Mid February, 2023

Reporting on February 16, 2023, the Nogales-based Kino Border Initiative (KBI) recounted a case of family separation due to a scarcity in CBP One appointments.

Tomas [name changed to protect privacy] fled the Dominican Republic and after trying many times, was able to get an appointment through CBPOne for himself. However, he was not able to add his children to his appointment and when he and his family arrived at the port of entry, the officials said, “If you’re going to enter, you have to enter alone and leave your kids behind.”

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

Sector(s): Tucson

Agency(ies): Border Patrol

Event Type(s): Family Separation

Accountability Status: Unknown

Victim Classification: Family Unit