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First Look: Crossing the Line

On May 28, 2010, Anastasio Hernández Rojas, a 42-year old construction worker, husband, father of five children, and long-time resident of San Diego, was brutally beaten and repeatedly shot with a Taser while handcuffed, and died as a result of this assault 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 U.S.-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, the Border Patrol has taken no public action to hold the agents involved accountable.

Sadly, 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 other families are still waiting for justice after Border Patrol agents killed their loved ones.

Along with the Southern Border Communities Coalition, we are asking President Obama to open an investigation into these deaths, and to hold accountable those who committed these acts.

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