Fox: A mother who lost her 19-year-old son after a Border Patrol agent shot him in the back is suing the agency and the agent. Guadalupe Guerrero said Monday that the Border Patrol had no right to take her son’s life, even if he had marijuana in his truck as they say. “Why did they kill him? Who are they to play God?” Guerrero said in Spanish on what would have been her son’s 21st birthday.
A Border Patrol agent identified by police as Lucas Tidwell shot La Madrid three times — twice in the back and once in the thigh — as he climbed a ladder on the U.S.-Mexico border fence in southeastern Arizona on March 21, 2011. He was born [in Douglas] nearly 10 years after his mother came to the U.S. from Agua Prieta in the northeastern Mexican state of Sonora.
“I say he didn’t have drugs, but let’s suppose he did,” Guerrero said. “Let’s suppose he had 40 pounds of marijuana. You think that’s dangerous enough to kill a young boy, an American citizen? Why not send him to jail?” “That’s the only thing the United States government cares about — money,” she said.
A slightly deeper reading into the story will tell you that the agents found 48 pounds of weed in the trunk of this kid’s car. I’d round that to 50, she rounded down to 40, but whatever, since she maintains that he didn’t have any drugs. But let’s suppose he did, because, you know, he did. Now there are some sticky issues here, since it does seem a bit of a high price to pay for muling around a bunch of pot. On the other hand, 50 pounds? That’s a veritable sh1tload of weed. It’s not like he was scoring an ounce or two for his grandmother’s glaucoma, you know? Then there’s the issue of legality, since pot should probably already be legal. But it’s not, yet, so again, Mr.
Anchor Baby Guerrero isn’t coming off as the cleanest of perps here.
But the real story, which will probably never surface, is with the mother. If I do the math right, Guadalupe has been in the United States for 31 years. I don’t know if she got in the country legally or not, but what I do get from the story is that in 31 years she has not bothered to learn English, developed a disdain for the US government (join the club, although I notice you’ve spent quite a lot of time here over the last three decades), and raised a 20 year old drug smuggler. I’d say that deserves a multi-million dollar payoff at the expense of legal taxpaying citizens everywhere, don’t you?