It is with a heavy heart and deep sadness that we report the death of Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez of the Big Bend Sector. On today’s date, November 19, 2017, Martinez and his partner were on patrol in the Van Horn Border Patrol Station area of operation when they responded to activity. Shortly after responding, Martinez’ partner called for assistance and reported both agents were injured. Responding units provided medical assistance, and both agents were transported to a nearby hospital.
As of this writing, the cause of this tragedy is not being reported as this situation is unfolding and an active investigation is underway. Various local and federal authorities are on scene to assist with the investigation and to search the area for any suspects or witnesses.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Agent Martinez and his family and our fellow agent who is currently in the hospital in serious condition.
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 sisters, Ana Morales Garcia and Martha; and his girlfriend, Yasmin Gonzalez.
The thoughts and prayers of Border Patrol agents nationwide are with the family and friends of Agent Morales.
It is with a heavy heart, and deep sadness, that we report the loss of one of our Border Patrol agents. This agent was stationed in the Big Bend Sector and was killed in an automobile accident early this morning. Our thoughts and prayer are with his family.
This tragedy is a reminder that danger often accompanies this profession we have chosen. We hope his family can find comfort in knowing he kept our nation and our communities safe. Please remember him in your prayers and hug your family a little tighter tonight, as we never know when our end of shift could come.
WASHINGTON – Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) spoke about Javier Vega Jr., a Border Patrol Agent who was tragically killed by illegal immigrants in South Texas in August 2014. Senator Cornyn and Rep. Filemon Vela (TX-34) have written to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske requesting that Agent Vega’s death be classified as a line of duty fatality.
Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his speech can be found here.
“Two weeks ago, the Senate was unable to proceed to consider a very important piece of legislation called the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act. The goal of this legislation is to protect our communities from criminals who violate our laws and who pose a danger to those communities.”