Sunday, November 17, 2019

House passes Democrat-backed measure to revamp medical screenings for migrants at the border

The House passed a measure yesterday that would revamp medical screenings for migrants in the custody of Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The Democrat-backed bill, which passed in a 230-184 vote, would establish timelines for medical screenings and improve overall health standards. Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.) and Fred Upton (Mich.) were the only Republicans to vote in favor of […]

Google employees sign petition asking leaders to stop working with immigration agencies

More than 1,000 Google employees have signed a petition as of yesterday asking company leaders to declare they won’t work with U.S. immigration and border control agencies, citing mistreatment of asylum seekers and refugees. The petition calls for Google to withdraw any existing and potential infrastructure, funding or engineering resources for Customs and Border Protection, or […]

U.S. Citizen released from ICE custody after 23 days

Francisco Erwin Galicia, a Dallas-born U.S. citizen, spent 23 days in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection in conditions that made him so desperate he almost opted to self-deport. “It was inhumane how they treated us. It got to the point where I was ready to sign a deportation paper just to not […]

Children in detention centers allege sex assault in retaliation for protesting

The poor treatment of migrant children at the hands of U.S. border agents in recent months extends to include allegations of sexual assault and retaliation for protests, according to dozens of accounts by children held in Arizona. A 16-year-old Guatemalan boy held in Yuma, Arizona, said he and others in his cell complained about the taste […]

Ocasio-Cortez says migrant women were told to drink out of toilets at detention center

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said that migrant women at a Customs and Border Patrol facility in Texas were held in cells without water and told by officers to drink out of the toilet. “This was them on their GOOD behavior in front of members of Congress,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted yesterday, after her visit to a CBP […]

The acting director of ICE, Ron Vitiello, resigns amid immigration crisis

The acting director of ICE, Ron Vitiello, has resigned amid an agency wide restructuring of the Department of Homeland Security. Vitiello had originally been nominated to take over the post permanently, but his nomination was abruptly pulled last week by President Trump, who said he wanted to go in a “tougher” direction. Outgoing Homeland Security […]

An 8-year-old Guatemalan boy dies while in the custody of Border Patrol

An 8-year-old Guatemalan boy died late Christmas Eve in the custody of US Customs and Border Protection, the agency said, the second Guatemalan child to die in the agency’s custody this month. Rep. Joaquin Castro, chairman-elect of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, identified the child in a statement as Felipe Alonzo-Gomez. The boy, who was detained […]

Congressman Castro wants top border official to resign

Democratic Rep. Joaquín Castro issued a call for the head of Customs and Border Protection to step down for failing to speedily report the death of a 7-year-old girl while in border officials’ custody. Castro made the demand Tuesday after he and 11 other members of Congress visited border facilities to find out more about […]

An immigrant girl died while she was detained by Border Patrol

A 7-year-old girl who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with her father last week died after being taken into the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol, federal immigration authorities confirmed yesterday. The Washington Post reports the girl died of dehydration and shock more than eight hours after she was arrested by agents near Lordsburg, New Mexico. The […]

Trump’s decision to militarize the border is causing headaches for the Pentagon

  One month after President Trump’s unexpected move to deploy the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border, the Pentagon is pushing ahead in moving thousands of troops and equipment south. At least 1,500 guardsmen have now been sent to the border to curtail a “surge of illegal activity,” according to Trump, amid outstanding questions about the […]