October 22, 2020

“A Guatemalan man, his wife and two children fled Guatemala and were detained by CBP. They were taken to two facilities in quick succession. At the second facility they were processed. While they were processed, an agent with a tattoo said that the US was not accepting asylum seekers at this time, and it was dangerous to cross in the desert. The Guatemalan man said he recognized this agent as someone they had encountered before in the desert. But there, the agent had been dressed in plain clothes and driving an unmarked vehicle; in the office he was wearing a uniform. The Guatemalan man said he recognized him by his tattoo. At no time while they were in CBP custody were they able to talk about their fears of return to Guatemala or ask for asylum. They were all expelled to Mexico the same day they entered.”

Source: Kino Border Initiative (KBI) and NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, Due Process Denied, August 2021. <https://networklobby.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/KINO-NETWORK-CBP-Abuses-consolidated.pdf>.

Sector(s): Tucson

Agency(ies): Border Patrol

Event Type(s): Denial of Asylum

Accountability Status: Complaint filed with CRCL, Complaint filed with OPR, No further action