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November 30, 2012: Crossing the line at the border update

In the rush to stem the tide of undocumented immigrants, has Border Patrol committed widespread abuse on American soil?

Catch up on Need to Know’s Border Patrol series:

Crossing the line at the border, part 1

The show’s first report on the subject aired in April and sparked a federal grand jury probe. In partnership with the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute, Need to Know investigates whether U.S. border agents have been using excessive force in an effort to curb illegal immigration.

Crossing the line at the border, part 1 update

One week after our initial broadcast, we took another look at the story of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas. Plus, an interview with Democratic Congressman Raul Grijalva, who tells us that members of congress have inquired about his case before, but had heard nothing from the Justice Department.

Crossing the line at the border, part 2

On Friday, July 20, Need to Know aired the second part of our investigation into alleged abuses by U.S. Border Patrol agents. Correspondent John Larson investigates stories of physical abuse, sexual assault and even torture.

Read: Renewed call for inquiry into border abuses


Web extra: Interview with Andrea Guerrero

Need to Know’s report on the circumstances surrounding the death of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, an undocumented worker living in San Diego, has led to a federal grand jury probe.

PDF: Members of Congress demand investigation

Watch more full episodes of Need to Know.

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    Down in the Salinas Valley
    As the debate over immigration reform continues in Washington D.C., Need to Know offers an inside look at the lives of Latino farm workers.
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    Dying to get back
    For those coming into the country illegally, it is now more deadly, more lethal, than at any time in recent U.S. immigration history.
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      Searching for answers
    19-year-old Gladys Dominguez shares her search for information about her father who was lost crossing Arizona state's border desert.


  • Jeff Smith

    Very 1 sided report, little mention of the epidemic of Mexicans abusing American sovereignty thousands of times a day increasing the stress levels of border guards, in their response to illegal aliens, and NO mention of the responsibility a Mexican needs to take when illegally entering the U.S. There was also no mention of the violent behavior of Mexican gang members or any mention of the tens of thousands of people murdered on the border by Mexican drug cartels, no mention of multiple crossing made by the same Mexicans over and over again and the dangers posed. No mention of the fact that every dead Mexican who died in U.S. customs custody would be alive if the aliens didn’t come illegally into America. It is easy to blame border guards for dead Mexicans but I have never met a Mexican who was ever sorry for entering the country as an illegal alien, maybe if the Mexicans took some steps to curb their repugnant behavior they would receive some sympathy(which seems to be the aim of this report) but they never do so really why should I care about them? As it happens, I don’t!

  • Anonymous

    You’re correct & that’s the risk the illegal aliens take when violating US immigration laws repeatedly.

  • Dewey Cheetham

    Why doesn’t PBS show how corrupt Mexico’s actions are towards the American people?

    Mexicans are the people who are waging war on the people of the United States of America, especially the poor. What gives them the right?

    This is an assault on the people of the United States of America by Mexico to steal US resources by using Mexicans who don’t wear a military uniform. This is an act of espionage and the penalty is death. Mexico is not following laws regarding lawful immigration so why should the US treat these people as anything other than spies from a belligerant enemy.

    Where are all the people from the 125 countries that are POORER than Mexico? If this was FAIR IMMIGRATION, Mexico would have less that 2% of its people in the US. Latinos are only 8% of the world, yet there are 18% in the US.
    PBS has a really strange sense of fairness when it comes to US Immigration policies. When will you show how Latinos have basically stolen the word “immigration” to cover their theft of US resources by Latino Only organizations?

  • OCTheo

    This acts of violence against Mexicans by US Border Patrol is the same vicious example of Israel against the Palestinians.
    With US aiding and supporting Israel’s behavior, anyone will not be surprised that the two governments are playing by the same rule.

  • charly

    Wow JEFF SMITH, you sound a little angry. Your humanity has left you. How do you live with your bitter thoughts?? So how do you suppose your family got to the Americas? Illegally! Ohhhhh my. I say you find from what part of Europe your from and go home Jeff.. To your home land. Read the lies my teacher told me hey and here’s a project find out what the sign on the statue of liberty says. I thought PBS had educated viewers?