Mexico threatens legal action against United States for El Paso shooting

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Screen capture … Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard … Credit: Expansión

The government of Mexico has threatened to take legal action in response to the El Paso shooting this weekend. Six Mexicans were killed and seven wounded in the Walmart mass shooting that left a total of 20 people dead and 26 wounded.

“We consider this an act of terrorism against the community of Mexico,” stated Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard during a Sunday press conference. If Mexico’s prosecutor takes the step of officially designating the crime an act of terrorism, it would “permit Mexico access to all the information related to the case,” and “let us evaluate whether there are other individuals involved or potentially involved” that could yet threaten the safety of Mexicans, added Ebrard.

An extradition request is also a possibility in order to bring the suspect to trial in the Mexican justice system, he indicated.

“The Attorney General will evaluate requesting, if necessary elements are there, the extradition of the author or the authors of this action,” he said.

The weapon used in the shooting spree is a concern and the Secretary indicated the U.S. will be asked to provide information on how the gun was obtained by the shooter.

“We consider the issue of arms to be crucial,” said Ebrard.

In an earlier video posted online and translated by the New York Daily News, Ebrard said, “Mexico declares its profound rejection and complete condemnation of this barbaric act, in which innocent Mexican men and women lost their lives.”

Although many liberal American politicians have been eager to try to blame President Donald Trump’s illegal immigration stance for the violence, Ebrard did not go there.

Progressive Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has also not engaged in any finger-pointing. A great deal of progress has recently been made between Mexico and the United States to cooperate in the effort to stop immigrants from moving through Mexico to the southern U.S. border.

U.S. investigators are looking at a manifesto posted online they believe the alleged shooter Patrick Crusius wrote that would provide evidence that the shootings would be classified as a hate crime. Crusius has already been charged with capital murder and faces the possibility of a death sentence in Texas.

Several officials in the United States have called the El Paso carnage “white terrorism,” including Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush and former U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein.

In a Saturday evening tweet, George P. Bush said, “There have now been multiple attacks from self-declared white terrorists here in the US in the last several months. This is a real and present threat that we must all denounce and defeat.”

Rosenstein, who resigned his post as Deputy Attorney General effective May 11, endorsed Bush’s “white terrorism label” with a tweet of his own, saying, “George is right. Killing random civilians to spread a political message is terrorism. FBI classifies it as domestic terrorism, but ‘white terrorism’ is more precise. Many of the killers are lone-wolf losers indoctrinated to hate through the internet, just like Islamic terrorists.”

Victor Rantala

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