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Fifth Circuit: Border Agent Has Immunity For Shooting Death of Mexican Teen

"The full Fifth Circuit on Friday ruled that the U.S. Border Patrol agent who shot and killed a Mexican teenager standing in Mexico from across the U.S. border in Texas had qualified immunity and could not be sued by the teen’s family under the Fourth or Fifth amendments.

The court partially reversed a divided panel’s June 2014 in a series of cases against Agent Jesus Mesa Jr., his supervisors and the U.S. government filed by the family of Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca accusing them of assault, negligence and use of excessive force.

Federal appeals court dismisses lawsuit in Border Patrol shooting of Juárez teen

A federal appeals court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit against a U.S. Border Patrol agent who fatally shot a Juárez teenager standing on Mexican soil in 2010.

Killing Permitted Based on Nationality

Today the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that a U.S. Border Patrol agent could not have reasonably known that it was wrong to shoot and kill an unarmed, unthreatening Mexican teenager who was standing just across the border in Mexico.