Border Authorities' Abuse of Migrants Not Uncommon, According to Yet Another Study

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A study found that abuse of migrants by border authorities in this country is a "systemic problem."

Or maybe we should say, another study came to that conclusion.

See also:
-Cloaked Brutality: The Feds Bury Border Patrol Abuses of Immigrants

The Immigration Policy Center study, which includes researchers from the University of Arizona and George Washington University, interviewed more than 1,000 randomly selected, recently repatriated migrants in six Mexican cities over the last three years.

"Of respondents, 11% reported physical abuse and 23% reported verbal abuse," the report states. As we mentioned, this isn't a new revelation:
A 2011 report by No More Deaths found that 10% of deportees reported experiencing physical violence by U.S. authorities. An academic study with Salvadoran deportees between 1999 and 2000 found a slightly higher physical abuse rate at about 16%. A separate sample collected by the same scholars in 2002 among 300 Salvadoran deportees found similar results, with 20% reporting at least one or more forms of physical abuse during the apprehension process, and 11% during detention. These consistent results across multiple studies suggest that abuse of migrants while in U.S. custody is a systematic problem relating to an ongoing institutional culture rather than simply a consequence of a few people who are acting inappropriately.
Our colleague Monica Alonzo reported on such abuses in her 2010 cover story, "Cloaked Brutality."

This new report also details verbal mistreatment of migrants:
Nearly 40% of the 252 people who reported verbal abuse mentioned that they were the target of direct insults. These insults consisted of nationalistic or racist slurs, insults related to crossing the border without authorization, aspersions against immigrants, false accusations, or other general insults. Comments regarding a migrant's gender or presumed sexual orientation were also mentioned. Some respondents also indicated that they were made fun of by agents or were treated as a source of amusement. Twenty-six percent indicated they were threatened, including with physical harm or additional legal sanctions, while 11% explicitly mentioned that they had legitimate requests denied.
Specific insults cited in the report, from the interviews with the migrants, include "fucking wetback," "dirty little Mexican woman, let's see if you cross again after this!" and "Mexican pieces of shit."

In most cases, the agency blamed for both physical and verbal mistreatment is the Border Patrol, which was implicated about 70 percent of the time, while ICE and local law enforcement combined for about a quarter of those complaints, and other agencies such as US Marshals or private prison guards made up the rest.

The study (which can be found here) breaks down the allegations into more specific categories.

"When taken in the context of prior studies, it appears that the abuse of migrants while in U.S. custody is a systemic problem and points to an organizational subculture stemming from a lack of transparency and accountability in U.S. Customs and Border Protection," the study says. "These patterns of abuse have brought scrutiny to the Border Patrol's use-of-force policies and created tension in border communities.Future research should examine the longer-term social and psychological consequences of these types of abuse for migrants and their loved ones."

This study is actually part of a three-part series from the Immigration Policy Center, and the second part, "Possessions Taken and Not Returned," is also available online.

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vagabond545454
vagabond545454

Sadists are like pedophiles they seek jobs, access to their victims! Sometimes pedophiles & sadists are one in the same since their natures are not that much different they prey on the defenseless, seek out victims who cannot fight back or are helpless due to physical size or situation! Some merely come to stories like this get that tingle down their sadistic right wing legs, yes sadists tend to be right wingers for some unknown reason guess the psychiatrists, psychologists will have to figure out! Look at Arpaio, Russell Pearce and such and their hangers on such as the late Neo-Nazi JT Ready or the recently incarcerated Chris Simcox! I like to call them the Marquis De Sade devotee's they definitely are some sick puppies and society is never going to eradicate them since they are like cock roaches thrive on anything you throw at them! Or like flies gravitate to any pile of manure and dine with gusto! The good thing is though they have bad karma and it comes home to them eventually!

downtownbrown
downtownbrown

Human smugglers' abuse (robbery, rape, murder) of illegal border crossers a daily occurrence yet ignored by left wing cry babies.  No film at 11 becasuse it would make brown people look bad


Lets blame the border patrol instead.

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

The Mexicans who try to smuggle themselves in and get captured expect to be treated with dignity, respect and simply returned to the border so they can have another go at it mean while our border agents are put in situations where there life could be put in jeopardy by drug cartels. Agents have to chase after these criminals in areas of the desert that are very dangerous I guess it would piss off many of us seeing a Mexican thumb his nose and try to run away. YUH THINK 

DNichols
DNichols

"America is great because it is good, when it ceases to be good, it ceases to be great."

Alex De Tocqueville

A very wise 1840's French Historian.

Since the January 2008 start of the I.C.E. Hitler esque Deportation/Incarceration Programs, America has Fallen.

This Great Nation of Immigrants was Built on Far Better Principles, and Values than this.

How many of the Forty-two thousand Hispanic's that since January 2008 now lay Dead at the Harsh U.S. Mexico Border where I.C.E. Deproted/Dumped hundreds of thousands of Human Beings into a "Known Drug War" with nothing not even water are Deported Dead?!!

Study this!

To: Good, and Brotherhood, from Sea to shining Sea.

armandocdll81
armandocdll81

It is unfortunate that so many foreign nationals deliberately put themselves into harm's way by transgressing America's borders - a clear violation of the law. Hopefully the tough love being administered to these unlawfully present foreign nationals will snap them back to their senses. Very sad indeed. 

