FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Geoffrey Boyce / Sarah Launius,
No More Deaths is an organization whose mission is to end death and suffering on the U.S./Mexico border. It is with this end in mind that No More Deaths publicly denounces the two consecutive murders in the past two weeks of unarmed individuals on the U.S.–Mexico border. Anastasio Hernandez Rojas was beaten with batons and stunned by Border Patrol agents at the Puerta Mexico station in San Diego, CA on May 31, 2010. He later died of his wounds, and California medical officials ruled his death a homicide. A week later on June 7, 2010, 15 year-old Sergio-Adrian Hernandez Guereca was shot dead by a Border Patrol agent near Ciudad Juarez.
Migrants to the United States face death in many forms, from dehydration in the desert to excessive force by an increasingly militarized Border Patrol. Abuses against human rights, dignity, and lives on the border are well documented and are increasing; Anastasio and Sergio-Adrian are only its most recent victims. The Border Patrol must be held accountable for their frequent and unnecessary use of excessive force against migrants.
Militarized enforcement is not a viable or legitimate means of managing immigration to the United States, and the above violence is emblematic of its failure. No More Deaths calls for an end to human rights abuses against migrants committed by the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Border Patrol. The escalating demonization of and enforcement targeting immigrants inevitably leads to tragedies like these two murders. The United States should immediately suspend all immigration detention and removal until comprehensive immigration reform, that protects the human rights, dignity, and life of every person, is enacted.
Since 2003, the No More Deaths movement has worked to mitigate the human toll of America’s ill-conceived border policies. Hundreds of medical professionals, church volunteers and community leaders have provided humanitarian assistance along the border, encountering thousands of people in need and providing direct medical assistance, as well as documenting abuses suffered in detention and advocating for policies that will resolve the border crisis and provide real security.
For more information, please visit www.nomoredeaths.org or call (520) 882-5466.
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