April 7, 2021

“A Guatemalan man who entered the US to seek asylum earlier this month got lost while walking in the
desert. As he and the man he was traveling with tried to find their way in the desert in southern Arizona, a
group of three armed men dressed in black began firing shots at them. The armed men threw the men to the
ground, tied their hands, covered their eyes with blindfolds, and took them to a house where they beat him,
took his clothes off, tied him up, and left him outside for an entire day and night. The following day, the
kidnappers left him on the side of the road, where he sought help and eventually laid down to await Border
Patrol agents. The man attempted to assert his fear of traffickers in Mexico with Border Patrol Agents at the
field station and later at the processing center in Tucson, but all officials with whom he spoke ignored his
fear-based claims. BP agents returned him to Nogales, Mexico, where he is at risk of further attack by his

Source: Kino Border Initiative, “April 15 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