Mexican deaths: Unimportant, Oil Spill: Priceless?
The oil slick managed to obscure the death of a 15 year old Mexican at the hands of the U.S. Border Patrol, the second use of deadly force against Mexicans in…
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The oil slick managed to obscure the death of a 15 year old Mexican at the hands of the U.S. Border Patrol, the second use of deadly force against Mexicans in the last 2 weeks.Last Monday, beneath the Paso del Norte international bridge, a U.S. Border Patrol agent shot Sergio Adrian Hernández Huereka, 15, on the head. The offense? Throwing stones at Border Patrol agents.
Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas, 32, died at the hands of the U.S. Border Patrol while resisting being deported away from his five U.S. born children; one man subdued and put to death by an "undetermined number of Border Patrol agents" according to the FBI.
The Border Patrol still in denial, while none of the two victims were dangerous criminals, the president of its union stated: "It is a deadly force encounter, one that justifies the use of deadly force."
These were blatant acts of cowardice.
The empty promises to "investigate" stir up our indignation. Rosario, the sister of the murdered teenager, reflects plainly the wrath of the innocent when she sobbed: "Damn them! Damn them!
"The number of Mexicans killed or wounded by U.S. immigration authorities rose from 5 in 2008 to 12 in 2009 to 17 so far this year" according to Mexico's Foreign Relations Department.
The Obama administration excels in its zeal to raid and attack immigrants, yet the gravest environmental tragedy in U.S. history is met by inaction and incompetence.
"Much has been said… about the incestuous relationship between the oil industry and its chief regulator, the Interior Department" editorialized The New York Times.
This monstrous partnership has no qualms in even preventing reporters from uncovering the whole truth about the oil spill. The weight of the government is put to the service of BP by having "local law enforcement, the Coast Guard and government officials," including the FAA, to turn away reporters from public areas affected by the spill, reported Jeremy W. Peters.
While immigrants are denied basic human and Constitutional rights, an oil corporation such as BP is protected and abetted by our own politicians in Congress and inside the administration.
Immigrants are regarded as deserving of death for "breaking the law" for the act of crossing the border, BP destroys the environment and the livelihood of countless citizens but mercenary lawmakers and government regulators ensure such a crime does not constitute "an illegal act".
While the Obama administration ignores the human tragedy behind immigration instituting official prejudice and violence against immigrants, a horrific oil spill makes it manifest where its true values rest.