Kino releases report with Washington Office on Latin America detailing abuse and lack of accountability at the U.S.-Mexico Border
This report finds that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and its Border Patrol (BP) agency have a persistent problem of violating human rights without accountability.
While many, if not most CBP officers and Border Patrol agents follow best practices, the study shows frequent and severe alleged abuses. Existing investigations and disciplinary actions do not bring justice for victims and are not credible enough to change abusive behavior.
Drawing on vast first-hand experience, conversations with advocates and officials in the field, and in-depth analysis of existing literature, the researchers identify frequent “failure points” in the maze of overlapping accountability agencies within DHS. Click here to read the full report.
On July 25, a U.S. federal judge blocked the Biden Administrations policies restricting access to asylum in the U.S.-Mexico border. Then, in early August, an appeals court said that the asylum ban could remain in effect during the appeals process. In the same order, the court put the appeal on a highly expedited schedule. We lament the fact that these cruel policies will remain in effect, barring many people in need of protection from initiating the asylum process.
Asylum seekers and immigrant rights group sue the Biden Administration over metering and turnback policies.
Ten individual asylum seekers, joined by Al Otro Lado and Haitian Bridge Alliance, have jointly filed a lawsuit challenging the Biden administration’s policy of turning back people in need of protection at ports of entry across the southern border. The lawsuit also challenges the administration’s practice of requiring asylum seekers first to acquire an appointment through the government’s unworkable CBP One app, which takes technological literacy and often months of repeated attempts. Due to this rule, the administration has been turning away asylum seekers who have not been able to secure a CBP One appointment, denying them access to the asylum process entirely and returning them to limbo and grave vulnerability to harm. We stand in solidarity with the people in need of protection at the heart of this challenge. The Biden administration must restore fair and full access to the asylum process for people on the move!