In June 2015, No More Deaths and La Coalición de Derechos Humanos (Human Rights Coalition) received $10,000 from the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee to write three reports that document how border-enforcement policies and practices cause people to disappear while crossing the US–Mexico border. The first of these reports, to be released in early summer, focuses on two Border Patrol practices: destroying lifesaving humanitarian aid and intentionally scattering groups of migrants during apprehension. Continue reading Why do people disappear in the desert?
Marlen Garcia, Chicago Sun-Times, March 12, 2015
The first step for immigrants deported from the U.S. to Reynosa, Mexico, is to check in with Mexican authorities at the Tamaulipeco Institute for Migrants at the end of their walk on the International Bridge. Continue reading Chicago Sun-Times: “Booted across the border with bogus checks”
Would you believe that mass deportation robs migrants and immigrants of millions of dollars a year and puts their lives at risk? We collaborated with the Binational Defense and Advocacy Program (Programa de Defensa e Incidencia Binacional) on this video that shows how.
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Our contribution to this video is based on the work we did to prepare our report Shakedown: How Deportation Robs Immigrants of Their Money and Belongings.
John Washington, Al Jazeera, January 14, 2015
On Jan. 31, the U.S. Border Patrol detained a migrant named Alejandro in the Arizona desert and stripped him of his belongings: $226.24 in cash, his cellphone, his ID and his only change of clothes. After 60 days in jail, he was put on a bus headed across the border. It was 3 a.m. Continue reading Al Jazeera: “The institutional cruelty of migrant shakedowns”
Arizona Republic, December 15, 2014
Honoring the inherent rights of individuals is part of our national DNA. It is what we are all about.
But a report from a human-rights group offers more evidence that this deep commitment runs a bit shallow near the US–Mexico border. Continue reading Arizona Republic, editorial
USA Today, Bob Ortega, December 10, 2014
PHOENIX — US authorities often needlessly endanger deportees by sending them back across the border into Mexico without returning their money, IDs, cell phones, medicine and other belongings, a human-rights groups charges in a report released Wednesday. Continue reading USA Today: “Report: US often keeping deportees’ money, IDs”
NPR, All Things Considered, Ted Robbins, December 10, 2014
Derek Lucas Reyes, 20, went from being undocumented in the US to undocumented in his native Mexico. Continue reading NPR: “Some deportees return to Mexico but their stuff stays in the US”
We are happy to announce today the release of Shakedown: How Deportation Robs Immigrants of Their Money and Belongings. Our third major human-rights report takes as its focus a little-known element of modern border enforcement and immigration enforcement: the wholesale theft of detained and deported immigrants’ personal property, without a legal pretext, and with grave humanitarian consequences.
Hundreds of thousands of immigrants each year are dumped at the Mexico border and permanently expelled without their most basic belongings: their money, identification documents, cell phones, important phone numbers, photos and keepsakes. From the border they must find a way to travel to their place of origin in Mexico—with nothing. You can act right now to help stop this travesty. Continue reading Deportation steals. Take action to stop it