Homeland Security

October 23, 2021

Report: border agents engaged in ‘shocking abuses’ against asylum seekers

Human Rights Watch invoked the Freedom of Information act to obtain a trove of documents from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) — uncovering shocking instances of sexual and physical abuse of asylum seekers at the hands of border officials.

After a six-year legal battle, the human rights group uncovered over 160 cases of misconduct and abuse by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the US Border Patrol.

The documents span from 2016 to 2021 and detail instances including child sexual assault, enforced hunger, and brutal conditions.

Human Rights Watch said the files “paint a picture of DHS as an agency that appears to have normalized shocking abuses at the US border. The US should take urgent and sustained action to stop such abuses.”

You can read the full report here at your discretion, but be aware that the content is graphic.


US border agents engaged in ‘shocking abuses’ against asylum seekers, report finds

October 4, 2021

Hundreds of Afghanistan evacuees leaving US military bases before resettlement

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed that hundreds of evacuees from Afghanistan are leaving US military bases before completing the resettlement process.

Reuters found over 700 “independent departures” among Afghan evacuees since they arrived in the US following a tumultuous withdrawal from the country. The report said that officials do not have the authority to keep them against their will, and they’re not breaking any laws by leaving the bases.

“Other individuals who have departed the safe Havens generally had ties to the United States, such as family members or friends, and resources to support themselves as they settled into a new communities,” a DHS spokesperson said.

However, those who left early could be in jeopardy over necessities like expedited work permits.

“It’s a giant can of worms,” a Citizenship and Immigration Services official said. “This could lead to years and years of terrible immigration status problems.”


DHS: Hundreds of Afghan evacuees are leaving military bases in the US without completing resettlement

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