A deep look at the April 2023 Border Patrol shooting of a man wielding a club, following a vehicle pursuit in New Mexico. Reveals that the man suffered from mental illness.
Explains the difficulty in achieving accountability for the fatal 2010 beating of a Mexican man by CBP and Border Patrol personnel at the San Ysidro port of entry.
A report submitted for the 2023 Review of U.S. Compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights finds U.S. border law enforcement compliance sorely lacking.
A interview covers WOLA’s August 2023 joint report on border law enforcement accountability with the Kino Border Initiative.
Drawing heavily on this site’s database and the accountability work of the Nogales-based Kino Border Initiative, this in-depth report looks at the chronic nature of human rights abuse at the U.S.-Mexico border, how DHS’s accountability system is meant to work, and where it often fails. It offers more than 40 policy recommendations.
A report from organizations monitoring asylum seekers’ limited access to land-border ports of entry in the month after the Title 42 policy’s termination.
A complaint to the DHS Civil Rights and Civil Liberties office about Border Patrol’s practice of penning asylum seekers between layers of the border wall south of San DIego for days before processing them.
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.
A compendium of information about U.S. law enforcement and migration agencies’ activities at the border during the quarter. (Link at dhs.gov)
Articles and analyses from “frontline leaders and organizers with direct experience, both in theory and practice, of migrant human rights.”
Finds that U.S. asylum deterrence policies engender conditions that cause gender-based violence to proliferate at the U.S. southern border.
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.”
Finds that IT and record-keeping problems have led DHS to lose track of migrants and prolong family separations. (Link at oig.dhs.gov)
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.
A conversation between radio host Terry Gross and Kelly Lytle Hernández, author of Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire, and Revolution in the Borderlands.
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)
Notes from an early May visit to San Diego and Tijuana as the border prepares for a possible lifting of the Title 42 pandemic restriction on asylum.
The DHS Inspector-General responds to questions about his office’s decisions either not to publish, or to soften the findings of, troubling reports about sexual harassment and domestic abuse. (Link at oig.dhs.gov)