AFSC staff have expressed their sorrow about the death of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, an immigrant who died after being tasered by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent during Memorial Day weekend. A father of five children who were born in the United States, Hernandez was recently deported to Mexico after living in the U.S. for many years.
AFSC, along with immigrant community partners, have long called for a demilitarization of the Mexico-U.S. border and new policies that protect the rights and dignity of all, including immigrants.
For Christian Ramirez, a coordinator for AFSC's human migration and mobility work, this incident was "a tragedy that could have been avoided." Read more about this incident and AFSC's response in the news articles below:
An earlier radio story on KPBS-San Diego also featured AFSC staff, quoted Christian Ramirez saying, "The story of Anastasio is the story of many migrants who have been ripped apart from their families as the result of our failed immigration system. Tragically, this particular incident will end in death."