September 30, 2022

Statement from Congressman Castro on Shooting of Migrants in Hudspeth County

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement calling for murder charges and accountability in the wake of the September 27, 2022, shooting of two migrants in Hudspeth County, Texas. The shooting, committed by the now-former warden of a private detention center and his brother, resulted in the death of one migrant and the hospitalization of another.

“This was a hate crime against brown-skinned immigrants that was inspired by the invasion rhetoric of Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick, and others. There was no way for the killers to know who their victims were or what their legal status was. The division and fear that Greg Abbott and his fellow bigots have created has made Texas a more dangerous place for all Hispanics. National leaders on both sides of the aisle need to condemn the rhetoric that inspired this attack, and Texas authorities must swiftly prosecute this crime as murder.”