For 780 days, Border Patrol agents nationwide have worked to honor one of their fallen brothers, Javier Vega, Jr., who was murdered on August 3, 2014 by two previously deported illegal aliens. Today that vigil ends as the United States Border Patrol declares the murder of Javier Vega, Jr. a line of duty death. Border Patrol Agent Vega's name will be enshrined at the Customs and Border Protection Valor Memorial so all that visit that sacred spot will know of his sacrifice.
This has been a very difficult time for his family, friends, and colleagues. Our thoughts and prayers remain with them as does our support.
We would like to thank Local 3307, the National Border Patrol Council, Senator Cornyn, Senator McCain, Rep. Vela, Rep. McCaul, Rep. Carter, and the countless Border Patrol agents and citizens who supported this cause from the beginning. Thank you to Chief Morgan and the United States Border Patrol for looking at this situation anew and classifying it as a line of duty death.
Contrary to rumors that have been circulating recently, no settlement monies have been received or disbursed. It is estimated by the law firm that handled the case, that it could be several more weeks before funds are received.
As soon as funds are received they will be promptly distributed. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
History will not look kindly on President Obama’s border security policies and his conscientious efforts to mislead the American people. Historians may refer to this period as the “Era of No Consequences,” which resulted in the increase of dangerous drugs like meth and heroin, as well as criminal aliens flooding our communities. Obama’s efforts to deceive the American public about border security, in order to pursue amnesty programs that were eventually rejected by Congress and the American people will go down as this Administration’s biggest -- and deadliest -- lie.
National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd called Secretary Clinton decision to give illegal immigrant Astrid Silva a national stage poor judgment and reckless. Flaunting the breaking of our nation’s immigrations laws will only encourage additional illegal immigration and further endanger agents. It is puzzling that as Americans grow more anxious about their security in light of terrorist attacks at home and abroad, the DNC and Secretary Clinton glorify lawlessness.
Due to recent national events specifically targeting law enforcement and two highly suspicious incidents involving Border Patrol agents, the National Border Patrol Council encourages all agents to exercise extreme caution while performing enforcement operations. Criminal groups are surveilling and deliberately ambushing law enforcement officers for no other reason than they wear a uniform and badge.
Please remember to be aware of your surroundings at all time, have a reliable back-up to Agency issued communications, and work with back-up when feasible. We encourage all agents to wear their body armor while on-duty and check out supplemental lethal and non-lethal weapons platforms in order to defend themselves.
Be prepared to act, if necessary, to defend your life or the lives of others.
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