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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Mexican prez slams death of migrant at US border

MEXICO CITY (AP) - President Felipe Calderon said Monday that the death of a Mexican migrant after being shot with a stun gun by a U.S. immigration officer was an unacceptable human rights violation. Migrant Anastasio Hernandez was shocked by a Customs and Border Protection agent May 31 at the San Ysidro border crossing between Tijuana and San Diego. A U.S. coroner has ruled the death a homicide.

Calderon said he wanted to repeat Mexico's "energetic protest of the torture and death of Anastasio Hernandez, a Mexico who died at the hands of North American migration authorities." He later added that authorities would have to clarify whether the death involved torture or took place while bringing Hernandez under submission.

"But a death with that degree of violence is a truly unacceptable violation," Calderon said. "We need to raise all our voices, not only for Mexico but for human rights, because the cause of migrants is a cause that affects us all." . . . Calderon also repeated Mexico's criticism of the proposed Arizona migration law, saying it "opens a Pandora's Box of the worst abuses in the history of humanity" by promoting racial profiling and potentially leading to an authoritarian society.
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Not once does Mexico's president acknowledge that US Law enforcement may have had justified reasons to use a Stun gun to stop Anastasio Hernandez. In addition, he attempts to tie they Arizona immigration law to this situation. The law was not in effect when this event occurred and the law has no relevance as this situation occurred in a confrontation with US Federal law enforcement.

Also, Hernandez was NOT a Mexican "migrant"to the United States. He was an illegal alien. In his speech to a Joint Session of the US Congress, Calderon tried to label all Mexicans who enter the US as "migrants." To Calderon all people entering the US illegally are migrants but those persons entering Mexico illegally are illegals.

In an official statement, Jacqueline Dizdu, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman, said that Anastasio Hernandez had gotten violent with US officials as they prepared to hand him over to the Mexican government after he had entered the United States illegally. Dizdu says that after Hernandez had been given several warnings, US border patrol agents used a stun gun to subdue him.

The same thing that would have been done to any American citizen in lawful custody if they became violent. Hernandez entered the US illegally and was not shot or tortured. He was being returned to Mexico when he became violent and suffered the consequences of being treated just like any other American by law enforcement officials. President Felipe Calderon thug police would have done much more to an illegal in Mexico.

H/T Texas Fred for the identifying the original new release. He offers an interesting response on TexasFred.net

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