Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Anastacio Hernandez Rojas

El Manana has the story of late San Diego, CA resident, Anastacio Hernandez Rojas, who died yesterday of a cardiac arrest.  Mr. Rojas was 42 years old, raised five children and had lived in Southern California for 27 years after immigrating from Mexico.

You might hear more about this man because of the circumstances that lead to his death.  One blogger claims that Mr. Rojas was detained by authorities after a traffic violation sometime last week.  Border Patrol, and Customs agents, tried to deport him to Mexico Friday night (May 28) on suspicion that he had not entered the country legally.  Mr. Rojas resisted, at which point, agents used force to subdue him.  Reports indicate that he was tasered and beaten. 

On Sunday Mr. Rojas was pronounced brain dead.  Family members from Mexico were afforded visitation priveleges. 

Conflicting details (time of death) are emerging about this case.  The specifics might not be known for some time.  Nevertheless I have to question how a man who has lived in the U.S. for nearly three decades ends up dead after an altercation with Border Patrol agents.  This whole incident might've escalated quickly; or perhaps authorities had good reason to think that Mr. Rojas had just entered the country illegally; or it could be that they knew about his roots here and proceeded to remove him from the country anyway.

Whatever the case may be, and whatever your opinion is about immigrants, this incident has the makings for a perfect shitstorm that we'll be hearing about for weeks to come.    

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