Another tragedy has taken place on the US border, resulting in one person losing his life while serving his country.
Two US Border Patrol agents were ambushed by illegal immigrants with rocks. The assailants killed one agent and seriously wounded the other on Sunday, according to Fox News.
Although details are still unclear, an FBI spokesperson said that Rogelio Martinez and his partner were not shot with firearms. Instead, the assailants were “undocumented immigrants” who likely used rocks to bash the agents’ bodies.
“We strongly believe that rocks were what was used,” said NBPC Vice President Art Del Cueto.
The FBI has, in turn, taken charge of the investigation relating to the death of agent Martinez, 36, and the wounding of his partner, who was not identified. They were patrolling the Big Bend Sector of Texas, near Interstate 10 in the Van Horn Station area, when the attack happened.
“They were not fired upon,” reiterated Jeanette Harper from the FBI. “There are so many different agencies working together that we need to come together and develop a timeline.”
“Our condolences and prayers go out to the family and friends of Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez, who was killed this morning in the line of duty. We are also praying for the full recovery of his partner, who was also attacked,” read a statement from the US Border Patrol. “This is a stark reminder of the ongoing threat that an unsecure border poses to the safety of our communities and those charged with defending them. We are grateful for the courage and sacrifice of our border agents who have dedicated their lives to keeping us safe. I remain fully committed to working with the Border Patrol to provide them with all the resources they need to safeguard our nation.”
Statistics show that the Big Bend region accounted for just over 1 percent of all the apprehensions made by agents along the Southwest border between October 2016 and May 2017. Local geography makes the region a difficult area for people to cross illegally into the US from Mexico.
The President tweeted his sympathies to the family of the slain border patrol officer, adding, “We will seek out and bring to justice those responsible. We will, and must, build the Wall!”
In response, Republicans in Congress issued statements lamenting the death of the agent as well as reiterating the need to get illegal immigration under control once and for all. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), said that this death was a “stark reminder of the ongoing threat that an unsecure border poses to the safety of our communities and those charged with defending them.”
Border Patrol agents were ambushed, killing one and seriously wounding another. Do you support our Border Patrol agents?
Building a wall along the country’s southern border was one of the President’s key campaign promises. With the Department of Homeland Security citing that a border wall would cost around $21.6 billion to construct, Mr. Trump commented that it’s a tiny cost in comparison to the money lost to Mexico, according to Fox News.
The US Border Patrol currently lists 38 agents who have lost their lives defending the border since 2003. Hopefully, tragedies like these will be a thing of the past once the border is finally secured.