Border patrol agents tried to force a mentally ill man over the border into Mexico because they thought he looked like he was from there.
The shocking recording was made in March 2017 at Mexicos border with California, but released by NBC News on Wednesday.
The pair of Customs and Border Patrol agents trying to coerce the man over were disciplined but stayed with the agency, which told the network it was an isolated incident.
The revelation comes as the Trump administration has asked border states to deploy National Guard troops to the southwest border to help border patrol agents.
Mexican officials stationed opposite Calexico, Calif., made the recording after warnings that U.S. officials were improperly forcing people back over the border.
The agents come into view escorting a shirtless man who struggles to keep his composure.
One of the officials tells Mexican border agents the man is going back, despite protests that theyre not going through the proper international procedure.
Anyone whos Mexican and illegally in the U.S. must be brought to the countrys consulate before returning home, NBC News noted. Someone from another country has to be flown back to their homeland.
But the agent, speaking in Spanish with his Mexican counterparts, insists the man is going to walk back on his own.
Im not going to return him, the unidentified U.S. agent says. Hes going to return.
I think hes Mexican. Hes going back to his country.
The man, who was wearing only a pair of pants and squirming, struggles to keep his balance.
Look at that, an unseen Mexican official says. And you dont even know if hes Mexican or not.
To which the U.S. agent quips: He looks like it.
The disturbed man is then seen wandering around, walking into the path of cars trying to cross into Mexico.
The man was later abandoned at an American park, NBC News reported, which wasnt recorded.
Agents lost track of him for almost a month, until someone called the cops in late April 2017 because he was acting erratic, officials told the network.
The unnamed man was brought to the Mexican consulate, where authorities indeed confirmed he was from there.
The man had been picked up for trying to cross into California, Arizona and Texas 16 times, officials told NBC News.
Not documenting where the man actually came from before sending him into Mexico would have created a number of headaches for the U.S. government, including keeping accurate numbers on migrants place of origin.
In the video, our actions were not consistent with our normal procedures, David Kim, assistant chief patrol agent, told NBC News. Corrective action was taken to ensure all our agents understand their responsibilities of adhering to established processes, practices, and policies.