept. 11, 2019 "Tent border courts for asylum-seekers forced to return to Mexico under a Trump administration policy have opened for hearings Wednesday in Laredo, Texas — but few got to see inside as the public... Read More

DHS Orders More CBP Agents to Southern Border, Expands MPP
Posted on 1 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, April 1, 2019 "Today, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen issued a memorandum to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan outlining new steps the agency must take to combat the growing security and... Read More