February 25, 2014
Following the shooting death last week of a Mexican illegal alien with an extensive criminal record who assaulted a U.S. Border Patrol agent with rocks (one reportedly the size of a basketball), the government of Mexico is demanding that the Obama administration prohibit Border Patrol agents from using lethal force to protect themselves. Reports CNN:
“We also firmly reiterate that the use of lethal force in border control operations is unacceptable. The Government of Mexico expects the results of the investigations and that those responsible be held accountable,” the Secretariat of Foreign Relations said in a statement Thursday.
Assaults on Border Patrol officers are a serious problem. According to a recent DHS internal audit, the number of assaults reported was 549 in 2012, down from about 1,000 a year from 2007 to 2010. Nearly all of them occurred on the U.S.-Mexico border.