Bring Justice Home: Demand Accountability for U.S. Border Patrol
Last year, Carlos Reynaldo Lamadrid Guerrero was shot and killed by the U.S. Border Patrol. We honored his memory by marching from the home of Carlos’ mother to the place where the Border Patrol murdered this young U.S. citizen. We continue to mourn the loss of our brother and stand with his family, which has received no answers for his senseless death. Sadly, stories like Carlos’ are all too common. Organizations like No More Deaths continue to document these human rights violations every day. Thankfully, the movement for Border Patrol accountability continues to grow. Thousands of you have signed petitions to the Obama Administration and Department of Homeland Security urging an end to the ongoing abuse of migrants in Border Patrol. Together we are making progress.
Recently, Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher testified before Congress, and stated that complaints of misconduct are turned over to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for investigation. During this hearing, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) suggested that the documentation groups like No More Deaths perform might reflect "series of deeply troubling abuses." While OIG investigation is a positive step, true accountability for the Border Patrol demands independent oversight of the agency from outside the Department of Homeland Security, where Border Patrol is housed. The first step? Letting human rights organizations in to the Border Patrol’s detention centers.
Please contact Department of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano today and tell her how important it is to give human rights advocates access to Border Patrol facilities. It is the only way to begin to change the Border Patrol’s culture of cruelty.
Together, we can create the public and political will necessary to protect the basic human rights and dignity of all migrants, beginning with advocate access into Border Patrol detention centers.