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Shuffling Kids Between Border Facilities Won’t Solve the Immigration Crisis

Public and political outrage over the horrific conditions in which children were being held at a Clint, TX, Border Patrol facility prompted immigration officials to remove about 250 children from the facility, 100 of the children were then abruptly sent back. Clara Long of Human Rights Watch said, “CBP custody is inappropriate and abusive for children,” and that children shouldn’t be kept at any of the more than 70 facilities along the border.

Due Process decreased

The new policies “systematically deprive people coming to the United States of due process and the opportunity to apply for legal relief to which they may be entitled under law.”

Guard Faces Tricky Dance in California Border Mission

The Associated Press reports that governors in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas have committed around 2,400 National Guard troops to the southern U.S. border. California Governor Jerry Brown has stated that his National Guard will help go after “drugs and thugs along the Mexican border, but not immigrants,” but experts are skeptical that he will be able to enforce his vision.

Lawsuit Filed by Passengers Made to Present ID to CBP to Exit Plane

Several passengers who were aboard a domestic flight from San Francisco to New York in February 2017 where U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) made all passengers present identification before exiting the plane have filed a lawsuit challenging the government’s action as an illegal search and seizure. According to the plaintiffs, “Two uniformed CBP officers positioned themselves at the doorway of the airplane, forcing passengers to queue inside and delaying their exit as the CBP officers stopped each passenger, took their identification documents, examined them, and only then permitted them to pass.” Again – Trump trying to take constitutional rights away.

If you are waved through, are you admitted to the U.S.?

The Fifth Circuit granted the petition for review, holding that a wave-through at a port of entry is an “admission in any status” under 8 USC §1229b(a)(2), and that the petitioner, a lawful permanent resident, was thus eligible for cancellation of removal.

DHS Releases FY2015 Mid-Year Border Security Update

In a status update on its border security efforts, DHS indicated that the number of total apprehensions along the southwest border during the first six months of FY2015 was 151,805, which is down nearly 60,000 (or 28%) compared to the same period in FY2014. Additionally, total apprehensions along the southwest border—comprised of apprehensions of unaccompanied children, family units, and single adults—for FY2015 are at their lowest point in the past four fiscal years.

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