Immigrant Abuses at Hands of Border Patrol Agents Documented by Human-Rights Organization

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No More Deaths, a Tucson-based human-rights advocacy group, continues its push to end the abusive treatment immigrants suffer while in U.S. Border Patrol Custody.

The group shares the stories of abuse, neglect, and humiliation of 13,000 people detained by the Border Patrol in a report released today -- "A Culture of Cruelty: Abuse and Impunity in Short-Term U.S. Border Patrol Custody."

"What we've found is clearly not the result of a few 'bad apples,'" says Danielle Alvarado, a No More Deaths volunteer and co-author of the report. "We continue to hear the same stories from thousands of people, released from different Border Patrol stations, year after year. They are alarmingly consistent."

U.S. Border Patrol agents regularly violate the human rights of their detainees by engaging in unsafe and unsanitary detention practices, physically abusing detainees, and refusing medical attention to those who need it, group leaders proclaim.

A Border Patrol spokesman was not immediately available for comment.


Interviews, conducted by volunteers for No More Deaths and other human rights organizations, highlight that individuals suffering severe dehydration are routinely deprived of water; people with life-threatening medical conditions are denied treatment; children and adults are beaten during apprehensions and in custody, many are crammed into cells and subjected to extreme temperatures, deprived of sleep and subject to humiliation and other forms of psychological abuse.

New Times documented many of those abuses in Culture of Cruelty, a feature published December 16, 2010 that included the story of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, a California man who died in the hands of federal immigration agents.

From the story:

    Anastasio Hernandez Rojas screamed in agony as U.S. border agents rained blows on him and delivered 50,000 volts of electricity to his body over and over.

    "No! No! Ayuda!" the 42-year-old Mexican wailed, pleading for help in Spanish. "Ayudenme [help me]!"

    It was late in the evening of May 28, and his cries could be heard throughout the San Ysidro border-crossing area dividing San Diego and Tijuana.

    Witnesses said that Hernandez Rojas was facedown on the ground, his arms handcuffed behind his back. Three agents were piled on top of him, one driving his knee into Hernandez Rojas' back, another pushing his knee into the deportee's neck. Other federal agents were kicking the father of five on each side of his body.


That story was, in part, based on the first report released by No More Deaths in 2008: "Crossing the Line -- Human Rights Abuses of Migrants in Short-Term Custody on the Arizona-Sonora Border."

That report, too, is full of many of the same examples of abuse.

"Absolutely no one is taking responsibility for the patterns of abuse that persist," Alvarado says in a statement released with the report. "We have filed dozens of complaints and not one has produced any change. This is just one more way the Obama administration's flawed approach to enforcement has undermined his credibility with immigrant communities. It is an affront to our collective sense of justice, fairness, and equality."

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dad
dad

My daughter is a border patrol agent and she says this is all bs..At least in her sector they treat everyone with respect and dignity. 

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

It's the same thing that happens to people of all races by police officers all over the country.   Cops aren't what they used to be.  The motto used to be "To serve and protect".   Now it's "To beat and abuse anytime, anywhere for anything".

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

I hear that the majority of those crossing the borders illegally are packing drugs and guns and coming to rape our children.  I am able to provide the exact same amount of evidence to support my statement as this group has to support theirs.

On a side note; why are the Mexicans that illegally cross the border not the same beautiful people I see on Telemundo?

Jason
Jason

This is eerily familiar to what the Flaccid Fool of MCSO does to their detainees.

 I wonder how much taxpayers are going to pay his family? 

Guest23
Guest23

Heh, I'm sure it is much easier to get away with rape and murder in mexico so why come here?

Though I am somewhere in the middle of all this, I would be more than curious to see any evidence that more than a few illegal mexican immigrants are coming here to specifically rape anyone. The same with guns since it seems the guns are moving from the usa to mexico and not the other way around. So please put up or shut up. And besides any decent debater or rhetoritician can make a case for either side of an issue, so your claim isn't anything special, it is just a matter of who has stronger evidence and more reliable sources.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Reading comprehension is obviously not your strong suit.

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