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Coroner: Mexican man's stun gun death a homicide

 SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The San Diego County coroner ruled Wednesday that the death of a Mexican migrant at the U.S. border was a homicide, five days after an American immigration officer shot him with a stun gun.

The cause of death was determined to be a heart attack, with methamphetamine abuse and hypertension listed as contributing factors.

Anastacio Hernandez, 32, was shocked with a stun gun fired by a Customs and Border Protection officer Friday night at the San Ysidro border crossing that separates San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, said San Diego police Capt. Jim Collins. Hernandez had wrestled two Border Patrol agents to the ground after his handcuffs were removed, police said.

The medical examiner's office said Hernandez died Saturday, about 21 hours after the clash. Collins said Hernandez was declared brain-dead Saturday and his family removed him from life support Monday.

Results of the police investigation will be sent to federal prosecutors, who will determine if criminal charges are filed, Collins said.

Mexico's Foreign Relations Department has condemned the use of force against Hernandez.

The head of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement promised a federal investigation. John Morton, an assistant Homeland Security secretary, told reporters Wednesday in Mexico City that he is concerned about the case and regrets what he called a tragic death.

Collins said Hernandez attacked the Border Patrol agents after they escorted him out of a van and prepared to return him to Mexico. The agents radioed for help.

One agent, apparently from ICE, struck Hernandez with a baton, Collins said. The CBP officer then shocked Hernandez with the stun gun. Hernandez stopped breathing and showed no pulse.

Relatives told the American Friends Service Committee that Hernandez was deported May 25 after being stopped for a traffic violation in San Diego, said Christian Ramirez, national coordinator of the group's Project Voice immigration reform campaign.

He then returned to the U.S. illegally through the rugged mountains east of San Diego with his younger brother, who had also been deported, Ramirez said. They were arrested by the Border Patrol on Friday afternoon.

Hernandez came to the U.S. when he was 14, followed by four brothers, and all of them work construction jobs, Ramirez said. He has mostly lived in the San Diego area with his wife of 21 years and five U.S.-born children.

Relatives say Hernandez was 42 years old and that he spells his first name Anastasio, according to Ramirez.

Hernandez's cousin, Veronica Hernandez, appeared at a news conference with migrant activists who said the death was a result of a failed immigration system. She said the family had not decided on burial plans.

"He was a happy man, a joker," she said. "He worked hard, too hard."

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California's illegal immigration "fix" is to torture to death Mexican migrants
http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0602/man-beaten-death-border-patrol/
By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010 -- 7:10 pm



Washington has opened an investigation into the case of a Mexican migrant who died while in US Border Patrol custody, a State Department spokesman said on Wednesday.

"Certainly we are sorry for the loss of life involving Anastasio Hernandez Rojas," said spokesman Philip Crowley, referring to the dead migrant. "We are in touch with the Mexican government."

Crowley said both the US Department of Homeland Security and police in the southern California city of San Diego are investigating the case.

Hernandez Rojas, 42 and a father of five, died on Monday after a beating at the hands of US Border Patrol agents who were seeking to deport him, according to a spokesman at the Mexican consulate in San Diego.

Hernandez Rojas, who had lived in the United States for more than 20 years, died of cardiac arrest after doctors said he had already sustained severe brain damage in the beating.

US President Barack Obama has said he wants to work on comprehensive immigration reform, something that has failed in the Congress twice in recent years, in 2006 and 2007.

On a visit to Washington in May, Mexican President Felipe Calderon urged the US government to repair an outmoded immigration system and do more to ensure that illegal guns do not flow across the countries' shared border.
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Mexican immigrant beaten to death by US Border Patrol
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2010, 02:49:13 pm »
Mexican immigrant beaten to death by US Border Patrol


By Bill Van Auken

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WSWS,June 4, 2010

Anastasio Hernández Rojas, a Mexican immigrant construction worker and father of five, died in a San Diego hospital Monday after a brutal beating and tasering by US Border Patrol agents at the San Ysidro crossing to Tijuana left him brain dead.

The San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office Wednesday ruled the death a homicide, with the beating having resulted in a loss of oxygen to the brain and a heart attack.

The 42-year-old worker had lived in the Encanto, California, area since he was 14, his entire adult life. His children, ages four through 20 were all born in the US and are American citizens. He supported his family through work installing swimming pools.

Hernández had been detained and deported to Mexico on May 25 after reportedly being picked up by the San Diego police. He was again detained by the Border Patrol while attempting to cross back into the US to reunite with his family on Friday, May 28.

Immigration authorities rushed him through the system and were preparing to push him back across the border to waiting Mexican border agents when the incident took place.

The Border Patrol claimed that Hernández became violent and that it was necessary to club and then taser him into submission.

