Reporting on December 15, 2022, the Nogales-based Kino Border Initiative (KBI) stated, “Over the past 2 weeks, KBI received 11 reports of Border Patrol (BP) confiscating personal belongings and never returning them. These reports include 3 deported people who explained that BP took thousands of Mexican pesos from them (1,000 pesos = $50 USD), leaving them unable to pay for transportation or basic necessities.”
Among cases cited:
When BP apprehended Yael [name changed to protect privacy], agents threw away his clothes and medicine. He had to go 5 days without medication to treat his illness.
— “December 15 update from KBI” (Nogales: Kino Border Initiative, December 15, 2022).