Media Coverage of Border Abuse

Opinion Pieces and Blogs

The Constitution-Free Agency How the Border Patrol is running amok and making a mockery of the rule of law, July 29, 2014, Politico

"Welcome to Hell:" The Border Patrol's Repeated Abuse of Children, June 24, 2014, Huffington Post

Photographers' Rights At Issue As Arizona Community Rises Up Against "Occupying Army" of Border Patrol Agents, April 16, 2014, National ACLU blog

An Evening Stroll, a Volley of Fire: A Senseless Death in Mexico, July 29, 2014, National ACLU Blog

Elena Rodriguez Lawsuit

22 months on, feds arrive at shooting scene, August 22, 2014, Nogales International

Family of Mexican boy slain in cross-border BP shooting files suit, July 29, 2014, Tucson Sentinel

Family Of Mexican Teenager Shot By Border Patrol Sues Agents, July 29, 2014, Buzzfeed

Mother's wrongful-death suit faces legal obstacles, July 29, 2014, AZ Republic

Court: U.S. agents can be sued for shootings, July 1, 2014, AZ Republic

Name of border agent in fatal shooting released, Nov. 14, 2014, Arizona Daily Star

Public Records Suit Against DHS

Access To Border Patrol Records Prompts Lawsuit, April 28, 2014, Fronteras Desk

ACLU sues to obtain Border Patrol records on Arizona checkpoints, April 29, 2014, L.A. Times

Border Patrol sued by ACLU seeking Arizona checkpoint data, April 29, 2014, Reuters

Homeland Security sued for refusing to release AZ checkpoint data, April 28, 2014, Tucson Sentinel

ACLU Sues Homeland Security for Records on Border Patrol Enforcement Inside U.S., April 28, 2014, New Times

ACLU lawsuit alleges civil rights abuses by Border Patrol, May 1, 2014, Capitol Media Services

The Government's Antipathy Towards Transparency Has Made FOIA Lawsuits The Default Process, May 12th 2014, TechDirt

Abuse of Unaccompanied Minors

Innocents at the Border, June 16, 2014, NY Times Editorial

ACLU files complaint on how undocumented children are being treated, June 11, 2014, Fox 10 Phoenix 

Migrant children jailed at border, June 18, 2014, Workers World

Overcrowded, unsanitary conditions seen at immigrant detention centers, June 18, 2014, Chicago Tribune

Officials to Investigate Reports of Mistreatment of Minors Caught Crossing Border, June 12, 2014, NY Times

Rights groups allege abuse of child immigrants at border, June 12, 2014, Capitol Media Services

U.S. Response to border children crisis now includes abuse probe, June 13, 2014, Christian Science Monitor

Migrant Children Accuse Border Patrol Agents of Physical and Sexual Assault, June 12, 2014, The Nation

Groups allege abuse of child immigrants at border, June 11, 2014, AP

Abusos contra menores indocumentados en frontera, June 12, 2014, EFE

Border agents accused of rape, abuse of immigrant kids, June 11, 2014, CBS 5 Phoenix

Guatemalan consul: Migrant kids in Arizona are all right, June 12, 2014, AZ Republic

Autoridades de EU abusan de niños migrantes en la frontera, June 12, 2014, Notimex

ACLU claims US Customs and Border Protection abused child immigrants, June 11, 2014, KVOA Tucson

ACLU: Agents mistreating unaccompanied migrant children, June 11, 2014, AZ Republic

Complaint: Border Patrol officers abuse underage migrants, June 11, 2014, KTAR

Immigration groups accuse US customs officials of abusing minors, June 12, 2014, RT

Human Rights Advocates File Complaint Alleging Abuse Of Unaccompanied Migrant Children At U.S. Border, June 11th, 2014, Progress Illinois

Rights groups: Border Patrol abusing minors held in custody, June 11, 2014, Tucson Sentinel

Complaint against Homeland Security alleges abuse of immigrant children, June 11, 2014, AZ Daily Star

Immigrant-Rights Groups Claim "Systemic Abuse" of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children, June 11, 2014, Phoenix New Times

Border Officials Allegedly Abused Children Who Crossed The Border On Their Own, June 13, 2014, Think Progress

