Congresista Norma Torres pide al Gobierno de Estados Unidos que paren los abusos contra inmigrantes indocumentados en la frontera Sur

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La Congresista estadounidense, Norma Torres (demócrata-California), de origen guatemalteco, envió una carta al Ejecutivo de los Estados Unidos de América en la que solicita el cese de los abusos contra inmigrantes indocumentados en la frontera Sur estadounidense, luego de la muerte de su compatriota Claudia Patricia Gómez González, quien falleció a consecuencia de haber sido baleada por un agente de la Patrulla Fronteriza, en Laredo, Texas, el pasado 23 de mayo de 2018.

Torres demanda además que se conduca una investigación profunda y transparente de los hechos, además que se cambien los procedimientos con los que actúa la Patrulla Fronteriza y cuestionó la estrategia de seguridad de la presente administración para asegurar la frontera sur.

“Yo entiendo que este incidente está bajo investigación por parte del FBI y la oficina del Ranger de Texas. Es importante que estas agencias lleven a cabo una investigación de manera clara y transparente, y que se tomen las acciones legales y disciplinarias como garantizan las investigaciones, para asegurar que se deduzcan responsabilidades”, señaló.

Normas Torres es Congresista de los Estados Unidos de América. Nació en Escuintla, Guatemala, y emigró a territorio estadounidense cuando tenía 5 años, junto a su padre. Representan al Distrito 35 de California.

“Es imperativo que se comunique claramente a la Patrulla Fronteriza y a sus agentes que quienes buscan asilo y los inmigrantes indocumentados son seres humanos, cuyos derechos básicos deben ser respetados. Ells no son, como usted ha declarado, “animales”.

El contenido completo de la carta se puede leer a continuación:

Dear President Trump,

I write to express my profound concern regarding the May 23 killing of Guatemalan national Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez.

According to press reports, Ms. Gomez Gonzalez, a twenty-year-old accountant from an indigenous community in Guatemala, crossed the United States border on May 23 in search of employment opportunities, and to reunite with her boyfriend. Upon entry, she was shot and killed by an agent of the United States Border Patrol. The Border Patrol, in an initial statement, claimed that the agent in question “came under attack by multiple subjects using blunt objects”; however, Border Patrol later changed its story, instead claiming that the agent had been “rushed” by a group of migrants and dropping the it’s prior description of Ms. Gomez Gonzalez as an “assailant.”

I understand that this incident is under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Texas Rangers. It is important that these agencies carry out their investigations in a thorough and transparent manner, and that legal and disciplinary actions are taken, as warranted by the investigations, to ensure accountability. Likewise, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State must comply with any reasonable requests made on behalf of the family of Ms. Gomez Gonzalez through the Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in particular, the timely return of her body to Guatemala. I also request that you disclose relevant information regarding the three witnesses who were apprehended, including whether they have obtained legal representation.

The killing of Claudia Gomez Gonzalez was not an isolated incident. Of the 996 use of force incidents involving Customs and Border Patrol agents in Fiscal Year 2017, 889 involved the United States Border Patrol. I implore you to instruct the Secretary of Homeland Security to implement further reforms, such as the mandatory use of body cameras for all Border Patrol agents, to curb these abuses; it is troubling that Customs and Border Protection has still not fully implemented the Integrity Advisory Panel’s 2015-2016 recommendations, including recommendations addressing the use of force. It is also imperative that you clearly communicate to the Border Patrol and its agents that asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants are human beings, whose basic human rights must be respected. They are not, as you have stated, “animals.”

Finally, I urge you to rethink your strategy for securing the United States’ southwest border. The use of deadly force against innocent and unarmed civilians will never make our southwest border secure. You would achieve much better results, for much less money, by working with the governments of Central America to address the root causes of migration, especially violence and poverty. I stand ready to work with you toward that end, and I will continue to press the political classes in Central America to do their part.

Sincerely,

Fuente: https://torres.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/torres-trump-use-deadly-force-against-innocent-and-unarmed-civilians

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