Border Patrol Panicking?Jun 8th, 2010 | By Michel Marizco | Category: General News, Immigration, Politics
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THE BORDER REPORT
The U.S. Border Patrol will have some serious questions to answer to in the wake of three shootings since Saturday that has so far left one child dead along the U.S.’s southern border.
In the first instance, the Arizona Daily Star reports, agents working on the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation in southern Arizona shot two men they claim were drug smugglers throwing rocks at the agents. These types of encounters are more common than one may realize and if the agents were telling the truth, well-deserved. You don’t brings rocks to a gunfight, after all. That of course, is assuming the agents were telling the truth.They’ve been known to lie on these matters in the past.
In the second case, agents opened fire into Mexico, killing a teenage boy.
News reports are confusing on this shooting incident.
A wire service report claims the boy was 14 years old and merely playing in Cd. Juárez under Puente Negro, when the agents opened fire.
LaPolaka, a credible news service who, judging from its story and crime scene photos, was actually present, claims the boy was 16 years old and had crossed into the U.S. then returned to Mexico when he and his companions spotted Border Patrol agents. At that point, according to LaPolaka, the agents opened fire. Witnesses told the reporter that the agents walked down to the area and retrieved spent shell casings after the shooting. The news website identified the victim as Sergio Adrian Hernandez.
Then there’s this El Paso Times story, where the agency claims an agent was attacked first, though they won’t specify the method of attack.They also reported that the victim was a man; a point that is clearly in dispute from Mexican press accounts and is a detail that the reporter should have worked to obtain since it was all over the Mexican news.
El Diario de Juárez, one of the city’s two dominant newspapers, doesn’t even mention the shooting on its front or local news pages.
Does anyone know what the hell happened to Norte de Júarez? It was a Reforma-owned newspaper, the second major daily and it appears to be shut down.
These three shootings follow an incident in San Diego, May 29, where Border Patrol agents beat and Tasered a 32-year-old Mexican man they said had grown combative while being deported back to Mexico. The New York Times reported that Anastacio Hernández-Rojas died at the scene and witnesses told Mexican news reporters they saw the agents punching and kicking the man.
There’s going to be encounters like these between federal agents and Mexican nationals, there always have been; but for incidences like these to occur in such a short gap of time is going to raise questions in Washington, D.C., about the hiring practices that went into effect four years ago to bring new agents onto the border. First, though, we’ll have to find out when these particular agents started working for the Patrol.