Nichole Hungerford

Teen Shot at Border Was One of El Paso’s Most Wanted Juveniles for Immigrant Smuggling

Posted on June 26 2010 6:00 pm
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Clearly, Border Patrol agents in the middle of preventing innocent agricultural workers from crossing the border.


The story of the 15-year-old who was shot and killed by Border Patrol is indeed tragic. Tragic also, of course, because it has been seized upon by the open-border/amnesty Left as an example of the racist brutality we tribalistic Americans concerned with border security actually exhibit. 

Yet, the narrative that this boy was emblematic of the idyllic masses who simply cross the border illegally in order to pick vegetables is shattered by emerging facts. He had a long criminal record for a person his age, and was among El Paso’s most wanted for immigrant smuggling. Via the Washington Times:

The records show Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereca had been arrested at least four times since 2008 and twice in the same week in February 2009 on suspicion of smuggling illegal immigrants across the U.S.-Mexico border. Hernandez was repeatedly arrested along the U.S. side of the border near downtown El Paso, not far from where he was killed, but was never charged with a crime by federal prosecutors.

A Border Patrol agent shot and killed Hernandez June 7 while trying to arrest illegal immigrants crossing the muddy bed of the Rio Grande. Some witnesses said a group of people on the Mexican side were throwing rocks at the agents. Agents are generally permitted to use lethal force against rock throwers.

The records show that in at least one case Hernandez was to be paid $50 a person for smuggling four people into the U.S.

The records also show that in one case, federal prosecutors declined to charge Hernandez because there were no “extenuating circumstances or endangerment.”

Protecting the border is serious business. Border Patrol agents are not Wal-Mart greeters. They deal with the prospect of drug smugglers and violent criminals working to bring their vice into America, and there is no way of knowing, under the obscurity of night, who is coming to bring drugs and weapons, and who is coming to pick vegetables. There is also no way of knowing just who, exactly, this boy was ushering into the United States. We only know that they could pay; and that Hernandez was learning that a trade on the black market was a lucrative, viable profession — who knows where this kind of thinking leads.

Black market dealing is a dangerous environment that certainly no 15-year-old child should be a part of. The lax enforcement of repercussions on his activities probably only encouraged him to pursue this manner of livelihood further. As a result, one day he found himself in a situation no person his age should even witness, let alone be a party to. Another tragedy in the story.

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