Early November, 2022

Reporting on November 10, 2022, the Nogales-based Kino Border Initiative (KBI) stated, “Over the past 2 weeks, 11 people have reported to Kino the confiscation and disposal of their personal belongings by Border Patrol. In these cases, Border Patrol deports people without their most necessary personal belongings, such as identity documents, money and cell phones, which often leaves them stranded and unable to communicate with family members.”

Among cases cited:

Last week, Emanuel [name changed to protect privacy] arrived at Kino after being deported without any of his belongings. BP [Border Patrol] confiscated his belongings when they apprehended him and never returned them. He called the Mexican Consulate but they said they could not mail his items to Mexico. He lost his Mexican ID, cell phone, 1,500 pesos ($77 USD), credit card, and watch. He was only able to communicate with his family members and tell them he was okay after arriving to Kino where he borrowed a phone.

— “Early November Update on the Border, Asylum and Deportations from KBI” (Nogales: Kino Border Initiative, November 10, 2022).

Sector(s): Tucson

Agency(ies): Border Patrol

Event Type(s): Non-Return of Belongings

Accountability Status: Unknown

Victim Classification: Mexico, Single Adult