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
Nogales International, Curt Prendergast, August 19, 2014
Javier Gutierrez wasn’t smiling as he sat down at a table inside the Kino Border Initiative’s dining hall on Wednesday morning. Continue reading Nogales International: “For deportees, a struggle to get cash from checks”
The Good Fight with Ben Winkler, April 10, 2014
Everyone working at the border crossing knew that it was happening: brutal violence and abuses by border patrol agents. Sometimes even lethally. But the US Customs and Border Protection wasn’t talking, and politicians seemed more concerned with increasing its size and military power than in holding it accountable.
Continue reading The Good Fight with Ben Winkler: “The muckraker and the border patrol”
KVOA News 4 Tucson, Nathan O’Neal, January 17, 2013
A humanitarian group that provides aid and supplies to illegal migrants crossing the desert claims they caught a Border Patrol agent stealing blankets and food from one of their drop sites in Southern Arizona via a hidden camera. Continue reading KVOA News 4 Tucson: “Group claims Border Patrol stole blankets, food meant for migrants”
As detailed in the report Post-deportation Health: A Humanitarian Assessment, a survey of deportees in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico shows elevated levels of stress, abuse, and trauma among people detained and removed from the United States.
PBS, Brian Epstein, July 20, 2012
Need to Know continues its investigation into alleged abuses by US Border Patrol agents and officers on American soil. Correspondent John Larson investigates stories of physical abuse, sexual assault, and even torture. Continue reading PBS: “Crossing the Line,” part 2
CNN, Traci Tamura, April 6, 2012
Recently, I traveled to Nogales, Mexico, to work on a CNN story with reporter Thelma Gutierrez and Senior Photojournalist Gregg Canes, about what happens to undocumented immigrants who are deported from the United States back to Mexico at all hours of the night. We spent a couple of nights on the border to meet some of the recent deportees. Continue reading CNN: “Deportation after dark”
On March 27, No More Deaths volunteers presented testimony before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights at a hearing in Washington, DC. The hearing was convened in response to advocates’ long-standing complaints regarding the treatment of detainees in short-term Border Patrol custody along the US–Mexico border. Continue reading No More Deaths testifies before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
The April 2012 issue of Oprah magazine features an article about the hardship and family separation caused by immigration enforcement. Continue reading Oprah magazine discusses immigration enforcement and Border Patrol abuse