Last updated November 19, 2023. Download a PDF packet of infographics at bit.ly/wola_border_infographics.
An exposé of the miserable labor conditions suffered by many underage migrants who work long shifts, often at night, in dangerous conditions in U.S. food processing plants or similar facilities.
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)
Data show that migrant children in the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s system of contractor-run emergency shelters suffered severe mental health challenges.
Newly obtained data show that more than 650,000 children and teenagers were held in CBP custody between February 2017 and June 2021, including at least 220,000 who spent more than 72 hours in custody.
Updating and clarifying the 1997 Flores judicial settlement agreement specifying conditions of children held in CBP custody.
“Patriots for America,” a conservative Christian militia, is intercepting migrant children in mid-Texas while Border Patrol and local authorities look on.
An alarming story of far-right activists waiting by the borderline in Arizona and intercepting unaccompanied migrant children.
A series of legal complaints details cases of physical and verbal abuse of children in CBP custody.
Government whistleblowers voice alarm about conditions for unaccompanied migrant children being held at Office of Refugee Resettlement facilities, especially a site at Fort Bliss, Texas.
Finds that the Federal Emergency Management Agency fulfilled its duties when assisting CBP and the Office of Refugee Resettlement during a 2021 increase in unaccompanied child migration. (Link at oig.dhs.gov)
Profiles Central American children who arrived at the border unaccompanied and are now trying to adjust to life and school in Montgomery County, in suburban Washington, DC.
An explanation of Mexico’s growing asylum system, obstacles to protection in Mexico, and how the United States can help.
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)
Details ICE’s practice of holding migrant families and children under contractors’ custody in border-town hotels before expelling them under measures put in place due to COVID-19.
Over 3,000 unaccompanied children have been summarily expelled back to Mexico or Central America, with no way even to track what’s happened to them. Some first spend days in hotels guarded by unlicensed contractors.
Catalogues more than 400 administrative changes to the U.S. border security and immigration regime during the Trump administration, and what it might take to undo them.
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)
Under cover of COVID-19 response, the Trump administration has been moving aggressively to deport unaccompanied children who are already in the system—in addition to those already being expelled at the border.
A memo explaining how, even in a public health emergency, U.S. border authorities c0uld be attending to asylum seekers and unaccompanied children instead of expelling them.