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Border patrol linked to immigrant deaths

by Amanda Luker

Sept. 30, 2004 – US officials launched an investigation Monday into the drowning deaths of three undocumented immigrants who US Border Patrol agents had allegedly pelted with rocks, forcing them to return across the Rio Grande. Mexican officials passed on a complaint from two Mexicans who survived the incident and said that Border Patrol misconduct may have led to the deaths of the three others: Maria Guadalupe Gomez Patino, 37; her daughter, Adriana Martinez Gomez, 16; and Carmen Bustamante Aguirre, 33, all of Cortazar, Guanajuato.

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US officials said that patrol agents are not allowed to force undocumented immigrants to return across the river. Agents are supposed to take them into custody or call for rescuers.

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