Border Patrol Agent Steals Blankets, Provisions Meant for Migrants, Says No More Deaths


NMD video from a hidden camera dated January 8

When U.S. Border Patrol Agents are not shooting each other or unarmed teenagers, they like to destroy water jugs and steal supplies left in the desert for crossing migrants.

That's the charge of the Tucson-based group No More Deaths, which has captured the Border Patrol's finest with hidden cameras vandalizing and ripping off goods left by NMD.

The latest NMD YouTube video along these lines is from a January 8 incident, which seems to show a BPA taking off with a bag of blankets and canned food left for immigrants coming up from Mexico.

See also:
-Blood's Thicker Than Water: As Thousands Die in the Arizona Desert as a Result of U.S. Border Policy, an Army of Activists Intervenes
-Mexican Smugglers Exploit the Corrupt Reputation of U.S. Border Officers
-Grinding Justice: Operation Streamline Costs Millions, Tramples the Constitution, Treats Migrants Like Cattle, and Doesn't Work

"In an effort to prevent the cruel deaths and suffering commonplace in the U.S./Mexico borderlands, No More Deaths and other humanitarian aid organizations provide food, water and emergency medical aid to individuals in distress," NMD said in a press release accompanying a video link.

"It is shocking to see Border Patrol agents sabotaging these efforts, instead of helping to respond to the humanitarian catastrophe that U.S. border enforcement strategy has itself unleashed."


BPAs vandalize water jugs meant for migrants in video captured last year

The release claims that in response to a previous NMD video showing a Border Patrol Agent gleefully kicking water jugs, "then-Sector Chief Rick Barlow sent a memo to all agents instructing them to respect humanitarian workers and provisions."

Nevertheless, NMD states, "Despite this memo, volunteers have seen consistent and widespread vandalism and removal of life-saving water, food and blankets."

I called the Border Patrol's Tucson sector for comment, but have yet to receive a call back from a spokesperson.

In general, BPAs are not known for their compassion. Last year, NMD published the report A Culture of Cruelty, documenting "thousands of abuses, including assault, humiliation and medical neglect committed by Border Patrol agents against individuals in their custody."

More than 6,000 people have died crossing the desert since 1998, according NMD, with 179 remains being found last year.

Kudos to NMD for exposing this latest outrage, and for all of the life-saving humanitarian work they do.


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fayiza8
fayiza8

@ posters like rogue121253. & ddtrik etc. like  I don't know about "libtards" or "contards" or whatever other ignorance & name calling folks who choose to live by IGNORANCE, INTOLERANCE or LACK OF COMMON SENSE use, but the fact remains the immigrant issue is a DIRECT result of ACTIONS OF THE AMERICAN GOV'T & GREEDY CORPORATIONS penchant for exploiting for profit! Too many Americans ignorant of political/corporate cause & effect(b/c most don't read, research to understand anything beyond the surface) simply REACT in ignorance to media & political manipulation, with racism, intolerance & violence! Oh, that's right, u ain't racist, some of yr best friends r Mexicans & u love tacos, right?! Most of these immigrants are NOT criminals, just PEOPLE, HUMAN BEINGS trying to survive, make a decent life for their families just like U! If any of you violent haters read a book, knew or understood any history or economic/foreign policy u would know the large influx of ppl south of the border(fake ass war imposed border at that!) is direct result of NAFTA & failed exploitative use of the "maquiladoras" at least since the 80's or 90's. As to poster ddtrik's  analogy of uninvited folk comin in yr house & using up yr personal resources...well that's called American History & 600 yrs of colonialist/American foreign policy! Maybe Native Americans(including the Mexicans) shoulda put up a wall &  rigged poison arrows centuries ago & maybe we wouldn't be having this debate & all those southern western states would STILL BE MEXICO or what ever natives actually called it then! It's a historical hoorah when America kicks ass & takes someones land by force, then exploits their land & labor, but now it's come back to bite u in the ass 100 + yrs later & all u can come up with is a wall & more violence?! Al Queda?!!! Pullleeese! If there was really a serious, able group wanting to blow this country to bits they woulda done so easily, a long time ago(& don't even argue that 911 BS), as gnorant, vulnerable Homer Simpson, beer drinking, racist, gun hoarding, junk food eating, fat, outta shape, DON'T HAVE A CLUE IDIOTS continually make the WRONG arguments for the wrong issues, while totally missing the REAL issues that r hurting & killing us all every day!

