Wednesday, June 9, 2010

U.S. Border Patrol Kills Mexican Teenage Stone Thrower Protesting the Occupation


The map shows El Paso belonging to Mexico until the mid-nineteenth century, when the U.S. government acquired sovereignty after invading Mexico City. (It is taken from a Latin American Studies web page that has several excellent maps on the land grab.)

Today's Los Angeles Times features an AP story "Border Patrol in El Paso kills Mexican teen":
Preliminary reports on the incident indicated that U.S. officers on bicycle patrol "were assaulted with rocks by an unknown number of people," Border Patrol Special Operations Supervisor Ramiro Cordero said Tuesday.
The article connects this violence with the U.S. government's targeted and deadly electrocution of someone walking across the border in California:
Less than two weeks ago, Mexican migrant Anastasio Hernandez, 32, died after a Customs and Border Protection officer shocked him with a stun gun at the San Ysidro border crossing that separates San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico. The San Diego medical examiner's office ruled that death a homicide.
The article offers a compassionate portrait of the death's impact on the teenager's family. But, resembling coverage of similar events in Israel-Palestine, the reporter quotes extensively from the U.S. government explaining its armed presence in the area and provides no response from political and religious organizations challenging this.

Of course the real problem is not the unrecognized principle of Mexican or any other nation's sovereignty, but unrecognized principles of justice that require free movement and thus the elimination of birthright citizenship.

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For a more balanced story, including an eyewitness challenging the Border Patrol version of events, listen in to NPR's Monica Ortiz Uribe on "All Things Considered."

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