Donald Trump has pledged to build a beautiful wall but Americas frontier with Mexico is already aggressively defended by the drones and fencings of the US border patrol. Its a strategy that is causing ever more migrants to succumb in hostile terrain
Fifteen-year-old Sergio Hernandez Guereca and three teenage friends ran across the percolate of water in the concrete riverbed that is the Rio Grande, which marks the USMexico border, on a cloudy, hot June day in 2010. The river, which operates between El Paso and Jurez, is merely centimetres deep and 15 metres wide at the border, because the US diverts most of the water into a canal before it reaches Mexico. The audacity of the sons operate, in broad daylight in one of the most heavily patrolled spots along the border, roused bored pedestrians inching along the Paso del Norte Bridge towards the checkpoint. Several turned on their phone cameras to record the brazen act. The videos and the searing images of the aftermath momentarily inundated the media, with channels from CNN to Univision indicating the footage.
Exactly what Sergio and his friends had in intellect is unclear. Even at their young ages, they had to know that an agent would arrive within seconds of their shoes getting wet. Maybe they were a diversion for some other traversing nearby, or had a small package to drop for a smuggler, or, as their families would suggest later, were just doing something stupid to get their adrenaline pumping. They were teenage boys, after all.
As soon as they reached the fencing on the US side, the latter are forced to retreat. Border patrol agent Jesus Mesa Jr ran in from the north with his gun already described. Sergio and two other boys easily scaped Mesa and jogged back across to the Mexican side. The fourth son put his hands up and was imprisoned. Insuring this, Sergio and his two friends picked up rocks and threw them at Agent Mesa. The detained boy fell to the ground; Agent Mesa dragged him by his shirt collar a few metres toward the Rio Grande, maintaining his handgun pointed into Mexico at the boys, who were at least 20 or 30 metres away.
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