rogue121253
rogue121253

"Absolutely reprehensible" is correct, tho, not in the way you mean it. These agents should be applauded for their actions, and, next time I would like to see them wait, in ambush, and, either, arrest, or kill, these invaders! After all, last time I checked, giving aid, and comfort, to the enemy was still considered TREASON!!! Don't you libtards understand!? These invaders are the single biggest external threat this country has faced in the last 80 years! If we can't control our southern border, Al Queda WILL find a way to exploit it. Combine this external threat with the administration's attempted gun grab (the attack on the 2nd Amendment) , and the patriots in this country find ourselves in a rather tenuous position. It won't be long before shooting back is our ONLY option!!  MOLON LABE

squash
squash

Absolutely reprehensible, though (sadly) not surprising. I've been harassed by BPA on several occasions when returning from either Nogales or Rocky Point, which is nothing compared to what immigrants have to go through on their treacherous journey through the AZ desert. These agents should be fired or at the very least suspended or reprimanded for their insensitive and inhumane actions. I mean, who does that? Who kicks over water or takes food meant for human beings who are perhaps experiencing one of the most desperate and frightening situations of their lives? What if someone kicked over the agents' water and took their food while they were out in the middle of the desert? This is just wrong on so many levels. I hope this new exposure by NMD embarrasses the bigwigs over at BP enough that at least something minimally positive comes out of this whole situation. Keep up the good work, NMD and keep holding those in authority accountable! You make me proud to be a Tucsonan!

marcy
marcy

The same people who hope immigrants die in the desert want to put women in prison for aborting a fetus.

It's all about controlling people's lives and nothing to do with sanctity of life. 

Outspoken
Outspoken

Anything left in the desert is 'trash' (doesn't anyone listen to Smokey the bear anymore).  Additionally, the 'migrants' are trespassing and should not be rewarded for their efforts.  There are LEGAL avenues to gain entry and many before them have done so. There are not enough jobs in this country much less southern Arizona  Give blankets, food, water, shoes whatever to the homeless shelters for USA citizens in need.

FRONTERA
FRONTERA

Good article Stephen,thx.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

The same assholes who condone this are the same ones who claim this is a christian nation. Go figure.

Human
Human

I find it funny how you talk crap about immigrants when your relatives were immigrants at one point in time. This land belongs to the indians!

robert_graham
robert_graham

Why should illegal aliens be given all the comforts of home when they are not supposed to be crossing? Again I suggest that land mines are randomly planted in the desert. Once a few illegals get their legs blown off others will heed the warning not to illegally cross or risk missing limbs.

ddtrik
ddtrik

@squash your out of your mind. It's not reprehensible at all... Why should illegals have help.. Tell them to request amnesty or get on line. Like everyone else. I'm tired of my taxes going through the roof so illegals can come here and reap benefits I, as a working citizen can't even qualify for.. And no more deaths should be shut down immediately. I'm a descendant of immigrants whom had to wait a long time to come here and they didn't go out a have twenty babies and live off the system. You might not realize the effects of the border crossing cause try don't affect border towns as they do NYC for example, where I'm located. Illegals. Run rampant breaking laws working off the books ( ripping of the government and you and I ) and

beulaland
beulaland

YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE SANCTITY OF LIFE, WET YOU HAVE NO PROBLEM KILLING AN UNBORN CHILD..... YOU ARE A HYPOCRITE!!!

