Last updated September 4, 2023. Download a PDF packet of infographics at bit.ly/wola_border_infographics.
Describes units like the Special Operations Group, BORSTAR, the Border Patrol Tactical Unit, Mobile Response Team, and others. (Link at dhs.gov)
Examines Border Patrol’s rapid releases of asylum seekers without initiating immigration proceedings. 75 percent of those released did report to ICE offices. (Original link)
Finds that, particularly in Border Patrol’s Yuma sector, “CBP is failing to comply with its own internal operating guidelines and unreasonably confiscating the personal property of individuals in its custody.”
Among findings: “Border Patrol held 1,164 detainees in custody in four facilities longer than specified in the National Standards on Transport, Escort, Detention, and Search (TEDS), which generally limit detention in these facilities to 72 hours.” (Original link)
“We found that Border Patrol did not issue A-numbers for 107 of 384 migrants, most of whom were paroled into the country or issued Notices to Report.” (Original link)
A letter to congressional committee chairs about further activities of Border Patrol’s controversial Critical Incident Teams, which are to be abolished at the end of September 2022.
Finds that Border Patrol agents in Yuma had confiscated at least 64 turbans from asylum seekers of the Sikh faith so far in 2022, including at least 50 in the previous 2 months.
In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 8 that a U.S. citizen could not sue a Border Patrol agent who assaulted him. (Link at supremecourt.gov)
An oversight report finds that Border Patrol’s data on checkpoint drug seizures is reliable, but that the agency keeps poor records on “other checkpoint activity data, including on apprehensions of smuggled people and canine assists with drug seizures.” (Link at gao.gov)
Unannounced September 2021 visits to three facilities in Yuma found Border Patrol generally meeting national standards on transport, escort, detention, and search for all populations except single adult men, who were held in crowded conditions and high temperatures. (Link at oig.dhs.gov)
A series of legal complaints details cases of physical and verbal abuse of children in CBP custody.
The latest of a series of “abuse documentation” reports with troubling findings about the behavior of some U.S. border law enforcement personnel in the El Paso sector, especially CBP officers working at ports of entry.
A report on August 2021 inspections of CBP and Border Patrol facilities in the San Diego sector. (Link at oig.dhs.gov)
A report on a July 2021 visit to holding facilities of Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley sector in South Texas. (link at oig.dhs.gov)
Calls on Congress to look more deeply into the operations of secretive Border Patrol teams whose purpose appears to be to exonerate agents alleged to have committed serious human rights abuses.
Finds that CBP recommended generally light disciplinary measures for personnel revealed in 2019 to have shared offensive and racist posts to a Facebook group. (Link at oversight.house.gov)
Lists numerous examples of abuse committed by CBP personnel in and around Nogales, Arizona.
Calls for reform of CBP’s vehicle pursuit policy after another in a long string of crashes, this one in New Mexico, kills two people.
Finds little wrongdoing on the part of Border Patrol after a Guatemalan government gave birth unattended, with her pants on, while in custody awaiting processing. (Link at oig.dhs.gov)
A response to a pattern of Border Patrol surveillance, harassment, and raids on an Arizona-based humanitarian group.
“Overall, the majority of respondents reported their facilities were prepared to address COVID-19.” The report makes no recommendations. (Link at oig.dhs.gov)