Tag Archives: Border Patrol

SCOTUS Rules 5-4 To Reject Suit By Family Of Mexican Boy Killed In Cross-Border Shooting By Border Patrol

Reuters reports: The Supreme Court on Tuesday barred a lawsuit against a Border Patrol agent for fatally shooting a 15-year-old Mexican boy on Mexican soil from across the border in Texas, refusing to open the door for foreign nationals to pursue civil rights cases in American courts in such incidents. The court ruled 5-4 to uphold a lower court’s dismissal …

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Elite Border Patrol Tactical Units To Hit Sanctuary Cities

The New York Times reports: The Trump administration is deploying law enforcement tactical units from the southern border as part of a supercharged arrest operation in sanctuary cities across the country, an escalation in the president’s battle against localities that refuse to participate in immigration enforcement. The specially trained officers are being sent to cities including Chicago and New York …

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Warren Blasts Trump Admin For Migrant Deaths

The Hill reports: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a top Democratic presidential candidate, criticized the Trump administration and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in a Christmas day tweet over the “cruel treatment” of migrants. Warren referenced in her tweet the death of Felipe Gómez Alonzo, an 8-year-old migrant who died on Christmas Eve last year. The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) …

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Migrant Teen Dies Unattended In Texas Cell

ProPublica reports: Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez, a 16-year-old Guatemalan migrant, was seriously ill when immigration agents put him in a small South Texas holding cell with another sick boy on the afternoon of May 19. A few hours earlier, a nurse practitioner at the Border Patrol’s dangerously overcrowded processing center in McAllen had diagnosed him with the flu and measured …

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Border Patrol Nixed Flu Shots For Detained Migrants

The Washington Post reports: As influenza spread through migrant detention facilities last winter, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that U.S. Customs and Border Protection vaccinate detained migrants against the virus, a push that CBP rejected, according to a newly released letter to Congress. The CDC recommendation was revealed in a letter from the agency to Rep. Rosa …

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Plants Raided By ICE Had Recently Settled EEOC Suit For Racial And Sexual Harassment Of Hispanic Workers

This has got to be a coincidence, right? Yesterday, ICE carried out what is believed to be the largest immigration raid in decades when they detained 680 workers at seven poultry plants in Morton, Mississippi. The workers, many of them members of the United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW), were employed by a company called Koch Foods Inc, which …

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Border Patrol Chief Says Migrant’s HIV+ Status Justifies Family Separation As HIV Is Classified As Communicable

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: As President Trump continues to praise his administration’s plan to beat the HIV epidemic by 2030, a top Trump administration official says an immigrant’s HIV status is enough to justify family separation at the border. Brian Hastings, chief of Customs & Border Patrol, made the remarks during a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing …

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Fox Host: Stop Dehumanizing ICE And Border Patrol

“Speaking of dehumanization, who’s been dehumanized? It’s been the ICE agents and the Border Patrol agents whose motives are being impugned every single day. Four thousand people rescued is a fact. We know that’s what they do on the border to save kids, to save women, to save men who make this dangerous journey. So it’s all disingenuous. It’s very …

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Border Patrol Mocks Migrants With “Challenge Coin”

ProPublica reports: An unofficial commemorative coin has been circulating among Border Patrol agents at the U.S./Mexico border, mocking the task of caring for migrant children and other duties that have fallen to agents as families cross into the U.S. On the front, the coin declares “KEEP THE CARAVANS COMING” under an image of a massive parade of people carrying a …

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Border Patrol Hangs Framed Photo Of Anti-Immigrant Fox Host Tomi Lahren In Washington DC Headquarters

Quartz reports: A large, framed photo of far-right commentator Tomi Lahren posing with US Border Patrol officials hangs prominently on the wall of the agency’s headquarters in Washington, DC. A person with access to the area described the setting and shared a picture of it with Quartz. Lahren, a vocal supporter of US president Donald Trump, has called immigrants “shifty …

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Border Patrol Knew About Racist FB Group Last Year

ABC News reports: An internal memo from U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows that the agency’s leadership was aware, from as early as February 2018, of at least one private Facebook group that included “inappropriate and offensive posts” by its personnel. The agency said on Monday it has launched an investigation into a Facebook group known as “I’m 10-15,” after …

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REPORT: Border Patrol Agent Humiliated Migrant By Parading Him Around Detention With “I Like Men” Sign

CNN reports: US Customs and Border Patrol agents at a migrant processing center in Texas allegedly attempted to humiliate a Honduran migrant by making him hold a sign that read, “I like men,” according to emails written by an agent who witnessed the incident. The emails — obtained by CNN — were sent to the agent’s supervisor and outlined the …

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Border Patrol Chief: AOC Is Trying To Dehumanize Us

Brandon Judd writes for Fox News: As the president of the National Border Patrol Council, the union representing 16,000 Border Patrol agents, I am personally and professionally offended by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s outrageous, inflammatory and false claims about the dedicated law enforcement officers I represent. By comparing Border Patrol agents to Nazis, Ocasio-Cortez is trying to dehumanize us. Interestingly, this …

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Secret Border Patrol Facebook Group Members Post Racist Jokes About Migrants And Latino Democrats

ProPublica reports: Members of a secret Facebook group for current and former Border Patrol agents joked about the deaths of migrants, discussed throwing burritos at Latino members of Congress visiting a detention facility in Texas on Monday and posted a vulgar illustration depicting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez engaged in oral sex with a detained migrant, according to screenshots of their postings. …

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Militia Leader Busted For Impersonating Border Agent

Reuters reports: A member of an armed group known for stopping migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border has been arrested after authorities charged him with impersonating a U.S. Border Patrol agent, according to court documents. Jim Benvie, spokesman for the Guardian Patriots, who have been camped at the border near Sunland Park, New Mexico, was arrested on Friday in Oklahoma after …

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ACLU Demands Probe After Armed Extremist Militia “Arrests” Migrants In Coordination With Border Patrol

The Guardian reports: Armed right wing militia members detained a large group of migrants at the US-Mexico border and coordinated with US border patrol agents to have them arrested, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, in a series of actions the civil liberties organization called a “kidnapping” and a flagrant violation of the law. Several videos taken at the …

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REPORT: Trump Offered Pardon To Border Patrol Head If He Got Jailed For Illegally Blocking Asylum Seekers

CNN reports: During President Trump’s visit to the border at Calexico, California, a week ago, where he told border agents to block asylum seekers from entering the US contrary to US law, the President also told the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, Kevin McAleenan, that if he were sent to jail as a result of blocking those migrants from …

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Trump Privately Told Border Agents To Break Law

CNN reports: Last Friday, the President visited Calexico, California, where he said, “We’re full, our system’s full, our country’s full — can’t come in! Our country is full, what can you do? We can’t handle any more, our country is full. Can’t come in, I’m sorry. It’s very simple.” Behind the scenes, two sources told CNN, the President told border …

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Border Patrol Union Deletes Anti-Wall Webpage

Politico reports: A union that represents Border Patrol agents recently deleted a webpage that said building walls and fences along the border to stop illegal immigration would be “wasting taxpayer money.” The deleted webpage, posted in 2012, argued that border barriers don’t tackle the root causes of migration — and could potentially encourage more migrants to enter the U.S. fraudulently …

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Trump Blames Dems For Deaths Of Migrant Children

Raw Story reports: President Donald Trump on Saturday attempted to blame Democrats for the two deaths of immigrant children being held by his Border Patrol and Customs enforcement officers. “Any deaths of children or others at the Border are strictly the fault of the Democrats and their pathetic immigration policies that allow people to make the long trek thinking they …

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