A statement recalling and highlighting some of the basic principles underlying WOLA’s border and migration work.
Examines Border Patrol’s rapid releases of asylum seekers without initiating immigration proceedings. 75 percent of those released did report to ICE offices. (Original link)
Finds that operational challenges within the Office of Refugee Resettlement “hindered case management” at an emergency site at Fort Bliss, Texas in 2021, “which may have adversely affected unaccompanied children’s safety and well-being.” (Original link)
“We found that Border Patrol did not issue A-numbers for 107 of 384 migrants, most of whom were paroled into the country or issued Notices to Report.” (Original link)
DHS publishes a six-pillar plan for managing a likely post-Title 42 increase in migration at the U.S.-Mexico border. (Link at dhs.gov)
Examines whether the Department of Homeland Security will be ready to process an increased arrival of asylum-seeking migrants after the likely lifting of the Title 42 pandemic expulsion policy.
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)
An overview of DHS planning for a likely increase in migration at the U.S.-Mexico border after the lifting of the Title 42 pandemic order. (Link at int.nyt.com)
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)
Amid increasing arrivals of migrants at the border, an explanation of trends and recommendations for next steps.
This compendium of recommendations includes an extensive “migration and border policy” section.
Even if a “wave” of migration happens in early 2021, the new Biden administration can handle it with minimal drama while phasing out the Trump administration’s harsh anti-asylum policies.
Looks at how CBP misspent much of $192 million that Congress had appropriated to attend to the humanitarian needs of migrants in custody. (Link at oig.dhs.gov)
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.
Finds serious fault with CBP’s handling of the health of children in custody and its use of funds designated by Congress for humanitarian purposes. (Link at gao.gov)
The House appropriators’ narrative report accompanying the 2021 bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. (Link at appropriations.house.gov)
Migration is likely to increase again at the border. But through inexpensive, low-drama strategies, the U.S. government can manage it in an orderly, humane way.
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.
The latest in a series of reports documenting the status of asylum seekers forced by metering to wait in Mexico for a chance to approach U.S. border ports of entry.
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)
The latest edition of a quarterly effort to document the status of asylum seekers forced by metering to wait in Mexico for a chance to approach U.S. border ports of entry.