Gretchen Kuhner directs the Mexico City-based Institute for Women in Migration (IMUMI). She explains the challenges and complexities—and occasional advocacy successes—of the current moment of record migration and changing policies, viewed from Mexico.
Annual report notes that ICE removals increased sharply in 2022, because of an increase in CBP handovers of migrants apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border. (Original link)
Articles and analyses from “frontline leaders and organizers with direct experience, both in theory and practice, of migrant human rights.”
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 DHS under the Biden administration has detained tens of thousands of asylum seekers, placing them in miserable conditions and making it difficult to pursue their claims.
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 primer about the alternative programs frequently applied to asylum-seeking families apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border.
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)
Recommendations to assist Mexico’s asylum system, reduce migrant detention in Mexico, and help Mexico make its approach to migration more rights-respecting.
A policy-by-policy overview of what it would take for the Biden administration to undo the Trump administration’s hardline border and migration policies.
Migrants in limbo have hope for change if Donald Trump loses the election, but walking back many of the Trump administration’s anti-asylum policies will be difficult.
A 14-month investigation by House committee staff finds poor conditions and urgent health risks for migrants in ICE’s network of privatized detention centers. (Link at oversight.house.gov)
A year-long study based on site visits to eight ICE detention centers finds deficient medical care, abuse of solitary confinement, challenges accessing legal services, and unsanitary conditions. (Link at homeland.house.gov)
A whistleblower complaint about health risks—possibly including non-consensual surgeries on women—and unsafe work practices at the Irwin County ICE detention facility in Georgia.
ICE repeatedly rebuffed New Mexico state health officials’ offers to help control a worsening outbreak of COVID-19 at its Otero County Processing Center.
How the pandemic and the Trump administration’s crackdown on asylum are being experienced in southern Arizona.
The result of congressionally mandated unannounced inspections of CBP holding facilities. (Link at oig.dhs.gov)
A summary of recent experience with border security and migration, with a long list of recommendations.
Catalogues more than 400 administrative changes to the U.S. border security and immigration regime during the Trump administration, and what it might take to undo them.
An overview of key measures in the House of Representatives’ version of the 2021 DHS appropriation, including cutting border wall spending, defunding “Remain in Mexico,” reducing ICE detention, and others.
The House appropriators’ narrative report accompanying the 2021 bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. (Link at appropriations.house.gov)
An epidemiological model of COVID-19 in ICE detention centers finds that “by day 60 of the simulation—corresponding to May 15, 2020—the estimated number of cumulative COVID-19 cases would be 15 times higher than the number of cases ICE reported.”