U.S.-Mexican border security continues to deteriorate, officials say

June 15, 2010 06:50

“It is a storm that’s only going to get worse,” said a Drug Enforcement Administration agent who has investigated Mexican drug cartels. “Our law enforcement agents are on the front lines of a war that is embedded deeply in Mexico.”

By: Sara A. Carter at Washington Examiner

Tensions between the United States and Mexico have grown in recent weeks with the deaths of two Mexicans at the hands of U.S. Law enforcement agents during violent border encounters.

On May 28, Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, 42, died at the San Ysidro, Calif., border crossing after first being tasered by U.S. Border Patrol agents. The man was later found to be intoxicated with methamphetamine and to have suffered from hypertension that contributed to a heart attack. American officials said Hernandez Rojas fought with agents who were trying to return him to Mexico. The man’s family said they will sue the U.S. government.

Last week, Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereca, 15, was fatally shot by a Border Patrol agent. According to witnesses, the group he was with on the Mexican side of the border began throwing rocks at a U.S. agent who was attempting to arrest an illegal immigrant crossing the border at El Paso, Texas. A shot was fired from the United States into Mexico, and the youth was fatally wounded.


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