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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...

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...

Advance Copy of CBP Final Rule: Extension of Border Zone in the State of New Mexico

"This final rule amends Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations to extend the distance [to 55 miles] that certain nonimmigrant Mexican nationals presenting a Border Crossing Card, or other proper immigration documentation, may travel in New Mexico without obtaining a U.S. Customs and Border...

CBP Final Rule: Extension of Border Zone in the State of New Mexico

"This final rule amends Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations to extend the distance [to 55 miles] that certain nonimmigrant Mexican nationals presenting a Border Crossing Card, or other proper immigration documentation, may travel in New Mexico without obtaining a U.S. Customs and Border...

U.S. - Canada Border Intelligence

Think you know a lot about crossing from Canada? Think again. Greg Boos has the inside skinny, and he shares: July 2013 Beyond the Border Letter June 2012 CBP NAFTA Guide for TN and L Applicants

Bordering on the Absurd: Immigration Expertise Lacking at U.S. Border Agency

[Blogger's note: Today's post offers a shocking analysis of how the decision by Congress some ten years ago to combine the functions of U.S. Customs, Immigration and Agricultural inspectors into a single agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), has led to disastrous consequences for...

How CBP Routinely Terrorizes U.S. Citizens at the Border

"Earlier this month, OTM producer Sarah Abdurrahman, her family, and her friends were detained for hours by US Customs and Border Protection on their way home from Canada. Everyone being held was a US citizen, and no one received an explanation. Sarah tells the story of their detainment, and her...

Canadians Denied Entry to U.S. Due to Depression; DHS Snoops on Canadian Mental Health Records

Two disturbing stories from the Canadian press: Canadians with mental illnesses denied U.S. entry Canadian woman refused U.S. entry because of depression "A document completed by a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer says that at a secondary inspection at Pearson airport in Toronto...

American Citizen Sues Feds, Hospital for Invasive Body Cavity Searches at Border

The facts are appalling : A slight, 54-year-old American woman was strip-searched, then subjected to repeated X-rays, rectal and vaginal probes by CBP and the University Medical Center in El Paso for six hours. Finding nothing, CBP released her without any apology . The hospital billed her $5,000 for...

District Court: CBP's Broad Search, Seizure Powers at Border OK

"The government’s right to search travelers’ electronic devices at the border was upheld in a ruling released by a federal judge on Tuesday, which dismissed a lawsuit challenging this policy." - Susan Stellin, NYT, Dec. 31, 2013 .

German Computer Gamer 'Dexter' Denied Entry Into USA

"A German League of Legends player was searched, detained and turned back by US border control on his way to an eSports tournament in California, an experience he has described as the worst in his life. Marcel Feldkamp, better known as Counter Logic Gaming’s jungler Dexter, tweeted his grim...

American Woman Says CBP Agent Assaulted Her at U.S.-Canada Border

"Carianne Borowski and her family have crossed the border to and from Canada countless times, but she says what happened to her at the Peace Bridge in December gives her nightmares. Carianne, her husband Matthew and their three kids are American citizens but now live in Ontario. They were in Buffalo...

3-Part Arizona Republic Border Blockbuster Blows Lid Off CBP 'Use of Force' Secrecy

Bob Ortega, Rob O'Dell, Daniel Gonzalez, Nick Oza and Charlie Leight compiled this must-read series for all border students. Part One : "A ghost is haunting Nogales." Part Two : Border death captured on video Part Three : Border agents without proper training assist local cops...

It's the U.S.-Mexico border, not the Wild West

"Now we have an idea why the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service was keeping secret an independent report of its encounters at the Mexican border. Because it has something to hide. As The Times' Brian Bennett reported last week, an independent report by the nonprofit Police Executive...

U.S. Arrests and Deports Departing Migrants

"U.S. officers at the ports of entry are arresting undocumented immigrants as they try to leave the U.S. They're then prosecuted and sent to prison, only to be removed from the U.S. anyway. Why bother? That's a question people on all sides of the immigration debate are asking." - Ted...

Will Jeh Johnson Out-Perry Rick Perry?

Texas Governor Rick Perry sent the National Guard to the border. Now, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson wants to merge CBP and ICE efforts along the border into a 'Southern Command' military-like structure.

One of These Things Is Not Like the Others...

Maybe DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson missed this episode of Sesame Street. His November 20, 2014 memo to ICE, CBP and USCIS specifies three tiered priorities for the "Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants." At the top, Priority 1 (threats to national security, border security...

CBP Launches Border Wait Time App

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today launched the Border Wait Time app making it easier for travelers to plan their trip across the border. The app provides estimated wait times and open lane status at land ports of entry allowing travelers to make an informed decision of where and when...

Report: CBP Border Drones Cost $12,255 Per Hour

"Customs and Border Protection pays about $12,255 per hour to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border with Predator drones, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General, but the federal agency still doesn't have any evidence they actually make the border...

Attempts to Dupe Immigration Agents on the Rise...If You Trust CBP's Numbers

"Hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants gamble their fate with human smugglers or deadly rides atop freight trains to enter Texas. Tens of thousands of others instead try a more brazen approach: handing fake documents to federal agents at ports of entry. The number of people turned away...

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...

Feds Turn Away Asylum-Seekers at Border: Complaint

Joshua Partlow, Washington Post, Jan. 16, 2017 - "“This is happening on a daily basis,” said Kathryn Shepherd, a lawyer with the American Immigration Council, a Washington-based advocacy group, who says she has testimony from dozens of asylum seekers denied access to U.S. asylum officials...

Is Being Anti-Trump A New Ground Of Inadmissibility? - Cyrus Mehta

Cyrus Mehta, Jan. 24, 2017 - " Over the weekend, a Canadian student of McGill University, Joseph Decunah, who was seeking to be admitted to protest at the Women’s March the day after President Trump’s inauguration was refused admission . He was in the company of two US citizens who...

Crossing the Line: U.S. Border Agents Illegally Reject Asylum Seekers

HRF, May 2017 - "The U.S. government is illegally turning away asylum seekers at official land crossings all along the southern border. Border agents must refer a person seeking asylum or expressing a fear of persecution to a protection screening interview or an immigration court proceeding where...

Lawsuit: American Family Abused by CBP at Border: Wilwal v. Kelly

ACLU, July 13, 2017 - "The ACLU has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a family of U.S. citizens — including four young children — who were detained for over 10 hours at the U.S.-Canada border while coming home from a trip to visit relatives in 2015. The lawsuit seeks a ruling that the government...