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Tucson family speaks out after Border Patrol arrest on southside

Posted at 3:22 PM, Mar 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-29 11:24:45-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — New claims by a Tucson family that was detained by Border Patrol earlier this month. Claims the Border Patrol denies.
On Thursday, the mother spoke out about how agents treated them while in custody.

It's been nine days since Border Patrol detained Glenda Fernandez, her husband and 12 year old daughter, Dariana.
With the pastor of the South Side Presbyterian church by her side, Glenda described the ordeal.
Glenda says her daughter had been placed in a different room for two days.

"I will hear the news where they were separating children from their parents, I never believed it until I had to experience my self," said Glenda.

But that's a claim Border Patrol denies, saying they were allowed to stay together.

Tucson family speaks out after Border Patrol arrest on South Side

Glenda claims her daughter shared a room with 16 to 20 minors, and was so overcrowded some had to sleep in the bathroom.

"The rooms are like really hard they're very tight you have to be standing next to each other cause they don't fit," Glenda explained.

Glenda claims her daughter has suffered psychological damage from the ordeal.

"She wakes up in the middle of the night screaming and she doesn't want to be by her self in her room."

While Darian still waits to be reunited with her father who was deported to Nogales, the church is speaking up with hopes this doesn't happen to any other families.

"We need to change our community to be one of justice and peace," said the pastor.

KGUN reached out to Border Patrol for comment on what they family said Thursday, They told KGUN 9 they did not have any information to give on the topic.