Mid February, 2023

Reporting on February 16, 2023, the Nogales-based Kino Border Initiative (KBI) stated, “The application CBPOne continues to impose disparities in access to the asylum process, privileging those with financial resources, higher levels of education and those who happened to get an appointment the first day the process was opened in January and DHS released a larger number of appointments.”

Among cases cited:

Olivia [name changed to protect privacy] fled death threats in Guatemala. After having paid 10,000 quetzales (nearly $1,300 dollars) for the journey, Border Patrol expelled her to Nogales. She is in her 60s and does not know how to use technology; further, the phone she has does not have the capability to download applications. 

“February 16 update from KBI” (Nogales: Kino Border Initiative, February 16, 2023).

Sector(s): Tucson

Agency(ies): Border Patrol

Event Type(s): Denial of Protection to Most Vulnerable

Accountability Status:

Victim Classification: Single Adult