September 17, 2020

A father of two who fled death threats in Nicaragua arrived in Nogales last week after attempting to cross
between ports of entry to request asylum in the U.S. After being abandoned by a guide and waiting with his
nephew in the desert for days without food or water, he was detained by Border Patrol. He fainted when they
arrived at the detention center, and then was hospitalized for 9 days, during which time he received dialysis
for the severe damage done to his kidneys by dehydration. Border Patrol agents removed him from the
hospital in a wheelchair before he received official release from the hospital, and deported him to Mexico
with no shoes, socks or underwear, only the hospital gown he was wearing. Hardly able to walk, he was
deported alone and forced to walk barefoot over rocky ground to the Mexican immigration office. This, after
expressing to numerous Border Patrol agents and hospital staff his fear of returning to Mexico and desire to
seek asylum in the U.S.

Source: Kino Border Initiative, “September 17 Update”, September 2020.

Sector(s): Tucson

Agency(ies): Border Patrol

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

Accountability Status: Complaint filed with CRCL