Entity: DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection

News Roundup: What Trump Knew, and What We Know

September 10, 2020
We’ve known for months that President Donald Trump has been downplaying the severity of the coronavirus. In the spring, we knew that Covid-19 wasn’t just like the seasonal flu, despite Trump’s reassurances that it was. And we’ve known that the pandemic won’t just “disappear,” no matter how many times the president insists it will.

In the Documents: The Trump Administration’s History of Anti-Immigrant PR Efforts

September 10, 2020
The Border Patrol’s recent video showing a migrant attacking a man after escaping authorities is just the latest in the efforts by the administration to tie illegal immigration to crime.

CBP Records in Response to Request for Kevin McAleenan Communications Concerning Kirstjen Nielsen

August 19, 2020
Records from U.S. Customs and Border Protection in response to American Oversight's request for communications containing key terms related to former Secretary Nielsen’s reported misrepresentations about the number of suspected terrorists crossing the U.S. border. (

Withheld Records Response from DHS Regarding Family Separation and Communications with Anti-Immigration Activists

August 17, 2020
The Department of Homeland Security stated it is withholding 17 pages of responsive records to American Oversight's request for documents regarding family separation and immigration policies including communications between anti-immigration activists.

News Roundup: A White House At War with the People

August 13, 2020
Documents show the Secret Service requested a helicopter and surveillance drone support in early June to help secure the White House amid protests against police brutality.

FOIA to Multiple Agencies for Records Related to the Cost of Deploying Federal Officials to Portland, Oregon

August 12, 2020
FOIA request to the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice for records related to the cost of deploying federal officials in response to racial justice protests in Portland, Oregon.

FOIA to Multiple Agencies for Lodging Invoices from the Federal Deployment to Portland, Oregon

August 12, 2020
FOIA request to the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice for lodging invoices from the federal government's deployment to Portland, Oregon, in response to racial justice protests.

CBP Communications With Fox News and Breitbart About Border Wall Construction

August 7, 2020
Communications between the Customs and Border Protection press office and Fox News and Breitbart about the construction of a border wall. In September 2018, we obtained Department of Homeland Security communications with members of Congress and their staffs about building and funding the border wall, including members of Congress advocating for contracts for specific companies.

American Oversight Sues for Records of Federal Protest Crackdown

August 7, 2020
The lawsuit seeks documents detailing the use of force to suppress protests in Lafayette Square and beyond, including the role of Attorney General Barr.
(Photo: Rosa Pineda)

Complaint: American Oversight v. DOJ, DHS, CBP, ICE, DOD and NGB – Federal Deployment Orders and Use of Force Guidelines at Protests

August 7, 2020
American Oversight lawsuit against the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Department of Defense, and the National Guard Bureau for records reflecting directives, assessments, and deployment orders regarding federal law enforcement response to protests. This lawsuit also seeks guidance given to federal forces regarding self-identification and display of badges when responding to demonstrations, as well as use-of-force guidelines.