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.”
It is with extreme regret that the National Border Patrol Council reports the death of Border Patrol Agent Juan Esparza. Agent Esparza was traveling home after completing his shift at the Cotulla, TX Border Patrol Station, when the van he was the driver of was struck head-on by a suspected drunk driver. The passenger, a fellow Border Patrol agent, was severely injured but will survive.
Border Patrol Agent Juan Esparza was a member of the U.S. Border Patrol Academy's 858th Session, had been a Border Patrol agent for six years, and is survived by his parents.
The thoughts and prayers of Border Patrol agents nationwide are with the family of Agent Esparza and his injured partner. This loss is felt profoundly by the Border Patrol family and the millions of Americans who support our Border Patrol agents.