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

@john043012,

I've worked in a correctional setting and while some of the behavior you encounter can definitely, "piss you off," if you don't have the mental stability and self control to NOT RESPOND IN AN ABUSIVE MANNER, then you need to find another profession.

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@DNichols This great nation wasn't built on principles and values from people who entered the country illegally and broke the law and in most cases will continue to break many laws in order to sustain themselves while living here. You are an idiot, those people must take ownership for their actions not the United STATES

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@shadeaux14 How the hell can you compare a correctional setting to a desert environment that is full of loose (not incarcerated) criminals. with god knows what their intentions are  its no different then any other type of military encounter being polite is not the main objective

squash
squash

@john043012"This great nation wasn't built on principles and values from people who entered the country illegally and broke the law"

I don't think you understand how ironic the above statement is....

DNichols
DNichols

@john

You should study your American History?!

Unless you are talking about the Native Americans?

In any case This Great Nation of Immigrants both legal, and un-documented since the very Start of the United States of America began  should be far better than to rip apart good christian Families made up of both Citizens, and un-documented Mothers/Fathers, and No Country should ever rip Mothers from thier Babies as I.C.E. has done to thousands.

To: Liberty.

mrh0202201091
mrh0202201091

@robert_graham @DNichols      WHAT KIND OF SOCIETY WOULD WE LIVE IN IF EVERYONE DID THE WRONG THING.......CHAOS.....DISORDER.....BACK TO THE WILD WILD WEST...MAYBE .EVENTUALLY SOMEONE HAS GOT TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE..AND DO THE RIGHT THING.....WE   HAVE 'NT COME A LONG INTO THE 21st CENTURY FOR NOTHING......

DNichols
DNichols

@robert

This coming from you means what?

Now your  Phycologist?

Thanks for your Diagnosis Dip Shit.

mrh0202201091
mrh0202201091

@robert_graham @armandocdll81         You don t make any sense we are talking about human life.  THAT PHRASE IS NOT APPLICABLE HERE.....

DNichols
DNichols

@Flyer9753

A "Troll" is too kind.

mrh0202201091
mrh0202201091

@john043012             Theire is a fine line between having to use  deadly force to restrain someone and just using physical force to restrain someone .  IF YOU   ARE CONSTANTLY FINDING YOURSELF HAVING TO USE DEADLY FORCE JUST TO RESTRAIN SOMEONE. THEN ODDS ARE ....YOU ARE A LAZY,.. CAN T RUN, ....AND OUT OF SHAPE......WHO DON T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT HUMAN LIFE...AND YOU'D PROBABLY   RATHER SHOOT  SOMEONE IN ORDER TO STOP THEM INSTEAD OF DOING ALL THE WORK THAT IS REQUIRED OF YOU TO DO.....IF THAT IS THE CASE.  THEN WHAT ARE YOU GETTING PAYED FOR.  IF THIS SOUNDS LIKE YOU..THEN YOU SHOULD PROBABLY BE LOOKING FOR A NEW JOB.....ONE THAT DOES NOT REQUIRE MUCH PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ..

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

@john043012,

As a medic in Vietnam, I also treated captured Viet Cong and NVA regulars. I didn't worry about being polite but I did worry about treating them like human beings.

 You can't fight evil by becoming more evil yourself.

The agents who abuse those in their custody are no better than the "criminals" they watch over.

DNichols
DNichols

@John;  you are right lately the OUT OF CONTROL U.S.  Border Patrol dosen't even know which of thier own Agents are "Drug Cartel" Members?!

mrh0202201091
mrh0202201091

     sam houston......john quincy adams...stephen f austin....to   diego vazquz...vasco nunez  ...coronado.... hernando de soto.....martin luther king......and many women as well.....bennito juarez....ernesto zedillo...john f. kennedy...must not forget both of THE rooselvelts....

mrh0202201091
mrh0202201091

@john043012 @DNichols   okay...stop and think for just a minute.... ..can you do that?......theire are gooD mexicans americans..and mexicans...just like  EUROPEANS AND   ANY RACE..SOCIETY IS MORE COMPLEX THEN JUST TO THINK  FROM A ONE SIDE..ED  POINT OF VIEW..BEGINING WITH...CORTEZ AND PONCE...DE LEON..TO WASHINGTON   AND JEFFERSON...AND LINCOLN...MANY GREAT MEN OF DIFRENT OF RACES AND NATIONALITIES.. 


john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@DNichols throwing around the word racist at people falls on deaf ears its meaningless oh it might make you and your ilk feel powerful but in this day and age that word has been played out 

DNichols
DNichols

@J-John

"We now have Mexicans"?!!

Frodial slip admitting your Racism toward "Mexicans", not Un-Documented Immigrants in general from many varios Countries?

You are nothing but a "RACIST"

It is a mental illness, please seek help.

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@DNichols study history indeed , when do you think immigration laws started or for that matter any one law started in our country . The laws started here when the Europeans came ,and just like every country on earth that was taken over by another country ,laws where established. The United States in not unique in that regard.We now have Mexicans amongst us demanding our laws be changed to suit them and it just might happen as they become more deep rooted into our communities. Evolution never stops.

mrh0202201091
mrh0202201091

                  AS AS MATTER OF FACT YOU ARE NOT APPLICABLE HERE......

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