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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

Latino Group Responds to US Border Patrol Report Release

May 30, 2014

Today, the US Border Patrol agency released a report on the agency’s use of force, the report was commissioned amid complaints that agents are using excessive force. The study by the Police Executive Research Forum reviewed cases including those that resulted in 19 deaths along the border and found that border patrol agents used deadly force against individuals who threw rocks or blocked vehicles. The report came alongside new guidelines on use of force.

The following is a statement from Presente.org, the nation’s largest online Latino organizing group, in response:

“Today’s report confirms what we have long known, that the US Border Patrol is an agency out of control whose agents are murdering Latinos on the border for rock throwing and other similar incidents,” said Arturo Carmona, Executive Director of Presente.org.

“We need more than words, more than a review to honor the lives of those we have lost: we need action to change these policies and guarantee that our Border Patrol is not in the business of murder. We look forward to increased transparency, and will continue to work with border communities to push for greater accountability, oversight, and justice."