Organizational Culture Events

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

December 16, 2020

“A man was killed during a car chase in which he allegedly shot at Border Patrol agents, who returned fire. While initially CBP reported that the man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, later reports indicate that it is unclear whether the man died as a result of the exchange of fire, or from a self-inflicted wound.” 

Benjamin Marley Manley
Age: 36
Nationality: American
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: December 16, 2020
Incident Location: Truth and Consequences, NM

Source: Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC), “Fatal Encounters with CBP Since 2010,” <https://www.southernborder.org/deaths_by_border_patrol>

Sector(s): El Paso

Agency(ies): Border Patrol

Event Type(s): Fatal Encounter, Use of Force, Vehicle Pursuit

Accountability Status:

December 10, 2020

“A pregnant Guatemalan woman arrived at KBI last week after being expelled under Title 42. She traveled
north through Mexico alone, and crossed with a guide into the Arizona desert where she turned herself in to
Border Patrol. Once detained, she requested the Border Patrol agents hear her fear claim to process her for
asylum. They assured her they would do so. She overheard the agents saying they were sending her back to
Mexico, and asked why, when they had assured her they would hear her fear declaration. She pleaded with
them not to expel her to Mexico. Although they knew she was 5 months pregnant, they pulled her, forcibly
put her into the Border Patrol vehicle and threatened to handcuff her if she resisted. Border Patrol agents
then expelled her to Nogales, Sonora.”

Source: Kino Border Initiative, “December 10 Update From KBI”, December 2021.

Sector(s): Tucson

Agency(ies): Border Patrol

Event Type(s): Denial of Asylum, Lying or Deliberate Misleading, Use of Force

Accountability Status: Complaint filed with CRCL