TX News Service – Demanda contra Patrulla Fronteriza por fuerza excesiva y detencion ilegal

Published October 23, 2013
John Michaelson, Public News Service – TX
Brownsville, TX

La American Civil Liberties Union (Unión Americana de Libertades Civiles) de Texas presentó una demanda quejándose de un agente de la agencia U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Protección de Aduanas y Frontera de los Estados Unidos), quien usó fuerza injustificada, detuvo ilegalmente y abusó físicamente de una ciudadana norteamericana durante un interrogatorio el otoño pasado.

El incidente sucedió en noviembre pasado, cuando una mujer discapacitada y embarazada fue confrontada por un agente afuera de su lugar de trabajo, en Brownsville. La abogada en jefe del equipo legal en ACLU de Texas, Adriana Piñón, dice que la mujer no había roto ley alguna ni estaba interfiriendo.

“Y sin embargo, cuando hizo algunas preguntas del agente, éste reaccionó violentamente. La tiró al suelo con tanta fuerza que sus jeans se rasgaron y ella sufrió daños físicos. Él le cayó encima con todo su peso y la esposó con tanta fuerza que fue necesario llamar a los bomberos para que le quitaran las esposas.”

Al día siguiente, la mujer tuvo un aborto que, según el médico, fue causado por las lesiones recibidas en el incidente. La oficina de Aduanas y Patrulla Fronteriza no comenta específicamente el litigio pendiente, pero explica que no toleran la mala conducta en sus filas y cooperan completamente con todas las investigaciones.

Piñón dice que este tipo de casos son demasiado comunes y, para revertir esa tendencia, la Patrulla Fronteriza necesita mejorar en su entrenamiento, transparencia y rendición de cuentas.

“Es tan importante que los agentes comprendan que los límites legales en el uso de la fuerza existen porque los incidentes como éste deterioran la confianza de nuestra comunidad y como consecuencia nuestras comunidades fronterizas sufren.”

El año pasado, al auditar el entrenamiento de la Patrulla Fronteriza, el Inspector General encontró que muchos agentes y oficiales no entienden hasta dónde pueden o no pueden usar la fuerza.

aclutx.org. El reporte del Inspector General sobre el uso de la fuerza en la Border Patrol, está en aclu.org. Esta nota está disponible también en inglés.

Editorial de Bloomberg: Arizona no Puede Argumentar un Aumento en las Tasas de Crimen en su Caso de Inmigración ante la Corte Suprema

Arizona tendrá su día en la corte. La Corte Suprema decidió esta semana para revisar las medidas represivas que el estado ha adoptado sobre la inmigración no autorizada. La Administración de Obama ha dicho que esto usurpa el papel del gobierno federal para aplicar las leyes de inmigración.

La Corte de Apelaciones de los Estados Unidos para el 9o Circuito en San Francisco había previamente acordado con la administración, bloqueando la aplicación de cuatro provisiones de la ley de Arizona, incluyendo su requisito que la policía local y estatal tenía que determinar el estatus migratorio de las personas que paran o detienen si la policía sospecha que no están autorizados para estar en el país. Este elemento de “papeles, por favor” de la ley ha sido ampliamente criticado pero emulado también, más recientemente por Alabama.

En su presentación ante la corte, el estado ha dicho que su frontera de 370 millas con México es una puerta de entrada para la mitad de los inmigrantes indocumentados en los Estados Unidos. Esto, el estado ha dicho, impone cargas únicas — tal como altas tasas de crimen y el costo de proveerle cuidado médico y educación a los inmigrantes indocumentados. “Arizona ha pedido reiteradamente al gobierno federal para una aplicación más vigorosa de las leyes de inmigración, pero ha sido en vano,” dice el escrito. Leer más…

The Georgia Bulletin: Church’s role in helping immigrants indispensable, says Texas bishop

"SAN ANTONIO (CNS) — A Catholic bishop told a San Antonio audience that 'as a leaven in the wider community of peoples' and the bearer 'of conscience and of hope,' the church must work in favor of the immigrant, preach the Gospel and focus on the youths. After outlining the changing dynamics of immigration and violence and addressing some of the effects on the local communities, Bishop Daniel E. Flores of Brownsville offered his 'pastoral perspective and some thoughts about the indispensable role of the church in facing the current reality on the border.'" Read more …

UT/TT Poll – Economy, Immigration Top Voter Concerns

"Texas voters think the economy is the biggest problem facing the country but immigration is the most pressing issue facing the state, according to the new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll.

