June 10, 2010

Border Petrol

Hatched by Dafydd

Two recent killings of Mexicans by American Border-Patrol agents have roiled the relationship between Mexico and the United States. The first occurred on May 28th, when illegal immigrant Anastasio Hernandez began fighting with U.S. Border Patrol agents; one of the agents used a stun gun on Hernandez, and the 42 year old man -- who had illegally resided here and migrated back and forth across the border for 28 years -- died from the electrical discharge.

Then on Monday, a 14 or 15 year old "youth," Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereka, illegally attempted to enter the United States. When the Border Patrol arrived, Huereka fled back across the border -- whence he began pelting the agents on the American side with rocks, attempting to prevent them from arresting other illegals who were still north of the Rio Grande. When Huereka ignored several orders to stop throwing rocks, an agent returned fire, fatally shooting the youth.

The shooting drew Mexican soldiers to the scene. In apparent retaliation, they pointed their rifles at the agents on the American side of the Rio Grande, threatening to kill them; the agents were forced to withdraw.

The Mexican government claims Huereka was killed on the Mexican side by a Border-Patrol agent who crossed the dry Rio Grande to murder the boy, driven by "racism" inculcated by passage of the Arizona illegal-immigration law:

Chihuahua state Gov. Jose Reyes Baeza blamed the two killings on racism fueled by Arizona's law.

"We believe that this killing, the second in recent days in the border between the two countries, is due to xenophobia and racism, derived from the approval of Arizona's anti-immigration law," Reyes said.

The evidence cited by Mexico in support of the claim that the agent crossed into Mexico to kill Huereka is a .40 calliber shell casing, which Mexican officials claim was found on the south side of the river. But videotape taken by the Border Patrol (and a copy given to Mexican authorities) appears to show that the agent never crossed into Mexico... and also apparently shows Mexican soldiers crossing to the American side, picking something up -- a shell casing, perhaps? -- then returning to Mexico:

A U.S. official close to the investigation told the AP that authorities have a video showing that the Border Patrol agent did not cross into Mexico. In fact, the official said, the video shows what appear to be members of Mexican law enforcement crossing onto the U.S. side, picking something up and returning to Mexico. The official was not cleared to speak about the video and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

The agents said they acted in self-defense, shooting at the rock throwers; assaults by Mexican nationals on U.S. Border Patrol agents rose dramatically over the past seven months. But Mexican authorities "ridicule" that defense:

T.J. Bonner, president of the union representing Border Patrol agents, said rock throwing aimed at Border Patrol agents is common and capable of causing serious injury.

"It is a deadly force encounter, one that justifies the use of deadly force," Bonner said.

Mexicans ridiculed that stance.

"Let's say that Anastasio and Sergio Adrian attacked the border agents, one with his fists and the other with rocks," columnist Manuel Jauregui wrote in the newspaper Reforma. "Does that mean that killing them was the only valid option?"

Mexican officials deny that throwing stones constitutes assault with a deadly weapon; try telling that to teenaged girls who have the misfortune to be caught on unauthorized dates in Saudi Arabia, or whose Moslem fathers think they have dishonored the family in some obscure fashion.

Hatched by Dafydd on this day, June 10, 2010, at the time of 4:22 AM

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The following hissed in response by: Nerys Ghemor

Something tells me Obama is perfectly happy to let the Mexicans raise as much hell about this as possible--after all, fomenting an international incident would help him achieve his political aims.

This, combined with the delay in the Gulf (after all, it's "just" a bunch of poor, conservative Southerners) just ticks me off.

Or am I just repeating the mistakes the libs made when Bush was in office???

The above hissed in response by: Nerys Ghemor [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 10, 2010 5:09 PM

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