Thursday, October 31, 2013
Investigative Fund reporter John Carlos Frey, is breaking a story in collaboration with Fusion about border security and excessive and deadly use of force by US Border Patrol agents along the US-Mexico Border. Frey has uncovered new information on border shootings, including a shocking admission from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
1. In an unexpected move, CBP has admitted in an email that Border Patrol agents have shot and killed six Mexican civilians on Mexican soil in the past five years. The rapid hiring of thousands of new agents between 2006 and 2009 is the backdrop for at least 10 cross-border shootings in the last five years, resulting in the deaths of unarmed Mexicans.
2. Just last week Border Patrol shot an unarmed man in the back, 21-year-old Mexican citizen who was while fleeing. He survived the shooting, and is scheduled to leave the hospital today.
3. President Obama has said immigration reform is his #1 priority — but that includes increased border security, a significantly under-covered issue in the national news media. Frey's report reveals the crucial need for massive overhaul of CBP, the largest law enforcement agency in the nation