Injured migrants say Border Patrol

… sent them back to Mexico after they fell off Trump’s wall.

Immigrant rights advocates say their stories raise questions about the protocols used by the Border Patrol to treat injured migrants and the overall effectiveness of the border wall.

Pastor Rosalio Sosa, who runs the Red de Albergues Para Migrantes, or RAM, a network of migrant shelters in Palomas in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, on Tuesday consoles Pedro Gomez, a migrant from Guatemala who has two broken ankles he says he got when he fell off of the border wall,

PALOMAS, Mexico – To escape the lingering, devastating effects of two hurricanes and the reach of organized crime, Pedro Gomez fled Guatemala in January and headed north, looking for hope.

Thousands of miles south, Jhon Jairo Ushca Alcoser, too, left his country, Ecuador, fleeing political unrest and the economic fallout of a global pandemic that’s ravaged his nation.

For both men, it seemed as if nothing would stand in the way of their cherished dream – certainly not deserts, rivers, unscrupulous smugglers, or the infamous wall they had heard so much about. But then that same wall nearly crippled them. And they say the migra – the U.S. Border Patrol – then “dumped us in Mexico like garbage, a piece of trash,” said Pedro Gomez, 37. They say agents who discovered them injured sent them back across the border rather than providing them medical care on American soil.

“When I fell off the wall, my dream crashed too,” said Ushca Alcoser, 25, who this week shared his story from a bunk bed a few feet away from Gomez, inside a migrant shelter in this desolate border town across from Columbus, New Mexico. Ushca Alcoser said his complaints to agents of his pain “fell on deaf ears.”

The men’s perilous journey underscores the rising desperation among immigrants in trying to cross into the United States, immigrant rights advocates say, and raises questions about the protocols used by the Border Patrol to treat injured migrants and the overall effectiveness of the border wall.

Who needs legal documents when you can just injure yourself

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