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Can We Afford $600 Billion Dollars to Seal the Border?

"We examine the budgetary and economic implications of alternative strategies to addressing undocumented immigrants. In particular, we focus on the implications of immediately and fully enforcing current law, and find that it would be fiscally and economically costly. The federal government would...

Feds Settle Lawsuit Over False Arrest of American Citizen by Border Guards

"An out-of-court settlement has been reached in a case defenders say highlights how hyper-vigilant border enforcement can violate people’s civil liberties. Gerardo Vazquez-Mentado, an Oswego county resident, store owner and naturalized U.S. citizen sued the federal government after he was...

Unrepentant, DOJ Defends 'No Bond for Babies' Policy

Lest one be misled by President Obama's ' felons, not families ' rhetoric, look no further than this March 20, 2015 court filing by DOJ defending the execrable Matter of D-J- ' no bond for babies ' policy. In a nutshell, it's all about deterrence, according to DOJ: "After...

Drownings Along Rio Grande Spike After Border Enforcement Surge

"A U.S. surveillance helicopter hovering over the Rio Grande spots a body floating near a muddy bank on the Mexican side of the river. Soon another body turns up, then another. A Mexican investigator arrives and holds up his hand confirming the grim tally: four men and a woman. The grisly discovery...

Rick Perry's Border 'Surge' - Can Texas Afford It?

"[Texas] state leaders are grappling with how to continue the border surge [former Gov.] Perry started. Costs for it have been escalating: State spending on border security could be on course to reach as much as $400 million a year in the next budget cycle, roughly doubling current levels. Complicating...

Citizenship and Unwed Border Moms: The Misfortune of Geography

Here is an interesting piece in the April 2015 issue of Foreign Service Journal by an American consular officer in Tijuana, Amelia Shaw. [Hat tip to Margaret D. Stock.] - Amelia Shaw

Border Exit Laptop Search Tossed: USA v. Kim

"The government points to its plenary authority to conduct warrantless searches at the border. It posits that a laptop computer is simply a “container” that was examined pursuant to this authority, and it submits that the government’s unfettered right to search cargo at the border...

18 Years Ago Today, U.S. Marines Shot and Killed a U.S. Citizen on American Soil

Every year on or about May 20th I remind readers: "In 1997, U.S. Marines patrolling the Texas-Mexican border as part of the war on drugs shot and killed Esequiel Hernández, Jr. Mistaken for a drug runner, the 18 year old was, in fact, a U.S. citizen tending his family's goats with a ...

Senate Hearing Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - The 2014 Humanitarian Crisis at Our Border: A Review of the Government's Response to Unaccompanied Minors One Year Later

The 2014 Humanitarian Crisis at Our Border: A Review of the Government's Response to Unaccompanied Minors One Year Later Full Committee Hearing July 07, 2015 10:00AM Location: SD-342, Dirksen Senate Office Building Witnesses Juan P. Osuna Director Executive Office of Immigration Review, U.S. Department...

Written Testimony and Statements from Senate Hearing, July 7, 2015

The 2014 Humanitarian Crisis at Our Border: A Review of the Government's Response to Unaccompanied Minors One Year Later Full Committee Hearing July 07, 2015 10:00AM Member Statements Chairman Ron Johnson R (WI) Download Statement (129.7 KB) Senator Thomas R. Carper D (DE)...

Court Ruling Won't Fuel More Immigration: Expert

"Immigration experts said they don't think the ruling will drive more immigrants to come to the border. While government lawyers argued that family detention helped deter immigration, the judge said officials didn't provide enough evidence to back up those claims. Stephen Yale-Loehr , a...

170 Groups Tell DOJ To End Criminal Prosecution of Refugees at Border - Law360

Law360, July 30, 2015 - "More than 170 civil rights, human rights and faith-based groups urged the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday to stop criminally prosecuting immigrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border seeking asylum, saying the prosecutions almost exclusively target Latinos and are...

