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San Diego Union-Tribune: CBP Agents Wrote Fake Court Dates on Paperwork to Send Migrants Back to Mexico, Records Show

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that asylum seekers who have finished their court cases are being sent back to Mexico with documents that contain fraudulent future court dates, keeping some migrants south of the border indefinitely.

U.S. Border Agency to Expand Use of Facial Recognition Tech

CBP is set to expand its use of facial recognition technology to screen people entering the country. A draft request for bids lays out CBP’s plans to replace its existing “token-based” security system, which relies on verification methods such as passwords, with a biometric one. CBP also plans to replace Global Entry kiosks at the border with a “facial recognition solution.”

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.

USCIS and CBP Extend Form I‑129 Pilot Program for Canadian L‑1 Nonimmigrants

USCIS and CBP announced that they extended their joint pilot program for Canadian citizens seeking L‑1 nonimmigrant status under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) through April 30, 2019. This pilot allows, but doesn’t require, Canadian citizens to request USCIS remotely adjudicate their petitioning employer’s Form I‑129 or I‑129S prior to their arrival or when they arrive at the Blaine port of entry.

Court Affirms Preliminary Injunction Ordering CBP to Improve Conditions in Holding Cells

In Doe v. Kelly, the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion affirming the preliminary injunctionissued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, which found that CBP is violating the constitutional rights of Tucson Sector immigration detainees and ordered CBP to take certain steps to improve conditions in its Tucson Sector holding facilities.

The Council Files Lawsuit Challenging CBP’s Unlawful Practice of Turning Away Asylum Seekers

The American Immigration Council, along with the Center for Constitutional Rights and Latham and Watkins, LLP, filed a class action lawsuit challenging U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) unlawful practice of turning away asylum seekers who present themselves at ports of entry along the U.S. border with Mexico. The individual plaintiffs endured arduous journeys to the U.S. border, and their experiences demonstrate that CBP uses a variety of tactics to deny bona fide asylum seekers the opportunity to pursue their claims.

CBP holding people in inhuman conditions

The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona issued an order finding that CBP is violating the constitutional rights of immigration detainees by holding them in conditions of confinement that fail to meet their basic human needs, and directing CBP to take certain steps to improve conditions in those facilities, known as hieleras. The injunction stems from a class action lawsuit filed in June 2015 by a group of immigration detainees who alleged that they were subjected to inhumane and punitive conditions during their confinement in Tucson Sector CBP holding facilities.

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