Mexico wants information about white supremacy groups operating in the U.S.

The shooter was allegedly inspired by Donald Trump's rhetoric

Mexico wants information about white supremacy groups operating in the U.S.
The United States has a troubling past in regards to racism and white supremacy - Photo: Jonna Spelbring/AP
English 08/08/2019 13:45 Mexico City Actualizada 14:00
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On Wednesday, Mexico’s government pressed the United States to cooperate in helping to identify white supremacists that pose a threat to its citizens after a weekend shooting in El Paso, Texas that killed eight Mexican nationals.

A total of 22 people were murdered in the shooting at a Walmart store, an event Mexico has vowed to investigate as an act of terrorism. It said it may also request the shooter be extradited to Mexico for trial.

In a diplomatic note published by the Foreign Ministry, the Mexican government said it wanted U.S. authorities to share all information on the El Paso case to “determine if there are other individuals and potential organizations of ‘white supremacy’ seeking to put our community in danger in the United States.”

Saturday’s attack caused widespread consternation in Mexico at a time of recurring diplomatic tensions between the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump and the Mexican government over trade and immigration.

On Wednesday Trump, whose recurrent attacks against migrants have angered many Mexicans and Hispanics, visited hospitals where victims of the shooting were treated in El Paso.

The Mexican diplomatic note, which was addressed to the U.S. embassy in Mexico, urged the United States to “make happen” the words Trump used on Monday when he called on Americans to “condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy”.

A four-page statement believed to have been authored by the suspected shooter Patrick Crusius, and posted on 8chan, an online message board often used by extremists, called the El Paso attack “a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.”


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