Tag: Crimes Against Migrants

Pandemic as Pretext: Trump Administration Exploits COVID-19, Expels Asylum Seekers and Children to Escalating Danger

May 13, 2020

Published by Human Rights First on May 13, 2020.

A current overview of how the Trump administration’s COVID-19 response, including blanket expulsions of asylum-seeking Mexicans and Central Americans, including unaccompanied children, is worsening the humanitarian situation along the border.

Tags: Asylum, Crimes Against Migrants, Public Health, Remain in Mexico, Unaccompanied Children

May 12, 2020

May 12, 2020
  • The ACLU of Texas files a civil rights lawsuit against the CBP agent responsible for the 2018 shooting death of 20-year-old Guatemalan woman Claudia Gómez González in Laredo, Texas. Gómez González was killed during a confrontation with border agents in a vacant lot after crossing the border with other migrants. The ACLU asserts that she was a victim of excessive violence and a civil rights violation.

Tags: Crimes Against Migrants, Human Rights, Migrant Deaths

April 21, 2020

April 21, 2020
  • The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rules that the federal government cannot be held liable for the actions of CBP agent Esteban Manzanares, who abused, sexually assaulted, and buried alive three Honduran migrants who had crossed into Texas from Mexico in 2014. According to the court, Manzanares was not acting within his official CBP agent capacity when he assaulted the trio.

Tags: Crimes Against Migrants, Human Rights, Migration, Organizational Culture

February 19, 2020

February 19, 2020
  • CBP officer Esaul Bello pleads guilty to deprivation of rights under color of law for using unreasonable force and performing an unreasonable seizure during an inspection at the port of entry in Calexico. As part of his misdemeanor plea agreement, Bello resigned and gave up his security clearance. He is now awaiting sentencing, which could result in up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Tags: Crimes Against Migrants, Human Rights, Organizational Culture, Ports of Entry

February 11, 2020

February 11, 2020
  • Doctors Without Borders releases a report indicating that in October alone, 75% of their patients in Nuevo Laredo who had returned under the Remain in Mexico policy had been kidnapped recently. Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan responds by claiming the information he received from U.S. and Mexican authorities did not align with Doctors Without Borders’ findings, and crime has not been as severe as the group claims.

Tags: Crimes Against Migrants, Migration, Remain in Mexico

No Way Out: The Humanitarian Crisis for Migrants and Asylum Seekers Trapped Between the United States, Mexico and the Northern Triangle of Central America

February 11, 2020

Published by Doctors Without Borders on February 11, 2020.

A documentation of the effects that U.S. asylum restriction policies are having on migrants’ physical and mental health, based on 480 interviews and testimonies with migrants and asylum seekers.

Tags: Asylum, Crimes Against Migrants, Detention, Metering, Mexico crackdown, Remain in Mexico, Trauma