Nearly two years ago, a Mexican teen was shot to death by a U.S. Border Patrol agent near the fence that separates the United States from Mexico. A few weeks ago, the ACLU, acting on behalf of the mother of 16 year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, filed suit against Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
The lawsuit claims the boy was innocently playing basketball just before he was shot in the back. The Border Patrol claims the teen was throwing rocks across the border, endangering the agent’s life.
Now, it’s learned that Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered DOJ’s Civil Rights Division to investigate this shooting, as well as at least one other, by CBP agents in Arizona.
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According to a post on the typically left-leaning buzzfeed.com:
CBP, and in particular the Tucson Sector in Arizona, use of force against undocumented immigrants and Mexican citizens inside their home country has come under increasing scrutiny over the last year, and the investigations come on the heels of a federal civil lawsuit filed by the family of a 16-year-old Nogales, Mexico, boy who was killed during a cross-border shooting by CBP.
The involvement of Justice Department headquarters could represent a significant shift in how the Obama administration is addressing violence along the border. FBI investigators almost never bring criminal charges against CBP agents and officers, and human rights organizations have accused the administration of turning a blind eye towards the border.
News of this stepped-up probe by Holder’s Justice Department comes shortly after an earlier report of a leaked intelligence analysis by CBP that brought to light serious border-security issues — problems many argue are created, or made worse by, Obama administration policies of lax border enforcement.
Here are highlights of the critical CBP analysis via breitbart.com:
Among the significant revelations are that individuals from nations currently suffering from the world’s largest Ebola outbreak have been caught attempting to sneak across the porous U.S. border….
As of July 20, 2014, 1,443 individuals from China were caught sneaking across the porous U.S. border this year alone….
Twenty-eight individuals from Pakistan were caught attempting to sneak into the U.S. this year alone….
Thirteen Egyptians were caught trying to sneak into the U.S. this year alone….
Four individuals from Yemen were caught attempting to sneak into the U.S. by Border Patrol agents in 2014 alone….
So, here we have an Eric Holder civil rights investigation underway into actions of besieged Border Patrol agents whose job is made all the more difficult and dangerous because of actions/inactions of Holder’s boss, Barack Obama.