That coincides with the rise of Gov. Rick Perry's policies on illegal immigration as an issue in the presidential race and with his relative electoral weakness in Texas, where the UT/TT poll has the governor in a virtual tie with former business executive Herman Cain among the state’s Republican voters."  Read more …

 

Washington Post/AP: Mexican soldiers rescue 15 Honduran migrants being held for ransom in northern border city

"MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s Defense Department says soldiers have rescued 15 Honduran migrants who had been kidnapped and were being held in a house in Nuevo Laredo on the border with the United States.

The military says troops patroling in the Privada Esmeralda neighborhood on Monday detained a man who was watching over the migrants.

A statement Wednesday gives no other details of the rescue in Nuevo Laredo, which is across the border from Laredo, Texas.

Soldiers and federal police have been increasingly rescuing migrants kidnapped by drug cartels. Authorities say migrants are kidnapped for ransom or to be forced to work for the crime syndicates."  Link to story.

 

LA Times: Texan warns Obama – Mexican cartels ‘spilling over’ border

"Texas Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott sent a letter to President Obama on Wednesday warning that Mexican cartel violence is increasingly 'spilling over' the border and calling for more security.

Abbott cited a 'deadly shootout' involving 'cartel operatives' last weekend in the town of Elsa, about 250 miles south of San Antonio, in which a Hidalgo County sheriff's deputy was shot three times. Sheriff's officials have said the deputy was wearing a protective vest and is expected to recover.

Two suspects were charged Wednesday in connection with the attempted drug deal and kidnapping, a contract job to recover a lost load of marijuana for the Gulf Cartel, according to a KRGV-Rio Grande Valley interview with Hidalgo Sheriff Lupe Trevino. Carlos Zavala and Carlos Juan Hernandez were charged with three counts of aggravated kidnapping and two counts of criminal attempted capital murder.

'Thankfully the officer survived, but the Hidalgo County Sheriff confirmed that the shooting spilled over from ongoing drug wars involving the Gulf Cartel in Mexico,' Abbott said, noting the shooting was not an isolated incident.

During the last two weeks, he said, three 'high-level cartel leaders' have been arrested while hiding in Texas."  Read more …

 

DMN Editorial: Border Patrol should not get a 100-mile exclusive zone

"You may not have heard of the Sonoran Pronghorn antelope, the lesser long-nosed bat or the desert pupfish. But you should be comforted to know that the federal bureaucracy has tried to make sure that the fight against human smugglers and drug couriers along the U.S.-Mexico border does not come at the expense of these and other endangered creatures or their sensitive environment.

How? Surveillance towers are designed to minimize the threat to bats and birds. Wires carrying electricity are buried so as to prevent electrocution. In some places, officials are required to look under heavy construction equipment before moving it to make sure tortoises haven’t sought shelter in the shade.

Is this overkill? We don’t think so. A memorandum of understanding reached under the Bush administration established a protocol to deal with the complex mission of securing the border without doing undue harm to the environment. Among other things, the system has allowed the Border Patrol to set up operations in officially declared wilderness areas, which under normal conditions are off limits to everyone and everything."  Read more …

 

Fox News Latino: US Authorities Arrest Boss Of Mexico’s Gulf Cartel

"The alleged leader of the Gulf cartel in the Mexican city of Matamoros was arrested last week by U.S. authorities, according to a local Texas newspaper.

José Luis Zuniga Hernández, alias 'Comandante Wicho,' was arrested by U.S. Border Patrol agents Wednesday near the small town of Santa Maria, Texas. 

Zuniga 'freely admitted' to being a Mexican national in the U.S. without the proper documentation to reside in the country and was found to be in possession of a .38-caliber handgun, according to the Monitor newspaper in Texas."  Read more …

 

Houston Examiner Opinion: All that’s left is lawlessness

"While the ATF was letting guns walk across the border, the Obama administration, Homeland Security and Gov. Rick Perry was letting marijuana and a host of other drugs walk into the country, Texas and Arizona.

Now if you're from these parts of Texas, this would be the results of a certain party banking on beefing up a voter base and another certain party attracting business to Texas. This bit of information proves without doubt, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is clueless on the border.

Mexico's drug cartels, on a interesting note, are more business savvy then the Obama administration and Perry's Texas. Unofficially speaking, cartels have created more jobs in the country then the stimulus package. They'd take a back seat to Perry's job creation among illegal immigrants though."