Traces of Reality
February 19, 2014
In yet another case of “death by Border Patrol,” an unnamed agent stationed along the San Diego-Tijuana border shot and killed an undocumented immigrant last Tuesday, February 18.
From NBC-San Diego:
San Diego County sheriff’s homicide detective Lt. Glenn Giannantonio said two agents were pursuing what they believed to be undocumented immigrants in the area approximately four miles east of the Otay Mesa Port of Entry.
The two agents were separated when one was struck in the face by a rock, officials said.
“The agent, fearing for his safety, fired his duty weapon at the suspect striking him,” Lt. Giannantonio said.
The casual observer may be thinking: “Struck by a rock? Feared for his life? And he shot and killed the guy? That’s unusual.”
It’s the same script in every instance, all along the southern border, no matter the city or town the agent is stationed.
It’s as if it were in their training manual or something—and, in fact, it is:
Indeed, it has been this series of tragic cases that has caused many, including members of Congress, to pause and question the Border Patrol’s policies. It begs the question: why so many instances involving the specific act of “rock throwing”?
In response to the case of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano provided the shocking answer to this quandary in a revealing interview. The official policy of US Border Patrol, in fact, specifically “allows for agents to fire at rock throwers.”
Along the border, and within the “constitution-free zone,” these guys have been quite literally granted a license to kill. I’ve written a lengthy article on this issue in the past. If unfamiliar, you can learn more about this here: A License to Kill in the Constitution-Free Zone.