September 27, 2020

“Three unaccompanied minors were expelled to Nogales under Title 42 in late September. These children
entered the United States in an attempt to seek asylum and reunite with their mother, after suffering abuse in
the home of a family member in Mexico. In response, a Florence Project attorney accompanied the children
to seek asylum at a Port of Entry in Nogales, advocating that the children receive a Credible Fear Interview.
CBP turned the children away. Last week, the attorney tried again to accompany the children to the Port of
Entry, this time to request humanitarian parole. Despite significant congressional advocacy and insistence by
the attorney that the U.S. government uphold its obligation to these children under the Convention Against
Torture, CBP informed the attorney that “no one without papers is allowed to enter at the southern border.”

Source: Kino Border Initiative, “October 15 Update From KBI”, October 2020.

Sector(s): Tucson

Agency(ies): CBP

Event Type(s): Denial of Asylum

Accountability Status: Shared with congressional oversight committees