Immigration

Border Patrol Abuse: PBS Video Documents Stories of Cruel Treatment of Immigrants

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See also Immigrant Abuses by Border Patrol Agents Documented
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When we traveled to Nogales, Mexico about two years ago, we found many individuals who reported getting abused while in Border Patrol custody. We documented their stories in Culture of Cruelty.

Since then, not much has changed. See the video below: 

 

The Human Rights Coalition, a grassroots group that fights against law enforcement abuses, No More Deaths, an immigrant-rights group, are among organizations continuing to sound the alarm about abusive agents.

Read No More Deaths' 2011 report on such abuses.

Officials from Customs and Border Protection -- which oversees the Border Patrol -- simply continue parroting their standard comment about the agency's taking seriously its commitment to humane and lawful treatment of all people taken into custody.

Watch this PBS special, "Crossing the Line, Part 2," which documents the same type of horrific treatment we reported two years ago -- sexual and physical abuse -- and captures on film Border Patrol agents kicking over water bottles meant to save lives.

Watch Crossing the Line on PBS. See more from Need To Know.

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Monica Alonzo
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