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CBP will pay $3.8M fees in civil rights suit over conditions for migrants

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has agreed to pay more than $3.8 million in attorney's fees and other litigation expenses stemming from a class-action lawsuit launched against the agency over the treatment and care of migrants in custody in Southern Arizona.... Read more»

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Feds probe after Haitian migrant dies from pneumonia, COVID days after being taken into BP custody

A migrant died from respiratory distress caused by pneumonia and COVID-19 at the Yuma Regional Medical Center several days after he was taken into custody by a Border Patrol agent. Federal officials are investigating his treatment. ... Read more»

Nearly all asylum-seekers show up for court, data shows

More than a decade of data show that asylum-seekers and other migrants facing immigration hearings appear in court at least 83% of the time, with some rates as high as 96%. A new report challenges what one expert called a "pernicious myth." ... Read more»

Border Patrol quickly expelling most detained migrants in Az under CV-19 policy

Just 12 people have been held for longer than 48 hours in Tucson Sector custody over the last 30 days, as the agency increasingly relies on a provision employed during the outbreak of COVID-19 that allows agents to immediately expel most people back to Mexico.... Read more»

Immigrant advocates ask DHS watchdog to protect ICE detainees from COVID-19

Advocacy groups filed an oversight complaint Thursday, arguing there is a "systemic failure" at Immigration and Customs Enforcement to protect thousands of detained migrants from coronavirus. ... Read more»

Trump admin appeals judge's order on 'punitive' conditions in Border Patrol holding cells

Trump administration officials appealed a federal court order that blocks the Border Patrol in Arizona from holding people longer than 48 hours in conditions that are "presumptively punitive and violate the Constitution."... Read more»

Judge: Border Patrol's detention conditions in Az 'violate the Constitution'

A federal judge ruled that conditions at Border Patrol's stations near Tucson are "presumptively punitive and violate the Constitution," issuing a permanent injunction barring the agency from holding anyone more than 48 hours. ... Read more»

Women testify about squalid conditions in Border Patrol detention centers

Two women testified that they were served bad food and their medical needs were ignored while they endured squalid conditions in Border Patrol facilities as a lawsuit over the treatment of detained migrants continued.... Read more»

Trial begins in drawn-out lawsuit over Border Patrol treatment of detained migrants

An expert witness called overcrowding at Border Patrol detention facilities "simply unacceptable" during testimony Monday as part of a 2015 lawsuit alleging that people are crowded into squalid, freezing cells while in the agency's custody. ... Read more»

Long-running lawsuit in Tucson shows perennial problems at border detention centers

While scrutiny has increased after two children died in New Mexico, border agencies have faced a years-old lawsuit filed in Tucson claiming migrants are punished by holding them in freezing, dirty cells with tainted water, poor food, and a lack of health care.... Read more»

9th Circuit: BP must provide blankets to detained immigrants

Border Patrol officials must provide sleeping mats and blanket to immigrants held in detention for more than 12 hours, a federal appeals court ruled, rejecting government arguments that the requirements were too" rigid" and "burdensome." ... Read more»

CBP spent $5 million on lie detector tests for disqualified applicants

Customs and Border Protection spent more than $5 million on lie detector tests for applicants to be Border Patrol agents or customs officers, despite their previously admitting to officials that they were involved in crimes like drug smuggling and human trafficking. ... Read more»

Rights groups sue CBP for 'systematic' violations of U.S. asylum law

Immigration advocates filed a class-action suit against Customs and Border Protection, arguing that CBP officers at crossings along the Mexican border have systemically violated U.S. law and international human rights agreements by refusing to allow people to seek asylum. ... Read more»

Federal judge holds BP in contempt for failing to preserve video evidence

A federal judge has found Tucson Sector Border Patrol in contempt, writing that officials "violated" his orders, because they had "failed to take all reasonable steps" within their power to "preserve video evidence" as part of a class-action lawsuit filed in 2015 over the treatment of immigrants in holding cells.... Read more»

ACLU asks judge to hold BP in contempt over missing evidence

Civil rights groups asked a federal judge Monday to hold the Border Patrol in contempt of court for failing to turn over video from Tucson Sector holding facilities. A lawyer wrote that the agency was "stonewalling" and acting in "bad faith" and had allowed a computer update to corrupt months of video showing conditions in the facilities.... Read more»

Judge keeps order for BP to provide bedding, showers to detainees

Border Patrol officials must follow a court order to provide clean bedding and showers for detainees after a judge rejected a motion asking him to reconsider because of "unexpected consequences." But Judge David C. Bury wrote that "the Court cannot suspend what it believes are constitutional rights." ... Read more»

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