MARFA, TX- Late last week, drug smugglers at the Mexican border in Marfa, Texas attacked a female Customs and Border Patrol agent as she attempted to assist a lost and distressed migrant family.
According to the CBP’s union, the National Border Patrol Council, the agent was transporting the three drug smugglers, who had been caught at the border entering the US illegally, with backpacks containing approximately 135 pounds of marijuana.
“While in transport,” NBPC said via Facebook, “the Agent was flagged down by a family unit of three other illegal aliens that were lost and in distress approximately 1/4 mile from the US/Mexico border in a remote area along FM 170.”
One member of the migrant family was a six-year-old child. The agent stopped to “ensure the safety of the child.”
The agent opened the back door of her vehicle to place the father of the migrant family in the rear, at which point one of the smugglers kicked the door open.
Two of the men jumped out of the vehicle and attacked the agent. The first man attempted to restrain the agent, and the other man knocked the first man and the agent down when he jumped out of the car.
On Facebook, NBPC said:
“Two of the three suspected drug smugglers attempted to overpower the Agent by assaulting her, restraining her, and trying to prevent her from drawing her service weapon or calling for assistance with her service radio.
The Agent managed to resist the attacks and draw her service weapon.”
Once the agent’s gun was out, the men fled and the altercation ended.
The two smugglers escaped back to Mexico. The third suspect wasn’t able to get out of the vehicle, as the door shut on him.
Art Del Cueto is the Vice President of the union. He pointed out to LET the ongoing danger Border Patrol agents face thanks to “open border” politicians.
“I’ve been saying for years you don’t know who you apprehend until records are checked. That is what vetting through our immigration checks is all about. Yet you have ignorant politicians asking for open borders. This just is a small part of the many dangers that all agents constantly face.”
In NBPC’s Facebook post, the union said:
“Defending the Constitution of the United States only holds value if we as Federal Agents are defending and protecting those for whom the Constitution exists.
We do this by arresting those who need to be arrested and helping those who need to be helped. Often these two duties may come in conflict with one another, as in this particular case, and it should be the primary goal of all who are in the Border Patrol’s positions of authority to support Agents when they are forced to make tough decisions in tough situations.”
This incident is said to be investigated by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, as the assault was against a federal agent.
The union told Breitbart Texas news that “the Agent faced a difficult decision while transporting the three suspects- whether to stop and render aid to the distressed migrant family.”
I’ve never worked for Border Patrol, but I’ve got to think that is the most difficult part of the job for the agents: weighing their duty to our country to keep our borders secure while apprehending the dangerous criminals that attempt to enter illegally, and helping the genuinely distressed migrants escape a life of fear and persecution.
I don’t know the agent involved in this incident. But I would be willing to bet that even knowing the outcome, she would have still stopped to make sure the child in this incident was ok. Which is more than I can say about the criminals who attacked the agent just feet away from the child.
The far left likes to paint Border Patrol as big, mean bully-types who are heartlessly pushing innocent immigrants out of our country, shackling them and ripping them from their families, not giving a damn what becomes of them.
This agent’s actions proves them wrong.
Maybe there are some mean agents, just like there are some “mean” people in any profession. But this agent showed that they do care. They care when families and children of legitimately fleeing immigrants need help, and they want to help them.
But when there are several press releases per day just out of Texas informing the public of drug smugglers, child predators, murderers entering our borders…that forces their first priority to be securing our borders. Border Patrol is our nation’s first line of defense against criminal aliens entering our country and terrorizing our people.
Just like our state and local police, these federal agents are being expected to fill so many roles, it’s impossible to satisfy all of them at all times, even though this brave and caring agent did just that. Catching the bad guys. Helping the good guys. Like the NBPC said, sometimes those two goals come in conflict and agents and police alike have to choose between the two.
They can only do so much at once because, after all, they are human.
Earlier this week out of Tucson, Arizona we reported on an illegal immigrant who murdered a Border Patrol Agent, and now gets to live his life on the taxpayer dime.
Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, one of those fine, outstanding illegal immigrants that Democrats want to let into our country unabated, was sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge on Thursday for the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry on December 14, 2010.
Let that sink in for a minute. This crime occurred just over NINE years ago. And he’s just been sentenced now.
On that date, Terry and three other border patrol agents, William Castano, Gabriel Fragoza and Timothy Keller had set up in a remote area south of Tucson, AZ known as Mesquite Seep, as part of an operation to apprehend a group of criminals, who were armed with AK-47-style rifles.
The team had been in place for around 48 hours and were ready to leave when they were told by an observation post that men were approaching them from the east. As the men got closer, one of the agents yelled “police” in Spanish and told the men to drop their weapons.
At trial, Agent Fragoza said that the men turned toward the agents with their rifles at the “ready” position, so he fired a shotgun containing beanbag rounds. At some point, the men returned fire, shooting at least five rounds from their AK-47 type rifles.
During that exchange, Terry was fatally wounded by a bullet that hit him in the back just above the hip, hitting his spine and severing his aorta.
Terry yelled to Castano, “Will, I’m hit.”
Castano said that he tried to treat Terry, and that Terry had said, “I can’t feel my legs,” at which point he lost consciousness.
Terry died while being carried to a rescue helicopter.
The scumbag was part of a so-called “rip crew”, which are a group of bandits who prey on human and drug smuggling hikers near the border, and steal whatever valuables or drugs are being transported.
The jury found last February that Osorio-Arellanes was part of the crew of seven banditos who were convicted.
After he was convicted, Osorio-Arellanes was defiant, saying, “with all due respect I don’t agree with the trial,” he said in a statement that had been delivered in Spanish and then translated to English, according to the New York Post.
“Prosecutors pointed to me as a murderer without any evidence, so the jury would say I was guilty. Everything is being done illegally.”
Apparently this guy has watched a little too much Law and Order.
The murder of Agent Terry became even more controversial after it was learned that one of the guns that was found at the scene was from the Eric Holder program “Fast and Furious.”
This was the Obama-era gun-running program that was conducted in order to track “straw purchase” gun buyers and link them to drug and weapons cartels in Mexico. Holder as you may remember was the Attorney General under Barack Obama.
Basically what happened is Federal agents basically released guns, but ended up losing track of 1,400 of them…including the one that showed up at Brian Terry’s murder.
In 2016, one of the missing weapons was found in the arms cache of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The gun was a .50-caliber rifle…capable of taking down a Mexican helicopter.
Information regarding the program was requested by Congress but the Justice Department, led by Holder, refused to turn the documents over to Congress. That led to a criminal contempt citation against Holder in 2012—the first ever against a sitting U.S. attorney general.
At the time Holder claimed executive privilege in withholding the documents, however federal judge Amy Berman Jackson rejected that assertion.
“Any harm that might flow from the public revelation of the deliberations at issue here has already been self-inflicted.”
Nothing ever came out of the contempt citation on Holder, with Deputy Attorney General James Cole saying at the time:
“The department will not bring congressional contempt citation before a grand jury or take any other action to prosecute the Attorney General.”
In the ultimate display of chutzpah, Holder back in December 2019 criticized current Attorney General William Barr, saying that “since the moment he took office,” Barr’s “words and actions have been fundamentally inconsistent with his duties to the Constitution.
Which is why I now fear that his conduct—running political interference for an increasingly lawless president—will wreak lasting damage.” What a hypocrite!
Back to the Terry case, BATF Agent John Dodson spoke about Fast and Furious and how that played into Brian Terry’s murder.
“When Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed, I immediately noticed that my agency was attempting to cover up any link between the investigation and the strategy that we employed and the death of Agent Terry.”
“Part of my mission with ATF in Phoenix was to combat illegal firearms trafficking to the Mexican drug cartels,” he explained.
“Somehow in order to achieve that goal, the strategy that had been adopted was to facilitate and allow the illegal firearms trafficking to the Mexican drug cartels.
