Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

US officer at border crossing shoots driver going to Mexico

New strands of concertina welded by U.S. Army engineers to the fence that separates the U.S. and Mexico are shown in downtown Nogales City in Arizona approves resolution for removal of 'irresponsible' and 'inhumane' razor wire at border wall
Deanna Wagner | 10 February, 2019, 09:41

The border crossing was initially closed after the shooting, but later reopened.

The resolution called the razor wire "not only irresponsible, but inhumane" and argues that this type of wall "is only found in a war, prison or battle setting".

The Nogales City Council condemned the wire and demanded that it be removed over safety concerns for children and pets.

He is also giving an ultimatum to the federal government - remove the wire or there will be lawsuit, The Associated Press reports.

Officers of the Mexican equivalent of U.S. Customs and Border Protection reportedly surrounded the truck and discovered the driver dead.

CBP said it would release more information about the shooting.

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The Wednesday declaration comes days after it was announced that the Military will continue installing contra wire along the United States-Mexico border.

As tensions are heating up in Nogales over concertina wire strung up across the border fence, the mayor of Douglas, Arizona, says increased border militarization is making life worse for residents in his city.

Authorities closed the DeConcini Port of Entry near Nogales after a man was shot attempting to run over a border patrol agent on Thursday night.

Nogales, a city of about 20,000 people, is economically reliant on Mexican shoppers and cross-border trade.

"Large bus loads of individuals are being bussed up to the border and we don't have any infrastructure in that area", the official said on the call with reporters. Illegal crossings in that area have dropped steeply in recent years.