Complaint: US agents looting immigrants before deportations

Border Patrol worker typing on a keyboard

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – A new complaint says U.S. Border Patrol agents are looting immigrants of possessions before deporting them to Mexico without their IDs or money.

The ACLU of New Mexico and a coalition of advocacy groups filed the administrative complaint with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday and say the seizures are endangering migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

According to the complaint, immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally were deported without their belongings in 26 separate cases. Advocates say immigrants were deported to cities in Mexico where they have no acquaintances.

ACLU of New Mexico attorney Kristin Greer Love says the seizures have been occurring along the border for years.

DHS spokeswoman Gillian Christensen says the department has a policy of safe-guarding detainees’ property.

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