Oct 2, 2011

Border cruelty: U.S. Border Patrol must end human rights abuses

Press & Sun-Bulletin: "We should not be surprised that we find systematic abuses of human rights and a culture of cruelty in the Border Patrol. The U.S. government has charged this agency with implementing a policy designed to maximize the risks to migrants' health and lives.

The Border Patrol's violation of Manuela's and thousands of other migrants' human rights flies in the face of the United States' long-term commitment to justice, accountability and the rule of law. The time has come to institute a structure of independent oversight. This structure must be able to enforce binding standards for the treatment of detainees and hold the Border Patrol and its contractors accountable when abuses occur. More broadly, we need to institute a humane border policy that respects families and human rights."

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