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Advocacy Groups Update Website Exposing Border-Related Abuse and Litigation

3/26/24 AILA Doc. No. 19070160. Admissions & Border

New updates have been posted to www.HoldCBPAccountable.org, including complaints filed regarding CBP’s expanded practice of detaining people in deplorable conditions in open-air detention sites, and more. Visit the website to learn more about ongoing efforts to hold CBP accountable.

Recent Developments Include

  • Advocates raised the alarm regarding CBP’s expanded practice of detaining people in deplorable conditions in open-air detention sites along the California border:
    • Al Otro Lado, the American Friends Service Committee, Border Kindness, the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, the International Refugee Assistance Project, and the National Immigration Law Center joined the Southern Border Communities Coalition in filing a second civil rights complaint regarding the practice.
    • Al Otro Lado and the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies filed a FOIA lawsuit seeking records regarding CBP’s policies and practices surrounding the detention sites, including their supervision and monitoring of the sites.
    • Class counsel in the Flores litigation filed a motion to enforce the settlement agreement regarding children detained in these outdoor spaces.
  • The National Immigration Project & Muslim Advocates brought a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) against CBP and the Department of Justice to uncover records related to reports that federal prosecutors in Del Rio, Texas are disproportionately targeting individuals from Muslim-majority countries for prosecution for entry-related offenses.
  • The ACLU of New Hampshire uncovered records through their FOIA litigation which showed that CBP had only 21 encounters and arrests in New Hampshire between October 2022 and December 2023, undermining state officials’ claims that increased funding for surveillance is needed to combat a rise in New Hampshire-Canada border crossings.
  • A career civil servant and contract officer filed a whistleblower complaint reporting that Loyal Source Government Services, the sole source contractor responsible for providing medical care to noncitizens in CBP custody, was grossly mismanaging its contract, including by severely understaffing CBP facilities, and that CBP failed to hold the contractor accountable.

HoldCBPAccountable.org is a joint project of the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties, the American Immigration Council, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild.