Complaint: US Border and Customs officers abusing residents

Border Patrol
Border Patrol

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Immigrant advocates are complaining about U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers’ actions toward residents along the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso and New Mexico.

A coalition of advocacy groups said Tuesday that they filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security alleging at least 13 residents have experienced abuse, including eing falsely accused of being prostitutes to having legal document seized for no reason.

The complaint says the officers have harassed border crossers with legal documents and threatened retaliation when the residents promised to file complaints.

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico Regional Center for Border Rights and other groups in New Mexico and Texas want the allegations investigated.

A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General did not immediately respond to an email. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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