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CBP Targeted for Abuse in Blizzard of Lawsuits, Complaints

March 14, 2013 (1 min read)

"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 border states.  These cases are the latest illustrations of an ongoing pattern of rampant misconduct against both immigrants and U.S. citizens in these states.  This effort, which was coordinated by the American Immigration Council, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, highlights CBP agents’ unlawful use of their enforcement authority.  Border Patrol agents routinely exceed their statutory mandate by conducting enforcement activities outside border regions, making racially motivated arrests, employing derogatory and coercive interrogation tactics, and imprisoning arrestees under inhumane conditions.  The cases include claims for unlawful search and seizure, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault, and battery." - IPC, Mar. 13, 2013.

"In another administrative complaint, Lucy Rogers, a naturalized American citizen of Mexican descent, was pulled over by a CBP agent conducting "a citizenship checkup."  She was interrogated for several hours.  "Why should I be the target of suspicion simply because of the color of my skin," she said during the press call." - Jenna Greene, NLJ, Mar. 13, 2013.

Links to individual case details here, here and here.