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Mexico condemns shooting at the border

EL PASO, Texas — Mexico condemned the shooting of a 15-year-old boy by a U.S. Border Patrol agent Thursday through diplomatic correspondence and an angry phone call to the Homeland Security secretary. Some Mexican politicians called for the agent's extradition to face Mexican justice.

Anger over Monday's shooting across a muddy riverbed on the international border was fueled by a cell-phone video that showed key moments in the shooting, as debate began over which country has jurisdiction in the case.

An unidentified Border Patrol agent trying to arrest illegal immigrants running into the United States fired his weapon from the U.S. side into Mexico, killing Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereka, 15, while people on the Mexican side threw rocks at the Border Patrol agents on the scene.

It is unclear whether Hernandez was one of the rock-throwers and whether the agent or the victim crossed the international border. Shortly after the shooting, Mexican federal police chased Border Patrol agents out of the riverbed with rifles trained on them while a crowd on the Mexican side taunted the U.S. officials and threw rocks and firecrackers.

"We are worried by this surge of violence against Mexicans, which comes along with a surge of other anti-immigrant and anti-Mexican occurrences in the United States," Mexican President Felipe Calderon said. He gave no indication his government intends to seek extradition, but called for a thorough U.S. investigation that "clears up the facts and culminates with punishing those responsible."

Meanwhile, Interior Secretary Fernando Gomez Mont called Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to protest the killing of Hernandez and a man on the California-Mexico border two weeks ago.

429 are arrested in drugs crackdown

The United States has arrested more than 429 additional suspects — for a total of 2,200 over 22 months — as part of its crackdown on illegal drugs coming from Mexico, Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. announced Thursday. The arrests Wednesday also led to the seizure of more than 90 pounds of heroin, more than 2,900 pounds of marijuana and other illegal drugs. More than $5 million was also seized, he said.

Los Angeles Times

Mexico condemns shooting at the border 06/11/10 [Last modified: Friday, June 11, 2010 12:03am]

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