Aid Groups Allege Abuses of Young Border Crossers, June 11, 2014, NY Times

No Wrongdoing In Treatment Of Child Immigrants, Memo Says, September 2, 2014, Huffington Post

Initial Investigation Finds No Wrongdoing In Handling Of Unaccompanied Immigrant Kids, September 2, 2014, Buzzfeed

U.S. officials: Facilities for migrant kids were humane, September 3, 2014, USA Today

Report Counters Claims of Migrant Abuse, September 2, 2014, NY Times

Border Checkpoints

ACLU sets up checkpoint to check on Border Patrol, March 20, 2014, El Paso Times

Steller: Some border residents getting fed up with checkpoints, March 16, 2014, Arizona Daily Star

U.S. checkpoints cause delays, irritation, May 3, 2014, Lake Havasu News Herald

ACLU and Border Action Network Create Border Reality Checkpoint, July 7, 2014, Tucson Weekly

Activists offer tips for dealing with Border Patrol checkpoints, July 09, 2014, Fox News Latino

ACLU sues to obtain Border Patrol records on Arizona checkpoints, April 29, 2014, L.A. Times

Hearing puts border in new persepctive, September 17, 2013, Nogales International

'I don't think it's right'; ACLU files complaint, alleging abuse at Border Patrol checkpoints, Jan. 16, 2014, KGUN-TV (Tucson ABC affiliate)

ACLU seeks probe of alleged abuses at Arizona border checkpoints, Jan. 16, 2014, Reuters

ACLU: Border Patrol Agents Routinely Violate Rights Of U.S. Citizens At Highway Checkpoints, Jan. 16, 2014, Fox News Latino

Interior border checks spur suit, Jan. 16, 2014, The Arizona Republic

ACLU Lodges Complaints Over Checkpoints in Southern Arizona, Jan. 16, 2014, NPR

Residentes de Arivaca buscan retirar retén “militarizado,” Feb. 27, 2014, Univisión Arizona

Probe sought of Border Patrol checkpoint actions, Jan. 15, 2014, Associated Press

ACLU questions Arivaca Road Border Patrol checkpoint, Apr 16, 2014, Tucson News Now (TV)

Arivaca residents demand BP stop interfering with checkpoint monitors, April 18, 2014, Tucson Sentinel

ACLU demands halt to alleged harassment of checkpoint monitors in Arivaca, April 16, 2014, Daily Star

Border Patrol traffic stops stir public backlash, site monitoring, June 7, 2014, AZ Republic

Rural Ariz. Residents Check Up On Checkpoint In Border “War Zone,” March 12, 2014, MintPress News

General Border Patrol Abuse

“What is ‘Reasonable Distance’?,” April 25, 2014, Latino USA (NPR)

Patrolmen Without Borders, August 5, 2014, World Net Daily

Border Patrol can't control Southern border but can still harass American citizens, August 06, 2014, Fox News

Border Wars in the Homeland, July 15, 2014, Huffington Post

Arizona Mom Claims US Border Control Threatened Her With A Knife And Taser, April 3, 2014, Business Insider

Video: Woman Says Border Patrol Threatened Her with Knife, Taser at Random Stop, April 3, 2014,

The Border Towns the Constitution Forgot, April 10, 2014, The Daily Beast

Border Patrol agent charged in assault on 14-year-old boy, September 25, 2014, LA Times

Border Patrol agent charged in assault of teen migrant, September 26, 2014, AZ Republic

Border Patrol Transparency

Border Patrol agents rarely disciplined in abuse cases, records show, May 9, 2014, L.A. Times

Border chief vows better use-of-force transparency, September 18, 2014, AZ Republic

CBP Announces New Use-Of-Force Protocols, September 18, 2014, Fronteras Desk

Border Patrol to test body-cams, September 22, 2014, Fox News Latino

Border Patrol tightens use-of-force rules, March 7, 2014, AZ Republic

Steller: Want info from opaque Border Patrol? Get a lawyer, May 9, 2014, Daily Star

Border Patrol agents rarely disciplined in abuse cases, records show, May 9, 2014, L.A. Times

Tucson Border Patrol Sector Earns Most Complaints of Abuse, but Punishment Is Rare, May 8, 2014, New Times

