April 29, 2021

“A Guatemalan mother arrived at KBI earlier this month after her husband and daughter were kidnapped last
fall and they were forced to flee threats in their hometown. The woman sold her house and left with her other
two children. She paid $4,000 USD to cross through the desert to assert her asylum claim multiple times, but
was returned under Title 42 twice, at which point she had no more money to try again. When she
encountered the Border Patrol and asserted her fear of returning to Guatemala, the agent said that asylum
cases are not being processed right now. The family stayed for a time in Juárez, but also received threats
there when an organized crime group tried to convince them to cross drugs and they refused.”

Source: Kino Border Initiative, “April 29 Update From KBI”, April 2021. <https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lw3sTn0rVUN0YEpJquEhaJKRdplKFeV3/view?usp=sharing>

Sector(s): Tucson

Agency(ies): Border Patrol

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

Accountability Status: Unknown