Justice is not the $25 million dollars asked for in the civil suit, but rather the process that goes with the civil suit that could force information from the U.S. Government, who has gone out of it’s way to protect Border Patrol Agents who kill unarmed Mexicans, perhaps in Mexican territory.
“Part of this lawsuit seeks to require the government to turn over the border camera video and see it and get a better look at it,” said Bob Hilliard, attorney for Sergio’s family.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in El Paso, names the Department of Homeland Security, The U.S. Border Patrol, the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and an “unnamed agent” of the U.S. Border Patrol as defendants.
“The parents are hopeful that the main thing they get is an accounting of the Border Patrol’s conduct,” Hilliard said, adding he is hoping that criminal charges will be filed against the agent.
The mainstream media, the United States government, and even some commenters here want to paint Mexico as the biggest danger to the United States since hmmm communism/the Russians/ Cubans…ay you get the point. Some stats tell a different story though.
There is no analysis as to why, although many will point to the drug war and gangs which really are crimes based in poverty. Much of the poverty in Latin America can be linked to inequity which can be linked in part to United States intervention ( a la NAFTA and more direct military interventions).
According to an article in today’s El Diario/La Prensa, everyday an average of 58 Mexican minors are “voluntarily repatriated” , that is deported to Mexico. Of those 58, around 70 percent of them are unaccompanied. Doing that math, that means that around 40 children are sent back to Mexico without adults on a daily basis. And these are incomplete numbers, meaning they do not include children who were deported outside of an agreement signed between Mexico and U.S. Homeland Security in 2004.
These numbers, which came from the Mexican agency, Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM), further state that in between January and November of 2010, there were 439,898 deportation cases of which 19,296 were children, and out of the children, 3,653 were identified as female.
I really wanted to highlight this series because of how accessible it is to many. I can imagine people in my neighborhood accessing the four films via their cell phones. In light of the anti-immigrant rhetoric in the U.S. combined with the revealed horrors Latinos from Central and South America face when traveling through Mexico al rumbo a los E.U., this film coming in part from a Mexican seems really important. There seems to be a new market for reality tv focusing on the border. Using buzzwords like “war”, outlets like National Geographic Channel and Current TV each have their own series about those who cross the frontera for a better life. But those series feel like exploitation films to me, with an U.S. gaze framing the crisis not so much in terms of the inherent human rights of the migrants, but rather the fear of invasion.
The issue of same-sex marriage and adoption was raised to the Supreme Court by the Attorney General under Mexican President Felipe Calderon. The lawsuit alleged that gay marriages and adoption went against the idea of family and put children at risk.
Costa Rica hasn’t had an army since the 1940′s after a violent civil war, but the US is trying to change that by bringing it’s own military presence inside the Central American country best known to most people as being a popular adventure tourism destination.
On July 1, Costa Rica’s unicameral Legislative Assembly, with 31 votes out of 57, approved the US Embassy’s request to open the country to 46 US warships, 7,000 US soldiers, 200 helicopters and two aircraft carriers. This permission was granted through at least Dec. 31 of this year, officially justified by the necessity of fighting drug-traffickers, providing humanitarian services and providing a place for US ships to dock and refuel. While most reports have put a Dec. 31 expiration date on the agreement, the Nicaraguan media last week reported that Costa Rican Foreign Minister Rene Castro, in a meeting with Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Samuel Santos, said that the agreement is for five years.
Hm. I’m not sure how I feel about this–it is a contest for a US citizen to go to Mexico and write poetry. I’ve participated in writing retreats like this before, and I often find them to be reliant on the “exotic” tropes that often define US traveler’s experiences (i.e. Spend all your time in hotels! Drink lots of alcohol! Ignore the starving people who aren’t allowed to access the beach you’re on! etc). But at the same time, I think that this might be a really great opportunity for somebody of Mexican descent who can’t otherwise afford to “go back home.”
So do with it what you will. ANd if you win, let us know!
U.S. Poets in Mexico has announced its 2nd annual Mérida Fellowship Award. This award is given annually to one American poet (over 18 years of age) to participate in U.S. Poets in Mexico workshops with tuition and registration fees paid, a hotel room for the week, two day trips, and optional Spanish lessons.
To enter the contest, send 4-6 poems, no more than 6 pages in total, 12 pt. Times New Roman type. Do not put your name or address on submitted poems. Previously published poems will be accepted. Contest submissions will not be returned. Enclose your poems, a check for $25 (entry fee) and the Application. If you are only entering the Mérida Fellowship Award contest and not attending workshops, please check the appropriate box on the Application so that you will not receive email asking for registration and tuition fees.
U.S. Poets in Mexico
P.O. Box 4150
Grand Central Station
New York, NY 10163
Deadline: October 15, 2010
Winner annouced: November 1, 2010
Judge: Maureen Owen
E-mail questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
More details available at: http://www.uspoetsinmexico.org/33.html