A Border Patrol agent is facing a civil suit filed by Jesús Enrique Castro Romo, a resident of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico who was shot by the agent in November 2010 while he lay face down on the ground. The agent, Abel Canales, also faces a federal indictment on charges of accepting brides to repeatedly allow trucks to pass through an immigration checkpoint without inspection. Disturbingly, the corruption charges stem from events observed by investigators in October 2008, a full three years before the federal indictment was filed. Continue reading Shooting case confirms lack of accountability within Border Patrol
A recent CNN story highlights dangerous deportation practices carried out by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on the Mexican border. Continue reading CNN story documents dangerous deportation practices
On November 9 the NYCLU released a new report called Justice Derailed: What Raids on Trains and Buses Reveal about Border Patrol’s Interior Enforcement Practices. It is the first-ever publication to document Border Patrol transportation raids in upstate New York and the human-rights violations that occur in the process.
As reported in A Culture of Cruelty, out of 433 incidents in which emergency medical treatment or medication were needed, only 14 percent received it before being deported. The other 86 percent were deported without receiving needed medical care. Continue reading Denial of medical care and medication
In FY2010 alone, at least 253 people died attempting to cross the southern Arizona border. Border Patrol practices in the desert routinely increase the risk of death in the desert by dispersing groups with helicopters, impeding search-and-rescue efforts, and vandalizing life-saving resources such as food, water, and blankets. These methods are documented in A Culture of Cruelty.
Through the Immigrant Detention Advocacy Project, the ACLU of Arizona has worked for two years to document civil and human rights abuses in immigration detention centers in Arizona. Based on 115 face-to-face interviews with detainees held in Eloy and Florence, Arizona, the 36-page report, In Their Own Words: Enduring Abuse in Arizona Immigration Detention Centers, is the most comprehensive report documenting the experiences of immigrants detained by the federal government in the state. Continue reading Arizona ACLU releases report documenting abuses in immigration detention centers