Mexico Threatens Legal Action Against U.S. After El Paso Massacre

Cheryl Sanders
August 7, 2019

Mexican officials have said six Mexican nationals were among the dead in the border city where tens of thousands of Mexicans legally cross each day to work and shop.

Mexico's government and media condemned as an act of "terrorism against Mexicans" the 3 August massacre in the USA border city of El Paso, Texas, in which at least seven Mexican nationals were among the 20 people killed.

"We consider this an act of terrorism, in this case carried out on American territory, but an act of terrorism against Mexicans", said Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard.

Velazquez underwent several surgeries at the Del Sol Medical Center in El Paso after the bullet punctured his organs, another niece, Norma Ramos, said on Sunday from Ciudad Juarez.

Ebrard also stated in a news conference that the gunman-an alleged white nationalist-"is a terrorist". Foreign Minister Marcel Ebrard said Mexico would take legal action against the business that sold the shooter the firearm.

"Mexico declares its profound rejection and complete condemnation of this barbaric act, in which innocent Mexican men and women lost their lives", tweeted Ebrard and translated by NBC News.

'Nothing is solved by violence and nothing is solved by what is called xenophobia...'

Other victims may have also been of Mexican descent, while one man who had travelled to El Paso from Mexico to buy school supplies for his daughter was among those severely wounded.

Former President Felipe Calderon said via Twitter that regardless of whether the shooting is a hate crime, Trump "should stop his hate speech".

"The Mexican government does not want this incident to go as another shooting in the United States", said Javier Buenrostro, a professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

In an editorial entitled "Elements for hatred", El Universal described the El Paso killings as "the biggest massacre of persons of Mexican origin in the United States".

He says there's a growing "discriminatory and racist current" in the USA and that "we are living with the consequences of not stopping this narrative of hate". Authorities are investigating links between the suspected gunman and a racist, anti-immigrant screed that was posted online.

A suspect, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, is facing possible hate crime charges, in addition to capital murder charges, according to sources.

Speaking at a public event in the central state of Michoacan, Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador lambasted the indiscriminate use of weapons in the USA, as he issued a firm demand that those responsible for the heinous crime be punished.

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