MotherJones
MotherJones

@Outspoken "Anything left in the desert is 'trash'" Would that count for the bodies of the dead men, women and children as well?

The legal avenues cost money. These are poor people. That's why they risk their lives crossing a desert.

azcumsquelcher
azcumsquelcher

@Human the indians came from Asia over the land-bridge so they're technically immigrants too. This land belongs as much to the Indians as it does any other group who traveled here from elsewhere

chupamiverga
chupamiverga

JAF, the only thing they will be missing it'll be their cum when you and Studboi suck their dicks at the border.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan

Why should you be given all the comforts of life?

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@JoeArpaioFan Says a lot about your home if you think that a jug of water and a blanket on the ground is "all the comforts of home"

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan  damn straight, and with them seeing all of our border patrol agents that accidentally step on them themselves while patrolling......that would serve as a warning right? you retard

ddtrik
ddtrik

@FucktheBoarderPatrol ..

No like?? Go back to your roots jerk off.. And take your freeloading cousins with you..

sempertubby2
sempertubby2

@FucktheBoarderPatrol

it's BORDER Patrol you illiterate tard.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@FucktheBoarderPatrol Aah poor baby, well that's just tough. You are next on Border Patrol's list whether you are an illegal alien or not. By the way I've heard that eight more illegal crossers were just caught. Good!

tedomatic
tedomatic

@MotherJones @Outspoken Lots of things cost money. That doesn't mean you should risk the lives of your children to cross a desert on the hope that some pseudo-humanitarian group left some litter for you to feed on. If they don't want to die, cross at San Ysidro or Lukeville.

ddtrik
ddtrik

@MotherJones @Outspoken ... That's on them. As far as I'm concerned there should be automated machine guns posted all across the border.. How would you feel if someone came in to your house uninvited and just stayed and ate your food, used your electric, your water, your tv, your medical supplies and then didn't even offer to chip in ??? Would you really let that happen? Well illegals are doing EXACTLY that... Not to mention all the criminals that try to get in...

sempertubby2
sempertubby2

@MotherJones @Outspoken

Are you aware that the legal avenues cost as much as the amount they pay a coyote to smuggle them in? I also find it interesting that the drug mules arrive at the NMD water drops within minutes of their placement. NMD are cooked traitors.

squash
squash

@azcumsquelcher @Human That neglects the fact that American Indians were here (and still are, never left) wayyyyy before any other group of people came to America.

rogue121253
rogue121253

@MaskedMagician1967 because, as natural born citizens of this great country, the Constitution guarantees, among other things, LIFE, LIBERTY, And THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS!! It's GREAT to be an American!!!

kferguson
kferguson

@PissOnArpaio @JoeArpaioFan , Can tell by your screen name that you are most probably a member of the communist, lowlife LaRaza. Seriously, who do you illegal criminals think you are and just what the hell do working, law abiding Americans owe you? I wish noone death or discomfort, but both can be avoided by simply abiding by the laws of USofA. Hey, nothing hard about this, so end of discussion. BTW, Joe Arpaio is revered as one of America's greatest heroes and a true patriot, so take down your nasty screenname and reposts as @PissOnPedro or something.

ddtrik
ddtrik

@danzigsdaddy @JoeArpaioFan I think your the retard... The border boys would know where they are and most likely never be in an area that had them.

chupamiverga
chupamiverga

JoeArpaioFan, fuck you cocksucker, you are an illegal yourself bitch. I hope Arpaio and you get cancer and die soon.

kferguson
kferguson

@JoeArpaioFan @FucktheBoarderPatrol , Great news, and down here in MS I read this morning where 4 illegals were arrested with a shtload of marijuana. Well, looks like the majority of these illegal criminals aren't interested in real work at all. Seems like our welfare, food stamps, housing, medicaid and education are second to only drug smuggling, gangbanging and other crimes. What will happen when Obama is arrested for treason and the border is sealed, US employers are stiffly fined for hiring illegals, landlords are severely punished for renting to them, all benefits are cut-off and all illegal invaders are deported or jailed? We have to do all of these things so that we don't become a third world country too. Go Sheriff Joe, I love you!!

