On Sunday, Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard vowed legal action in response to the recent shooting in El Paso, Texas.
In a statement, Ebrard said “the position from Mexico translates first as protecting the affected families and after in effective, swift, expeditious and forceful legal actions” in regards to protecting Mexicans living in the United States.
Ebrard claimed that soon, “we’ll reveal the first judicial actions the government of Mexico will take in accordance with international law.”
The weekend shooting allegedly targeted Hispanics, and reportedly left at least nine Mexican citizens wounded, and twenty dead.
Posición sobre la tragedia en El Paso Texas : pic.twitter.com/gIXuJcQJLy
— Marcelo Ebrard C. (@m_ebrard) August 4, 2019
The country’s consulate is working with the victim’s families, Ebrard said at a press conference on Sunday. Mexico will take legal action against whoever was responsible for selling the weapon and will follow the investigation closely, he said.
“This will mark the first time that Mexico condemns an act of the kind as terrorism,” Ebrard said.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he instructed Ebrard to explore legal measures to protect Mexican nationals in the U.S. after the shootings.
“I asked Marcelo Ebrard that in spite of the pain, we act responsibly,” Lopez Obrador said in comments at an event Sunday posted on Twitter. The country’s “indignation” will be translated into effective and expedited legal action that will demand conditions to protect Mexicans, Ebrard said in a video posted on Twitter.