Organizational Culture Events where the event type is “Non-Return of Belongings”

August 15, 2021

“A woman who had severely injured her leg in the desert required emergency medical attention. Border Patrol took her to a hospital where she could be treated, but took her out of the hospital after a day and a half, despite the doctor’s recommendation that she stay for two weeks. Since her clothes were cut to treat her injury, she did not have anything left to wear. BP agents provided her with oversized disposable scrub pants and shirt, and no underwear. They then took her to their processing center, without any consideration for her or her injury. She was expelled into Mexico without proper clothing nor her prescribed medications.”

Source: Kino Border Initiative, “August 19 Update From KBI”, August 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 Medical Care, Non-Return of Belongings

Accountability Status: Unknown

July 23, 2021

“A Honduran man, his wife, and daughter entered the United States near McAllen, Texas where they were detained. They were kept under an overpass with hundreds of other migrants. The agents took their temperatures and biometric data. There was a medical tent, but the family could not get medical attention. Their infant daughter became sick while they were there. Although they asked for medical attention for their baby, the agents refused to provide any. They were held there for three days. This family was exposed to the elements and went without basic necessities like running water, beds to sleep in, etc. They were only fed twice a day. Border Patrol would periodically call names to board buses; if you missed your name, you had to wait until next time they came to call your name. Because of this, people chose to remain awake rather than risk missing their chance to leave. The father recalls the brutal sleep deprivation this caused. After three days the Border Patrol transferred them to a facility. At the facility the agents confiscated all their belongings (clothes, medicine, diapers, phone chargers, etc.). They were not given anything to eat at the facility for the whole day. The father was temporarily separated from his wife and daughter and placed in a separate holding facility with about fifty others, who had been at the facility for some time. Eventually, the agents took down details of the family members they had in the US and told them they could leave once their family members had paid for their travel. This was a lie. The family was instead taken to the airport and flown to Tucson, AZ and then expelled to Nogales, Sonora.”

Source: Kino Border Initiative (KBI) and NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, Due Process Denied, August 2021. <https://networklobby.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/KINO-NETWORK-CBP-Abuses-consolidated.pdf>.

Sector(s): Rio Grande Valley, Tucson

Agency(ies): Border Patrol

Event Type(s): Conditions in Custody, Denial of Asylum, Denial of Food or Water, Denial of Medical Care, Family Separation, Lying or Deliberate Misleading, Non-Return of Belongings

Accountability Status: Complaint filed with CRCL, Complaint filed with OPR, Shared with DHS OIG

July 5, 2021

“A Guatemalan woman with her four children crossed into the United  States with a big group and encountered a Border Patrol agent in a vehicle. That  agent was very nice to them, gave them water and said they could have whatever  they needed. He called for more vehicles to carry them all, and they were  transferred to a Border Patrol facility that was very cold. Then they were put on  busses to Tucson. At the Tucson border facility, the woman approached an agent  asking how they should apply for asylum and informing him that her son has a  medical condition and needs medical care. She showed him the documents (a  diagnosis, x-rays, etc.) to prove that her son was in need and that he needed surgery  within the next two months. The agent took the documents and threw them in the  thrash. When she went to retrieve them from the trash, he took them again and told  her “they belong in the trash.” When she protested, he became angry and told her to  go away and gave her a sleeping mat. The mat was soaking wet so that she could not  use it. She never got her documents back. Hours later, she and the children were expelled to Nogales, Sonora.”

Source: Kino Border Initiative (KBI) and NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, Due Process Denied, July 2021. .

Sector(s):

Agency(ies): CBP

Event Type(s): Lying or Deliberate Misleading, Non-Return of Belongings

Accountability Status: Complaint filed with CRCL, Shared with DHS OIG

April 9, 2021

“Another young Guatemalan migrant reported that before Border Patrol agents expelled him to Nogales,
Sonora, they threw away all the water and supplies they had brought with them. The BP agents took the
apples the group brought for food and fed them to their horses. When they asked for water since they
had walked days in the desert, the BP agents refused until several hours later.”

