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
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.
Ten percent of people interviewed after being held in Border Patrol custody reported being physically abused—including children and teens. These findings and others are found in our report in A Culture of Cruelty. Continue reading Physical abuse