There is a great concern among the Hispanic and migrant community as a result of the continued persecution and scapegoating of people with brown skin. We have witnessed a sharp rise in the amount of violence perpetuated to those individuals suspected of being undocumented and those who are actually detained crossing the border. This is due in part to many factors apart from racism and discrimination, which none the less, those are the tools used by the very system of oppression of which I refer to as the cause of this violence.
The increased violence as a result of the imaginary war on drugs has revealed who is truly in control. It is obvious that those in power would like to keep the people fearful and submitted as they continue to import and export weapons and drugs all across the world. Operation Fast and Furious and the crashed C.I.A. planes Mexico containing drugs gives us a reaffirming glimpse in to reality. Unfortunately, the people on both sides of the border pay the price.
The brutality of those in charge of law enforcement from all sectors is a system and a tool of the this system of corruption and none the less, the murder of Anastacio Hernandez Rojas is a message to all that this is what will happen to all who dare challenge their authority.
Please refer to the following investigation conducted by the television program “Need to Know” on the PBS network and the episode named “Crossing the Line”
In partnership with the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute, Need to Know investigates whether U.S. border patrol agents have been using excessive force in an effort to curb illegal immigration. Eight people have been killed along the border in the past two years.
One man died a short time after being beaten and tased, an event recorded by two eyewitnesses whose video is the centerpiece of the report. Both eyewitnesses say the man offered little or no resistance. One told Need to Know that she felt like she watched someone being “murdered,” and the San Diego coroner’s office classified the death as a “homicide.”
The report raises questions about accountability. Because border patrol agents are part of the Department of Homeland Security, they are not subjected to the same public scrutiny as police officers who use their weapons. It also questions whether, in the rush to secure the border, agents are being adequately trained. And it raises the question: why aren’t these cases being prosecuted? ——
Amy Goodman from Democracy Now! also conducted a report based on the information obtained by the “Need to Know” news program.
A new PBS documentary exposes the tasing and beating death of a Mexican immigrant by U.S. border agents in California and has renewed scrutiny of what critics call a culture of impunity. In May 2010, 42-year-old Anastasio Hernández-Rojas was caught trying to enter the United States from Mexico near San Diego. He had previously lived in the United States for 25 years and was the father of five U.S.-born children. But instead of deportation, Hernández-Rojas’s detention ended in his death. A number of border officers were seen beating him, before one tasered him at least five times. He died shortly afterward. The agents say they confronted Hernández-Rojas because he became hostile and resisted arrest. But previously undisclosed videos recorded by eyewitnesses on their cell phones show a different story. “All eyewitnesses that we spoke to basically tell the same story of a man hogtied and handcuffed behind his back, not resisting, being beaten repeatedly by batons, by kicks, by punches, by the use of a taser, for almost 30 minutes until he died,” says reporter John Carlos Frey, whose exposé aired in a national television special last Friday night as part of a joint investigation by the PBS broadcast, “Need to Know,” and the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute. We also speak with Hernández-Rojas’s widow, María Puga. “My husband was tortured. He was severely beaten. And they’ve destroyed an entire family,” says Puga, speaking through a Spanish-English translator. “All we want is justice. And we need your help to get that justice.” ———
This is a sign of things to come as we have witnessed the same behavior conducted by the local law enforcement on citizens of this country. On the surface this issue resonates racism and hate, specially on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Rodney King uprising, but as I have stated, it is the long arm of the powers that be that is showing its true face with the use of these agents of war.
On behalf of all the people who have suffered great oppression by the hands of this brutal, manipulated “matrix”, we seek justice, we want to know who these agents were. We need to know in order to further the process of bringing justice to people. I ask for your help in helping spread the word any way you can, or in helping identify these murderers. Anonymous.