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): Denial of Food or Water, Non-Return of Belongings

Accountability Status: Unknown

March 7, 2021

Description: A Cuban man and his wife crossed into the United States and were  detained. He was searched and their documents were confiscated. The man was  separated from his wife, even though his wife told the agents they were together.  He was transferred to Campo BP Station in California, and when he was being  transferred he was told he would be reunited with his wife at the detention center.  While in detention, he was not allowed to shower for five days, and the lights were  always kept on. There, a border patrol agent interviewed him in Spanish. The agent  asked him about his relatives but did not ask anything about asylum. The man asked  if he could present his case. The CBP agent said no, as that was for a courtroom with  a lawyer. The man asked why the agent didn’t ask him why he left Cuba, and the  agent still said no. After five days, they transported the man to expel him, very early  in the morning. The man says he was disoriented but once he heard he was being  expelled he said he can’t leave without his wife. He was told his wife would be  joining him soon. This was not true. He was not reunited with his wife and was  expelled to Tijuana, Baja California in the early morning hours. A week later, he tried  to cross again at Yuma as his wife was still in CBP custody. He was then expelled to  Nogales. 

Sector(s): Yuma

Agency(ies): CBP

Event Type(s): Family Separation, Inappropriate Deportation, Non-Return of Belongings

Accountability Status: Complaint filed with CRCL

February 4, 2021

“Twenty-nine individuals subject to Title 42 expulsion over the last two weeks reported abuses at the hands of
Border Patrol Agents, including verbal and physical abuse, nighttime expulsion, not returning belongings,
denial of access to due process for asylum and refusal of medical attention while in BP custody.
7 of the last 14 days, migrants have arrived at our migrant aid center after being expelled between 10PM and
5AM.”

Source: Kino Border Initiative, “February 4 Update From KBI”, July 2021.

Sector(s): Tucson

Agency(ies): Border Patrol

Event Type(s): Abusive Language, Conditions in Custody, Denial of Asylum, Denial of Medical Care, Non-Return of Belongings, Use of Force

Accountability Status: Complaint filed with CRCL

October 29, 2020

A Guatemalan man who arrived in Nogales this week after being returned to Mexico under Title 42 reported
that a Border Patrol Agent went through his belongings, took away the pills prescribed to regulate his
diabetes, and threw them in the trash. When the man arrived at our Migrant Aid Center, he had gone
several days without taking his prescribed medication.

Source: Kino Border Initiative, “October 29 Update”, October 2020. <https://drive.google.com/file/d/11MRHxv_Q_gdj2MG4V0uBtIEcJBNG9RGZ/view>

Sector(s): Tucson

Agency(ies): Border Patrol

Event Type(s): Denial of Asylum, Denial of Medical Care, Non-Return of Belongings

Accountability Status: No steps taken

August 20, 2020

A Mexican father of four U.S. residents was detained by ICE after being stopped for speeding in Arizona.
ICE agents placed the father and other people in detention in isolation cells traditionally used for punishment,
and only allowed them to leave these cells once every three days to bathe and make a phone call. ICE uses
such harsh practices because it has failed to contain COVID 19 outbreaks in detention through common
sense measures such as releasing more individuals and implementing public health protections. ICE then
deported the man to Nogales, Mexico last week without returning the $200 he had in his commissary
account, which left him with no resources for travel, food or housing.

Source: Kino Border Initiative, “August 20 Update From KBI”, August 2020. <https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lw3sTn0rVUN0YEpJquEhaJKRdplKFeV3/view?usp=sharing>

Sector(s): Tucson

Agency(ies): ICE

Event Type(s): Conditions in Custody, Disregard of Public Health, Inappropriate Deportation, Non-Return of Belongings

Accountability Status:

Late May 2020

The Kino Border Initiative reports:

Last week KBI received a Guatemalan child who had traveled north with the hope of attending school in the US. Although CBP officials have repeatedly told KBI that Border Patrol agents are directed not to expel unaccompanied children, this 16-year-old was expelled to Nogales, Sonora. The Border Patrol agent that interviewed him took away his birth certificate, told him it was fake, and accused him of lying about his age, before expelling him to Nogales, Sonora.

— Kino Border Initiative, “May 27 Update From KBI”, May 2020.

Sector(s): Tucson

Agency(ies): Border Patrol

Event Type(s): Denial of Asylum, Expulsion of unaccompanied minor, Inappropriate Deportation, Non-Return of Belongings

Accountability Status: No steps taken