No More Deaths, a humanitarian aid organization in Arizona, has captured hidden camera footage of BP agents sabotaging their water drops on migrant trails in the Sonora desert. The footage is included in a new PBS ‘Need to Know’ about Border Patrol abuse. This article claims that No More Deaths only realised that their water jugs were getting slashed in May of this year, but in fact this has been happening for years, with a regularity which implies that this abuse is systematic and institutionalised, not merely the work of a few ‘bad apples.’ Border Patrol agents are armed to the teeth with military technology and legal impunity: whether patrolling trails in the middle of the desert, or overseeing overcrowded cells in ICE detention centers, these people can torture and kill without fear of repercussions. Their job is a high paying government position which requires only a high school diploma and basic Spanish in exchange for unlimited power over other human beings. Any border patrol officer is authorised to begin deportation proceedings, despite the fact that most have only a limited knowledge of this country’s complex immigration laws. There is no way to know how many people BP murders every year, but considering their manifold methods of inflicting suffering (from slashing water jugs to torture and sexual assault) the numbers are undoubtedly high.
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