April 3, 2021

“A Guatemalan man entered the United States and was detained by  Border Patrol. He fled extortion and threats in Guatemala. On his way to the United  States, he was kidnapped in Mexico and held against his will for two weeks. His  kidnappers tortured him. They burned him with hot water and forced him to take  drugs. He managed to flee his kidnappers to continue to the U.S. In the U.S., he and  two friends encountered one Border Patrol agent. The agent first handcuffed the  other two to each other with chains. The agent then kicked the Guatemalan man  who made this complaint in the left ankle, which caused him to collapse. The agent  picked the man up by his shoulder and put him in the back of the truck. The agent  expelled the man to Nogales, Sonora despite the injuries the agent had inflicted and the fact that he was kidnapped in Mexico. He was never given an opportunity to  speak to anyone else about his fear of return.”

Source: Kino Border Initiative (KBI) and NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, Due Process Denied, August 2021.

Sector(s): Tucson

Agency(ies): CBP

Event Type(s): Dangerous Deportation, Denial of Asylum, Use of Force

Accountability Status: Complaint filed with CRCL, No further action