Tucson group report alleges Border Patrol abuses

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Since 2008 the group No More Deaths has documented alleged abuse of illegal immigrants by U.S. Border Patrol agents.

Wednesday they released a second report on those findings and went to the Tucson sector of the Border Patrol to hand the agents a copy of the report.

The more than 50 page report alleges abuse of immigrants during a three year period.

The report states the abuse included physical mistreatment, unsafe detention conditions and lack of medical attention.

They put the blame on the U.S. Border Patrol.

"We've seen systematic abuse of the legal and human rights of these people now for years and years unfortunately it appears to be a situation that's much more widespread under the Obama administration," said Margo Cowan from No More Deaths.

The Tucson based humanitarian organization points out that current policies have resulted in migrant deaths and families being split up.

They're hoping this report shines a brighter light on the issues, and prompts changes in Border Patrol's approach to dealing with illegal immigrants.

"We're hopeful that they will abandon that approach because the longer we continue debating this as an issue the longer we are going to talk about solutions to ending it," said Cowan.

Their solution, an independent non-government oversight committee to change the policies.

The group, backed by some 50 people, brought their proposed solution to the Tucson sector of the Border Patrol.  But two closed gates kept them from hand delivering it.

"There's six of us can you check that want to go in to do official presentment," said report co-author Danielle Alvarado.

Border Patrol closed the gates as a security concern for their employees.  They did accept the report and will look into the abuse claims.

"Anytime that anybody has a allegations concerning mistreatment by agents were very open to it we take it very serious," said Mario Escalante from the U.S. Border Patrol.

The Border Patrol doesn't investigate itself, so the report will go to the office of the inspector general for review.