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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.”

Leaders of the National Border Patrol Council, the union that represents more than 16,500 men and women who protect our nation’s borders, expressed their outrage at Quentin Tarantino, who last Saturday joined a New York protest of police brutality and called police “murderers.”

The Hollywood filmmaker’s words and actions are “a disgusting and dangerous insult” to all law enforcement officers, said NBPC president Brandon Judd. The Border Patrol, he pointed out, is one of the nation’s largest law enforcement agencies.

“We stand strongly in support of our brothers and sisters in uniform who have called for a boycott of Tarantino movies,” Judd said. “His hateful words, spoken just four days after a NYPD officer was gunned down in East Harlem, will only embolden those who would do harm to police officers. Aren’t we a big enough target already?”

The NBPC is proud to join the nation’s five largest police unions, all of which have called for a boycott of Tarantino’s work, including his upcoming movie, “The Hateful Eight.”

Judd said he agrees wholeheartedly with the Los Angeles Police Protective League, which issued a statement saying "Tarantino took irresponsibility to a new and completely unacceptable level.”

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