Mexico explores legal action against the United States after the El Paso shooting

Mexico explores legal action against the United States after the El Paso shooting

The Mexican government considers taking legal action against the United States after seven Mexican citizens were killed and seven others were injured in a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Sunday.

During a press conference in Mexico City, Ebrard described the shooting as an act of terrorism against Mexicans in the United States and said the Mexican government will analyze whether there is sufficient evidence to request the extradition of the armed man to face charges in Mexico.

U.S. authorities did not publicly identify the shooter, but three sources told CNN that the suspect is Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas. The sources were two federal officials and a state official.

Authorities also investigate a racist and anti-immigrant document that they believe the suspect posted on the 8chan online message board before the shooting. The 2,300-word document, which the police called a “manifesto,” is full of white supremacist language and racist hatred directed at immigrants and Latinos. Blame immigrants and first-generation Americans for taking jobs.

In a video posted on his official Twitter page, Ebrard said that what happened in El Paso was “unacceptable” and that “the first legal actions” that the government will take will be in accordance with International Law.

“Mexico would like to express its deepest condemnation and rejection of this barbaric act where innocent Mexican men and women were killed,” said Ebrard. “We are outraged, we do not support the culture of hate.”

Ebrard also said that the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, ordered him to take swift legal measures to protect affected families first and then “so that Mexico can demand that the United States protect the Mexican community in the United States.”

López Obrador confirmed this Sunday in a televised statement that six Mexican citizens were killed and seven were injured. On Sunday night, in a tweet, Ebrard confirmed the death of a seventh Mexican, whom he identified as Iván Filiberto Manzano, from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua.

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