UN committee condemns Mexico in forced disappearance case

8/7/19 – Associated Press

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A United Nations committee says Mexico is responsible for a forced disappearance that occurred in Veracruz state in 2010 and has asked for a renewed investigation.

The victim’s lawyer says it marks the first time a U.N. body has issued a binding resolution condemning Mexico for forced disappearances.

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Mexico wants U.S. help to identify white supremacist threats

8/8/19 – Reuters

By Dave Graham

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Mexico’s government on Wednesday pressed the United States to cooperate in helping to identify white supremacists that pose a threat to its citizens after a weekend shooting in El Paso, Texas that killed eight Mexican nationals.

A total of 22 people lost their lives in the shooting at a Walmart store, an event Mexico has vowed to investigate as an act of terrorism. It said it may also request the suspected perpetrator be extradited to Mexico for trial.

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With Eight Mexican Deaths, El Paso Shooting Prompts New Cross-Border Anxiety

8/6/19 – Wall Street Journal

By Alicia A. Caldwell, José de Córdoba and Suman Naishadham

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The first cabinet-level official to visit El Paso, Texas, after a mass shooting over the weekend came on behalf of the government on the other side of the border.

Mexico’s foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, spoke at his country’s consulate in El Paso on Monday, where he decried the massacre—in which 22 people including eight Mexicans were killed—as a terrorist act directed at his country’s citizens. He said six Mexican citizens remained in the hospital Monday.

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Before massacre, El Paso became a hot spot on Mexican border

8/6/19 – Associated Press

By Elliott Spagat and Cedar Attanasio

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Deny Martinez paid a smuggler $7,000 to take him and his teenage son from Honduras to the Mexican side of the Rio Grande, across from El Paso, Texas.

His smuggler’s destination was Ciudad Juarez, Mexico: a dry river basin in view of El Paso’s downtown office towers. The channel crosses the city and, at one point, is less than 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the Walmart where a gunman attacked shoppers on Saturday, resulting in 22 deaths.

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Mexico might try to put the El Paso shooter on trial. The U.S. is unlikely to hand him over.

8/7/19 – Washington Post

By Claire Parker

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Eight Mexicans were among the 22 victims of Saturday’s mass shooting in El Paso, and Mexico is now exploring an unusual legal recourse: seeking the extradition of an American for a crime carried out on American soil.

Mexico has long used legal action to resolve international disputes, analysts say, but requesting the extradition of an American is unlikely to succeed as long as U.S. authorities continue pursuing a criminal case against the 21-year-old suspected shooter.

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Cross-border ties remain strong after El Paso mass shooting

8/7/19 – Associated Press

By Christopher Sherman

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After a young Texan went on a shooting rampage that appeared to target Hispanics at a Walmart in El Paso, killing 22 people, including eight Mexican citizens, there were no protests on the other side of the Rio Grande in neighboring Ciudad Juarez, only a small vigil honoring all the dead.

Community leaders didn’t talk of boycotting El Paso, a city that depends heavily on Mexican shoppers. On the contrary, in the following days Mexicans have packed the international bridges going to jobs, stores and schools like always.

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Mexico to open first terrorism probe of an event on U.S. territory

8/5/19 – Reuters

By Daniel Trotta

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Mexico will investigate the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, that killed 22 people, including eight Mexican citizens, as an act of terrorism and may request the suspected shooter be extradited to Mexico for trial, the country’s foreign minister said on Monday.

Mexico’s involvement in the criminal process against accused shooter Patrick Crusius comes at a time of high tension between Mexico City and Washington over issues of immigration and trade.

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