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Watchdog: CBP improperly targeted Americans as caravans approached border

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection improperly targeted American citizens that the agency suspected were involved with a 2018-19 migrant caravan with intrusive additional inspections, according to a new Department of Homeland Security inspector general’s report.

The inspector general also found that a Customs and Border Protection official asked the Mexican government in December 2018 to block 14 U.S. citizens from entering Mexico as the caravan approached the U.S. border even though it had “no genuine basis” to do so.

The report, dated Sept. 20 but not yet publicly released, documents one instance where CBP officials placed “lookouts” — electronic alerts that lead to more intrusive inspections when crossing the U.S. border — on 15 Americans who had previously crossed the border with or were connected via social media to someone who CBP suspected might be planning violence at the border. But CBP didn’t have any information that those 15 Americans were involved in planning any of the violence or were present at an intrusion into the U.S.

CBP officials also improperly shared the “sensitive information” of other U.S. citizens with the Mexican government, according to the DHS watchdog. The CBP officials involved, the inspector general said, “were not forthcoming about the disclosures, did not follow CPB policies on sharing information with foreign entities and did not retain communication records.”

Caravans of Central American migrants traveling north to the U.S. through Mexico were a hot button issue........

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