In a video statement posted on social media Sunday, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard condemned the "act of barbarism" carried out in El Paso, Texas that took the lives of at least seven Mexican citizens and injured another nine. Mexico, he said, will take legal action to make sure that the U.S. takes steps to better protect Mexicans in the country.
The horrific shooting at the Cielo Vista Mall Walmart in El Paso Saturday, which left 20 people dead and another 26 injured, was an "act of barbarism" and a "terrorist act against innocent Mexicans," Foreign Minister Ebrard said in the video, as reported by NBC News. The U.S., he suggested, has failed to take appropriate measures to protect Mexican citizens.
"The president has instructed me to ensure that Mexico’s indignation translates into ... efficient, prompt, expeditious and forceful legal actions for Mexico to take a role and demand that conditions are established that protect ... Mexicans in the United States," Ebrard said (translation via NBC).
Posición sobre la tragedia en El Paso Texas : pic.twitter.com/gIXuJcQJLy— Marcelo Ebrard C. (@m_ebrard) August 4, 2019
At least seven of those 20 murdered in the massacre were Mexican foreign nationals, as are nine of the 26 injured, according to the Mexican government. Ebard announced that he will be meeting with victims and offer the government's support.