Monday, April 18, 2005

Border Patrol Agents 'Followed Procedure'

Last Wednesday morning, border patrol agents near Desert Center (70 miles east of Palm Springs, Calif.) used spike strips to stop a car carrying 20 illegal immigrants. The crash killed Arturo Rojas Rodriguez, from Mexico, and hurt nine others.

The next day, Carlos Giralt-Cabrales, Mexican consul for San Bernadino and Riverside counties, said:
"We are very concerned for the well-being of the Mexican citizens. We hope that every time that a Mexican citizen is about to be detained by a Border Patrol officer, that detention should be carried out without putting at risk the life of the Mexican citizens."
A spokesperson for the Border Patrol said agents "followed procedure."

Sure--tell that to the Rodriguez family.

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