Recent events in Tamaulipas, Mexico, specifically in and around the city of Reynosa, pose a special risk to U.S. Border Patrol agents working in the region.
The Reynosa faction of the Mexican Gulf Cartel recently lost its leader and the group is engaging in open warfare with Mexican authorities and possibly with rival factions or other transnational criminal groups. Open source reports indicate gunbattles and use of grenades and other explosives in the fighting.
June 9, 2017
Yesterday, the Union advised employees of eight confirmed cases of cancer among agents who have been assigned to perform Backscatter/VACIS duties in the El Paso Sector. After seeing NBPC’s advisory, a former Border Patrol employee also assigned to perform Backscatter duties advised us that he is afflicted with another type of cancer, Myxoid Liposarcoma. None of the aforementioned employees were genetically predisposed to their respective diagnoses. The eight confirmed cases we are aware of currently only consist of male employees, four of which reside in El Paso County and 4 of which reside in Dona Ana…
Police released a photo of Hisaias Justo Lopez, the suspect who is accused of stabbing and killing Border Patrol Agent Isaac Morales on May 20, 2017. Lopez was detained by witnesses on the night of the incident until police arrived to take custody of him. His bond hearing was scheduled for May 30, 2017, but was rescheduled after his court-appointed attorney withdrew from the case.
The National Border Patrol Council mourns the loss of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Isaac Morales, who died on May 24 from injuries sustained during an attack that occurred on May 20, 2017. The suspect who was responsible for the attack on Agent Morales was arrested and is being detained in El Paso County Detention Facility.
Agent Morales was assigned to the Ysleta Station of the El Paso Border Patrol Sector. He entered on duty with the U.S. Border Patrol on February 18, 2008. He is survived by his parents, Ricardo Morales, Sr. and Dolores; his brother, Ricardo Morales, Jr.; his…
We thank the Administration for proposing an additional $374 million in funding for FY 2017 that will allow the Border Patrol to increase its manpower. The U.S. Border Patrol is already more than 1,700 Agents below the congressionally mandated floor of 21,370 agents and the lack of manpower is already negatively impacting Border Patrol operations. Adding an additional 5,000 agents will be a logistical challenge, but will have a tremendous impact on border security.
Securing the border will be a difficult task and we are thankful to have the support of the White House. We have previously met with the…
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