In an absolutely heartbreaking turn of events, President Donald Trump is officially responsible, albeit indirectly, for taking a human life.
As the United States Homeland Security Head, John Kelly and Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, gear up for their meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto later this week, a Mexican man jumps to his death.
Guadalupe Olivas Valencia, a 45 year old man, was an undocumented immigrant living in the United States when the Department of Homeland Security, when President Trump issued new guidelines yet again to assist mass deportation efforts.
Valencia was one of many Mexicans deported as a result of both the initial and new even harsher guidelines, and approximately 30 minutes after being deported on Tuesday, Mr. Valencia jumped off a bridge to his untimely death.
This was Guadalupe Olivas Valencia’s third deportation to Mexico, according to local security official Marco Antonio Sotomayor. At 9:00 AM local time, Mr. Valencia was found by Mexican police officials and transported to the General Hospital of Tijuana. There, it is reported that Valencia passed away, as a result of blunt force trauma to the head and a heart attack which he suffered upon impact.
The bridge the man jumped from is apparently right along the San Diego and Tijuana border, mere meters from the El Chaparral border crossing.
Found with his unconscious body at the base of the bridge was the standard bag provided by US Customs and Border Protection Office (CBP), containing some of the deported individual’s belongings.
Mexican news outlet Televisa shares that the Staff of the Attorney General’s Office of Baja California haven taken over the investigation to determine a cause, and to inform the relatives of the victim of his passing. They also partially implicate American President Donald Trump in the death of Mr. Valencia.
Roughly translated to English, Televisa re-iterated Trump’s campaign comments regarding Mexican immigrants, by writing that he said:
‘The majority of Mexican migrants crossing into the United States to seek their lives are “criminals” and “rapists.”‘
One of Mr. Valencia’s friends identified that he had been very “anxious” about being forced to re-enter a region where “he knew nobody.” It is presumed that Mr. Valencia committed suicide due to extreme fears over having to go back to Sinaloa.
Sinaloa is one of 31 distinct states in Mexico, but is allegedly very dangerous and rife with the activity of organized crime, specifically cartels. On December 8th, the United States Department of State issued a travel warning to its citizens, advising against travelling to Sinaloa and other specific regions of Mexico due to “the activities of criminal organizations in those areas.”
Of Sinaloa, the travel warning reads:
‘One of Mexico’s most powerful criminal organizations is based in the state of Sinaloa, and violent crime rates remain high in many parts of the state. Defer non-essential to the state of Sinaloa, except the cities of Mazatlan, Los Mochis, and the Port of Topolobampo. Travel in Mazatlan should be limited to Zona Dorada, the historic town center, as well as direct routes to and from these locations and the airport. Travel in Los Mochis and Topolobampo is restricted to the city and the port, as well as direct routes to/from these locations and the airport.’
Yet, the United States under Donald Trump has no qualms about deporting undocumented immigrants back to these regions.
America mourns for the loss of this man, and the probably profound implications his death and its causes will have on future relations between the United States and Mexico. We can only hope that this is a single incident, and his actions will not be repeated by others who are being mercilessly deported due to President Trump’s orders.
Feature Image screengrab via Televisa.