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07-08-07, 11:07 AM #1
Border Patrol Agent shoots unarmed Mexican (who was coming towards him). The Mexican was illegally crossing the border. Human Rights group in outrage
EL PASO, Texas -- A Border Patrol agent shot and wounded a migrant who was crossing illegally into the U.S. through a drainage tunnel early Tuesday, the U.S. Border Patrol said.
The unnamed agent responded with his partner after a motion sensor tripped and a group of migrants was spotted going into the tunnel, Border Patrol spokesman Doug Mosier said.
The two agents encountered a group of people in the tunnel around 12:30 a.m. One of the agents fired a shot after a migrant made a motion toward him, Mosier said
The bullet struck the migrant in the left arm, Mosier said. The migrant had surgery at a hospital to remove the bullet and was expected to be sent back to Mexico after being released, Mosier said.
The Mexican Consulate was notified about the shooting. El Paso Police, the Border Patrol Sector Evidence Team, and the FBI will conduct separate investigations into the cause of the shooting, Mosier said.
The uninjured migrants will be returned to Mexico. The agent involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative duty pending the investigation, a standard procedure, Mosier said.
Tuesday's shooting was the second of an illegal immigrant in less than a week by the El Paso Border Patrol. On June 27, an unidentified agent fired at least one shot at a man believed to be a human smuggler after the agent was hit in the head with a rock.
Officials said the agent was trying to help another illegal immigrant who had fallen into a border canal when the suspected smuggler attacked him. The drowning victim's body was later recovered a few miles from where the Border Patrol agent first tried to pull him from the water.
The Border Network for Human Rights, an El Paso advocacy group, condemned the shootings Tuesday.
The group said in a statement that the lack of congressional action on immigration did not "justify by any means, the surge of violent and lethal enforcement against immigrants and much less, to jeopardize the safety of border residents."
Mosier declined to specifically discuss the group's statement.
He said the shootings are connected to a 30 percent increase in assaults against agents so far this fiscal year. Rock-related assaults, like the one reported last week, have jumped about 20 percent, Mosier said.
"We are seeing more aggressive behavior," Mosier said. "The frustration level of some of these smuggling organizations is really starting to manifest."
07-08-07, 03:31 PM #2
I guess the Mexican should have stopped. Too bad they didnt just drag him back to the mexican side of the fence.Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friend. John 15:13
07-08-07, 06:50 PM #3
If the Mexicans were to patrol their side of the border as well maybe a few less illegals would manage to get as far as this group did,or were the mexican authorities helping send themPublic conscience message board
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