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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

Presente.org Criticizes US Border Patrol For Condoning Lethal Force Against Rock Throwers

Nov. 5, 2013

Following the statement by U.S. Border Patrol Chief Mike Fisher that agents can continue to use deadly force against rock-throwers despite recommendations from a government-commissioned review to end the practice, Arturo Carmona, Executive Director of Presente.org, the largest national Latino online advocacy organization in the country, issued the following statement:

“This unacceptable statement from Border Patrol Chief Fisher is another example of the violence and impunity that has become a staple of US Border Patrol. Without acting to curb or even question continued and expanded Border Patrol violence, President Obama is effectively giving a license to kill Latinos on both sides of the border. If the President really considers himself a supporter of Latinos at the border and in the country as a whole, he needs to step in to end the irresponsible violence. The President can't blame Republicans for the murder of innocents by Border Patrol agents he leads as Commander In Chief.”