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

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.


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Showtime’s ‘Bad Hombres’ Is A Documentary Highlighting The World’s Only Binational Baseball Team

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Showtime’s ‘Bad Hombres’ Is A Documentary Highlighting The World’s Only Binational Baseball Team

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Sports have a way of bringing people together. The experience of rooting for your team is a unifying feeling that transcends borders and culture. Showtime is exploring the importance of sports through the lens of the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos.

“Bad Hombres” is a documentary highlighting immigration under President Trump through baseball.

Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos are the only binational professional baseball team in the world. The team splits their home games between stadiums in Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Director Andrew Glazer wanted to highlight the immigration issue through a sports lens to offer a different layer to the narrative.

“Most of the people trying to come into the U.S. are families and children trying to escape horrible violence in Central America,” Glazer told CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “That story has been told, so what I wanted to do was show people in a way that I thought would be relatable to what life is like on the border. What life is like on those two sides and how interconnected they are. The thing that struck me to be honest is that initially in Laredo, Texas was how pervasive Spanish is spoken.”

The documentary shows the struggles of the baseball team trying to make sense of the volatile U.S.-Mexico border relations.

The Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos split time playing their home games between two stadiums in the U.S. and Mexico. The Trump administration’s constant battle with Mexico and threats to close the border put the team’s season in jeopardy. A first look teaser shows team managers trying to coordinate the release of game tickets in time with the ever-changing immigration announcements from the Trump administration.

“Bad Hombres” speaks politics without directly addressing politics.

“Even though my film has an overarching political message, the players are not covertly or overtly political in any way,” Glazer told CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “They are baseball players and they are living their lives and a lot of them are trying to make it to the majors and some of them were in the majors and are now finishing their careers. There wasn’t a whole lot of political discussions.”

Glazer made sure to highlight the depths and complexities of the team members dealing with the political climate without politics.

“Inherently, what made the team fascinating is you had players from the U.S. who were Anglo-American players and Mexican American players who had a different perspective,” Glazer told DJ Sixsmith. “Then you had Mexican players and some Dominican players and Cuban and people from everywhere else. There were different languages and different perspectives. Seeing how that developed over time was pretty fascinating.”

“Bad Hombres” is streaming on Showtime.

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Voting Rights Activists Are Sounding The Alarm Of Latin Voter Suppression In Texas

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Voting Rights Activists Are Sounding The Alarm Of Latin Voter Suppression In Texas

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Voting turnout is the topic on everyone’s lips as we get closer to Nov. 3. The current election cycle has seen record early voting, especially for Democrats. However, in Texas, the increased turnout has led to what many are calling voter suppression to prevent the growing Latino community from voting.

Voting advocates are sounding the alarm that Texas’ GOP governor and politicians are suppressing Latino voters.

Latinos are 40 percent of the Texas population. According to a poll, Latino voters in Texas are more motivated than they were in the 2018 midterms. Twenty-eight percent of Latino voters turned out in 2018 and things have changed drastically since, mainly due to Covid-19.

Latinos in Texas are facing disproportionate rates of Covid-19 infections.

Houston Public Media reported that while Latinos make up 40 percent of the population in Texas they make up 52 percent of Covid infections. Meanwhile, white Texans make up 30 percent of Covid infections. The numbers show an uneven response to the pandemic that has left Latinos behind.

The forced consolidation of drop-off locations and limiting of mail-in ballots is further endangering the Latino community. The Covid pandemic is not over and forcing people to vote in person will only increase the spread of the virus.

One way Gov. Greg Abbott has made it harder for people to vote safely is limiting drop-off locations for mail-in ballots.

Gov. Abbott made the decision to limit the number of ballot drop-off locations to one per county. As demonstrated by the graph above, this leaves 4.7 million residents of Harris County one drop-off location. Gov. Abbott cited the false Republican talking point of voter fraud as his reasoning for suppressing the vote in the Lone Star State. By comparison, Los Angeles County, home to 10.4 million residents, has 398 drop-off locations for mail-in ballots.

Despite this, Texas Latinos are fired up and ready to vote.

A poll found that 90 percent of Latinos voters are ready to vote in the 2020 election. Sixty-six percent of those voters are leaning towards are are definitely voting for a Biden/Harris ticket compared to 25 percent voting Trump/Pence. A large majority of Latino voters says that it is more important to vote now than it was in 2016 because of everything that is at stake.

READ: Republicans Have Made Voting In This Majority Latino Town In Kansas Nearly Impossible

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