July 4, 2021

“A Salvadoran mother who was detained and expelled on July 4th with her 14-year-old daughter, who is
asthmatic, reported that in the few hours in custody Border Patrol agents at the Nogales Station yelled at
them repeatedly. One agent gathered the group and told everyone “send the message back to everyone
that even if you have asylum cases and even if you have kids there would be no options in the US for you.”
He told them “tell others that you would never triumph in the US.” She and her daughter were quickly
returned to Mexico despite their fear of return and were never given a chance to share additional
information on the persecution that they had fled in El Salvador.”

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

Sector(s): Tucson

Agency(ies): Border Patrol

Event Type(s): Abusive Language, Denial of Asylum

Accountability Status: No steps taken