Thursday, May 8, 2014
NPR reports on a new report that demonstrates that physical abuse and excessive force top the list of hundreds of complaints filed against U.S. Border Patrol agents. The accusations include charges that agents kicked a pregnant woman, stomped on a man and physically forced a minor to sign a document. Those accusations are in a that was obtained by the advocacy group the American Immigration Council via a Freedom of Information Act request.
The report's authors say the complaints give new detail to "a longstanding pattern of abuse and inaction" by border agents, along with a "lack of accountability and transparency" in U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The complaints in the report were made between January 2009 and January 2012. The average time it took for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency to make a decision on a complaint was 122 days, the report's authors say. The American Immigration Council report was written by Daniel E. Martínez, an assistant professor of sociology at George Washington University, along with Guillermo Cantor and Walter A. Ewing of the advocacy group's research unit.