Customs and Border Protection Advisory Panel Releases Use-of-Force Report

On June 30th, the CBP Integrity Advisory Panel, a subcommittee of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, determined that that the Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) needs to reevaluate its use-of-force policies and training in light of claims outlining the mistreatment of immigrants due to a lack of supervision from trained CBP officials. This conclusion signifies an important adjustment in U.S. immigration policy— strengthening the demand for procedures holding government officials accountable for allegations of criminal misconduct.

The conclusions found in the report reaffirm a need to address the deplorable policies and tactics used by the U.S. government and their denial of the human rights of immigrants attempting to enter this country. The committee recommends use-of-force policies and a usage of firearms be eliminated from cases involving moving vehicles, more Office of Internal Affairs criminal investigators be hired to address allegations of criminal misconduct, and that the CBP increase the transparency of the agency by ensuring that policies and information are accessible to the public.

The implementation of these recommendations will be an integral step in rectifying some of the key problems with the Border Protection agency and moreover U.S. immigration policies. Though our bicameral and bipartisan congress make it difficult for political and personal issues, like immigration, to be solved, it is imperative that we treat all people with respect and dignity and ensure that their human rights are protected for the betterment of our nation.

To read the report in full, click here.