From 2015-2020, CRCL received more than 100 allegations that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) violated the civil rights and civil liberties of unaccompanied minors when determining their ages or verifying the authenticity of their birth certificates. These allegations arose from reported incidents at both U.S. Border Patrol stations and ports of entry. These included similar allegations, such as CBP discarding and destroying birth certificates, pressuring and coercing unaccompanied minors into incorrectly claiming they are adults, and falsifying records of their ages. From these numerous allegations, CRCL chose a sample of 18 that represented the various types of allegations received by CRCL and opened them as complaint investigations.
Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC)
Between May 1 and July 31, 2019, CRCL received 677 allegations that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) violated the civil rights and civil liberties of unaccompanied minors in CBP custody. This number of allegations corresponded with the increase in unaccompanied minor apprehensions at the Southwest border.
WASHINGTON – On July 23rd, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan announced a new designation of aliens subject to expedited removal that applies to certain aliens encountered anywhere in the country within two years of illegal entry. Use of expedited removal pursuant to the new designation will help alleviate some of the burden and capacity issues currently faced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) by allowing DHS to more quickly remove certain aliens encountered in the interior.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services (HHS) have a process established to ensure that family members know the location of their children and have regular communication after separation to ensure that those adults who are subject to removal are reunited with their children for the purposes of removal. The United States government knows the location of all children in its custody and is working to reunite them with their families.
DHS is committed to enforcing our immigration laws so that we can secure our border and keep the American people safe.
We apprehend more than a thousand people a day – 300,000 a year – who violate our nation’s sovereignty by crossing our borders illegally.
Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen met this morning with Guatemalan Minister of Government, Enrique Degenhart, whom she congratulated on his appointment as Minister.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) U.S. Border Patrol Acting Chief of Carla Provost addresses the role of CBP to protect the homeland and secure the Nation’s borders while facilitating lawful international travel and trade.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations Acting Executive Associate Director Derek Bennerm and ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Executive Associate Director Matthew Albence address the mission of ICE, its efforts to disrupt, dismantle and investigate violent gang activity within the United States, and its role in addressing issues related to unaccompanied alien children arriving in the United States.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) Chief Mark Morgan and USBP Deputy Chief Carla Provost address their initial observations of current USBP operations and challenges, and their vision for securing the U.S. border between the Nation’s ports of entry.