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Thursday, Mar 05, 2020


12:15 PM



U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Unchecked and Unhinged

U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Unchecked and Unhinged

Thursday, Mar 05, 2020  |  12:15 PM   |  TBA

On Thursday, March 5, 2020 the Strauss Center will welcome ACLU of Texas' Director of the Border Rights Center, Astrid Dominguez. This Brumley talk will focus on Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the largest law enforcement agency in the Nation, and how it is an integral part of Trump's deportation agenda; whether at air and land ports implementing Muslim bans, separating families, and returning asylum seekers to danger, or in the vast area claimed by the Border Patrol for its operations. Ms. Dominguez will examine CBP's troubled track record of abusive conduct toward migrants and border residents, and discuss tactics used by the ACLU and allies to bring reforms to this deeply flawed police agency.


Astrid Dominguez is the ACLU of Texas' Director of the Border Rights Center (BRC). Astrid collaborates with Immigrant Rights Project staff our of our National office, San Diego, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas affiliate staff on border-wide policy goals. In this role, she also manages the development and implementation of border-related policy, advocacy and communications strategies. Astrid joined the ACLU of Texas in May 2012 as a Border Rights Fellow coordinating the U.S.-Mexico Binational Abuse Documentation Project at the Texas border. Until October 2016 she led the Lower Rio Grande Valley office as Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, focusing her work on border residents' and migrants' civil and human rights. She played a leadership role in a coalition of community organizations committed to bringing transparency and accountability to CBP (Customs and Border Protection), the nation's largest law enforcement agency, and was at the front lines of ACLU's response to the increased migration of children and families from Central America.

Prior to joining the ACLU of Texas, Astrid worked for the Mexican Foreign Ministry at the Consulates of Brownsville, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona. During her time at the Mexican Foreign Ministry, Astrid worked on civil rights violations issues at the border and in detention centers; she worked closely with the Mexican Communities Abroad. Astrid also participated in negotiations leading to a local Memorandum of Understanding on the Safe, Orderly, Dignified and Human Repatriation of Mexican Nationals between the U.S. and Mexico.

This talk will be part of the Strauss Center’s Brumley Speaker Series.  

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