Bring Justice Home: Demand respect for life from Border Patrol
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Bring Justice Home: Demand respect for life from Border Patrol

    1. Petition by

      Christian Ramirez

      San Diego, CA

On May 28, 2010, Anastasio Hernández Rojas, a 42-year old construction worker, husband, father of five US-citizen children, and long-time resident of San Diego, CA, was brutally beaten, repeatedly shot with a taser while handcuffed, and killed as a result by U.S. Border Patrol agents near the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego. 

The violent incident occurred during rush hour in one of the busiest land ports on the US-Mexico border. Witnesses pleaded with the border agents to stop the beating, but they did not. Despite community outcry, protests, and countless meetings with agency leadership, Border Patrol has taken no known action against the agents involved.

Unfortunately, Anastasio’s death was not unique. Since 2010, Border Patrol agents have killed at least seven residents of border communities and left several others seriously wounded. Along with Anastasio’s wife and children, the families of Jorge Alfredo Solis, Sergio Adrián Hernández Güereca, Ramsés Barrón Torres, Carlos Lamadrid, and José Alfredo Yáñez are still waiting for justice after Border Patrol killed their loved ones.

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    1. Hello, Thank You and Next Steps

      Christian Ramirez
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to all who have signed and helped this issue grow to national attention. Your support has enabled the families of the border region have their voices heard.

      Over 2,305 of you have heard the call for help and have decided to answer that call.

      The good people at Presente.org also heard the call and echoed our petition to help amplify Anastasio's story through their circles, and as of now almost 31,000 have signed their petition. Our goal was to raise 25,000 signatures in 30 days and we did that within 3 days between the two petitions.

      Our new goal is 50,000 and we're confident that we will get the White House to move forward with the investigations of cases of those who have felt the abuse of border brutality.

      We will be closing this petition and directing everyone to www.WeAreAllAnastasio.com, www.TodosSomosAnastasio and www.BringJusticeHome.us.

      On behalf of the Southern Border Communities Coalition, we want to again say thank you,

      Christian Ramirez

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    • Jill Gabreau NY, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      I watched the PBS 'Need to Know' investigation into the brutal murder of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, and all I can say is that the Border Patrol must be made to identify all the agents who either took part in the beating and tasing, or stood by without intervening to end it and protect an innocent life, so that they can all be indicted. I will never forget Anastasio's cries for help. Nor will I forget that Border Patrol agents made the rounds of witnesses at the scene, confiscating all the cell phones that might have recorded this unjustifiable, unconscionable deed of sadism and vengeance. I do not lightly say 'vengeance': the documentary shows how Anastasio Rojas was singled out for this 'special punishment,' because of two requests he had made to the Border Patrol while in custody: 1) to file a complaint against the agent who had repeatedly kicked out his ankles and 2) to receive medical attention for his injured ankle. Neither request was accepted, but two agents did take Hernandez Rojas back to the border - alone and under cover of night to begin the horrendous, savage, premeditated beating that was to kill him. Border Patrol agents settling their own scores with detainees in this manner is a shocking abuse of power that must not remain unpunished. We cannot allow impunity among law enforcement agents who have the power of life and death over detainees, and who represent our country. Allowing a culture of impunity to flourish in the Border Patrol is an open encouragement for human rights abuses, and we know that other tragic killings have, in fact, already occurred.

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    • Christopher Bernal SAN YSIDRO, UNITED STATES MINOR OUTLYING ISLANDS
      • over 2 years ago

      Because enough is enough

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    • Shaleese Rockett LEES SUMMIT, MO
      • over 2 years ago

      YOu can't keep treating human beings worse than animals ! A life is a life if it as U.S. citizenship papers or not!

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    • Angelica Maldonado EL CAJON, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Justice!

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    • Ann Bernhardt SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      The horrific violence against assumed immigrants must be stopped.

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