Paulo Remes, a Native American resident of the Tohono O’odham Nation, asserts that he was struck by a U.S. Border Patrol vehicle while on the reservation. And he has video footage to back up his claim.
The Tohono O’odham reservation, which straddles the U.S.–Mexico border, became a common entry point to the U.S. for undocumented immigrants and traffickers, after federal officials tightened border security at larger points of entry.
Mr. Remes told the Arizona Daily Star that he had been standing in front of his house looking for a speaker. In the video he captured, Remes is standing on a dirt road as the vehicle barreled toward him, knocking him to the ground. Remes can then be heard reading out the vehicle’s license plate number as it drives away.
He says, “They just ran me over, bro. Remes was taken to a hospital for his injuries and has since been released.
Indivisible Tohono, a group focused on federal and state border policies impacting the Tohono O’odham Nation, posted the video on its Twitter and Facebook accounts Friday.
U.S Border Patrol ran over an O’odham man today on the Tohono O’odham Nation.
This is an example of the fear O’odham have to face everyday because BP ravage our communities & are careless with our lives. pic.twitter.com/ZEbVlIe5cl
— Indivisible Tohono (@Indivisible_TO) June 15, 2018
Juanita Remes, mother of Paulo, said in a statement released by Indivisible Tohono, that Border Patrol is taking “human life for granted.”
“The Remes family wishes that exposure of this act will contribute to greater justice for O’odham families and all victims of Border Patrol,” the organization said.