July 20, 2023

Reporting on July 20, 2023, the Nogales-based Kino Border Initiative (KBI), recounted a case of a Mexican national seeking asylum near Sasabe, Arizona. The migrant was taken to a station and was detained for two nights, never given a fear interview. 

KBI described the incident, “They just took his fingerprints and information and then put him on a bus without saying where it was going. BP returned him to Mexico at 10:30 pm and he and others who were removed or returned had to walk through the city at night until they found a hotel and split the cost.”

Kino Border Initiative. 2022. “Congressional Year End Report 2023.” Https://Www.Kinoborderinitiative.Org/Annual-Report/. Kino Border Initiative. https://www.kinoborderinitiative.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Congressional-Year-End-Report-2023_.pdf.

Sector(s): Border Patrol

Agency(ies): Border Patrol, CBP

Event Type(s): Denial of Access to Asylum, Denial of Protection to Most Vulnerable, Inappropriate Deportation, Lying or Deliberate Misleading, Return of Vulnerable Individuals

Accountability Status: Unknown

Victim Classification: Mexico, Single Adult