El Paso, May 25 (RHC)-- In Rio Bravo, Texas, a Border Patrol officer shot an undocumented immigrant in the head Wednesday, killing her. Video of the aftermath of the killing shows Border Patrol agents sealing off the scene and detaining at least two people.
The agents claim the officer fired in self-defense after officers were attacked by “blunt objects.” An analysis by The Guardian newspaper found that Customs and Border Patrol officers were involved in nearly 100 “fatal encounters” since 2003, with the U.S. paying out more than $60 million to settle lawsuits alleging wrongful death and other illegal behavior by border guards.
Meanwhile, Mexican journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Soto and his son Oscar have been granted a new asylum hearing in Texas, which could see them released from an immigration detention center where they’ve been held since December. cGutiérrez first sought asylum in the United States in 2008 after receiving death threats for reporting on alleged corruption in the Mexican military.
Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, with at least four media workers killed so far this year alone.