So @DHSOIG reviewed 106 MPP notices to appear, found that 20 of them—19%—"did not meet statutory, regulatory, or internal DHS legal sufficiency standards," and their headline conclusion is that @CBP "generally provided accurate notices."

I'm sorry, but what the heck?!
A 19% failure rate for MPP notices to appear would mean that nearly 13,500 people got notices to appear that were legally insufficient, and @DHSOIG's response is to say that CBP "generally" did a good job?

Also, I'm sorry, but CBP didn't set out formal policies on issuing legally sufficient notices to appear for MPP cases until DECEMBER 2020?! That's two years after MPP was created and only a few weeks before it was ended!
Immigration: where if you, the immigrant, do not rigorously follow every single little instruction, the entire weight of the federal government will come down on you, but where the government itself is given huge leeway to just fuck it up constantly with no consequences.
There are immigrants who have been denied visas because they checked the wrong box on a form by mistake. CBP didn't bother issuing formal instructions for two years on how to fill out MPP notices to appear and were checking the wrong boxes in 19% of cases and OIG's like... 👍

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17 Jul
Inane analysis from the usual suspects at the Post. Title 42 is THE cause of the “historic” border number, which even CBP itself has publicly admitted. Without Title 42, border apprehensions would be below 2019.
This paragraph sums up perfectly the mindset of the authors; DHS career people are pragmatic, those who oppose the way things have been run for years are ideological.

We’ve tried their brand of “pragmatic” for decades and, spoiler alert, it didn’t work.
I mean also, seriously, how can you write that paragraph without acknowledging that pretty much every border policy over the last four years was generated at the White House and not by career staff.
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16 Jul
New! June border numbers are out, and the diverging trends I've discussed re: families/kids and single adults have—once again—diverged!

After rising every month since May 2020, single adults apprehensions finally fell. Meanwhile, after falling for two months, families/kids rose.
Overall border apprehensions rose 3.4% from May to June, after having fallen by 1% from April to May.

However, as has been the case for months now, the vast majority of people apprehended after crossing the border continue to be expelled under Title 42.
Despite a rise in families coming to the border, there were still over 8,000 expulsions of family units last month.

As a result, it continues to be the case that significantly fewer families and kids are being allowed into the United States to seek asylum than in 2019.
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15 Jul
In a few minutes, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will be holding a hearing on several nominees, including the nominee for @ICEGov, Ed Gonzalez.

I'll be following the hearing in this thread (though not a full livetweet).…
The first nominee being considered is for the position of the Census Director, so we're not going to see ICE come up first.
Sheriff Gonzalez is now speaking and delivering his opening statement. He says that American has shown how a nation can not only survive, but thrive, through people coming to this country seeking a better life. He also emphasizes his belief that America is a nation of laws.
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29 Jun
Horrifying outcome in this case, written by the worst possible justice you could want to write an immigration case. I'm dreading a close read because I guarantee you there is terrible dicta in here.
Alito and Thomas have long been arguing that many detained immigrants shouldn't even have the right to challenge their detention in federal court. Sad to see Gorsuch join this wing of the court. Thankfully, they remain in the minority.
The end result of Guzman-Chavez is that the Supreme Court has once again upheld the government's right to lock certain immigrants in jails and prisons for months, if not years, while they fight their cases—without ever letting them ask a judge for bail.
Read 8 tweets
27 Jun
This is a really good article on the problems inside the Fort Bliss “emergency influx shelters,” and also shows the huge logistical problems they face. I was willing to cut them some slack back in March. I’m no longer willing to.
That said, I respectfully disagree with Mark Greenberg. UC arrivals were spiking no matter what Biden did on January 29, when an panel of Trump appointees lifted an injunction blocking UC expulsions. Because UC expulsions were done via plane, capacity would have been overwhelmed. Image
Because unaccompanied children were expelled via plane (Mexico wouldn't take them), ICE Air capacity capped possible expulsions.

That's why by October, before any court order was in place, with only 4,821 UC encountered, the Trump administration could only expel 67%. Image
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23 Jun
Looks like we've got a new Border Patrol Chief coming. This is a fairly normal action for a new administration, even though the role of Chief isn't a political, Senate-confirmed position. There have been 7 acting or permanent Chiefs in the last decade.…
As a side note—and my apologies to @NickMiroff here for singling him out for an extremely common error—it continues to be false that we are seeing a 20-year-high in "border crossings."

Border encounters =/= border crossings and crossings are likely closer to 2008/09 than 2000. Image
Thanks to a statistical model produced by the DHS Office of Immigration Statistics, I can chart DHS's estimate of border crossings from 2000-2018—not just apprehensions.

As the border became more secure, the gap between crossings and apprehensions has fallen significantly. Image
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