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A protest demanding justice over the death of Anastasio Hernández, killed in 2010 during a Border Patrol operation to deport him. Photo: Sandy Huffaker/Corbis via Getty Images

A third of all U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents will be outfitted with recording cameras by the end of this year, the agency announced.

Why it matters: The cameras will provide “greater transparency into interactions between CBP officers and agents and the public,” the agency said in a statement. CBP’s operations include securing the borders, immigration raids, and holding immigrant children before they are turned over to the Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Local and state law enforcement have increasingly turned to body cameras for accountability over the use of force, while federal agents now have to use them when serving warrants.
  • The program will begin with Border Patrol officers in the southwest and north, and the rest of the 20,000 strong force will follow in a yet unspecified time frame.

By the numbers: CBP has recorded an annual average of 550 use-of-force incidents by agents over the past four fiscal years, and 2021 is on track for the highest number of incidents yet. Activist organizations claim over 130 people have died in encounters with Border Patrol agents since 2010.

  • Other abuses include the kidnapping and rape of three Honduran women by the agent Esteban Manzanares after he forced the migrants onto his official vehicle in 2014. He committed suicide as law enforcement closed in on him, and the women later tried unsuccessfuly to sue CBP in a civil case.

Yes, but: Agents are not obligated to have the body cameras set to record automatically, and footage will only be saved if it’s deemed to have “evidentiary value.”

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Oct 29, 2021 - World

Mexico to give visas to pregnant women and children in migrant caravan

Members of a migrant caravan walk into the interior of Mexico after crossing the Guatemalan border on October 21, 2018. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

Mexico announced Thursday it will give temporary humanitarian visas to children and pregnant women who are traveling with a migrant caravan currently moving north through the country.

Driving the news: A recent caravan of Central American and Caribbean migrants is traveling towards Mexico City and the U.S. and comprised largely of families with children, per Reuters.

New York AG alleges "significant evidence" of Trump Organization fraud

Combination images of former President Trump and New York State Attorney General Letitia James. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images; Scott Heins/Getty Images

New York's attorney general filed a motion Tuesday seeking to compel former President Trump and two of his children, Donald Trump, Jr. and Ivanka Trump, to appear for sworn testimony in her office's civil investigation into the Trump Organization's financial dealings.

Why it matters: Attorney General Letitia James revealed new details in the court filing and a statement on her office's investigation into the Trump Organization's business practices, including a preliminary finding alleging the company used "fraudulent and misleading asset valuations to obtain economic benefits."

2 hours ago - Technology

Ex-N.Y. Post digital chief files lawsuit alleging sexual harassment

Richard B. Levine) (Photo by Richard Levine/Corbis via Getty Images

Former New York Post editor Michelle Gotthelf is suing her former employer, its parent company News Corp. and two editors, alleging she was reprimanded after complaining to senior executives that she was sexually harassed by retired N.Y. Post editor-in-chief Col Allan. The N.Y. Post issued a statement denying any wrongdoing.

Why it matters: "I felt that I owed it to myself and I owed it to the news organization and the people who answered to me," Gotthelf, who was a long time editor at the N.Y. Post, told Axios in an interview.