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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.

  • Retention Memo to USCIS Concerning Houston Asylum Office

    This memorandum notifies USCIS of complaints, describes allegations, and informs USCIS that CRCL retained these complaints for investigation.

  • Retention Memo to USCIS and ICE Concerning Competency in Protection Screening

    This memorandum notifies USCIS and ICE of complaints, describes allegations, and informs USCIS and ICE that CRCL retained these complaints for investigation.

  • Retention Memo to CBP Concerning Tactical Terrorist Response Team

    The purpose of this memorandum is to notify CBP that CRCL conducted an investigation of CBP’s Tactical Terrorism Response Team (TTRT) training, activities, policies, and procedures, which included onsite investigations at the following air Ports of Entry: Washington Dulles International Airport and Boston Logan International Airport.

  • Retention Memo to USCIS Concerning Language Access Procedures and Protocols

    CRCL opened the above-referenced complaints related to individuals who have made claims of language access violations during credible fear screenings with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The purpose of this memorandum is to notify USCIS that CRCL retained these complaints for investigation.

  • Retention Memo to CBP Concerning Vehicle Pursuits

    CRCL opened complaints alleging violations of civil rights or civil liberties resulting from incidents related to vehicle pursuits by CBP employees. Complaints alleged that CBP personnel unnecessarily engaged in vehicle pursuits at high rates of speeds that are unwarranted given the alleged crime(s), deployed vehicle immobilization devices (VID) or controlled tire deflation devices (CTDD), or pursuit intervention techniques (PIT) potentially leading to serious injury or death to suspect vehicle occupants. The purpose of this memorandum is to notify CBP of the complaints, describe those allegations, and inform CBP that CRCL retained these complaints for investigation.

  • Retention Memo to CBP Concerning Critical Incident Teams

    CRCL opened complaints alleging potential violations of civil rights or civil liberties related to the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) Critical Incident Teams (CIT) regarding CIT allegedly involving themselves in criminal investigations without authority. The purpose of this memorandum is to notify CBP of the complaints, describe those allegations, and inform CBP that CRCL retained these complaints for investigation.

  • Retention Memo Concerning Alleged Disciplinary Actions Taken Against Unaccompanied Children

    CRCL opened complaints alleging violations of civil rights or civil liberties resulting from incidents of alleged disciplinary actions taken against unaccompanied children in CBP custody. The purpose of this memorandum is to notify CBP of the complaints, describe the allegations, and inform you that CRCL retained these complaints for investigation.

  • Expert Recommendations Memo Concerning Concerning COVID-19 Response

    CRCL retained an investigation related to CBP's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, reviewing adherence to relevant policies and procedures.

  • 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.