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Here’s What Customs And Border Protection Is Now Saying About The Death Of An Undocumented Woman In Texas

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On May 23, a young undocumented woman was shot and killed by a border patrol agent in Rio Bravo, Texas. According to a statement provided to mitú by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the agent in question was attempting to apprehend a group of undocumented people when he allegedly was assaulted.

“He came under attack by multiple subjects using blunt objects,” a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson said in a written statement. “The agent fired at least one round from his service issued firearm, fatally wounding one of the assailants. The rest of the group fled the scene. Border Patrol Agents called for EMS and administered first aid until the Rio Bravo Fire Department arrived.”

However, by May 28, CBP had revised their statement to the media. According to Houston Chronicle, CBP changed their statement that the group targeted was throwing blunt objects at the officers. The agency now says the group refused to get down to the ground and rushed them. The young woman killed, Claudia Patricia Gómez González, is now described as “one member of the group” instead of “one of the assailants.”

Witnesses at the scene say the victim was a young girl.

(Rio Bravo,Tx) LIVE in Rio Bravo….Where earlier today at around noon a Border Patrol agent shot an undocumented female age around 16 to 24 in the head with a single gunshot.At this time FBI,Texas Rangers have taken over the case and are investigating the facts to what led the officer to shut and kill this female.

Posted by Lagordiloca News LaredoTx on Wednesday, May 23, 2018

In the video above, a witness named Marta started recording as soon as they heard the shots. She said the young girl was with a couple of men and none of them had any kind of weapon. She also says that they were all visibly scared. By the time the witness came to the scene, the young girl was already dead and had blood all over her.

The woman has been identified as 20-year-old Claudia Patricia Gómez González from Guatemala.

The witness says that while the border patrol agents were being rude to her, telling her she couldn’t be recording and was destroying evidence in the crime scene, the FBI agents were kind to the people in the surrounding area. The woman also speculates that all of the undocumented people were between the ages of 16 and 24.

She says that the agent told the men, after he had shot the girl, “see what happens.” She also said she only heard one gun shot.

CBP officials claim that three undocumented men were arrested on the scene. The FBI and Texas Rangers are investigating the incident.

According to a study published in the Guardian, the U.S. government paid more than $60 million in settlements between 2005 and 2017 over deaths, injuries and wrongful detentions involving Border Patrol agents.

READ: Two Women In Montana Were Approached By A Border Patrol Agent While At A Gas Station For Speaking Spanish

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Betsy DeVos Says Teachers And Principals Can Report Undocumented Students To ICE

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Betsy DeVos Says Teachers And Principals Can Report Undocumented Students To ICE

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Betsy DeVos said schools should be able to report undocumented kids to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) if they’re inclined to.

DeVos testified before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on May 22. During that conversation, she was asked if principals and teachers should report undocumented students or families to ICE, NBC reports.

“I think that’s a school decision, it’s a local community decision,” DeVos said, according to NBC. “And again, I refer to the fact that we have laws and we also are compassionate, and I urge this body to do its job and address and clarify where there is confusion around this.”

New York Democrat Rep. Adriano Espaillat addressed DeVos by telling her that immigration law is a federal law, and cannot be applied on a local level.

“Let me just remind madam chair that immigration law is federal law. It’s not local law,” Espaillat said, according to NBC. “You cannot have immigration law for one state be different than for another state. It applies to everybody across the country.”

He also listed several instances in which parents have been taken away by ICE right in front of their children at school. He asked her what she thought about that and she said that “people must follow the law of the land.”

Espaillat later said that DeVos is a “clear and present danger” and should resign.

In an op-ed for The Hill, Espaillat cited a policy that states U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), ICE, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) each have issued and implemented policies concerning enforcement actions at or focused on sensitive locations which include schools and churches.

“The goal of the policy put in place by ICE is to ‘ensure that these enforcement actions do not occur at nor are focused on sensitive locations such as schools…’ This policy, signed on Oct. 24, 2011, continues to remain in effect, guaranteeing our students and their families the right to school drop off, school attendance, and school pickup without fear of being detained or forced into deportation proceedings.”

People on social media criticized DeVos’s answers during her hearing before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, told Politico that the fact that DeVos is undermining the policy in place and is giving schools power that they are not entitled to.

“The suggestion that individual schools should have discretion to determine if and when to report undocumented students flies in the face of well-settled and long-standing Supreme Court precedent which makes clear that no student should be denied the right to a public education based on their immigration status,” Clarke said, adding that her words may have “a chilling effect on families seeking to attend and enroll in our public schools, and invite mischief from schools across the country.”

READ: LAUSD Just Made It Harder For ICE To Walk Onto Their School Campuses

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