June 16, 2021

“A Jamaican man entered the United States at a port of entry to ask for  asylum and was immediately confronted by two Border Patrol agents who  physically attacked him. They knocked him to the ground with a plastic barrier and  began beating and punching him. One agent put his foot on his neck as he lay on the  ground. The agents dragged him across concrete into an office at the port of entry. A  third agent told the two that what they were doing was wrong. The other agents  dismissed her objection. The Jamaican man was then handcuffed to a bench. Later, he was taken to another room where he was photographed and fingerprinted. When the agents asked why he was there, the Jamaican man said he was seeking asylum.  The agents asked where he was from and when he said Jamaica. The agents said, “this is what a bunch of you have been doing (running into the port of entry), you  are getting out of here.” They took him to the Mexican immigration office. His  friends were in Mexico waiting to see if he got across successfully. The Mexican  immigration officers took photos of all their passports and asked them to go to Kino  Border Initiative.”

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

Sector(s): Tucson

Agency(ies): CBP

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

Accountability Status: Complaint filed with CRCL, Shared with DHS OIG