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The group offered 11 examples of alleged misconduct at crossings in California, Arizona and Texas going back to 2009 in a complaint to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that requests investigations into each one.

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The ACLU said its affiliates in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas compiled the testimonies, many from U.S. citizens.

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The report was released the same day that 16 members of Congress wrote Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to raise concern over the death of 42-year-old Anastasio Hernandez, who died after being shot several times with a stun gun by federal authorities at San Diego's San Ysidro border crossing in May 2010. The U.S. Justice Department is investigating.

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The lawmakers wrote that Hernandez's death "may be emblematic of broader structural problems."

None of the testimonies outlined in the ACLU complaint were described as life-threatening.

Hernan Cuevas, a Chilean businessman, was allegedly strip-searched and chained to a bench for 90 minutes at the Calexico port of entry in May 2011. He told reporters Thursday that he was never told why he was being held.

 

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