Mexico threatened on Sunday to take legal action against the United States for failing to protect its citizens after Saturday’s mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, NBC News reported.
Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard tweeted that “The president has instructed me to ensure that Mexico’s indignation translates into ... efficient, prompt, expeditious and forceful legal actions for Mexico to take a role and demand that conditions are established that protect ... Mexicans in the United States.”
Alleged gunman Patrick Wood Crusius drove eight hours from the Dallas area to the border city of El Paso, which is about 80 percent Hispanic, in order to carry out the attack, according to authorities, The Hill reported.
Crusius allegedly wrote a racist, anti-immigrant manifesto before the shooting, in which he described fears of a Latino “invasion."
Some of the 20 people killed and 26 wounded in the massacre were Mexican citizens.
Mexican Ambassador to Washington Martha Bárcena added her condemnation of the attack on Twitter, writing “The intentionality of the attack against the Mexicans and the Latino community in El Paso is frightening,”. “NO to hate speech. NO to xenophobic discourse.”
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