In Harm's Way: Family Separation, Immigration Enforcement Programs and Security on the US-Mexico Border

"The Consequence Delivery System (CDS) is a suite of border and immigration enforcement programs designed to increase the penalties associated with unauthorized migration in order to convince people not to return (Rosenblum 2013). Despite its inauguration in 2011, many aspects of the CDS are not...

Cert. Pet. Filed in CA5 Internal Checkpoint Case: Rynearson v. Lands

CA5 majority : "[W]e conclude that these governmental officials, at worst, made reasonable but mistaken judgments when presented with an unusually uncooperative person, unusual at least in the facts described in any of the caselaw." Dissent : "At a fixed interior immigration checkpoint...

U.S. Refugee Crisis Shifts From Border To Courts

"[T]he number of children arriving at the border has sharply decreased, in part because Mexico has been returning children to their home countries before they can reach the United States. But the crisis has not ended. It has simply shifted. It is playing out in courtrooms crowded with young defendants...

NIJC, KIND and AILA Provide Statements for House Border Hearing

At 9:00 a.m. Eastern on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security will hold a hearing entitled, "ANOTHER SURGE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ALONG THE SOUTHWEST BORDER: IS THIS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S NEW NORMAL?" The statement of Mary Meg...

The American Wall

There's a lot of talk these days about building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. News Flash: We already have one. See: The American Wall Hidden in Plain Sight The American Wall - From the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico Maurice Sherif: The TT Interview - [Please scroll down to...

American Citizens Without Passports at Border May Face Fines

Lorena Figueroa, El Paso Times, Apr. 22, 2016 - "U.S. citizens returning to the country without a passport could soon face fines. U.S. Customs and Border Protection is proposing to establish a non-compliant traveler fee to cover the costs of processing the identities of U.S. citizens who cross at...

Remembering Esequiel Hernández, Jr. - 19 Years Ago, U.S. Marines Shot and Killed This U.S. Citizen on American Soil

Every year around this time I remind readers: "In 1997, U.S. Marines patrolling the Texas-Mexican border as part of the war on drugs shot and killed Esequiel Hernández, Jr. Mistaken for a drug runner, the 18 year old was, in fact, a U.S. citizen tending his family's goats with a .22 rifle...

Expert: Beruff 'Incorrect' on Rubio Border Claim - Prof. Stephen Yale-Loehr

Amy Sherman, Politico, July 8, 2016 - "Since Rubio voted in favor of border security enhancements, "it is incorrect to assert that Senator Rubio failed to secure the border," said Stephen Yale-Loehr , professor of immigration law practice at Cornell Law School."

Indefensible: A decade of mass incarceration of migrants prosecuted for crossing the border

Grassroots Leadership, July 13, 2016 - " Today, we published Indefensible: A decade of mass incarceration of migrants prosecuted for crossing the border with our partners at Justice Strategies . Read it online free now. Indefensible examines the costs and failures of over a decade of criminalization...

The Things They Left Behind

Design Observer, July 14, 2016 - "When migrants die in South Texas, the objects they leave behind hold clues to their identities. In the fall of 2013, Texas Observer reporter Melissa del Bosque and photographer Jennifer Reel visited Baylor University’s forensics lab, one of several Texas labs...

The No-Man's Land Beneath the Border Wall

Jeremy Raff, The Atlantic, July 7, 2016 - "There's a small stretch of soil north of the Rio Grande river that's still part of the United States, but exists below the Mexican border wall. The Atlantic went inside this no-man’s land to uncover what life is like in a place that feels...

CBP Pays $475K to Settle Suit Over Illegal Cavity Search of American Citizen at Border

ACLU, July 21, 2016 - "Today, the ACLU of Texas and the ACLU of New Mexico announced a record settlement in which U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) paid a New Mexico woman $475,000 for illegally subjecting her to vaginal and anal searches after she was detained at the Cordova Bridge point...

Border Ranchers Say Trump's 'Beautiful Wall' Won't Work

Dan Barry, New York Times, July 24, 2016 - "[W]hat if this beautiful wall — and “wall” is the term used in the Republican Party platform — had a foundation deep enough to discourage tunneling? What if the beautiful concrete panels were designed to thwart climbing over or...