Sandusky Bay agents profile Hispanics, use slur 'wetbacks'

Three very large corporate farms in Huron County "harbor wets."
Jessica Cuffman
Jan 19, 2013

So said Agent in Charge of the Sandusky Bay U.S. Border Patrol, Cory Bammer,  according to court documents filed in federal court Thursday.

"Wets" is a shortening of the term "wetback," a derogatory racial slur used against people of Hispanic or Mexican descent.

In the email reviewed by attorneys suing the Border Patrol and Bammer, he allegedly told his agents in an email that cooperation with Huron County law enforcement is important because of the three large farms — and the people who work there.

"That doesn't meet my view of the way that we should be in the United States of America," said attorney Leslie Murray, one of several lawyers representing five individuals and two organizations in a lawsuit filed against the agency in 2009.

To read a copy of the brief filed in an appeal to keep courts from dismissing the case, click below.

To read more about the history of the case and Murray had to say about the appeal, pick up a copy of Saturday's Register.

Comments

Just Thinkin

Good Luck Guys, Remember push 1 for English,

John Harville

Just... tip... Push 2 and you'll get a live operator a LOT faster!!

luvblues2

Any illegal or legal Hispanic had to cross water to get in the USA. So did the Day-gos, the micks, the krauts, the limeys and the nigres...BFD. Get over it. I'm half Hunky, Btw. And I don't care.

WiredMamba666

Your half-white and half...white? I guess you'd be in a position to know who's being overly sensitive about race.

If a person sues a goverment agency over its use of a racial slur that's direct at a minority group that's REVERSE RACISM against white people!

2cents

(REVERSE RACISM)

Does not exist! Racism is racism, who would be the two groups to be reversed? There are hundreds of different peoples in this country.

deertracker

No such thing as "half white" in America. You are either white or you are NOT! Your rules!

John Harville

blue2 WRONG! Hispanics can enter from Canada without crossing water.
Does it hurt when your Hunky half opens his mouth?

luvblues2

A Hispanic had to cross water somewhere to get into Canada, brother John. :)

John Harville

Oh Luv!!! He coulda been born in Canada... from generations of Hispanic Canadians. But if he crosses the border, he is crossing illegally without touching water. Does that hurt? Being stupid? It should!

John Harville

blues... and I can tell by looking you that somewhere in the woodpile is an ancestor who came from Hungary?

JUST US FOR LIBERTY

The only victims and crime here are the United States taxpayers that have to pay law enforcement and the court system for this BS. Our forefathers who founded our country would have laughed over anyone thinking name calling harms and deserves any compensation for it. Our legal system has become out of control. It's time to pass new laws that protect the majority of our population. We can start by no victim = no crime.

WiredMamba666

The names of the victims start on page 27 of the attached PDF.

JUST US FOR LIBERTY

Please allow me to correct you. The names of people YOU think are victims start on page 27. By all means continue your replies. I support freedom of speech. As for me, this fiasco taking up my valuable time is over right now.

John Harville

just Us.... the 'majority of our population' quickly is becoming a different color from you and me.

No victim no crime.... If you are arrested because someone says you solicited sex or drugs or... from them. You get booked. You get your name in the paper. But you didn't do any of that or you aren't the pervert you are accused and arrested for being. And it's all dismissed - even expunged - then you aren't a victim of false identification? You lose your job, your record remains five years. Lots of people read your name in the paper. But it was all a mistake. Too late.

deertracker

You can be a victum without a crime being committed. Your post proves it.

John Harville

Deer. Don't confuse 'legal' victim with an attitude someone is a victim.

Bluto

JUST US ( who is us ? whites only ) FOR LIBERTY . By the way most of our forefathers owned slaves . Of course they would have laughed.

THED0N

I heard the Sandusky Bay U.S. Border Patrol has a job opening!
Time for this person to find a new field of employment.

Cobbwebb12345

This county is unfortunate. Because of the language used in these blogs. if the feds do not respond properly and fathfully,there soon be bloodshed.

EZOB

Sticks and stones may break your bones but names will never ? Wow, another good ole saying down the drain. I don't like racial slurs but I always thought of a "W@@@@@k" as someone who crossed our Southern Border Illegally. Prosecuted or not, it is a felony and they are felons. I don't really care how anyone refers to a felon and they don't deserve respect much less Health Care and all the freebees.

John Harville

EZ yeah, that's one of the joys of Life in America. Step out of the water in the Gulf and you're a legal alien because you came from Cuba or somewhere in the Caribbean. Step out of the Rio Grande and you're illegal. Come in from Canada and nobody notices because you're prolly Caucasian - so then you can take lessons to learn how to take off in a plane but not how to land cuz you won't need to....
Being in the US illegally is NOT a felony.

John Harville

EZ Since the 1920s 'wetback' has been a derogatory term for ANY person of Hispanic or Latino - especially Mexican - ancestry whether immigrant or natural-born.
The fact that you refer to it as a slur just supports that notion.

Bluto

So EZ , before you call someone a racial slur , you get all their info before so you are legit . That's mighty white of you . ; ))))

John Harville

This truly is unfortunate in light of the formation of a Downtown Block Watch. No one has answered the question about 1) what type of training the civilians will have 2) whether they will be allowed to carry 3)while they will be trained in 'self defense' are they supposed to approach/contact questionable persons? 4)will they be thoroughly screened? 5)How will Sandusky's Finest assure there's no George Zimmerman among them?
Now that 'profiling' is 'acceptable' AND bar patrons can c/c it should be an extremely interesting spring and summer - especially when the CPs get here.

Kimo

Re: "I'm half Hunky, Btw. And I don't care."

jó reggelt

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John Harville

The Puritans sent Roger Williams and Catholics to Rhode Island.
Four Quakers who were banished from Plymouth Colony but returned were executed as illegal immigrants.
And lest we forget, the FIRST residents of Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California were - oops - Mexican. And after the triumph in 1846 they suddenly were Americans. There are a lot of Hispanics who can trace their family trees way beyond yours or mine to the first Spaniards and Portuguese. So what does that make you? On what ship did your relatives land? Or were they 'later' immigrants through Ellis Island? We had a plan for European immigrants - why not the same for today's immigrants?

2cents

I have a friend ariving Monday from the Mideast, has a visa, a JOB and family to stay with until on their own. The legal way, the right way. This person waited a number of years to come here, they will apreciate being here, not coming here to live off the system, MY TAX DOLLARS AND SOME OF YOURS!

But Oops! I cant have a friend that is not of my kind, I am a racist someone here says, LOL : )

Bluto

The legality of a person doesn't justify racial slurs . If someone called your friend a sand n****r wouldn't that humiliate him and anger you , regardless of his legal status?

John Harville

2 cents... "some of my best friends....". How much did the visa cost? Why 'a number of years'? Define Mideast. Congratulations to your friend. I'm confident you were instrumental in your friend getting the job? For that I congratulate you. Will your friend's nationality be obvious? A whole branch of my family is Jewish and fifth generation legal - and still get profiled at airports because they are dark-complected and suspected as Muslims.
When we see your friend, how will we know he is not 'living off the system'?

Swamp Fox

When Texas, California, New Mexico and Arizona was first settled there wasn't a USA these settlers were similar to all other people who came here before we had a country, goverment or immigration LAWS.
Those "later" immigrants who my ancestors were a part of, did come through Ellis Island and entered LEGALLY. You can attempt to ignore history but that doesn't change it. There is a plan and laws for immigrants today that enter this country in a legal manner, the problem is those who ignore it......

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