Organizational Culture Events in “Yuma”

August 15, 2021

“On August 15, 2021, Border Patrol Agents (BPAs) assigned to the Yuma Border Patrol Station apprehended a group of 27 migrants approximately 1000 feet from the United States-Mexico border near County 8 ½ and Salinity Canal in Yuma, AZ. The BPAs noticed one of the migrants, a male Nicaraguan citizen, was exhibiting signs of heat-related distress. The BPAs requested medical assistance from a local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provider.”

Unknown
Age: Unknown
Nationality: Nicaraguan
Cause of Death: Medical
Incident Date: August 15, 2021
Incident Location: Yuma, AZ

Source: Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC), “Fatal Encounters with CBP Since 2010,” <https://www.southernborder.org/deaths_by_border_patrol>

Sector(s): Yuma

Agency(ies): Border Patrol

Event Type(s): Fatal Encounter

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

August 2, 2021

“Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents responding to a 911 call early Sunday morning rescued three migrants in distress and found one deceased.”

Unknown
Age: Unknown
Nationality: Mexican
Cause of Death: Unknown
Incident Date: August 02, 2021
Incident Location: Yuma, AZ

Source: Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC), “Fatal Encounters with CBP Since 2010,” <https://www.southernborder.org/deaths_by_border_patrol>

Sector(s): Yuma

Agency(ies): Border Patrol

Event Type(s): Fatal Encounter

Accountability Status:

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

March 4, 2021

“On several occasions, rather than transport migrants to other locations where they can access services, CBP
has simply dropped off migrants in parking lots in Yuma. Since many of these migrants have traveled
distances in the desert, they are often being abandoned with injuries, including a young man who Border
Patrol left alone at a bus station with a recently amputated foot.”

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

Sector(s): Yuma

Agency(ies): CBP

Event Type(s): Dangerous Deportation, Denial of Medical Care

Accountability Status: No steps taken

February 1, 2021

“A Guatemalan woman with her two-year-old child, who is fleeing violence, has twice attempted to seek asylum in the United States and been turned away both times without being able to make her case for asylum. The woman has photo evidence of violence that she has faced in Guatemala. She requested asylum the first time she crossed the border, but the agents only listened to the unaccompanied minors in the facility and did not speak to the adults or ask questions. She tried showing agents her documentation to no avail.

“The second time, she and her daughter were taken to two different border facilities, and each time she was denied the opportunity to speak. She said that a man in a black uniform attempted to speak to them but was asked not to by male agents in green uniforms. She was 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): Tucson, Yuma

Agency(ies): Border Patrol

Event Type(s): Denial of Asylum

Accountability Status: Complaint filed with CRCL, Complaint filed with OPR, No further action