The Trump Administration has been on a tear against immigrants ever since it began.
One of the most egregious offenses is what has occurred at the hands of the Supreme Court in the case of a border patrol agent who shot and killed a 15-year-old Mexican boy who was playing with his friends along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Sergio Adrián Hernández Güereca and his friends were playing a game that involved touching the fence separating the two nations, and then running back. They were not trying to enter the U.S. illegally, as the border patrol originally said. The Washington Post has video evidence of this fact.
That, however, has not stopped Trump’s right-wing Supreme Court from saying that the boy’s family has no right to sue for damages over their son’s senseless death as a casualty in this ruthless effort to get rid of immigrants by any means necessary.
The Court’s reasoning in its 5-4 decision was that the U.S. and Mexico solve their problems with diplomacy, not the courts, and that Sergio Adrián Hernández Güereca had no 4th and 15th Amendment rights to violate since he was not a United States citizen. That is what lawyers for his family had argued, that those rights were violated.
This family’s pain has been going on since 2010, when Hernández was shot. The border patrol agent, Jesus Mesa, faced no criminal charges, and it has been determined that he acted within the Border Patrol protocol when he shot Hernández.
The way the vote would go with this right-wing court was no mystery. After all, way back in November, Chief Justice John Roberts said of the case, “I thought the country was supposed to speak with one voice,” meaning that the courts should not get involved in international matters.
Justices on the right side of the aisle also made rumblings about national security and diplomacy concerns should they allow Hernández’s family to sue.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says it is just another example of abuse of power at the U.S.-Mexico border. She said, “Regrettably, the death of Hernández is not an isolated incident.”
He is not the first, and he will not be the last. Hernández v. Mesa’s outcome is the green light for these people to continue doing what they do.