- LAST MINUTE: Second shooting against the Border Patrol at the border.
- Authorities reveal where the shots came from.
- CBP agents were attacked.
Shooting against ‘La Migra’ is reported on the border with Mexico. For the second time in less than a week, US Border Patrol agents patrolling the border in Texas were attacked, the Efe news agency reported.
The shots were fired from Mexico, according to reports from federal authorities cited by local media. The last attack occurred at dawn when an agent assigned to the Border Patrol station in Ysleta, in the El Paso sector, had to take cover.
Shooting against ‘La Migra’ on the border with Mexico
He had to protect himself behind his vehicle when he heard shots, according to the newspaper. Border Report.
Approximately five bullets were fired from Mexico towards the agent, according to a statement from the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), quoted by the outlet.
Fortunately, no bullet hit the agent or his vehicle, says Efe. This is the second time that a Patrol agent has been attacked by shots fired from across the border. Last Friday morning CBP reported that 20 bullets were fired.
This was the shooting against ‘La Migra’ on the border with Mexico
The foregoing, against a border agent also assigned to the Ysleta station. The agent was patrolling near the Jonathan Rogers Water Treatment Plant, and upon hearing the shots he was able to move away to avoid being hit, reports Efe.
In this case, CBP said cameras reportedly captured two subjects firing north from the Mexican side of the Rio Grande border (Rio Bravo in Mexico) with what appeared to be a rifle, Border Report explained.
After shooting the ‘La Migra’ union fears a ‘witch hunt’ on the border
Art Del Cueto, vice president of the National Border Patrol Union, said he fears that the use of body cameras could trigger a «witch hunt» against border agents. «I’m afraid these cameras are going to create the ‘I got you’ moment that the media is looking for so much,» Del Cueto said during his most recent podcast The Greenline.
The leader said he hopes these cameras will be used as part of agent training or to obtain evidence against those who violate immigration laws or against drug traffickers, according to the news agency.
‘La migra’ explodes
Del Cueto is not convinced that a video that shows only one aspect of a situation can be enough to qualify the actions of an agent in a life or death case. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced that it will equip border agents with body cameras.
The agency expects to distribute approximately 6,000 cameras by the end of this year to its agents along the border with Mexico, Efe said. “This is something that CBP should have done 20 years ago; It is something extremely necessary, ”Isabel García, director of the Arizona Human Rights Coalition, told Efe.
«It is the most brutal agency that exists in this country»
García believes that the use of body cameras by border agents is a first step, but she is convinced that other measures must be taken. “The Border Patrol (which depends on CBP) is the most brutal agency that exists in this country. The agents act with impunity, ”the activist stressed.
In his opinion, one of the fundamental problems of the Border Patrol is the racist and anti-immigrant sentiment that exists within its ranks, as well as policies designed exclusively to protect its agents, according to Efe.
«What really happens in cases where an immigrant loses his life»
He explained that when a case of deadly force is presented, the agent does not speak to any local law enforcement agency until he first speaks with his superiors. Another flaw, the activist considers, is that the Border Patrol itself is the body that investigates allegations of abuse of power against its agents.
«Certainly the use of cameras will give us a better idea of how agents handle themselves and what really happens in cases where an immigrant loses his life,» he said. Such was the case that occurred on August 2 when CBP reported the death of a Salvadoran migrant near Eagle Pass, Texas, Efe points out.
Immigrant dies ‘in strange circumstances’ with ‘La Migra’
According to the federal agency, the migrant, who was part of a group, was handcuffed along with two other migrants. However, the man resisted the arrest and tried to flee. The agents detained him again.
After being handcuffed for more than an hour and being transported to a point where the migrants would be sent to a processing center, the Salvadoran was discovered unconscious. Despite the efforts of the paramedics, the migrant died in the same place, according to Efe.
Accident with ‘La Migra’ leaves three migrants dead
In addition, the accident of a vehicle that transported eleven people and ended up crashing and killing three after being chased by Border Patrol (BP) agents is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Public Safety. from Arizona, federal authorities reported.
The incident occurred last Saturday night, August 7, when a Jeep Liberty fled after bypassing a BP inspection area located near Three Points, in Arizona, Efe warns. In a statement, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) explained Monday night that BP agents tried to locate the Jeep on route SR 86.
They had to use air support
In the operation they were supported by a CBP helicopter, which managed to locate the vehicle and began to monitor it.
According to CBP, the pilot of the CBP helicopter observed that the Jeep was moving erratically passing several red lights as it continued towards Tucson, Efe points out.
An Arizona National Guard helicopter also intervened in the surveillance. With the help of air support, BP agents located the Jeep on Interstate 10, and around 8:00 p.m. local time, they tried to stop it by deploying a vehicle immobilization device (VID) near Picacho Peak, he says. Eph.
Tragedy leaves immigrants injured and dead
After crossing the device, the driver of the Jeep lost control of the vehicle, crossed to the other side of the road and collided with a truck. The vehicle with eleven occupants caught fire as a cause of the crash. Two people died at the scene. The other occupants were transported to the hospital, one of the people, a man, died in the hospital, Efe points out.
The incident is being investigated by the Office of Homeland Security Investigations, the Arizona Department of Public Safety and reviewed by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Professional Responsibility. Department of Homeland Security it was also notified. CBP did not clarify whether the occupants were undocumented immigrants, nor were they identified.
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