30,000 Documented Abuses of Migrants is Enough - End the Border Patrol's Culture of Cruelty
  • Petitioned Bill McKenney

This petition was delivered to:

Customs and Border Protection
Bill McKenney
Border Patrol
Kerry Rogers
Chief of the Border Patrol
Michael J. Fisher
Secretary of Homeland Security
Janet Napolitano
President of the United States

30,000 Documented Abuses of Migrants is Enough - End the Border Patrol's Culture of Cruelty

    1. Petition by

      Standing on the Side of Love

May 2012


Victory! A few weeks ago Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher testified before Congress, and stated that complaints of misconduct are turned over to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for investigation. During this hearing, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) suggested that the documentation groups like No More Deaths perform might reflect a "series of deeply troubling abuses."

While OIG investigation is a positive step, true accountability for the Border Patrol demands independent oversight of the agency from outside the Department of Homeland Security, where Border Patrol is housed. The first step? Letting human rights organizations in to the Border Patrol’s detention centers.

The groups who worked on this petition ask that you contact Department of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano today and tell her how important it is to give human rights advocates access to Border Patrol facilities. It is the only way to begin to change the Border Patrol’s culture of cruelty.

Over the last 5 years, migrants have faced more than 30,000 incidents of abuse and mistreatment while in Border Patrol custody.

Please join us in calling for an immediate end to the abuse, clear and enforceable standards for Border Patrol short-term custody, and independent community oversight of Border Patrol.

The more than 30,000 incidents of abuses and mistreatment have been documented in a report just released by No More Deaths titled “Culture of Cruelty: Abuse & Impunity in Short-Term Border Patrol Custody.”

This systemic abuse must be confronted aggressively at the institutional level, not denied or dismissed as a series of aberrational incidents attributable to a few rogue agents.  The abuse, neglect, and dehumanization of migrants is part of the institutional culture of the Border Patrol, reinforced by an absence of meaningful accountability mechanisms.

Please go to http://www.cultureofcruelty.org/">http://www.cultureofcruelty.org to learn more.

We must get several thousand signatures on this petition right away in order to get President Obama's attention, so please share after signing. 

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 5,500 signatures
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      On March 21, 2011, Carlos La Madrid, 19 years old and unarmed, was running from U.S. Border Patrol officers and attempting to cross a ladder into Mexico from Arizona. He was shot in the back four times and passed away.
      A sudden flurry of media...

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • jasmin garcia BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 2 years ago


    • Rosemarie Stupel BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Immigrants--both those of us who arrived by choice and those who were enslaved--built our country. And immigrants are currently responsible for America's edge in innovation. Both documented and undocumented immigrants create jobs and add immeasurably to our culture.

    • Cristina Borges PARIS, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      Please read the story of Mr. Campos and his family...Stop his deportation!


    • Tatiana Kerr URBANA, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      The human rights abuses routinely practiced against migrants is unconscionable. Crack down and hold Border Patrol accountable!

      • over 2 years ago

      Immigrants' rights are human rights. Putting an end to the abuse and mistreatment of migrants at the hands of the Border Patrol is an urgent human rights issue. Please, President Obama, take action to end the abuse.


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