The Secretariat of Foreign Relations of Mexico is profoundly concerned by the death of Mexican national Jesús Flores Cruz, caused by the use of a firearm by an agent of the United States Border Patrol on February 18th, 2014, near the border crossing in Otay Mesa, California. We also firmly reiterate that the use of lethal force in border control operations is unacceptable. The Government of Mexico expects the results of the investigations and that those responsible be held accountable.

The Embassy of Mexico in the United States and the Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego immediately contacted the Border Patrol, both at the central and local offices, to request information on the incident, determine the identity of the deceased, and confirm his nationality. Additionally, through official channels, we asked U.S. authorities to undertake an exhaustive investigation into the facts. The Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego will continue to provide the necessary assistance to the family of the victim.

The Government of Mexico reiterates the urgency of adopting the multiple recommendations on the use of lethal force by agents of the Border Patrol that have been issued by the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as well as the Police Executive Research Forum, with the goal of eliminating unnecessary deaths that unfortunately now number 21 since 2010. Multiple voices from the United States Congress to members of civil society on both sides of the border have now joined that call.

Bilateral coordination and technical exchanges in this arena are the best way to prevent situations of excessive use of force by U.S. authorities. Only through cooperation between both governments will we be able to continue building our common border into a zone of prosperity and development.

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