August 20, 2020

A Mexican father of four U.S. residents was detained by ICE after being stopped for speeding in Arizona.
ICE agents placed the father and other people in detention in isolation cells traditionally used for punishment,
and only allowed them to leave these cells once every three days to bathe and make a phone call. ICE uses
such harsh practices because it has failed to contain COVID 19 outbreaks in detention through common
sense measures such as releasing more individuals and implementing public health protections. ICE then
deported the man to Nogales, Mexico last week without returning the $200 he had in his commissary
account, which left him with no resources for travel, food or housing.

Source: Kino Border Initiative, “August 20 Update From KBI”, August 2020. <>

Sector(s): Tucson

Agency(ies): ICE

Event Type(s): Conditions in Custody, Disregard to Public Health, Inappropriate Deportation, Non-Return of Belongings

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