Tag: Oversight

Border Patrol: Actions Needed to Improve Checkpoint Oversight and Data

Published by the U.S. Government Accountability Office on June 6, 2022.

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)

Tags: Border Patrol, Checkpoints, Drug Seizures, Organizational Culture, Oversight

Yuma Sector Border Patrol Struggled to Meet TEDS Standards for Single Adult Men but Generally Met TEDS Standards for Other Populations

Published by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector-General on April 14, 2022.

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)

Tags: Border Patrol, Conditions in Custody, Detention, Oversight, Processing, Yuma

Protecting the Predators at DHS: How a Federal Watchdog Suppresses Findings of Sexual Harassment and Domestic Violence

Published by the Project on Government Oversight on April 7, 2022.

Newly obtained documents point to the DHS Inspector-General suppressing, delaying, and watering down information about serious sexual harassment and domestic abuse patterns within the Department’s law enforcement agencies, including CBP and ICE.

Tags: Gender Perspective, Organizational Culture, Oversight, Sexual Assault

Request for congressional investigations and oversight hearings on the unlawful operation of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Critical Incident Teams (BPCITs)

Published by the Southern Border Communities Coalition on October 27, 2021.

Calls on Congress to look more deeply into the operations of secretive Border Patrol teams whose purpose appears to be to exonerate agents alleged to have committed serious human rights abuses.

Tags: Border Patrol, Human Rights, Organizational Culture, Oversight, Use of Force