As any U.S. Border Patrol agent will tell you, theirs is a place of business that is prone to “workplace violence.” The Big Bend area of Texas doesn’t get nearly as many illegal crossings as some other border locations because of the flowing river and rocky, mountainous terrain, but that didn’t keep two border agents from being ambushed there. One has died and the other, at this writing, is in serious condition.
The way it was put in the FBI statement (perhaps I should call it an “understatement”), they “died as a result injuries suffered while on patrol...responding to activity.” We are assured that gunfire was not involved. According to information released by the National Border Control Council, though, both agents were hit in the head with rocks in what appears to have been an ambush, and there is no indication, they say, that the agents fired their weapons. Agent Rogelio Martinez’ died of blunt force trauma to the head, and the 36-year-old dad from El Paso is just as dead as if he’d been fired upon with a barrage of AK-47s.
President Trump renewed his call for some fast-and-furious wall building. “We will, and must, build the Wall!”
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