July 4, 2021

“A Guatemalan mother and her four children who had fled persecution in their home country entered the US
on July 4th with a packet of evidence related to their asylum case, including police reports that document
their attempts to seek protection. When apprehended by Border Patrol, she tried to show agents that
evidence. Instead, two ASID (Alien Smuggler Identification and Deterrence) agents interrogated her for
around half an hour about who she had paid and how she had crossed. They refused to listen to her or
look at any documents related to her asylum claim and threatened that if she didn’t give them the
information they wanted on the smuggler she would face serious consequences. They asked her for her
husband’s number. Since he is in the US and is in the asylum process, she thought that they would call
him as part of processing her for asylum. Instead, they only called her husband to ask whether he paid the
cartel and, if so, how much money. Before expelling the mother and her four children, a Border Patrol
agent said to her that she should pass on the message of: “Don’t come here. You aren’t going to get
anything. If you bring kids, you won’t accomplish anything.”

Source: Kino Border Initiative, “July 9 Update From KBI”, July 2021.

Sector(s): Tucson

Agency(ies): Border Patrol

Event Type(s): Denial of Asylum, Family Separation

Accountability Status: Complaint filed with CRCL