On Decmber 15, 2010, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered while conducting operations against rip crews in southern Arizona. His murder shocked the nation, devastated his family, and left a wound on the US Border Patrol.
This week, suspects in Terry's murder will be tried in Tucson. His family will be forced to relive the pain and suffering they endured in the aftermath of his death. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they seek to claim some small piece of justice. No trial or prison sentence will ever fill the void that exists in their family. Our support for them and for Brian Terry will never waver.
The National Border Patrol Council exists to "protect those who protect our borders." Brian Terry laid down his life to protect his teammates, his community, and his nation on that fatefull night. We are grateful for his courage, we mourn his loss, and we will not forget him. Honor First.
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After careful consideration of all the factors involved, the National Border Patrol Council has called for and local 2455 has agreed to pull out of all events involving Donald Trump.
Trump’s comments deriding the military service of our friend John McCain are disrespectful not just to the Senator but to all veterans, many of whom serve as Border Patrol agents.
The National Border Patrol Council does not condone corruption by Border Patrol agents nor the abuse of illegal aliens. Those who commit these crimes do not deserve to have the honor of being U.S. Border Patrol agents.
In typical Customs and Border Protection fashion however, they are throwing numbers at a problem by calling for the hiring of 350 Internal Affairs investigators. The National Border Patrol Council sees this recommendation as premature and calls on CBP to review its internal investigation capabilities. Overlapping areas of responsibility need to be eliminated, integrity issues amongst investigators eliminated, and clear, concise guidance given to all employees on how investigations will be used.
As uncomfortable as it is for some activist groups to admit, the U.S. border with Mexico is not secure. Daily our agents risk their lives to keep violent people, dangerous drugs, and potential terrorists from entering our nation and causing harm to our citizens.
But instead of engaging in a meaningful debate, some immigration activists choose to attack Border Patrol agents for speaking the truth. Rather than discussing the challenges of border security and immigration reform, the Center for New Community decided to attack our organization.