Abuse complaints rarely lead to discipline for border agents, May 6, 2014, Tucson Sentinel

Acusan a Patrulla Fronteriza de no responder a quejas de abusos, May 6, 2014, EFE

Report: Border Patrol ignores complaints against agents, May 7, 2014, USA Today/AZ Republic

Independent report cites chronic inaction by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, May 13, 2014, San Diego Red

Quieren una Patrulla Fronteriza más profesional, May 18, 2014, EFE

ACLU señala que la Patrulla Fronteriza se niega a dar información, April 29, 2014, EFE

Divulgan estudio sobre quejas presentadas en contra de Patrulla Fronteriza, May 8, 2014, La Voz

As border security expands, complaints of abuse rise among Americans, April 30, 2014, McClatchy wire

Roving Patrols Complaint

ACLU Wants CBP's Roving Patrols Investigated In Arizona, Oct. 9, 2013, NPR

Border Patrol Accused of Ongoing Abuses in Arizona, Oct. 10, 2013, Frontline

Arizona ACLU seeks probe of 'roving' Border Patrol stops, Oct. 9, 2013, Arizona Daily Star (Tucson)

Border Patrol hit with abuse complaints, Oct. 8, 2013, The Arizona Republic

ACLU seeks inquiry into alleged misconduct by BP agents, Nov. 13, 2013, Yuma Sun

ACLU: Border Patrol Doing Questionable Patrols, Far From the Border, Oct. 10, 2013, Phoenix New Times

US Border Patrol taking liberties with US citizens: ACLU, Nov. 13, 2013, The Voice of Russia Radio

Denuncian Abusos en Frontera Arizona-México, Oct. 2013, Telemundo (via AP)

‘Are you detaining me?’ Citizens, lawyers question legality of BP vehicle searches, Oct. 11, 2013, Nogales International

Border Patrol Use of Force

Living Life Under Federal Watch On The Border, August 5, 2013, NPR Fronteras Desk

More border agents assisting local police; Critics say federal agents often lack training for domestic police work, Dec. 17, 2013, The Arizona Republic

Denuncian abusos de la Patrulla Fronteriza en Arizona, Jan. 16, 2014, Univisión Network (via Notimex)

Border Patrol killings of migrants raise questions on training, accountability, Feb. 27, 2014, McClatchy wire service

Border Patrol issues new guidelines for deadly force, March 7, 2014, The Arizona Republic

Border Patrol restricts agents' use of force, March 7, 2014, The Los Angeles Times

U.S. Border Patrol issues new rules on deadly force, March 7, 2014, McClatchy wire service

Investigan uso excesivo de fuerza por agentes fronterizos, Sept. 17, 2013, Univisión Arizona

Audit Finds Major Issues In CBP’s Use Of Force Policy, Sept. 17, 2013, NPR

Report: DHS must better track excessive force, Sept. 17, 2013, KPHO-TV (Phoenix CBS affiliate)

Expedited Removal

Immigration Agents Trick Mom Into Giving Up Her Rights, Dec.3, 2014, ACLU Videos

American Exile: Rapid Deportations That Bypass the Courtroom, Dec. 2014, ACLU

Other Abuses on the Border

War on the Border, Aug. 17, 2013, The New York Times

Southwest Border Tour Excludes Border Communities, January 27, 2014, ACLU Blog

City tweaks SB 1070 enforcement policies, November 14, 2013, Arizona Daily Star 

Sen. Boxer Introduces Bill To Improve Short-Term Detention At Borders, Dec. 12, 2013, NPR

Arizona border residents join together to tackle migrant aid issues, Dec. 12, 2013, The Los Angeles Times

What are your rights at a Border Patrol checkpoint?, Oct. 4, 2013, KVOA-TV (Tucson NBC affiliate)

Proposed changes at Customs and Border Protection don't go far enough, Oct. 6, 2013, Arizona Daily Star (op-ed that ACLU of Arizona advised on)

ACLU: Government has been searching phones, laptops at borders, Sept. 11, 2013, KPHO-TV (Phoenix CBS affiliate)

My Detainment Story Or: How I Learned to Stop Feeling Safe in My Own Country and Hate Border Agents, Sept. 20, 2013, On the Media (NPR)