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Bring Justice Home: Demand respect for life from Border Patrol

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.


Letter to
President Obama
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.

Mr. President, nearly two years have passed since Border Patrol killed Anastasio and your administration has done nothing to bring justice home.

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.

Mr. President, we ask you to direct the Department of Justice to conduct an open and thorough investigation of all of the killings that have occurred since 2010.

Contrary to the common image of the southern border as a barren desert, it is home to more than six million people living on the U.S. side of the US-Mexico border. Millions cross back and forth every day to shop, visit family, and do business that fuels our economy. In the midst of our vibrant communities, there are approximately 20,000 Border Patrol agents who act with virtual impunity.

Southern border communities have insisted on greater accountability and oversight of Border Patrol, now the nation’s largest law enforcement agency. We have insisted on better screening, training and evaluation of agents. But our reasonable, urgent requests, like Anastasio’s cries for help, have fallen on deaf ears.

Bring justice home.
End Border Patrol brutality.

Sincerely,