Former Border Patrol Employee Accused of Punching Immigrant Minor in the Face

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Martínez was fired on August 2, 2021 and now faces charges of violating the constitutional rights of the minor.

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A former employee of the United States Border Patrol faces charges for depriving the constitutional rights of a Honduran immigrant whom he allegedly beat, According to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Gregson Martinez, 28, is scheduled to appear before federal judge Anne Berton this Thursday after being accused of violating the constitutional rights of a 17-year-old immigrant.

Martinez was arrested Wednesday, the DOJ explained in a statement, for the incident that occurred on July 21, 2021.

The minor, who had been apprehended near Hidalgo, Texas, was taken to the Processing Center in Donna, Texas, where Martinez was serving as the processing coordinator.

According to reports, while border authorities were questioning the Honduran minor, Martinez allegedly punched the youth in the face.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Inspector General of the Office of Customs and Border Protection (OI-CBP) carried out the investigation into the incident.

If convicted, the man faces up to a year in federal prison and a possible maximum fine of $100,000.

This is not the first time that there has been an accusation of abuse of migrants, including organizations such as Human Rights Watch have charged that there are internal reports including testimonies and testimonial descriptions of hundreds of misconduct and abuses against asylum seekers by agents from various areas of DHSparticularly CBP and Border Patrol agents.

The records, despite having many sections redacted, show that asylum officers from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), another arm of DHS, have repeatedly filed internal reports on allegations of attacks, sexual abuse, violations of due process, refusal to provide medical care, severe detention conditions, and dehumanizing treatment at the border.

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