ICE And CBP 'Abuse Tracker' Launches Online To Highlight 'Rampant Human Rights Abuses' U.S. Immigration Agencies 'Have Committed'

Immigration advocacy group United We Dream has launched a new online "tracker" detailing "rampant human rights abuses" it says have been carried out by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection agencies (CBP).

The new "ICE & CBP Abuse Tracker" interactive website includes more than eight months' worth of news coverage of "the Deportation Force of ICE and CBP," United We Dream said in a press release about the website's launch.

The immigration advocacy group released the website ahead of the House Committee on Appropriations' planned markup of the Homeland Security department's fiscal year 2020 appropriations bill.

"While immigrant communities throughout the country and at the border have suffered and been killed by these agencies, Congress has continued to give the ICE and CBP billions of dollars to do this work," United We Dream said in its press release.

In addition to sharing dozens of stories about ICE and CBP's efforts to enforce the Trump administration's ongoing immigration crackdown, the website also shares ways for U.S. residents to take action and get involved "in the fight to defund ICE and CBP."

"This moment is timely and urgent to release our Abuse Tracker as Congress gets ready to debate how much more money to give to ICE and CBP," United We Dream Advocacy Director Sanaa Abrar said in a statement.

"With all the evidence the website has collected and through our organizing work, immigrant youth of United We Dream have made it clear: ICE and CBP need NO more money," Abrar said. "With the money they were given for the 2019 budget, ICE and CBP chose to separate more families and children, to increase the number of immigrants in deportation camps and to deny people's asylum cases."

"We hope this new website gives people a real look into the agencies that carry out Trump's mass deportation agenda and inspires them to take action so that we can become a country that welcomes asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants and that treats every person as a human being, living free," the advocacy director said.

While U.S. immigration enforcement critics have called for Congress to "defund ICE," Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan has warned that cutting funding to the DHS and its agencies would only harm migrants and asylum seekers arriving at the U.S. border.

In late April, McAleenan said that, if anything, the DHS needs more funding to handle the recent crush of migrant families, predominantly from Central American countries, making their way to the border.

Both McAleenan and CBP have repeatedly warned that federal immigration agencies have reached their limits in processing the surge of arrivals the U.S. has seen in recent months.

In the month of May alone, a record 144,278 migrants arrived at the southern border, with more than 100,000 being families and children.

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) special agent preparing to arrest alleged undocumented immigrants at Fresh Mark, Salem, June 19, 2018. A new website has launched detailing ICE and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency's ongoing immigration crackdown. Getty/Smith Collection
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