Border Disorder: Latest Violence Shows Why We Need to Get Serious About Immigration
Point/Counterpoint: In the right corner of the ring, PJTV's Joe Hicks says that this time the immigration focus isn’t Arizona: a 15-year-old Mexican boy was killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent recently on the Tex-Mex border. (Click here to watch this latest edition of the Hicks File on PJTV.)
June 22, 2010 - 12:04 am
Things are heating up on the nation’s southern border, and this time the focus isn’t Arizona.
This new border issue is an incident that took place recently on the Texas/Mexico border. This is where a 15-year old Mexican boy was shot dead by a U.S. Border Patrol agent.
Mexican officials dispute the details, but U.S. authorities say that border agents chased down a group who’d illegally crossed the border and detained two people from this group.
Others from this group made their way back across the Mexican border — where they began to pelt the border agents with rocks. To protect themselves, one of the agents fired his weapon, killing the 15-year-old boy.
Mexican authorities quickly labeled the shooting a murder. They allege the kid was killed on the Mexican side of the border.
It didn’t take long for Mexico’s president to weigh in. Following up on his recent pro-illegal immigration speech in front of the U.S. Congress, Felipe Calderon said, “The government of Mexico will use all means available to protect the rights of Mexican migrants.”
Speaking without the benefit of facts, since there hadn’t been time for an investigation, Calderon added, “Mexico also rejects the use of disproportionate force by U.S. immigration authorities along the border.”
Oh really!? How should these border agents have responded after coming under attack by a pack of thugs?
Who was this kid who was shot by a Border Patrol agent? His mother claims he was a good student who never got into trouble.
But isn’t that what we hear from every grieving mother whose kid gets — take your pick — shot by the cops after a late-night robbery attempt or killed by rival gang members in a drive-by shooting? C’mon!
But the Border Patrol seems to know exactly who 15-year-old Sergio Adrian Hernandez Heureka was. They say he was a well-known juvenile smuggler, a kid who was on the “most wanted” list of smugglers — a list put together by U.S. authorities in the El Paso area.
But what about the claim that U.S. agents killed this kid in cold-blood?
Well, in addition to the claim that the border agent acted in self-defense, U.S. officials say they have a video which shows that agents did not enter Mexican territory and that Heureka was killed on U.S. soil.
But here’s where things get even more bizarre.
Showing just how tense things have gotten between Mexican and U.S. authorities at the border, Mexico’s military reportedly chased away American officials who were on the banks of the Rio Grande River to investigate the death of the Mexican youth.