Deportees in Danger

June 17, 2011

ACTION ALERT
Demand that US deportations to Mexico do not endanger deportees. The US must immediately halt all deportation to the Mexican States of Chihuahua, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas, where criminal elements wait to prey on the vulnerability of deportees.

BACKGROUND

Last week, No More Deaths received a letter from 21 immigrants awaiting deportation in New Mexico. The letter begins by stating “Please save us. We find ourselves in the Torrance County Detention Facility and we are scared for our lives.” Since the escalation of violence 4 years ago, 37,000 people have been killed in drug cartel and gang related violence, with over half the killings in 2010 taking place in Chihuahua, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas. As violence has skyrocketed, the immigrant populations traveling through Mexico or being deported back to Mexico have become victims of horrific crimes against humanity. When being deported immigrants are often separated from their belongings, ID and money while being sent to areas they might not be familiar with; thereby furthering their chances of becoming a victim. Kidnapping, extortion, robbery and rape are now common threats against immigrants in Mexico, especially to the states of Chihuahua, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas.
The letter describes the ordeal a previous inmate in Torrance Country Detention Facility faced when being deported last year “[he was] kidnapped and held hostage along with other deportees and was always at gunpoint. Some of the group of deportees didn’t have family or had no money to pay the ransom so this group killed them and the ones that paid escaped death but not a beating…On the other side of the border of Texas is where this takes place every day.”
The United States government must not place deportees in extreme danger by deporting them to areas where criminal elements wait to prey on them. Go to www.nomoredeaths.org for more information and to get more involved in this campaign.
ACTION REQUESTED
Let your voice be heard. Call the three government officials that have the capability to change the current government policy of deporting individuals into dangerous situations.

1. Call Janet Napolitano, Director of the Department of Homeland Security: (202) 282-8485
2. Call John Morton, Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement: (202) 732-3000
3. Call Alan Bersin, Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection: (202) 344-1780

Script
Dear Mr. / Ms. ___________. My name is __________ and I am calling you out of real concern that US deportations to the Mexican States of Chihuahua, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas are unnecessarily endangering vulnerable people. The active drug war that has claimed 37,000 lives is worse in these three states. The lack of law and order has allowed cartels, gangs and corrupt police, to exploit returning deportees. Kidnapping, rape, robbery, and even massacres are now common occurrences for returning deportees. There is NO excuse for putting people at risk. Please end all deportations to dangerous border ports, and return all personal effects prior to repatriation. This can mean the difference between life and death for many.