Crossing the Line

Human Rights Abuses Along the U.S. Border with Mexico Persist Amid Climate of Impunity

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U.S. Border Patrol agents are committing serious human rights violations, including unjustified shootings, rapes and beatings, while enjoying virtual impunity for their actions. In our third investigative report in as many years (see B504 & 0758), we cite continuing violations despite assurances received from the Immigration and Naturalization Service, following the publication of our May 1993 report, that the agency would address one of the worst police abuse problems in the country. Instead, the agency’s efforts have been limited, misguided and ineffective, as evidenced by the alarming number of new shootings and serious beatings we documented during the past year.