Organizational Culture Events

Examples of abuses or other behaviors indicating need for reform at U.S. border and migration institutions

May 27, 2020

“A young Salvadoran woman who crossed the border to seek asylum expressed her fear of returning to her
country of origin to the Border Patrol agents that apprehended her. The agents responded by laughing in her
face.”

Source: Kino Border Initiative, “May 27 Update From KBI”, May 2020.

Sector(s): Tucson

Agency(ies): Border Patrol

Event Type(s): Denial of Asylum

Accountability Status: No steps taken

Late May 2020

“Last week KBI received a Guatemalan child who had traveled north with the hope of attending school in the
US. Although CBP officials have repeatedly told KBI that Border Patrol agents are directed not to expel unaccompanied children, this 16-year-old was expelled to Nogales, Sonora. The Border Patrol agent that interviewed him took away his birth certificate, told him it was fake, and accused him of lying about his age, before expelling him to Nogales, Sonora.”

Source: Kino Border Initiative, “May 27 Update From KBI”, May 2020.

Sector(s): Tucson

Agency(ies): Border Patrol

Event Type(s): Abuse of minor, Denial of Asylum, Inappropriate Deportation, Non-Return of Belongings

Accountability Status: Unknown

Late May 2020

“A Guatemalan woman who arrived at the KBI migrant aid center this week shared that after losing her job
during the pandemic, and with no economic recovery in sight in her town, she migrated north to find a way to
support her family. She crossed the border with a group, including several minors, and was apprehended
after walking about 25 hours in the desert. The Border Patrol agents who apprehended them threatened that
if the group tried to run, he would release his dogs to chase them, and if they were bitten or injured as a
result, it was their fault.”

Source: Kino Border Initiative, “May 27 Update From KBI”, May 2020.

Sector(s): Tucson

Agency(ies): Border Patrol

Event Type(s): Abusive Language, Use of Force

Accountability Status: No steps taken

Late May 2020

“A young Guatemalan woman arrived in Nogales last week after fleeing domestic violence. Her partner had
beaten her and her children. When she left him, he threatened to take away her children and continued to
look for her to beat her children. When she crossed into the US to seek asylum, Border Patrol expelled her
under Title 42 without giving her access to a fear assessment.”

Source: Kino Border Initiative, “May 27 Update From KBI”, May 2020.

Sector(s): Tucson

Agency(ies): Border Patrol

Event Type(s): Denial of Asylum

Accountability Status: No steps taken