MARCH 18, 2011
The family of a drug-abusing illegal immigrant who died after being subdued with a stun gun is suing the U.S. government for using excessive force that led to his “wrongful death.”The illegal immigrant, Anastacio Hernandez, lived in San Diego and was twice deported to his native Mexico. He became unruly when federal agents tried to deport him at the San Ysidro border crossing in May and an officer used a stun gun to control him. Hernandez ended up dying and the San Diego County coroner ruled it a heart attack with methamphetamine abuse and hypertension as contributing factors.Mexico’s president was quick to condemn the U.S. for the incident, saying that a death “with that degree of violence is a truly unacceptable violation.” The Mexican consulate followed up with an official statement reiterating its “strongest condemnation” of the incident that led to the death of one of its citizens.This week the illegal alien’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the U.S.government in San Diego, alleging that immigration agents used excessive force to detain the 42-year-old construction worker as they escorted him to Tijuana. The complaint says agents repeatedly beat Hernandez and shot him several times with the stun gun.The Mexican consulate in San Diego organized a press conference to announce the lawsuit and introduce the family’s attorney, who claims the illegal alien was “frightened” and “pleading for his life” when agents beat him. Mexican authorities have demanded a thorough investigation of the incident and the Obama Administration has vowed to oblige.Of interesting note is that the Justice Department has transferred the case to its civil rights division, which is headed by Thomas Perez, the former Maryland Labor Secretary that has long fought for the rights of illegal immigrants. Perez supports Mexican and Guatemalan-issued cards as valid identification in this country, favors discounted tuition for illegal immigrants at public colleges and universities and supports programs that advice illegal aliens how to deal with police.Perez also served on the board of a controversial, taxpayer-funded day laborer center (Casa de Maryland) that helps illegal immigrants by operating employment facilities and offering free legal services. As head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division he has wasted taxpayer resources to prevent states from enforcing immigration laws and sued an Arizona public college system for discrimination because it requires job applicants to furnish proof of residency before getting hired.Last week Perez announced the administration’s commitment to eliminating teststhat discriminate against minorities in the workplace, asserting that the racial discrimination created by written exams is especially rampant in the nation’s police and fire departments because they disproportionately screen out people of a particular race even though they “present the appearance of objective, merit-based selection.”
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