The widow of a man killed by Border Patrol agents will be talking to the media today.
Anastasio Hernandez Rojas killed by Border Patrol while being repatriated to Mexico in 2010.
Border Patrol maintains that Rojas was a danger to its agents they say that he “became combative” and the baton and stun gun were used to “subdue the individual and maintain officer safety.”
Rojas’s widow Maria Puga says in a press release “Sometimes my six-year-old son asks me: ‘Why did they kill Daddy, why did they kill him?’ For nearly two years now, that’s the question I’ve been asking myself,” said María Puga, widow of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas. “To this date, I have no answers that will help me understand why my husband was killed, much less explain to my child why his daddy is no longer with us. I want to know the truth. I demand justice, not just for Anastasio, but for all the other families that have lost a loved one at the hands of the Border Patrol. Help me ask for justice, help me ask President Obama to bring closure to my husband’s case. I only hope that the day will come when I can answer my six-year-old. We want to be at peace at home; I demand justice for my family.”
New video calls into question the Border Patrol’s assertion that its agents acted appropriately. You can watch a selection of it above.
PBS’s Need to Know program investigated many undocumented immigrant deaths. Rojas’s death was featured. ( click HERE to watch )
The San Diego Union Tribune also reported on the new video. ( click HERE to read )