American Renaissance

Home       Previous Story       Next Story       View Comments       Post a Comment

Mexico Opens Probe Into U.S. Border Death

AR Articles on Mexico and Latin America
The War With Mexico (Sep. 1995)
Down Mexico Way (Aug. 1998)
God, Glory and Gold (Sep. 2001)
Will America Learn the Lessons of Sept. 11? (Nov. 2001)
More news stories on Mexico and Latin America
Will Weissert, AP, Jan. 3, 2006

MEXICO CITY — Mexico took the unusual step of opening an investigation into the killing of a man officials said was shot while sneaking into California, using the death to again draw attention to a contentious U.S. anti-immigration measure.

The death of the 18-year-old came as Mexico’s government continued its vocal campaign against the bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives last month.

“This occurrence does no more than provide evidence that only a law that guarantees legal entry and is respectful of human rights can resolve the migratory problem both countries face,” Ruben Aguilar, the chief spokesman for President Vicente Fox, said Monday.

Many Mexicans oppose the U.S. measure, which would build more border fences, make illegal entry a felony and enlist military and local police to help stop undocumented migrants.

Aguilar said the death of Guillermo Martinez showed that extending border walls will not curb illegal immigration.

Martinez died Saturday in a Tijuana hospital, the Baja California state attorney general’s office said. He died one day after he was shot by a U.S. Border Patrol agent near a metal wall separating that city from San Diego, according to witnesses cited by Mexican officials.

Raul Martinez, a spokesman for the Border Patrol said the agent had been “assaulted by an individual who threw a large size rock.”


Mexico’s federal Attorney General’s Office said the probe was opened against “whomever is found to have been responsible,” but did not name a suspect. Mexico generally does not try to apply its laws to events that occurred in other nations.


Original article

(Posted on January 3, 2006)

Top      Home      Previous story       Next Story       Post a Comment      Search


Top      Home      Previous story       Next Story      Search

Post a Comment

Commenting guidelines: We welcome comments that add information or perspective, and we encourage polite debate. Statements of fact and well-considered opinion are welcome, but we will not post comments that include obscenities or insults, whether of groups or individuals. We reserve the right to hold our critics to lower standards.

Remember Me?

(you may use HTML tags for style)