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Tuesday March 29, 2011

Mexican Customs Agent Mistreatment of Immigrant Caught on Camera (VIDEO)

Mexican Customs Agent Mistreatment of Immigrant Caught on Camera (VIDEO)

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A video posted on several news sites and circulating on YouTube resulted in the suspension of three Mexican customs agents, one of whom appeared to chase a migrant into the Usumacinta River with a machete.

During a raid in Boca del Cerro, Tabasco, on March 20, a Honduran woman jumped into the swiftly flowing river and was prevented from climbing out by an immigration officer, El Universal reported.

As a result of the incident, Ernesto Román Santos, Elmer Domínguez Cruz and Alonso Molina Trujillo were put on suspension and are under investigation.

A video shot by bystanders shows the agent standing on the bank of the Usumacinta river as the female migrant barely stays afloat. She apparently jumped into the river to avoid capture, and was eventually rescued by a boater.

The incident comes on the heels of a March 18 announcement made by the head of the Immigration Institute, Salvador Beltrán del Río, that progress was being made in the protection of migrants.
Modifications to the immigration law made it past the Senate on Feb. 24, but have since been stuck in committees in the Chamber of Deputies.

The modifications are meant to address the high instance of kidnapping among migrants coming north from places such as Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. But they are also meant to cut down on examples of police brutality.

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