Mexican Government Vows Legal Action Against El Paso Shooter

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A 21-year-old male suspect was taken into custody in the city which sits along the U.S. -Mexico border. Including the two latest attacks, 127 people have been killed in the 2019 mass shootings.

"We consider this to be an act of terror, obviously on USA territory, but against Mexican citizens", Marcelo Ebrard said during a news conference at the Mexican Consulate in El Paso.

Major Mexican dailies widely reflected the Mexican government position, expressed in a tweet that said: "We condemn this act of terrorism against the Mexican-US community and nationals from Mexico in the U.S.".

"In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy", he said.

Mexico on Sunday threatened to take legal action against the United States for failing to protect its citizens after this weekend's mass shooting in the border city of El Paso.

Democratic Representative Veronica Escobar, who represents El Paso in the U.S. Congress, expressed similar feelings: "The shooter came into our community because we are a Hispanic community and because we have immigrants in our community". The 2,300-word document, which police called a "manifesto", is filled with white supremacist language and racist hatred aimed at immigrants and Latinos.

"They want to make clear that this is not an isolated situation that was executed by a person that was mentally ill, but it's instead a effect of the xenophobic speech that President Trump has taken towards immigrants in the United States", he told Al Jazeera.

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He also said that Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had told him to take swift legal action to protect the families affected.

In an editorial entitled "Elements for hatred", El Universal described the El Paso killings as "the biggest massacre of persons of Mexican origin in the United States".

Mexican officials have said six Mexican nationals were among the dead in the border city where tens of thousands of Mexicans legally cross each day to work and shop.

In a video posted on his official Twitter page, Ebrard called what happened in El Paso "unacceptable" and said "the first judicial actions" the government would take would be in accordance with global law.

"Hate has no place in our country, and we're going to take care of it", Trump said.

The Minister said that the Mexican government will not use hate but will instead use legal measures to seek justice for those killed.

Ebrard added a suit would be filed at the Ministry against those responsible for selling the assault weapon to the shooter.

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