October 29, 2020

Although DHS has not released official numbers by location, local partners estimate about 100 migrants a
day are being returned to Sasabe, Sonora, Mx under Title 42 expulsions. This border town, with a population
around 2,500, does not have a shelter for migrants who find themselves expelled and without resources.
Organized crime has significant control in Sasabe, and there is no official headquarters for Instituto National
de MigraciĆ³n (INM). Rather, INM officials have been traveling regularly from their office in Nogales, Sonora to
Sasabe to attend to migrants who have been expelled.

A migrant who fled violence in Cuba arrived in Nogales this week after spending two weeks attempting to cross into the US through the desert. After running out of food and being abandoned by their guide, his group finally turned themselves in to Border Patrol out of desperation. Although he was expelled to Nogales, a friend traveling in the same group with him was returned to Sasabe.

Source: Kino Border Initiative, “October 29 Update From KBI”, October 2020.

Sector(s): Tucson

Agency(ies): CBP, DHS

Event Type(s): Dangerous Deportation

Accountability Status: No steps taken