Mexicans Hurt in Border Incident Recovering

CBP agents with one of the vans involved in the border incident at San Ysdiro POE
CBP agents with one of the vans involved in the border incident at San Ysdiro POE
MEXICO CITY – The three Mexicans who were injured when U.S. federal agents opened fire on several vehicles to prevent them from entering the United States illegally are out of danger and have received consular protection, the Foreign Relations Secretariat said.

“The Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego is carrying out actions to protect the Mexicans who were affected by the incident” Tuesday afternoon at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, the secretariat said in a statement.

The border crossing, which links San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, was shut down around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday after the U.S. agents opened fire on three vans believed to be carrying illegal immigrants that tried to evade inspection.

One of the vehicles, according to police, accelerated and tried to hit two of the agents, who opened fire on the occupants, wounding the driver and a passenger.

A third person inside the van was injured when it collided with an automobile. One of the automobile’s occupants was also hurt in the crash.

The Mexican foreign ministry said the four people injured in the incident “are out of danger and in stable condition.”

The three vans were carrying 78 people, including 58 men, 15 women and five children, who were detained by U.S. authorities.

Personnel from the Mexican Consulate have interviewed 70 of the 78 detainees and offered them assistance.

Consular employees also helped find the relatives of one of the minors in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the secretariat said.

U.S. authorities issued a statement Wednesday detailing that an ICE agent and two Customs and Border Protection agents discharged their weapons “when one of the drivers presented a threat and tried to flee.”

The other two vans tried to return to Mexico and escape, U.S. officials said.

While the agents stopped all three vehicles, one of the drivers ran and managed to return to Mexico, where he was arrested by Mexican agents.

The suspect is apparently a minor, who will be tried under a binational system established for similar cases, remaining in the custody of Mexican authorities until the trial.

The Mexican government has expressed concern about the incident and called on U.S. authorities to conduct a thorough investigation.

SOURCE: Latin American Herald Tribune