Friday, May 20, 2011

Border remembers U.S. teen-goatherd slayed by Marines in S. Texas

Arizona border communities will gather today in Douglas, Nogales and San Luis to commemorate the 14th anniversary of the death of Esequiel Hernandez, a 17-year-old US citizen shot and killed by Marines on the border in Redford, TX while herding goats on his family's farm.  Since Esequiel’s death, several people, including seven men just in the last year, have either lost their lives or been critically injured as a result of border-militarizing policies.

The Arizona services will also commemorate three of these recent tragic murders at the hands of U.S. officials: 

  • Carlos LaMadrid, a 19-year-old US citizen who was shot and killed on the border in Douglas in March; 
  • Ramses Barron Torres, a 17-year-old Mexican citizen killed in Nogales in January, and 
  • Jose Gutierrez, a Los Angeles resident who was tased into a coma by border agents in San Luis in March.
“Border agents have acted as both judge and executioner in cases like Carlos’ and Ramses’ without any significant consequence,” says Jennifer Allen of the Border Action Network. “We call on the federal border authorities to not only re-evaluate use of force practices and policies, but to launch thorough investigations into each injury or loss of life to ensure that justice is served.”

The incident which claimed the life of the innocent goatherder was the subject of a documentary movie which aired in 2008. The trailer below, presents a quick look at two points of view about the incident:


One Fly said...

I remember this. My attitude is very negative that there will be any change in our border policy. This country loves the stupid and cares less about brown sheepherders at the border who get wasted. Politicians will do nothing and our society is so dumb they don't even know where the damn border is. After all a few deaths like this is the price to pay to protect us from muzzies who try to enter our wonderful country to take our freedoms away.

Big Mark 243 said...

The same forces that oppress the immagrants in their home countries oppress us in our... but I think we are to narcotized to understand it. Most Americans only fear that the access that many don't make use of will be taken away by someone who is hungry enough to risk all to take advantage of what is being taken for granted.

It is better to assasinate those who don't resemble 'Americans' and allow border crossers to suffer instead of making policy to take the illegal profit out of immagration.

Border Explorer said...

Two powerful opinions--both powerfully expressed. Sincere thanks to both of you--One Fly and Big Mark--for an eloquent expression of points of view that aren't heard often enough in the media.