Saturday, January 20, 2007

Border death

A border patrol office shot and killed a Mexican attempting to cross the border last week, according to a New York Times report. The immigrant, Francisco Javier Domínguez Rivera, a 22 year old native of Puebla, was shot as he and six others were being taken into custody by a Border Patrol agent. The shooting took place shortly after Domínguez Rivera and his companions crossed illegally into Cochise County in southeastern Arizona. Before he was shot, Mr. Domínguez Rivera scuffled with the agent, whose identity was not released, a Border Patrol spokesman said. Initial reports indicate the Mr. Domínguez Rivera was unarmed.

Mexico's President Felipe Calderon, condemned the shooting and asked for an official inquiry.

This was the first fatal shooting by a Border Patrol officer since August 26, 2006.

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