Newly obtained data show that more than 650,000 children and teenagers were held in CBP custody between February 2017 and June 2021, including at least 220,000 who spent more than 72 hours in custody.
Updating and clarifying the 1997 Flores judicial settlement agreement specifying conditions of children held in CBP custody.
DHS publishes a six-pillar plan for managing a likely post-Title 42 increase in migration at the U.S.-Mexico border. (Link at 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)
Asylum seekers, many of them Russian, are seeking to reach U.S. soil through San Diego’s main port of entry from Tijuana. One case led to a December 12, 2021 use of force incident.
CBP personnel “did not evaluate unsubstantiated information, and made unsupported conclusions” when they revoked the “trusted” status of two U.S. citizens whom they believed were aiding 2018-19 migrant caravans. (link at oig.dhs.gov)
Finds that CBP took 2,021 formal disciplinary actions against members of its 60,000-person workforce in fiscal year 2020, up from 1,629 actions in 2019. (link at cbp.gov)
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)
Proposes “a bottom-up, good governance approach to reforms,” identifying six oversight needs that must be met to change CBP’s organizational culture.
Finds that CBP improperly targeted U.S. advocates whom the agency believed had some involvement with 2018-19 migrant caravans through Mexico. (link at oig.dhs.gov)
New information, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, about the surprisingly robust activity of CBP’s Tactical Terrorism Response Teams.
Lists numerous examples of abuse committed by CBP personnel in and around Nogales, Arizona.
Finds deficiencies in border and migration agencies’ attention to detainees’ medical needs. (Link at oig.dhs.gov)
The agency makes public its current guidelines for using lethal and less-than-lethal force. (Link at cbp.gov)
For the first time, CBP makes public its vehicle pursuit policy. This redacted document was released in November 2021. (link at cbp.gov)
Finds that State Department-funded CBP personnel operating on the ground in Guatemala apprehended Honduran migrants and transported them back to Honduras in unmarked vans. (Link at foreign.senate.gov)
Looks at how CBP misspent much of $192 million that Congress had appropriated to attend to the humanitarian needs of migrants in custody. (Link at oig.dhs.gov)
“Overall, the majority of respondents reported their facilities were prepared to address COVID-19.” The report makes no recommendations. (Link at oig.dhs.gov)
The result of congressionally mandated unannounced inspections of CBP holding facilities. (Link at oig.dhs.gov)
Tianna Spears, a diplomat assigned to the U.S. consulate in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, recounts the difficulty she consistently experienced re-entering the United States, as an African-American person, through CBP’s ports of entry.
Examines two incidents of cross-border use of tear gas and other crowd control measures during the arrival of a “migrant caravan” in Tijuana, and finds only minor wrongdoing. (Link at oig.dhs.gov)