Witnesses, however, reported that as many as 20 agents pummeled the worker. His brother, Pedro Pablo Hernández, whose whereabouts are unknown and is presumed still in US custody, testified that he and Anastasio were seated on the ground in handcuffs when one of the agents kicked him in the chest and another kicked him in the leg. He said that Anastasio shouted at the agents to stop, but they only became more violent.

The murdered man’s wife, María Hernández, told the media, "What happened is that Anastasio wasn’t going to let them get away with it; I know him."

Initially, the beating could not be seen from the Mexican side of the border, but a woman who was passing through the border transfer area towards Mexico informed agents of the Mexican National Immigration Institute that the US agents were "almost killing someone" on the other side.

Then, according to accounts in the Mexican press, Anastasio Hernández crawled to an area where he could be seen from Mexican territory, pursued by the US agents. With dozens of people watching, the agents kicked and used stun guns on him until he stopped screaming and no longer moved.

The US Customs and Border Protection agency issued a perfunctory statement declaring that it "regrets the loss of life and awaits the results of a complete investigation into this incident."

Immigrant rights defenders, however, say that the brutal attack is by no means uncommon, and that Border Patrol personnel enjoy impunity in the use of violence against undocumented immigrants. They add that such investigations are generally internal, with no accountability to the public.

This latest killing provoked rage on both sides of the US-Mexico border. The Mexican government responded with its usual words of condemnation and indignation, but has taken no action outside of instructing its consulate in San Diego to aid the bereaved family.

The Mexican Conference of Bishops charged that the atmosphere for the killing had been created by the whipping up of anti-immigrant reaction, particularly with the passage of the law in Arizona ordering local police to target people on the basis of suspicion that they are in the country without documents. "They are encouraging hatred for Hispanic immigrants and the existence of a climate of violence based on the erroneous idea that their territories are being invaded and locals are being deprived of opportunities," the conference said.

In the town of Mexicali, members of the Mexicali Civic Front briefly blocked the border in protest over the killing. The president of the group, Sergio Tamay, demanded justice for the murdered worker and said that efforts were being made to unite organizations in southern California and Baja California to defend the rights of immigrants, whatever their status.

At a press conference in San Diego on Wednesday, immigrant rights groups joined with the family of Anastasio Hernández to condemn the killing.

"I only wish that all those who suffered the same fate find justice, that there be justice for all of these deaths and for the death of Anastasio," said Veronica Hernández, the murdered worker’s cousin. "They didn’t end just that one life, they took away life for all the members of our family."

She continued: "With all that we have suffered, with immigration and discrimination, it is time that we rise up. It is time to say we are here and we have come only to work, not rob anybody. All we want is a better life for our children, for our parents."

Andrea Guerrero of the American Civil Liberties Union in San Diego said that there was no possible justification for the level of violence unleashed against Anastasio Hernández, given that he was in a secure area after already being searched and processed, about to be turned over to Mexican authorities.

She said that the killing was not an isolated incident, but a manifestation of a "culture of impunity" within the Border Patrol. "If this kind of incident can happen in the full light of day in front of hundreds of people, what is happening behind closed doors?" she asked.

She expressed anger at the Obama White House for failing to ameliorate draconian US immigration statutes or improve conditions in any way for immigrant workers. "This administration made promises about change, but we have seen very little of it here in the border region," she said.

Guerrero stressed that Anastasio Hernández had only two choices: abandon his family and his home of nearly 30 years, or risk his life by coming back across the border without papers. The idea that workers like him can "get in line" and return legally, she said, is a myth. "There are not lines for everybody, and this is a perfect example."

Addressing the death of Anastasio Hernández at a press briefing Wednesday, US State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley said that the brutal state killing "obviously represents the challenge of securing the border on both sides, and we are very mindful of the fact that [for] those who try to enter the United States illegally, there is a significant loss of life every year along the border as people endeavor to come here."

A report released last month by the Washington-based establishment think tank National Foundation for American Policy found that 4,000 men, women and children have died crossing the border since 1998, when the Democratic administration of President Bill Clinton launched a crackdown on the border. This is approximately one person every day.

As a result of increased surveillance and repression along the border, the death rate has risen sharply, even as the number of people crossing into the US has fallen. The study found a 64 percent decline in the number of workers entering without documents, alongside a 59 percent increase in immigrant deaths at the border.




 

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The cause of death was determined to be a heart attack, with methamphetamine abuse and hypertension listed as contributing factors

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Collins said Hernandez attacked the Border Patrol agents after they escorted him out of a van and prepared to return him to Mexico. The agents radioed for help.

One agent, apparently from ICE, struck Hernandez with a baton, Collins said. The CBP officer then shocked Hernandez with the stun gun. Hernandez stopped breathing and showed no pulse.

The titles of the articles written about this, imo, are disingenuous at best.  What was the duration of the tazing?  Was it 1 second or 1 minute?  At what measure of time would the coroner make the distinction between homicide vs. accidental death as a result of methamphetamine and prolonged tazing?

