The ACLU Border Rights Center is monitoring Custom and Border Protection (CBP) officials’ interactions with asylum seekers arriving at Ports of Entry (POE) into the United States. We need volunteers to help collect information and hold CBP accountable.
For months, CBP has stationed its agents mid-bridge stopping those intending to apply for asylum by telling them they were at capacity and to come back later. This practice is being seen along the Texas border where international bridges at ports of entry span the Rio Grande.
Asylum seekers have a right under both U.S. and international law to seek asylum. U.S. law provides that any person arriving in the United States may apply for asylum. Although both U.S. and international law dictate that non-citizens arriving at our borders have a right to apply for asylum and other forms of protection, the Trump administration has been routinely turning them away, a policy for which it is already being sued.
Our goals are to make sure the rights of all migrants are respected and end CBP’s illegal practice of turning people away.