Visits to El Paso CBP holding facilities at a time of high migration found “compliance with standards such as segregating males, females, and juveniles; managing property; providing regularly scheduled meals and showers; and maintaining cleanliness of holding rooms” to be “inconsistent.” (link at oig.dhs.gov)
A court-appointed monitor voices concerns about aspects of CBP’s custody of migrant children, especially short-term separations from parents at times when processing is near capacity. (Link at courtlistener.com)
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)
Finds that IT and record-keeping problems have led DHS to lose track of migrants and prolong family separations. (Link at oig.dhs.gov)
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.
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.
Government whistleblowers voice alarm about conditions for unaccompanied migrant children being held at Office of Refugee Resettlement facilities, especially a site at Fort Bliss, Texas.
Finds that the Federal Emergency Management Agency fulfilled its duties when assisting CBP and the Office of Refugee Resettlement during a 2021 increase in unaccompanied child migration. (Link at oig.dhs.gov)
A congressionally required report with data about family separations that continue to occur when migrants are in DHS custody. (Link at 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)
Details examples of human rights abuse by CBP personnel, reported by migrants to asylum officers and uncovered by a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. Footnotes include an annex with many results of the Freedom of Information Act production.
Finds deficiencies in border and migration agencies’ attention to detainees’ medical needs. (Link at oig.dhs.gov)
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)
Includes numerous disturbing and explicit examples of Border Patrol agents’ verbal abuse of migrants, including children and asylum seekers, during their time in custody in the agency’s San Diego sector.
A complaint from the ACLU Foundation of San Diego and Imperial Counties and ACLU Border Rights Center reports on CBP’s failure to implement a detainee locator system, which complicates efforts to reunify separated families.
A complaint filed with the DHS Inspector-General about a February 2020 incident in which a Guatemalan woman gave birth unattended, in her pants, while awaiting processing in a San Diego Sector Border Patrol station. (Link at documentcloud.org)
A complaint to the DHS Inspector-General raises recent allegations of mistreatment of sick migrant children in CBP and Border Patrol custody.