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Oh, justice for Mexican migrants but not American citizens?

Just what I figured.

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Ironically a lot of the cops who do this stuff are Mexicans themselves--remember the guy who shhot the drug dealer at the border?

This might just be a cover for more drug war enforcement--ie punishing a dealer who wouldn't pay his cut.

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Ironically a lot of the cops who do this stuff are Mexicans themselves--remember the guy who shhot the drug dealer at the border?

This might just be a cover for more drug war enforcement--ie punishing a dealer who wouldn't pay his cut.

He then returned to the U.S. illegally through the rugged mountains east of San Diego with his younger brother, who had also been deported, Ramirez said. They were arrested by the Border Patrol on Friday afternoon.

Hernandez came to the U.S. when he was 14, followed by four brothers, and all of them work construction jobs, Ramirez said. He has mostly lived in the San Diego area with his wife of 21 years and five U.S.-born children.

The cause of death was determined to be a heart attack, with methamphetamine abuse and hypertension listed as contributing factors.

Anastacio Hernandez, 32, was shocked with a stun gun fired

The 42-year-old worker had lived in the Encanto, California, area since he was 14, his entire adult life. His children, ages four through 20 were all born in the US and are American citizens. He supported his family through work installing swimming pools.

Hernandez Rojas, 42 and a father of five

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Well is he 32 of 42?  So if he's 42 he came in 1982 he missed 1986 Reagan Amnesty?  So he's 32 and he came he in 1992?

So he comes here with another 4 illegal brothers plus his wife (illegal?) and raised  5 what should be illegal children (if the wife is illegal too and she probably must be if the husband was deported. )

I count 11. Sorry for the death. This may also be a way to create reverse reaction.
i.e. "We must have amnesty to stop the murder of 'undocumented' workers".
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http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/23/washington/23amnesty.html
Failed Amnesty Legislation of 1986 Haunts the Current Immigration Bills in Congress

WASHINGTON, May 22 2006 — Day in and day out, as the immigration debate boils, the halls of Congress are haunted by the specter of Senate Bill 1200, the failed amnesty legislation of 1986.

President Ronald Reagan signed that bill into law with great fanfare amid promises that it would grant legal status to illegal immigrants, crack down on employers who hired illegal workers and secure the border once and for all.

Instead, fraudulent applications tainted the process, many employers continued their illicit hiring practices, and illegal immigration surged.
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In the late 1980's, immigration officials approved more than 90 percent of the 1.3 million amnesty applications for a specialized program for agricultural workers, even though they had identified possible fraud in nearly a third of those applications.

The general amnesty, which legalized 1.7 million people, worked much more efficiently, though some of its applications raised similar concerns.

Dr. Papademetriou, recalling the difficulties 20 years ago, said: "We're going back to 1986. Do we ever learn anything?"

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New INS Report: 1986 Amnesty Increased Illegal Immigration

WASHINGTON (Oct. 12, 2000) ? The report on America's illegal immigration crisis by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), released today on Capitol Hill, highlights the profound unintended consequences of illegal-alien amnesties, just as Congress is considering another such amnesty. The report also makes clear, contrary to the conventional wisdom, that legal and illegal immigration are so intimately connected as to be two sides of the same coin. (Download the report at  http://wwwa.house.gov/lamarsmith/INSreport.pdf.)
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Amnesties clearly do not solve the problem of illegal immigration.

About 2.7 million people received lawful permanent residence ("green cards") in the late 1980s and early 1990s as a result of the amnesties contained in the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986

But these new INS figures show that by the beginning of 1997 those former illegal aliens had been entirely replaced by new illegal aliens, and that the unauthorized population again stood at more than 5 million, just as before the amnesty.




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Oh, justice for Mexican migrants but not American citizens?

Just what I figured.

actually, the arizona law shows the hypocrisy of California.  Arizona is after criminals. This guy was a 26 year migrant worker. Someone that has had the path to citizenship fail him in many respects. They kill this guy, but the armed mercenaries who shoot at border agents get amnesty to testify against other border agents.

This story shows that no matter what saide of the border you are on, corrupt elites want to take away life from hard working people and give power to corrupt terrorists.
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Understand - What we are seeing for the last 20 years is a "De Facto" North American Union.

What one would see as a problem "Latin American 'Migration' " ie illegal immagration is a sign of "De Facto" NAU...

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De facto is a Latin expression that means "by [the] fact". In law, it is meant to mean "in practice but not necessarily ordained by law" or "in practice or actuality, but without being officially established".

It is commonly used in contrast to de jure (which means "concerning the law") when referring to matters of law, governance, or technique (such as standards) that are found in the common experience as created or developed without or contrary to a regulation.

When discussing a legal situation, de jure designates what the law says, while de facto designates action of what happens in practice.

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