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Homeland Security Secretary: Investigation Continues on Abuse Allegations Against Yuma Border Patrol

Victor Calderón/KAWC
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, center, speaks to reporters at the Yuma Sector Border Patrol Station on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. Behind him are Agent Desi Deleon and Chief Patrol Agent Anthony Porvaznik.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said the investigation into whether Yuma agents mistreated and, in one case, sexually assaulted a teenage girl in custody, is still ongoing.

Speaking to reporters in front of the border wall in San Luis Thursday, Secretary McAleenan said all allegations are taken seriously.

“Any allegations here in Yuma are undergoing that process (of investigation)," he said. "I can’t provide you with an update on the specific investigation today but I can assure you it’s being followed up either by the Office of Professional Responsibility or the Inspector General at DHS (the Department of Homeland Security).”

McAleenan also met with U.S. Senator Martha McSally and Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls at the Border Patrol station.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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