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A 16-Year-Old Girl Was Strip Searched By Border Patrol Agents, And Her Father Is Seeking Justice

A 16-year old San Diego girl was strip-searched by Border Patrol agents after they felt her maxi pad during a pat down.

CREDIT: Scott Catlin with his three daughters. Via GoFundMe

CBS8 San Diego reports that on September 5, the teen and her two older sisters, who are 20 and 18 years old, were crossing the U.S.-Mexico border from Tijuana into the U.S. through the San Ysidro Port of Entry after visiting their grandmother. When a K-9 unit alerted officers in the general direction where the sisters were standing in line, they were taken to secondary inspection for questioning by U.S. Customs officials. The 16-year-old was separated from her sisters, taken to another room alone by two female Customs agents where her father, Scott Catlin, claims she was touched throughout her body. When agents detected a maxi pad on her, they performed a strip search on the teen to, as Catlin described to CBS8, “make sure the pad they already touched was not contraband or had contraband.”

A lawyer speaking on behalf of Catlin and his family said the U.S. Customs officers made no attempt to contact the parents of the teen before performing the search.

This is not the first incident like this to be reported. CBS8 reports that the American Friends Service Committee, a religious organization that advocates for peace and social justice, has received 50 complaints of inappropriate touching this year. ABC News also reported that the ACLU is currently investigating several instances of abuse against minors at the hands of Border Patrol agents.

Catlin has opened a GoFundMe page to support legal fees and therapy for his daughter. On the page, he writes:

As many of you know the rights of our 3 daughters were recently violated by Homeland Security.  All 3 were traumatized, especially our youngest who was touched inappropriately in her private area (sexually assaulted) then forced to endure a demeaning and illegal strip search without consent and no parental notification. We are seeking all remedies to hold those involved accountable and to prevent other innocent parties from abuse… Together we can hold the Government and it’s agents accountable for their heinous misconduct protecting all of our vulnerable youth as well as those government agents who are honorable, follow the rules, and have basic human decency who are sullied by the misconduct of others.

To watch the CBS8 interview with Scott Catlin, click here.


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Mexico Closes Border With Arizona To Keep Americans Out Following COVID-19 Outbreak

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Mexico Closes Border With Arizona To Keep Americans Out Following COVID-19 Outbreak

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Mexico is taking measures to protect its citizens from the rapidly spreading COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. Parts of the Mexico-U.S. border was closed in Arizona by Mexican authorities in response to the Trump administration’s response to COVID-19.

It started when the state of Sonora toughened border restrictions as Arizona’s COVID-19 number skyrocketed.

Arizona is facing one of the toughest COVID-19 surges in the country. Numbers are spiking across the U.S. following the rapid, and in some states sudden, reopenings. Florida, Texas, California, and Arizona are all reporting numbers that have health experts concerned about the outlook of the U.S.’s ability to control the virus.

“We are all going to be on alert at this time to prevent them from coming, whether they are Mexicans living in the U.S., Americans or those who want to come to spend the weekend and put a greater burden on us regarding COVID,” Sonora Gov. Claudia Pavlovich told the Arizona Daily Star.

Some Mexican citizens took it upon themselves to block Americans from entering their country.

Mexican residents along the Arizona border created makeshift blockades to keep Americans from flooding popular beach destinations. Mexican citizens used their cars and other objects to block Americans as the state governments backed their actions.

“We invite US tourists not to visit Mexico,” Sonoyta’s mayor, José Ramos Arzate, said in a statement. “We agreed on this to safeguard the health of our community in the face of an accelerated rate of Covid-19 contagion in the neighboring state of Arizona.”

Sonoyta is a U.S.-Mexico border town with roads that lead to Puerto Peñasco, a beach town on the Sea of Cortés. Mexicans are fighting to protect their own health as the U.S. continues to let the COVID-19 crisis get worse.

The United States has been setting daily records as COVID-19 infections continue to spread out of control. Health experts are warning that the U.S. is still in the first wave of the virus since the first wave never ended. The lack of containment has led to countries banning American tourists because the virus is still not under control.

There are things we can do to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Health experts suggest wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and being diligent about hygiene to slow the spread of the virus. Stay safe and stay healthy.

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A Woman Coughed On A One-Year-Old Baby After A Confrontation With A Latina Who Says It Was Racially Motivated

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A Woman Coughed On A One-Year-Old Baby After A Confrontation With A Latina Who Says It Was Racially Motivated

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San Jose police are looking to the public for help in finding a woman who assaulted an infant during a verbal altercation with the baby’s mother.

The incident occurred on June 12 at a Yogurtland.

In surveillance video taken at the frozen yogurt spot, the women were standing beside each other in line.

Mireya Mora told ABC 7 News she was with her abuela and son at the Yorgutland speaking Spanish when the assailant began to harass her. “Me and my grandma are Hispanic and she started telling me about my distance and harassing me and my son once I started speaking Spanish to my grandma,” Mora told the outlet.

According to the San Jose Police Department, “The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect was upset the female was not maintaining proper social distancing, so the suspect removed her face mask, got close to the baby’s face, and coughed 2-3 times. The suspect left the scene and has not been identified or apprehended.”

As of today, the 1-year-old boy is healthy and has not tested positive for coronavirus.

The assailant is described as a white woman in her 60s.

According to the San Jose press release, the suspect is of a medium build and wore a gray bandana, glasses, and patterned tennis shoes.

Mora said in her interview that she is hoping to see the woman apprehended and charged. “She did it on purpose,” Mora said in her interview. “It’s not like she did it on accident. It happened so quick I was in shock. She got close, she took off her mask, and she coughed three times, super hard, on my son’s face. If he were to get sick, it’s just, I can’t even imagine.”

The San Jose Police Department’s Assaults is requesting anyone with information to contact Detective Dan Bowman at 408-277-4161.

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