Mexican Government Plans to Investigate El Paso Shooter as a Terrorist against Latinx People

On Sunday evening following the El Paso terrorist attack the Mexican government issued statements denouncing the actions of the shooter who attacked Latinx people in El Paso, killing 22 people in a Walmart. Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebraud is evaluating if the Mexican government can charge the shooter on terrorism charges and investigate the seller of the automatic weapon; he stated Sunday “We consider this to be an act of terrorism against Mexican American community and Mexican nationals in the US.” Martha Barcena, Mexico’s ambassador to Washington, tweeted “The intentionality of the attack against the Mexicans and the Latino community in El Paso is frightening/ NO to hate speech. NO to xenophobic discourse” The assailant has been linked to anti-immigrant, specifically Hispanic, hate messages and authored a manifesto which spews rants against immigrants. NBC News stressed that the assailant went out of his way to target El Paso, which is more than 80% Hispanic or Latino and is located adjacent to Ciudad Juárez. Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebraud concluded “But we are not proposing to meet hate with hate. We will act with reason and within the law, but with firmness” and he also assured that Mexico will attempt to work […]

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