“A great father and a go-getter”: Border Patrol agent killed while trying to stop and capture group of illegal immigrants


MISSION, TX – A United States Border Patrol agent was killed during a vehicle pursuit while trying to apprehend a group of illegal aliens who had entered the country. The agent lost his life in the early morning hours of December 7th.

Border Patrol agents and other law enforcement officers work hard to safeguard the southern border from those who are illegally attempting to come into the country. While most interactions between illegal aliens and members of law enforcement end without injury, sadly, there are times when that is not the case.

On December 7th, US Border Patrol Agent Raul Gonzalez was patrolling the southern border when he noticed a group of illegal aliens had snuck into the country. As Agent Gonzalez worked to apprehend the group they seemingly fled, causing Agent Gonzalez to pursue them on his ATV.

As other officers moved in to assist in the apprehension of the group, they discovered the agent’s body near a large metal gate in the area of Schuerbach Road which they believe he crashed into. Medics responded to the scene and he was rushed to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The death was announced by US Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz who wrote:

“The death of an agent who died while securing our nation’s border is a tremendous loss for our organization and our nation. Our prayers are with his family and co-workers during this difficult time.”


Agent Gonzalez served the Border Patrol for over ten years and was assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Sector, McAllen Station. He leaves behind two children, a father, a grandmother, aunts, uncles, and his girlfriend. Agent Gonzalez’s service was something noted in his obituary:

“His love of the country made him a stellar agent proudly serving 10 + years, ultimately resulting in his tragic death.”

As of the writing of this article, there has been no information released into the identities of the illegal aliens whom Agent Gonzalez was attempt to apprehend.

Republican Texas Congresswoman Mayra Flores tweeted a tribute to the fallen agent:

“My condolences to the family & friends of Border Patrol Agent Raul Gonzalez. He was tragically killed in an ATV accident while patrolling our borders. Many knew him as a great father & as a go-getter at work. We are forever grateful for his service and sacrifice.”

Agent Gonzalez’s death comes after Democratic President Joe Biden visited Arizona without visiting the southern border at a time that some call the site of a large humanitarian crisis. President Biden noted that there were “more important things going on” than the crisis at the border when asked if he planned on visiting the southern border before leaving for Arizona.

After responding that there were more “important things going on” than the border crisis, he then referenced a large number of financial investments various companies planned to make in manufacturing semiconductors. In response to President Biden’s refusal to visit the border, a spokesman told Fox News Digital:

“The president is taking action to secure our border and build a fair, orderly, and human immigration system. President Biden is focused on real solutions, not political stunts.”

President Biden’s remarks and skip out on visiting the border is something that Brandon Judd, the National Border Patrol Council President, thinks is unacceptable. He told Fox News:

“Nothing is more important than the safety and security of the American people, but to President Biden, it is an afterthought. With a record number of people and drugs, including fentanyl, crossing our border illegally and evading apprehension, it is apparent Biden cares more about politics than our children, friends, and neighbors. Biden’s record clearly proves he cares about politics, not about doing his job of protecting American lives.”

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