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The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection agents are prepared to protect federal property in case of any unrest on or after Election Day. The agencies are to respond to nationwide protests and attacks on federal property this year. Back in June, amid nationwide protests against police brutality, President Donald Trump ordered ICE, CBP and the Federal Protective Service to be included in the “Protecting American Communities Task Force” in response to “anarchists and left-wing extremists.” An ICE official mentioned ICE agents are equipped to secure federal buildings and work alongside local police. NBC News
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U.S. Sends Migrant Children to Mexico
U.S. border authorities have been sending migrant children from other countries to Mexico, which violates a diplomatic agreement with Mexico. The Trump administration said the move was crucial to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. But these migrant children from countries such as Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are being sent to a country where they have no family or connections. Separately, a recent report revealed 545 children currently in the U.S. whom the Trump administration separated from their parents still haven’t been reunited with their families. The New York Times
Border Official Denying Asylum Seekers
Border agents deterred asylum seekers at official southern border crossings by saying they did not have room to process the migrants, despite actually having space. DHS’s Office of Inspector General issued a report detailing the agency’s practice of restricting the amount of immigrants allowed to seek asylum in the U.S. It was revealed in 2018 that if CBP agents practiced this policy along the whole border, it could turn away 650 immigrants daily. Seven official border crossings stopped processing asylum seekers, according to the report. CBP agents sent asylum seekers to other ports, which are more than 30 miles away from each other. Buzzfeed News
Immigrants Strip Searched at Maryland Jail
About 35 immigrant detainees were stripped searched at the Howard County Detention Center in Jessup, Maryland, according to the DHS’s Inspector General. That’s more than half of the 61 detainees who live at Howard. The inspector general conducted a surprise inspection in December 2019 of the facility, which is one of many jails that rent beds to ICE. Upon investigation, it found the facility “did not meet the standards for detainee searches, food services and record requirements for segregation and medical services.” The mistreatment of detainees under ICE has increased since Trump took office. The Washington Post
U.S. Held Migrant Children Longer Than Needed
The Office of Refugee Resettlement has an obligation to hold migrant children temporarily while it finds them a home with either friends or family in the U.S. or places them in foster care. New data obtained by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting displays how many children are left stranded in custody, spending most of their time in a government shelter or dealing with abuse. The U.S. government has held 266,000 migrant children over the last six years, and confined more than 25,000 of them for more than 100 days. Meanwhile about 74 percent of children who have been in ORR custody since 2014 were reunited with their families under 66 days. Los Angeles Times
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