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.
In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 8 that a U.S. citizen could not sue a Border Patrol agent who assaulted him. (Link at supremecourt.gov)
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)
The Mexican government’s human rights ombusdman reports on the human rights aspects of attempts to form migrant caravans in 2021. (Link at cndh.org.mx)
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)
The commentary that WOLA published to accompany the launch of this database. (Español)
Finds seven examples in which Texas’s state government has been less-than-forthcoming, to say the least, about the results of Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) state border crackdown.
The congressional oversight agency finds that Border Patrol has failed to collect, record, or report to Congress data about migrant deaths at the border. (Link at gao.gov)
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)
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.
An investigation finds that Texas’s state government has been using dubious statistics to inflate results from its costly border deployment.
A government Integrity Committee is investigating DHS’s Inspector General for accusations of ordering a “retaliatory” investigation of subordinates who criticized his management.
A report on August 2021 inspections of CBP and Border Patrol facilities in the San Diego sector. (Link at oig.dhs.gov)
Finds that about 15 percent of CBP’s 2021 budget was spent on activities with a counter-drug purpose. (link at oig.dhs.gov)
Finds that CBP took 2,021 formal disciplinary actions against members of its 60,000-person workforce in fiscal year 2020, up from 1,629 actions in 2019. (link at cbp.gov)
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.
Finds that CBP recommended generally light disciplinary measures for personnel revealed in 2019 to have shared offensive and racist posts to a Facebook group. (Link at oversight.house.gov)
Proposes “a bottom-up, good governance approach to reforms,” identifying six oversight needs that must be met to change CBP’s organizational culture.
Finds that CBP improperly targeted U.S. advocates whom the agency believed had some involvement with 2018-19 migrant caravans through Mexico. (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)
Finds deficiencies in border and migration agencies’ attention to detainees’ medical needs. (Link at oig.dhs.gov)
Voices strong concerns about where a culture of cruelty and impunity is leading U.S. border agencies, and points to ways out.
Finds that State Department-funded CBP personnel operating on the ground in Guatemala apprehended Honduran migrants and transported them back to Honduras in unmarked vans. (Link at foreign.senate.gov)