From the start of the Biden administration to August 2022, “U.S. authorities have reported at least 372 cases of family separation,” but Observer reporters found additional cases.
Laments the failure to pass a law outlawing separation of migrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Finds that IT and record-keeping problems have led DHS to lose track of migrants and prolong family separations. (Link at oig.dhs.gov)
An extensive narrative of how the U.S. government came to carry out the Trump administration’s family separation policy, by investigative reporter Caitlin Dickerson.
A congressionally required report with data about family separations that continue to occur when migrants are in DHS custody. (Link at dhs.gov)
Finds evidence of long-lasting mental disorders among migrants whose families were forcibly separated at the border during the Trump administration
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.
A public defender in El Paso ran up against the Trump administration’s early rollout of its family separation policy.
Details the human rights impact of the third-country transit ban that the Trump administration imposed in July 2019 and a federal court struck down on June 30, 2020.
A report on ICE’s new practice, during the COVID-19 pandemic, of giving migrants in family detention the choice of either separating from their children or staying together in indefinite detention.
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.
GAO “found that separations from June 2018 through March 2019 weren’t accurately tracked—and agents inconsistently recorded details.” (link at gao.gov)
GAO finds that when DHS components fail to share information with each other on apprehended migrant families, the Department “risks removing individuals from the country who may be eligible for relief or protection based on their family relationships.” (link at gao.gov)
An investigation of 17 adults and 9 children who had been separated in CBP custody finds “pervasive symptoms and behaviors consistent with trauma.”
An investigation into the human consequences of giving broad discretionary powers to an agency with insufficient training and capacity.