Border Patrol Agent Killed While on Duty, Another Seriously Injured

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.”

Several entities are now investigating the fatal incident, including the Culberson County Sheriff’s Department based in Van Horn, with the FBI taking the lead in the probe.

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.

3 Responses to "Border Patrol Agent Killed While on Duty, Another Seriously Injured"

  1. Jeffrey Harrison   Friday, November 24, 2017 at 9:02 PM

    P.S. If I recall it correctly, quite some time ago, Wendy’s had a commercial, “Where’s the Beef”. It is likely, Trump will “Build that Wall” if Congress doesn’t go limp. Like Israel’s wall the American wall has to be beefy tall, strong, and well staffed with personal and monitoring.

    Secondly, America needs to eliminate the “benefits” and “incentives” that draw and reward
    those who disrespect our laws to come here illegally. How many other countries tolerate
    what we do? Just try to sneak into other countries illegally, here one will get apprehended
    and learn a real tough lesson.

    The beef is here, and that is Trump. Hopefully, Congress will grow a spine and get serious
    about boarder control, for it has been lacking for quite some time.

    If a fence makes good neighbors, then a strong wall makes better neighbors among America
    and Mexico.

  2. Jeffrey Harrison   Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 9:28 PM

    For years and especially under Obummer border security was degraded and not taken seriously. Trump seems serious and concerned and wants to get real about protecting our borders. Let’s continue to have his back and continue to support him.

    That wall built in Israel, from what I have heard, has been effective. Other measures to be taken is return and jail those who break the law and take away incentives for those who sneak into our country illegally.

    Let’s invite Israel’s experts to show how to run border security.

  3. Stephen Hiller   Monday, November 20, 2017 at 2:50 PM

    In Israel they built a wall, so the bad guys dug a tunnel under it, actually several tunnels. A tunnel was discovered in San Diego. Others have been found by our Border Patrol in Texas and Arizona as well. I believe a wall would help to stop those individuals who want to illegally come here, but those with means and infrastructure will use other means under ground or above it. Where there’s a will there’s a way. What we need in this this country is the will to stop the way. I don’t believe we really have it. We just keep attacking the symptoms and not the cause (re: the pharmaceutical industry).

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