Border Patrol Charged With Sexual Abuse, Assault, and Torture
Mother Jones: The Border Patrol is the second largest police agency in the country after the New York City Police Department, and the rapid growth in numbers has seen an exponential increase in the number of sexual assault and abuse cases against detainees.
"In line with its "enforcement only" approach to immigration, the Obama administration has increased the number of border patrol agents, most recently as part of a $600 million border bill that passed without much ado this summer. But the rapid expansion appears to have come at a cost. The Los Angeles Timesreports that there's been a surge in sexual misconduct and assault cases against Border Patrol agents—a development that some attribute to the increased militarization of the border and greater numbers of inexperienced officers.
In the last 18 months, writes the
, 'five Border Patrol agents have been accused or convicted of sex crimes, including one agent who pleaded guilty in January to raping a woman while off duty, and another who is accused of sexually assaulting a migrant while her young children were nearby in a car.'"