WASHINGTON— The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General issued a report last Tuesday warning about “dangerous overcrowding” and calling for immediate action to address squalid conditions in Customs and Border Protection facilities at the U.S. southern border. The report follows weeks of news and growing outrage over detention conditions facing asylum seekers and inappropriate conduct by CBP officials.
The American Immigration Council has a range of resources and experts available to address:
Efforts to challenge unconstitutional conditions in CBP detention facilities.
The agency’s abusive practices, including lack of accountability in responding to complaints of abuse.
The federal funding and costs of immigration enforcement and border security.
Corruption and misconduct within CBP.
Lengthy detention, dehumanizing conditions, and abuse in CBP holding cells.
The agency’s failure to address worsening conditions in Border Patrol custody pre-exists the present moment, but meaningful oversight is long overdue. As a longtime champion of holding CBP accountable for its unlawful policies and practices, the Council has a wealth of knowledge of the facts, law, and history surrounding current border developments.