Next time you find yourself arguing over border politics in the lunchroom with that coworker who swears they saw a headless body near Gates Pass, turn to the Washington Office on Latin America's Border Fact Check.
WOLA's border project monitors border issues and the impact of security policies on undocumented immigrants. What that translates into is when someone like Sheriff Joe Arpaio flaps his lips about DREAMERS, the Border Fact Check counters with something you don't hear much — the truth.
Their latest post took a look at the allegations made in the PBS Need to Know report, Crossing the Line, on abuses undocumented immigrants experience from some U.S. Border Patrol agents:
Are migrants routinely abused by Customs and Border Protection agents?
“We do not tolerate abuse within our ranks, and we fully cooperate with any criminal or administrative investigations of alleged misconduct by any of our personnel, on or off duty.”
— CBP spokeswoman Jenny Burke
As is highlighted in PBS’ new Need to Know report “Crossing the Line”, allegations of abuses by Border Patrol agents are widespread, and those responsible are seldom investigated and sanctioned. Border groups, human rights organizations and regional and international human rights bodies have documented multiple human rights violations committed by Border Patrol agents against migrants during the detention and deportation process.
From fall 2008 to spring 2011 the Arizona-based organization No More Deaths interviewed almost 13,000 migrants who had been in Border Patrol custody, in the Arizona border towns of Naco, Nogales, and Agua Prieta. Their report, A Culture of Cruelty, documents an alarming pattern of abuses including denial of or insufficient water and food; failure to provide medical treatment; verbal, physical and psychological abuse; separation of family members and dangerous repatriation practices.