The "safe third country" agreements with Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras would put US-bound asylum-seekers in ill-equipped countries plagued by violence, the groups say.
Iran, Syria, Libya, Venezuela, North Korea, Yemen, and Somalia are already subject to the travel ban — also known as the Muslim ban, after Trump campaigned on a promise to stop Muslims from entering the US.
The move had been met with criticism and anger from immigrant advocates and politicians.
Top Border Officials Scrambled To Call Officers When They Found Out They Were Questioning Iranian US Citizens
Emails show CBP leaders reached out to officers in Blaine, Washington, after hearing reports of people of Iranian descent being sent to secondary inspection and questioned for hours.
It’s an expansion of a controversial plan to stop the flow of refugees and immigrants to the US southern border.
The questioning was the basis of viral social media claims that the US was detaining Iranians at border crossings. Customs and Border Protection said it was operating with “enhanced posture at its ports of entry to safeguard our national security.”
This is the fourth person to die in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody in the current fiscal year, which began in October.
The investigation comes more than a week after BuzzFeed News published whistleblower allegations of substandard medical care.
An government watchdog investigation into their deaths found "no misconduct or malfeasance by DHS personnel."
A Child’s Forehead Partially Removed, Four Deaths, The Wrong Medicine — A Secret Report Exposes Health Care For Jailed Immigrants
BuzzFeed News has obtained a memo in which an ICE whistleblower says two immigrants got preventable surgeries and two were given the wrong drugs. Four died — one after getting "grossly negligent" care.
In recent weeks, at least four people have been sent back to Mexico after being granted asylum, an attorney told BuzzFeed News.
Here's The Draft Report Revealing How US Border Officials Pressured Asylum Officers To Deny Entry To Immigrants
The report's recommendations suggest investigators "found serious problems that need to be remedied," a former Department of Homeland Security official said.
A Top US Immigration Official's Threat To Fire Workers Who Leak Info Was Meant To Intimidate Whistleblowers, Union Says
“USCIS’ messages to employees in the form of illegal gags and threats seek to, and likely will impede, the exercise of their whistleblower rights,” a union letter stated.
The Trump Administration’s Numbers On Immigrant Family Separations Can’t Be Confirmed, Inspector General Says
The upcoming report also says the Department of Homeland Security failed to address the reporting deficiencies despite knowing about them months in advance of the zero-tolerance policy going into effect.
Critics say the Trump administration is forcing people who are fleeing violence and poverty to go back to countries that are unable to protect their own people, let alone immigrants.
Asylum Officers Were Told Of Killings And Violence In Guatemala. They Were Ordered To Send People There Anyway.
The research provided by the government to asylum officers confirmed some of their worst fears about sending people to the Central American country.
“I feel like there were no leaks before USCIS started doing super-sketchy things,” one official told BuzzFeed News in response to the memo.
The Trump Administration Will Deport People Seeking Asylum In The US To Guatemala Without Them Seeing A Lawyer First
The Department of Homeland Security began the secret and controversial deportation process Wednesday. BuzzFeed News obtained new details of how it might work.
The report details the Migration Protection Protocols program, which keeps asylum-seekers in Mexico for the duration of their immigration cases.
Trump Is Sending Asylum-Seekers To Guatemala. His Administration Privately Admitted It Had No Idea What Would Happen To Them Next.
“There is uncertainty as to who will provide orientation services for migrants as well as who will provide shelter, food, transportation, and other care," a DHS document said.