Undocumented Immigrants Shot and Killed By Border Vigilantes

allen_ormond.jpgIt has recently been reported that Mexican undocumented immigration to the United States has reached net zero, that is that amount of people leaving equals the amount of people entering. Heightened border militarization and a shaky economy have forced many immigrants reconsidering life in the U.S. The net zero reality isn't much reflected in the persistent moral panic about immigration. Does the murder of two undocumented immigrants by armed vigilantes in camouflage garb reflect an reasonable American concern about the effects immigration or perceived fear founded on racism?

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via Phoenix New Times


Two illegal immigrants were shot and killed last night near Eloy after being "ambushed" by an unknown number of people in camouflage getup, police say.

According to the Pima County Sheriff's Department, the call came into the Eloy Police Department around 10:30 p.m. yesterday about shots being fired at an "illegal alien smuggling load."

The sheriff's department, along with Eloy police, Coolidge police, and Border Patrol agents, found one person dead in the bed of the pickup truck, and another person was found dead in a nearby wash.

Deputy Dawn Barkman tells New Times there may have been as many as 30 people in the truck when it was fired upon, but police only found a handful of people hiding in some nearby brush as the rest in the truck had booked it.

The witness' description of the shooters: A bunch of people with rifles and camouflage clothing.

It's unknown exactly how many camouflage-clothed people with rifles were shooting at a truck full of illegal immigrants, and Barkman wasn't up for speculating about who exactly is wearing camo and shooting people coming across the border.

Barkman says the camouflage clothing and the rifles were just about the only two things the people relayed about the shooters.

According to police, the truck was going through a wash that's "commonly used for human smuggling," and the occupants of the truck were "ambushed" as the camo/rifle people opened fire on them.

The names of the two victims have not yet been released.

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  • commented 2012-05-12 20:05:52 -0700
    It doesn’t say but I’ll bet the immigrants were unarmed – this is MURDER, pure and simple. I hope the camo people are prosecuted to the full extent of the law
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  • commented 2012-04-28 10:50:09 -0700
    I posted a link that did not go through, but if you go to YOU TUBE or GOOGLE – “shwna forde” – She was a member of the white supremacist terrorist anti-immigrant organization MINUTEMEN whom she and two other accomplices murdered a 9 year old little girl, her father and wounded her mother, leaving her for dead.
  • commented 2012-04-28 10:34:06 -0700
    The ONLY viable alternative defense available against the constant attacks and murders against undocumented immigrants at the U.S. / Mexico border, particularly in Arizona, is for the Mexican drug cartels to please stop killing their own Mexican citizens and focus their “sights” on any and ALL armed “civilian” vigilantes who are NOT “law enforcement” personnel with…, EXTREME PREJUDICE! If I could sit down myself and take my case to them to have them hear me out…, I would not hesitate to do so! I am not brave…, but for this just cause, I would make a pact with the Devil himself if it would benefited OUR vulnerable voiceless undocumented immigrants at the border. Besides, I have already led a good revolutionary life.
    It’s unfortunate that what WE have at this point in time is an actual RACE WAR in process without abatement…, not of our own making!
    White racist America is reacting with much terror in their hearts as the “colorization” is now taking place, especially with an elected BLACK U.S. President, Barack H. Obama, which is too much for “them” to bear and grasp the reality of the dismal future that awaits them within two or more generations from now.

  • commented 2012-04-16 19:55:34 -0700
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  • commented 2012-04-11 08:08:47 -0700
    Hello Mark did you not read this piece? These people were ambushed! What kind of person does something like that? I will protect my land, however I would never lay in wait for someone to come onto my land! Who know’s they maybe coming to ask a reasonable question! I have 7 acres of land in WI taking your side I should be waiting for those Canadian’s! What the hell? If it were that easy to get work visa? I know people here that have their paperwork in but have had no answers for 20 years! Our immigration needs to be changed to a new streamline version of what it is. My Grandfather came over here as a child. He fought in WWII and than received him naturalization papers. I am proud of my Grandfather and proud to be a second generation Mexican American.
  • commented 2012-04-10 22:46:37 -0700
    I agree it was pretty sick humor. Yes, it’s horrible. These shooters have no more humanity than the people that planned and ran the gas chambers at Auschwitz. They are unhuman because they are blinded by the racism that fails to recognize the humanity of their fellows. I don’t care what they call themselves, they should be rounded up and shot. It won’t happen though. Serious people need to round up enough voters to change the situation, not only in Arizona, but, the U.S. generally. It certainly makes me ashamed to be a gringo, but, it should make us all ashamed to be Americans, as long as our government stands idly by and allows murders. These murders are hate crimes.
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  • commented 2012-04-10 20:25:00 -0700
    Yeah it’s not funny Donald. It’s horrible that there are people still in this situation of being in Mexico with no means at all to attain legal entry to the U.S. As far as the border vigilantes, they have the right to defend their own property and that’s it. If they see something crossing illegally they have the right to call the police, not open fire. It should be first degree murder.
  • commented 2012-04-10 18:49:41 -0700
    Is that suppose to be funny Donald? This is horrible I cannot believe these people are not being arrested for shooting unarmed people. Human beings! Where is the humanity? And you know I bet these people call themselves Christian’s! Right!
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  • commented 2012-04-10 16:59:50 -0700
    It’s dangerous to pick fruit and veggies in the States these days.
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