U.S. hit with human rights lawsuit for migrant holding facility
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) attracted criticism alleging human rights violations after the agency kept hundreds of asylum seekers and migrants under a bridge in El Paso, Texas at the port of entry. Robert Moore of Texas Monthly quoted the ACLU’s stance that CBP violated the “basic human rights” of those held in the fenced off area for multiple days.
CBP officials did not respond to media requests regarding El Paso, but did close the holding area soon after the story broke. The criticism and ACLU lawsuit focused on the conditions under the bridge, as well as the presence of children.
CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan told the Texas Tribune that 750 agents would be redeployed to handle a recent “surge” in migrants. CBP officials cited an over 340% increase in apprehensions at the border since 2018.
President Trump has declared an emergency at the border, using that declaration to source funding for the completion of a border wall — a key objective of his campaign. Democrats have instead pushed for immigration policy changes addressing DACA and Temporary Protected Status holders.
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