Stun gun death of US resident here by border patrol adds ugly dimension to immigration debate.

by on June 14, 2010 · 4 comments

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Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, an illegal immigrant who worked in construction, was shot with a Taser while being deported late last month. He suffered a heart attack and died .(Family photo)

By Leslie Berestein / Union-Tribune / June 14, 2010

The deaths of two people during confrontations with border officials in recent weeks, one in San Diego and one in El Paso, have pushed an already-heated debate over illegal immigration to the boiling point.

On May 28, Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, 42, was shot with a Taser stun gun by a U.S Customs and Border Protection officer at the San Ysidro border crossing after he resisted agents trying to send him back to Mexico. He later died.

Last Monday, 15-year-old Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereca was fatally shot by a U.S. Border Patrol agent after a group he was with on the Mexican side of the border between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez threw rocks at U.S. agents.

John Skrentny, a sociologist and the new director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at UC San Diego, said the tone of the immigration debate has given special significance to the events at the border, with controversy raging over a new immigration law in Arizona and the Obama administration under fire for not overhauling national immigration laws.

“An incident like this, coming into this atmosphere, becomes symbolic,” Skrentny said.

At a San Diego news conference Thursday attended by Hernandez’s family members, an attorney representing the deceased man’s children said an administrative complaint would soon be filed against the Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection. If the federal government rejects the complaint, the family can file a wrongful-death civil lawsuit after six months, attorney Eugene Iredale said.

In Lemon Grove last week, a crowd of about 300 attended the funeral for Hernandez, a father of five who moved to the United States illegally from Mexico as a teen and lived in Encanto.

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JPinSD June 15, 2010 at 8:17 am

“According to the county Medical Examiner’s Office, he suffered a heart attack, with hypertension, methamphetamine intoxication and the fight contributing.”

Sorry the dude died but don’t get high, cross the border illegally and then fight the border patrol.


Frank Gormlie June 15, 2010 at 8:54 am

JPinSd – here’s some of the article that you either didn’t read or feel it was important enough:

“According to a witness, Hernandez was prone with close to 20 officers around him at one point. Humberto Navarrete, a 24-year-old student from National City, said he heard screams as he and a companion were walking toward the border turnstile.

“In a grainy cell phone video taken by Navarrete, a man is heard repeatedly screaming “No!” and “Por favor!” (please).

“He said the man was eventually moved farther away, after which he heard about five shocks from the stun gun. After that, he said, the man fell silent. An ambulance appeared several minutes later.

“Hernandez was declared brain-dead in a Chula Vista hospital the next day and was eventually removed from life support. “


doug porter June 15, 2010 at 9:30 am

JPinSD obviously didn’t feel that those “details” were of any interest, since his point was to dehumanize the PERSON who was MURDERED.
There were plenty of witnesses to this event; but rather than admit that some of their own had broken bad, the coroner’s office LEAKED (that’s right, no official report has been made public) the info about the possibility of drug/health issues.


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