May 16, 2021

“A Mexican man presented himself at the DeConcini Port of Entry  seeking asylum several times over a period of two days. He received threats that  made him believe his life was in danger and even survived an attempted kidnapping  in Nogales. On May 16, he ran toward the port of entry, near where cars were  crossing because he was afraid of his pursuers. CBP officers apprehended him there. He was punched, kicked, and beaten by about twelve officers. He told them that he  wanted asylum because there were people in Mexico who were trying to kill him.  CBP did not give him an opportunity to talk to anyone else and he was immediately  expelled back to Mexico. CBP called the Mexican police, who never came. They then  called the Mexican Red Cross to take him to the General Hospital of Nogales in  Sonora. The hospital did not take care of his wounds. When released from the  hospital, he tried again to enter the United States at the port of entry because people were following him. He tried asking for asylum to the 9 agents who detained him.  However, the agents told him he had no right to be in the United States and asked  him to be silent. The agents then took him to a room and questioned him but did not  ask him about asylum. He was then expelled back to Mexico again.”

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

Sector(s): Tucson

Agency(ies): CBP

Event Type(s): Denial of Asylum, Inappropriate Deportation

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