Marisol Alcantara. The woman was shot in the head by the U.S. Border Patrol.
Marisol Garcia Alcantaraa migrant woman who is an agent of Border Patrol The unknown man who was shot in the head in Arizona, United States, in June 2021, was touched by the rawness of everything that happened to him.
Alcantara filed a claim with the Customs and Border Protection Office seeking compensation for damages which greatly changed his life.
This claim is a necessary step before García Alcantara, represented by San Diego, California attorney Eugene Iredale, may file a lawsuit in federal court against the agency and the agent that he was shot on the border with Nogales.
“I’m asking for justice so they don’t pursue it,” said García Alcantara, 37. “I also ask for a public apology to the person who did it. I want to know why he did this to me because I didn’t do anything to him. “
Patrol the border between Nogales, Mexico and the United States. Photo/AFP
What happened to the woman shot in the head
On June 16, around 5 pm, García Alcántara travels in the back seat of a white Kia. According to the testimony of the authorities, the woman was trying to come to the United States as an undocumented man. At one point, the U.S. Border Patrol unit began following the car.
According to the Border Patrol, they tried to stop the white car, but they ignored it. Alcantara’s lawyer said the vehicle slowed when they started firing it, killing the woman.
“At that moment, everything became completely dark. I heard my classmates ask for help because I was bleeding profuselyAlcantara recalls.
The woman was taken to a local hospital and later taken to another medical facility in Tucson, where they operated on her brain.
The bullet in the head of a migrant woman
They took him to a local hospital and then transferred him to one in Tucson to operate on his brain and remove the bullet. Doctors were able to remove some fragments, but not all. and that piece they still need to remove will remain there because, if it does, the victim is in danger of life.
Alcantara was recovering in the hospital for about three days before being taken to the detention center.where he remained for several weeks before being deported to Mexico.
The border patrol on the border of Nogales, Mexico. Photo/AFP
García Alcantara told the BBC in an interview that he had dizziness, unbearable headaches and memory loss. Doctors do not rule out the possibility that, in the future, he will become epileptic and suffer from cerebral palsy.
The woman is the mother of three children, and is unable to work due to her poor health.
“The real crime committed on the 16th was not committed by Marisol or the other people in that white van,” Alcantara’s defense attorney said. “The real crime was committed by an unknown, unnamed and unknown Border Patrol agent, who fired and can take the life of a person without any justification. ”
García Alcantara has already taken the first step and will have to wait six months before you can file a case in federal court.