By Brenda Norrell
Photo copyright Brenda Norrell
TUCSON -- Isabel Garcia, cochair of Derechos Humanos, describes how the US Border Patrol has acted with impunity, murdering people of Mexico. Listen to the interview now, recorded outside the federal courthouse. US Border Patrol agent Nicholas Corbett is on trial for the murder of Francisco Javier Dominguez Rivera, 22, from Morelia, Mexico.
"We are talking about a poisoned atmosphere against immigrants," Garcia said, comparing today's racism toward migrants with the pre-Civil Rights era in the south.
Garcia said border agents are murdering and getting away with murder.
"We are living in really, really, dangerous times," Isabel said. "This case is about accountability, this case is about impunity. That is the bottom line."
Attorneys are presenting their final arguments today, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008. Corbett is charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and negligent homicide. His first trial ended in a mistrial after another jury deadlocked.