DHS Urged To Investigate Coercion Against Immigrants

By Suzanne Monyak (August 23, 2018, 5:53 PM EDT) -- Two immigration advocacy groups on Thursday urged the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to investigate the use of coercive tactics by immigration officers against parents whose children were taken at the border, arguing that the practice violates the due process clause of the U.S. Constitution.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association and the American Immigration Council filed a joint administrative complaint Thursday morning with the DHS' Office of the Inspector General and Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, alleging border patrol officers are coercing and intimidating immigrants into unknowingly signing away their rights.

The groups say immigrants have been forced by...

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