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CRCL Recommendation and Investigation Memos Collection

The DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties reviews and investigates civil rights and civil liberties complaints and alleged abuses filed by the public regarding DHS policies and activities. The investigations involve a range of alleged abuses, including violation of rights while in immigration detention. CRCL issues recommendations to the relevant DHS Component aimed at addressing any civil rights or civil liberties concerns identified as part of its investigation. Redacted memos and other documents related to these investigations are included in this library.

  • Expert Recommendations Memo Concerning Suicide Prevention

    CRCL conducted an investigation into attempted and successful suicides while in CBP custody. CRCL's onsite investigations occurred on March 28, 2017, and April 4-5, 2017, at the Brownsville Port of Entry, Marfa Border Patrol Station, Marfa Border Patrol Checkpoint, Rio Grande Valley Centralized Processing Center, and the McAllen Station Processing Center. As part of the review, CRCL reviewed policies and procedures of the Office of Field Operations  and U.S. Border Patrol  as they relate to suicide prevention and engaged the assistance of a subject matter expert in the field of suicide prevention in a custodial environment.

  • Recommendations Memo Concerning Ensuring Meaningful Access for Indigenous Language Speakers

    Pursuant to 6 U.S.C. § 345 and 42 U.S.C. § 2000ee-1, this memorandum provides policy recommendations to CBP regarding a complaint in which the complainant
    alleges that CBP failed to provide him meaningful language access during the inspections process.

  • Recommendations Memo Concerning Searches of Transgender Individuals

    The purpose of this memorandum is to provide recommendations to update the CBP Office of Field Operations Personal Search Handbook and issue a muster instructing officers on the appropriate way to search transgender individuals consistent with the 2015 National Standards on Transport, Escort, Detention, and Search (TEDS).

  • Retention Memo Concerning Suicide Attempts

    CRCL received four complaints alleging that the Office of Field Operations and U.S. Border Patrol within CBP have violated an individual's civil rights or civil liberties. The purpose of this memorandum is to notify CBP of the complaint and describe those allegations, inform CBP that CRCL will retain this complaint for investigation, and explain how CRCL will work with CBP during its investigation.

  • Recommendations Memo to CBP Concerning Title 42

    This memorandum provides policy recommendations to CBP to better enable CBP to protect and safeguard undocumented individuals who seek to enter or who unlawfully enter the United States during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and who are subjected to expulsion under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) public health authority in 42 U.S.C. § 265 ("Title 42"). Specifically, this memorandum provides policy recommendations to CBP regarding medical care and humanitarian protections. 

  • Recommendations Memo to CBP Concerning Treatment of Children with Disabilities

    This memorandum provides policy recommendations to protect the well-being of children with disabilities and promote the family unity of families including children with disabilities “to the greatest extent operationally feasible” while in (CBP custody. Accordingly, this memorandum provides policy recommendations with an aim to reinforce existing CBP policy as stated in CBP’s National Standards on Transportation, Escort, Detention, and Search (TEDS) (October 2015) to maintain family unity to the greatest extent operationally feasible.

  • Recommendations Memo to CBP and ICE Concerning Family Separation

    This memorandum discusses the outcome of the investigation conducted by CRCL into allegations that CBP and ICE violated the civil rights or civil liberties of family members who were separated after crossing the U.S. border, based on inadequate or outdated policies and procedures, and with inadequate training,
    oversight, and documentation.

  • Recommendations Memo to CBP Concerning Religious Questioning at Ports of Entry

    This memorandum provides policy and training recommendations to better support front-line CBP Office of Field Operations officers in avoiding improper questions regarding travelers' religion while conducting border inspections.  It closes, with general findings and specific recommendations, multiple complaints filed with the
    CRCL on this subject, and also closes multiple complaints that touch on similar subjects--without findings or recommendations--due to their age and ongoing litigation.

  • Expert Recommendations Memo to ICE Concerning ICE Health Services Corps Medical/Mental Health Care and Oversight

    CRCL conducted an investigation in response to information received from the DHS Office of Inspector General alleging that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Health Service Corps had systematically provided inadequate medical and mental health care, and oversight of that care, to immigration detainees in facilities throughout the United States.

  • Retention Memo to CBP for CRCL Investigation Concerning Invalidating F1 Visas of Iranian Nationals

    CRCL opened complaints alleging that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) violated civil rights or civil liberties by invalidating F1 student visas belonging to applicants from Iran, applying a five-year bar to admission to the applicants, and removing an applicant from the United States in violation of a court order, among other allegations.