Advocates demand answers from border officials

Families taking their fights to Washington, DC

SAN DIEGO - Immigration rights advocates announced Friday that they are taking their fight to Washington, D.C., next week.

During Friday's announcement, advocates were joined by family members of people they said died at the hands of U.S. border officials.

"I'm looking toward the unknown because there's nothing going on at this point," said Valentin Tachiquin, whose daughter was shot by a Border Patrol agent in Chula Vista last year.

The agent asserts Munique Tachiquin was trying to run him over. The family argues the agent was out of control, but no one knows for sure.

"It's just frustrating," said Valentin Tachiquin.

On Saturday afternoon, several families will host a rally at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

"We're uniting families who have been victimized as a result of an out-of-control agency," said Pedro Rios of the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium.

Then on Monday, the groups will leave for Washington, D.C., to encourage lawmakers to support immigration reform.

"We need accountability. We need oversight. We need transparency," said Rios.

"The time for a better border is here. The time for a better border is now," said Christian Ramirez of Alliance San Diego.

In the meantime, a grand jury is investigating the death of Anastasio Rojas. He was tased by border agents in 2010 while in custody and later died.

Immigration rights advocates told 10News the jury has interviewed about 20 agents and the woman who videotaped Rojas being tased. His family argued agents used excessive force.

10News called the Border Patrol, and a spokesman emailed the following statement:

"All accusations of misconduct are taken seriously, and are investigated as thoroughly as possible. In most circumstances, after an investigation of wrongdoing, agents and officers were found to have conducted themselves appropriately. However any CBP agent or officer within our ranks that does not adhere to the highest standards of conduct will be identified and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. Mistreatment or misconduct by a CBP agent or officer will not be tolerated in any way.

As a matter of policy Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents and officers are required to treat all those they encounter with respect and dignity. This requirement is consistently addressed in training and consistently reinforced throughout an agent's or officer's career. On a daily basis, CBP agents and officers make every effort to ensure that people in CBP custody are given food, water, and medical attention as needed.

We appreciate the efforts of individuals to report concerns as soon as they arise and we will continue to cooperate fully with any effort to investigate allegations of misconduct."

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