rogue121253
rogue121253

@tedomatic @MotherJones @Outspoken  In my home town we had an illegal who was a leader of the drug runners in the area. He was arrested and deported. He was back within 1 month...this time he shot and killed his 3 brothers and then ran from the law resulting in several wrecks and a shoot out with the police. 1 officer is still in the hospital. Fortunately, the illegal was shot and killed this time instead of merely being inconvenienced! And this is in small town America (less that 30,000)...I can't imagine how many of these types have flooded the bigger cities where they can hide better!

squash
squash

@ddtrik Your advocating putting automated machine guns posted on the border, yet I'm out of my mind. Yeah, okay...

squash
squash

@azcumguzzler When did I say that 'native americans' were a unified culture? You are right about them being conquered though.

azcumsquelcher
azcumsquelcher

@squash @azcumsquelcher @Human the history of Earth involves a perpetual succession of land owners and conquerors. You view the 'native americans' as a unified culture holding a collective ownership over this continent when in reality, the individual tribes had been warring with each other and capturing land from other tribes for millennia. How do you hold Europeans to different standards? 

karenkatzx13
karenkatzx13

@rogue121253 @MaskedMagician1967 why in the preamble of the constitution does the word "welfare" come before "defense"?  do you think jefferson was a sloppy writer or did he consciously set our priorities as he believed them to be?  i bet the same people who rave on about their 2nd amendment rights and possibly believe that the constitution was delivered in its perfect form and demand we strictly follow only what's written there would rather ignore that fact or dismiss it out of hand.

right wing extremists are ready to double the number of troops (BPA) on the border and declare war on immigrants because people are bad and war is good.  of course they could never believe the fact that obama has deported a record number of illegals and that as many people leave the usa back to mexico as come north.  seems mexico now offers much more social mobility than here.

chupamiverga
chupamiverga

"Joe Arpaio is revered as one of America's greatest heroes and a true patriot", It'll sound better: Joe Arpaio is considered as one of the most CORRUPT SHURF AND TRUE RACIST in the USA, if not the whole world. A true patriot follows the Constitution and the Rule of Law. not make a mockery out of them or just enforce the laws that benefits him politically or the ones that he makes up. Kferguson, considering Arpaio a true patriot and a hero speaks a lot about you.

ddtrik
ddtrik

@kferguson @PissOnArpaio @JoeArpaioFan ...

Piss on Pedro??? Lmaoooo good one.. Screw the illegals. I'm tired of paying for there ghetto asses bills. Bunch of freeloading good for nothing moochers ...

chupamiverga
chupamiverga

ddtrik, wrong, the border boys would be the first ones to step on them, probably they won't remember where they placed them. What else can you expect when they shoot each other or lie about being in a shootuot while he shoots himself , plain dumb.

sempertubby2
sempertubby2

@FucktheBoarderPatrol @sempertubby2

About as well versed as I imagined you would be able to respond. I do, however, understand that English can be difficult at times and I applaud your attempt at learning it.

rogue121253
rogue121253

@kferguson @JoeArpaioFan @FucktheBoarderPatrol " the border is sealed, US employers are stiffly fined for hiring illegals, landlords are severely punished for renting to them, all benefits are cut-off" The same thing that will happen if TPTB succeed in abrogating the 2nd Amendment...only criminals will have guns! If there is no legitimate work for these scumbags, only drug running and gang banging will be left!

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@kferguson actually nothing happens to the employers of the illegals here in Arizona. they arent fined and they arent arrested. thats one of the big debates out here. they raid a place and the employer is never in trouble even when he has 30-40 illegals working for him. Joe has pulled many raids and not a single employer has been sanctioned in any of the employer sanction raids even though they are hiring illegals

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