AUTHORITIES MUM ON CAUSE
by Sharon Rondeau
(Nov. 19, 2017) — The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) reported on Sunday that an agent patrolling in the area of Big Bend, TX was killed and his partner seriously injured.
The press release does not say how the agents sustained their wounds, although a Fox News article refers to an “attack” in quoting Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.
The fallen agent is Rogelio Martinez, 36, a four-year veteran of the Border Patrol. The other man, who was hospitalized in “serious” condition, has not been identified.
UPI reported that the surviving agent’s condition is “critical.”
The agency’s press release reported that “The Border Patrol’s Special Operations Group and agents from CBP’s Air and Marine Operations are searching the area for potential suspects or witnesses.”
On Sunday evening, President Trump declared on Twitter that the perpetrators would be “brought to justice” and reiterated his campaign promise to “build the Wall” on the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Border Patrol is a division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In October, Trump nominated Kirstjen Nielsen to replace his first DHS Secretary, Gen. John F. Kelly (Ret), who became Trump’s second Chief of Staff in July.
Curiously, Nielsen, who has been Kelly’s deputy at the White House as well as at DHS, appears to oppose a uniform wall along either the northern or southern U.S. border.
Nielsen’s nomination has been approved by a Senate subcommittee but has yet to be considered by the full Senate. On Friday, both congressional chambers departed Washington for the Thanksgiving break.