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Originally published as: Ivón Padilla-Rodríguez, "The Supreme Court May Have Just Made Violence against Immigrant Children More Likely," The Washington Post, February 28, 2020.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled that Jesus Mesa Jr., a U.S. Border Patrol agent, can’t be sued in court for killing Sergio Adrián Hernández Güereca, a 15-year-old Mexican foreign national, whom Mesa shot from across the border.
The 15-year-old’s family has asserted that Adrián was playing a game with his friends, where they ran to the U.S. border fence and back. Mesa has maintained that he shot the teen after he and his friends threw rocks at him and participated in immigrant smuggling.