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Their Son Was Killed On Mexican Soil By A Border Patrol Agent And They Want Justice

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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments on the case of Sergio Adrian Hernández Guereca. In 2010, the 15-year-old Mexican national was killed by Border Patrol agent Jesus Mesa Jr. The Mexican teen was shot in the head by Mesa Jr. while the former was standing on Mexican soil. The SCOTUS case could have serious implications on whether foreign nationals can sue U.S. officials for excessive force.

This was the scene at the U.S.-Mexico border between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, México, in 2010.

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On June 7, 2010, Sergio Adrian Hernández Guereca was with four other Mexican teens on the border. According to The New York Times, the four boys started to take turns daring each other to run to the fence on the U.S. side and touch it. That was when Border Patrol agent Jesus Mesa Jr. decided to engage with the teens.

The sudden death of their 15-year-old son devastated the family.

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CREDIT: Associated Press / Univision / SBCC Media / YouTube

Sergio’s mother spoke about how she was given information to keep her calm, but she knew better. Rather than just believing what authorities told her about her son, Maria made her way down to the Rio Grande and saw her son lying there dead.

Sergio’s death sparked outrage throughout Mexico because the teen was shot and killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agents while standing on Mexican soil.

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CREDIT: Associated Press / Univision / SBCC Media / YouTube

“If the migrant is still on the Mexico side of the border, there doesn’t seem to be any reason for Border Patrol to engage with that migrant,” Tania Chozet, a policy advocate for the ACLU of New Mexico told SBCC Media. She continued, “It is Border Patrol’s policy to use lethal force in response to the throwing of a rock.”

Sergio’s family has said that they do not want money, they simply want justice. However, as a foreign national, their rights against U.S. officials are pretty limited.

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CREDIT: Associated Press / Univision / SBCC Media / YouTube

“If ever a case could be said to present an official abuse of power so arbitrary as to shock the conscience, the Appellants have alleged it here,” the Fifth Circuit Appellant Court stated in their ruling, according to AZ Central. The court went further and said that the border between the U.S. and Mexico is subject to the Fifth Amendment, meaning Sergio’s family has the right to sue Mesa Jr. As the court states, the laws governing the U.S.-Mexico border are the same as the laws governing Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The story of Sergio’s death is becoming a more frequent tale, with other teenagers being killed in Mexico by bullets flying from Border Patrol guns in the U.S.

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CREDIT: Associated Press / Univision / SBCC Media / YouTube

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Of Course Mexicans Are Mad At This Election, Gael Garcia Explains

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Of Course Mexicans Are Mad At This Election, Gael Garcia Explains

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When politicians and pundits talk about how to address immigration, it’s always from the U.S. point of view. That’s why it’s important for people like Gael Garcia Bernal to bring their perspectives as a Mexican citizens to a wider audience. In his recent “Late Show”appearance, Bernal delved less into the political side of the argument and instead focused on humanizing people who choose to immigrate.

“The journey that these [immigrants] are doing is the most benign journey there is,” Gael told Colbert. “Because they’re trying to make their future better, which means the future of humanity.”

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“Immigration,” Gael added, “is a natural phenomenon — it’s the reason why humans still exist on Earth.” Considering the subject matter of the interview, Gael’s likable presence kept things from getting too heavy. However, Bernal hasn’t shied away from diving in deeper during other interviews.

In a recent interview with Thrillist, Gael expanded on what it means for Mexicans when they watch the rhetoric from this election.

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“There’s nothing more false than the United States being a victim of the world or being a victim of Mexico,” he told Thrillist. Garcia added: “It’s constructed on lies completely, and the whole world mocks that — but at the same time, we’re really worried about what the fuck is going to happen.”

But it wasn’t always that way, Gael explained to Colbert, that Mexicans didn’t take Trump serious at first.

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Garcia explained his early reaction to Trump: “At the beginning, there was an ignoring factor, because it was like ‘Is this a joke? This must not be real. What’s going on?'” Colbert assured Gael, “That was the reaction here, too.” One thing to note, denial is the first form of grief, and Gael had no idea how much grief would come Mexico’s way in the form of Donald Trump’s agenda.

Gael told Colbert about the growing frustration Mexicans feel with how their government will act with Trump.

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“The way that our government has treated that issue, the way that the hate speech that [Trump] has been spreading, something that our government in Mexico hasn’t done a good job of stopping […] So we are very upset about it.”

Back in August, Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico’s current president, met with Trump in a press conference that was widely hailed as a “public relations disaster.”

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Mexico’s President threw away his chance to confront Trump on several issues, but instead acted like an obedient lacky of Trump as the world watched on. Critics contended the event was a poorly orchestrated publicity stunt that hurt both men’s reputation.

Trumps comments are easy to condemn, but Hillary’s lack of comments hasn’t gone under Gael’s radar.

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Gael told Thrillist, “The Democrats are willing to remain silent in many ways. And that just blows my mind because then the narrative is established: It’s allowed to say that migrants are really bad and everybody sort of believes that.”

As election noise grows louder on both sides of the border, Gael’s message is to the point, “I think anyone that can give a rational explanation for why they’re voting for Donald Trump is a person that definitely doesn’t exist.”

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“It’s a very emotional vote,” Gael told Thrillist. “It’s a very irrational vote. The world is brokenhearted and some people are solving it through empathy and through a sense of common good, and some others are reacting to that brokenheartedness by creating resentment.”


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