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Honduran First Lady Visits South Texas to Witness Crisis of Unaccompanied Children Immigrants

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The first lady of Honduras is visiting South Texas immigration shelters beginning today after news broke about a growing crisis involving tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who were confined to overcrowded, squalid conditions at the border, KXAN reports.

Ana Garcia de Hernandez is just the latest in a growing number of politicians arriving in Texas to get a firsthand look at the plight of the children, who are spilling over the Mexico border without adult supervision.

Since October, more than 150,000 of those children came from Honduras.

Experts said more people are fleeing Honduras because of widespread gang violence and chronic joblessness.

Border Patrol Station in Texas Overwhelmed by Central American Migrants

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Throngs of Central American women and children are forced to stay in squalid, cramped conditions at a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas, the Washington Post reports.

Video obtained by the Washington Post shows children sleeping on concrete floors in sweltering heat for days. The migrants are fed tacos and bologna sandwiches and the sick are separated by strips of yellow police tape. They use portable toilets and have no showers.

After seeing the conditions, President Obama declared a “humanitarian crisis.”

Each day, agents capture hundreds of Central American migrants, some of whom travel in groups as large as 250 people.

Many of them are fleeing violence and poverty.

Immigrant Rights Groups: Border Patrol Mistreating Children in Documented Cases of Abuse

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents are accused of mistreating children in 116 reported cases of abuse, according to a compliant filed by Customs and Border Protection.

CNN reports that the cases range from sexual abuse to holding young undocumented immigrants in cramped, dirty condition, CNN reports.

The cases span several years.

“Given these longstanding problems, and in light of the rising number of unaccompanied children seeking relief from dangerous conditions in their home countries, the need for broad and lasting agency reforms is clear,” the complaint says.

A CBP spokesman said the agency takes “extraordinary measures” to keep children safe.

“Mistreatment or misconduct is not tolerated,” he added.

The complaint was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and four immigrant-rights groups.

Border Patrol Reports Alarming Number of Sex Offenders Apprehended in South Texas

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An alarming number of immigrants who are sex offenders are captured in South Texas.

Since October 2013, Border Patrol has apprehended nearly 180 immigrants who have prior convictions for sex offenses, KZTV Action 10 reports.

A majority of the offenders sexually assaulted children in the U.S.

Just this weekend, Border Patrol arrested three people with warrants related to sex crimes in Forth Worth, Virginia and Austin.

They are awaiting extradition.

Border Patrol Experiences Double-Digit Decline in Immigrant Deaths, Arrests on Arizona Border

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If the Arizona-Mexico border is any indication, fewer immigrants are dying and getting arrested.

Fox News reports a 16% decline in arrests at the Arizona border and a 40% drop during the present fiscal year.

Between Oct. 1 and March 1, about 42,600 immigrants were detained, compared with 50,900 during this period last year.

“We notice that far fewer immigrants are crossing the border, particularly in the eastern desert region where we previously reported a large proportion of the deaths and rescues,” Adame said.

In the 2014 fiscal year, Border Patrol recoded 31 deaths, compared to 52 during the same period last year.

Congress Introduces Bill to Increase Oversight of Border Patrol Following Deadly Confrontations

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A bipartisan bill in Congress is aimed at addressing questions about the use of force by Border Patrol agents.

AZCentral.com reports that the bill is designed to increase oversight of CBP and the Border Patrol following widespread criticism of deadly confrontations with immigrants at the border.

But political experts said the bill may not find traction.

According to AZCentral, the bill would:

  • Create an independent border-oversight commission.
  • Establish an ombudsman’s office within the Department of Homeland Security to handle complaints about border and immigration issues.
  • Create a liaison office to improve relations with border communities.
  • Require significantly more transparency about the outcomes of investigations of deadly use-of-force incidents; and provide additional training and resources to officers, agents and supervisors.

Will it pass? Unlikely, says some political observers.

“The Republicans control the House, this is an anti-immigration crowd and a pro-enforcement crowd,” said Michael O’Neil, president of Tempe polling firm O’Neil Associates. “Secure the border first, that’s their answer to everything.”

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Immigrants Beating Deportations at Highest Rate in More Than 20 Years, Report

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

More immigrants are successfully beating deportation before a judge, according to new data, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

In fact, the success rate in court is higher than it has been for more than 20 years, according to the Transaction Records Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, which collects and studies federal prosecution records.

Since October, immigration judges rejected about half of the 42,816 deportation cases heard.

Ice defended its actions.

“ICE’s enforcement strategies and policies are designed to prioritize its resources on public safety, national security and border security threats,” said ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen. “ICE continues to focus on sensible, effective immigration enforcement that prioritizes the removal of criminal aliens and those apprehended at the border while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States.”

Oops! Homeland Security Loses Track of 1 Million Foreigners Who Previously Arrived in U.S.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An audit revealed Tuesday that the Homeland Security Department does not know what happened to more than 1 million people who arrived in the U.S., an embarrassing blunder as lawmakers debate a new immigration bill, The Washington Times reports.

The Government Accountability Office’s report underscores that the department’s failure to accurately track people visiting the U.S.

The Homeland Security Department was unable to prove whether more than 1 million immigrants ever left the U.S., The Washington Times reported. That’s because the department is long overdue in creating a system to track departures, a goal set in 1996.

“DHS has not yet fulfilled the 2004 statutory requirement to implement a biometric exit capability, but has planning efforts under way to report to Congress in time for the fiscal year 2016 budget cycle on the costs and benefits of such a capability at airports and seaports,” GAO investigators wrote.