Will the Supreme Court Authorize Open Warfare at the Mexican Border?

By James A. Kidney The Supreme Court appeared split 4-4 Tuesday during oral arguments over whether the family of an unarmed Mexican teenager can sue the U.S. Border Patrol agent who shot and killed him.  The agent was on U.S. soil firing into Mexico to kill the boy.  You can find the details here and here.  The matter was being argued before the Court.  A decision is expected by summer.  But the description of the argument raises troubling issues. Foremost among them, but not directly raised in the dignified court arguments 20,000 feet above reality:  Is it OK for the Border Patrol and civilians to kill Mexicans across the border without liability to the families of those murdered, or even to the country whose land was invaded by U.S. bullets? Briefly, an unarmed teen-aged Mexican was playing with friends at a culvert dividing the two countries.  The game was to … Read more of this post . . .

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