We were basically flooding the border region with firearms from the U.S. civilian market, and then tracking and tallying the results as they were used in crimes on both sides of the border.”
After Osario-Arellanes was sentenced, Terry’s brother, Kent told Breitbart Texas:
“We are grateful for an honest sentencing in the trial. But my brother deserves more than this. He deserves accountability for those who supplied these weapons to known criminals and cartels.”
Kent Terry has also asked Attorney General William Barr to conduct a “proper and thorough investigation” into the federal government’s role in the program that led to his brother’s death.
“The stress that my family has been through for these nine years is unimaginable,” he said. “Our hope is that President Trump will do the right thing and have Barr take a close look at this reckless operation.”
Fallout from Fast and Furious caused the U.S. Attorney for Arizona, Dennis Burke, to resign and the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Arizona had to recuse itself from trials connected to it.
Brian Terry’s family sued the federal government but in 2016, the 9th Circuit Court (also known as the 9th Circus) upheld a lower court’s ruling that there are “congressionally-mandated remedies” that are already in place for the survivors of an agent killed in the line of duty.
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At Osario-Arellanes sentencing, twenty members of the BORTAC unit filled the courtroom, along with several other Border Patrol agents, as well as Tucson Sector Chief Roy Villareal.
“Today brings us one step closer to justice for Agent Brian Terry’s murder,” said Villareal in a statement released after the hearing. “The sentencing brings a painful time closer to an end and serves as a reminder of the grave dangers our agents face in their selfless commitment to the safety of their communities and country.”
Terry’s sisters, Kelly Terry-Willis and Michelle Balogh were allowed to address the court as part of victim impact statements. The sisters tearfully described Terry as a dedicated man, a “true American hero,” who was preparing to go home to Michigan for the holidays when he was gunned down.
Terry-Willis said that instead of meeting her brother at the airport, instead she was there to receive his “lifeless body” in a flag-draped casket.
“You would think that time would lessen the heartbreak, but it doesn’t,” she said.
Speaking of her brother, Balogh said that Brian had “missed so much” since his death, including marriages, graduations.
“He’ll never be a husband, he’ll never be a dad, we’ll never have a sister-in-law,” she said. She sobbed for a moment, then recalled how after her brother’s funeral when she returned home, she found a box on her front porch full of gifts that Brian had mailed just before “going into the desert.”
David D. Leschner, assistant U.S. attorney described the crime during closing arguments.
He told the jury to start with the robbery charge, because everything else the men did that night “flowed” from that crime.
“Their mission is to commit a robbery,” Leschner said.
And, because they went to an area where they knew that there were Border Patrol agents in the area, “it was foreseeable that they were going to encounter” agents, so that when they went to Mesquite Seep with their assault rifles at the ready, ‘they were hunting.’”
“The men went to Mesquite Seep because it’s a “choke point” for smuggling routes through the mountains roughly parallel to Interstate 19, north of Nogales,” he said. “If people go through the area, they can be at the highway in two to three hours, otherwise they face another three to four day’s walk,” Leschner said.
Leschner showed the jury how the men brought 300 tortillas, cans of beans, sardines, and prepackaged noodles, and seven extra boxes of ammunition, holding 180 rounds of ammunition.
However, he said that one piece of evidence best illustrated how the men were prepared to use their weapons in the desert: the fact that the men brought at least two bottles of gun lubricant with them.
“They wanted to ensure that these guns would work; this tells you as much as possible,” he said.
Outside the courtroom after the sentencing, Terry-Willis and Balogh said that they felt the Obama administration had left “their brother behind” and that still was not resolved for the family.
“That’s not resolved for us, because we still don’t have all the answers and all the truth.”
While they believe the sentencing was a “step in the right direction, but this is totally different than Fast and Furious.”
“There were men out there that night, and there are men that supplied the weapons to them that night, “said Terry-Willis.
Obama and Holder…are you listening?
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