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Family Of Man Tasered At San Ysidro Border Crossing Wants Justice

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Aired 5/31/10

Family members of a 42-year-old man tasered by Border Patrol agents at the San Ysidro Border Crossing last Friday night said he is brain dead. The Mexican Consulate in San Diego says it appears federal agents used excessive force.

Family members of a 42-year-old man tasered by Border Patrol agents at the San Ysidro Border Crossing last Friday night said he is brain dead. The Mexican Consulate in San Diego said it appears federal agents used excessive force.

The family of Anastasio Hernandez said he and his brother tried to cross the border illegally Friday but got caught.

Anastasio’s cousin, Veronica Hernandez, said he was trying to get back home to his wife and five kids after being deported recently.

Border Patrol officials said Anastasio became combative Friday, as they prepared to send him back to Tijuana.

Officials said he was out of control, so agents Tasered him. They said an ambulance came.

Anastasio’s cousin, Veronica, said he’s been brain dead at Scripps Memorial in Chula Vista since.

She said the family is devastated and is convinced the Border Patrol is lying.

Witnesses, who said they saw the altercation Friday at San Ysidro, said agents also kicked Anastasio while he was on the ground.

Veronica said Anastasio came to the U.S. to work 26 years ago.

She said no one has heard from Anastasio’s brother who was with him. San Diego police and Border Patrol officials said an investigation is ongoing.

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BobRoney | May 31, 2010 at 7:59 a.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

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patiklee | May 31, 2010 at 2:32 p.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

The way to prevent this is simple, don't come here illegally. If you are here illegally and you get caught, don't "nut out" when being returned to where you belong. It's not the fault of law enforcement that he is in this mess, it's his. His family is trying for a payoff and the bleeding heart ILLEGAL activist group's will use them for their agenda.

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VictoriaSethunya | May 31, 2010 at 3:39 p.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

Being in the US illegally is not permission damage lives. Most illegals will commit more crime if you coin your statistics to reflect that. Before illegals, most crimes were commited by blacks because that is precisely what the numbers were ordered to do.

In the United States, punishment is said to be "proportional" crime. What class crime is crossing the border to killing someone's brain? Is it because those who hold tasers are themselves not ok upstairs? Yes? No? And yet we are the first to jump up high when this sort of thing happens to women in Sudan, the Middle East....have the entire world damage brains of those whom they deem to be unlawfully in their countries?

Is this what you want? SPEAK!

The struggles between peoples of light and dark skins don't just start now, and it is the responsibility of those who feel obliged to respond.

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001citizen | May 31, 2010 at 7:42 p.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

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zadeda | June 1, 2010 at 6:51 a.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

I realize that people want to come to our country to for a better life for their families, If I was in their situation I probably do the same thing but I would be breaking the Law. Putting the blame on the Border Patrol is truly ridicules, the illegal entry plus the out of control behavior is what cost this man his life. I think it's time to start putting the blame were it needs to be. First to the individuals that continue to break the Law entering illegally, Second to the Mexico Government that that is broken that cant have a economy that can support their own citizens, and finally our own Government and elected officials who have sworn to serve and protect this Country that DUE not enforce the Laws that exist today.

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huevos | June 2, 2010 at 3:41 p.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

To Zadeda

The entire economy of the United States of America is highly contributed by all the citizens, residents and illegal residents from all over the world. That's what makes the U.S. unique. If most of all the rest of the countries can't or won't support their citizens is out of our hands. Neither of us have the power to make such decisions. People often blame all illegal immigrants for the mistakes and faults that the U.S. government has made in the past 8/9 years. Not many recognize that THEY "Immigrants" also contribute a big chunk to the economy of the U.S.
By having an Immigration Reform it will help to control the borders not only from Mexico and the rest of the Latin America, but also from people who come from Canada, Brittan, Russia, Middle East, China etc. These people are also trying to either stay in the U.S. Or have a better future and their own countries after they spent several years working to save enough to go back. Excessive law enforcement shouldn’t be permitted period.

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