MEXICO CITY — Mexico demanded the United States investigate the death of a 14-year-old Mexican boy killed by a U.S. law enforcement agent, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
The boy was shot and killed Monday evening after a group of people suspected of sneaking across the border into the United States struck Border Patrol agents with rocks along a river bank at the crossing between Ciudad Juarez and El Paso, Texas, the FBI said in a statement.
The FBI is leading an investigation of the clash, spokeswoman Andrea Simmons said; the FBI has jurisdiction for any assault on federal officers.
U.S. authorities are increasing their use of force against suspected immigrants on the border, Mexico's Foreign Ministry said in its statement. The number of Mexicans killed or injured by U.S. officials at the border has increased to 17 this year from 12 last year and five in 2008, the ministry said.
"The growing frequency of this type of incident reflects a worrying increase in excessive use of force on the part of some authorities in the border area," the ministry said.
The United States plans to deploy as many as 1,200 additional National Guard troops to the border with Mexico to support law enforcement as the administration of President Barack Obama seeks to make border security a central part of its attempt to push an overhaul of immigration laws through Congress.