If Congress wants to seriously start addressing the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico Border, it should first turn to those who risk their lives each and every day to protect the integrity of that border, U.S. Border Patrol Agents. If you ask the frontline troops what’s needed on the ground, they’ll tell you more agents and better yet, they can do it by saving taxpayer dollars. Only in the political bubble that exists in Washington, could Congress overlook the obvious – a plan that puts more boots on the ground and saves us all money. Yet, that is exactly what’s happening. Border Patrol Agents have been yelling from the Rio Grande all the way to Capitol Hill, that they have a simple, effective, cost-saving path towards alleviating the emergency at the border.
It is with extreme sadness that the National Border Patrol Council announces the murder of Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega last night in Santa Monica, TX. Border Patrol Agent Vega was spending his time off with his family when two criminals attempted to rob him. Agent Vega was armed and fought back to protect his family. During the course of the ensuing firefight Agent Vega's father was hit in the leg and Agent Vega was mortally wounded. After Agent Vega fell, his family members continued to fight back.
Agent Vega's actions were in keeping with the finest traditions of the United States Border Patrol and his will be a place, deserved of honor and glory, when the final story of the United States Border Patrol is written. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and colleagues in the Rio Grande Valley Sector.
We want to commend the Border Patrol agents and other law enforcement officers involved in the manhunt for Agent Vega's killers. It is through their professionalism and tenacity that the wretched animals who committed this crime will face the full measure of Texas justice.
It is our understanding that on July 11, 2014 at 11PM local time, TSA employees at the Laredo International Airport notified Border Patrol agents that they had received an email with instructions to no longer allow illegal aliens to fly commercially using an I-862 as their sole form of identification. The TSA employees stated that illegal aliens would be allowed to fly using an I-862 accompanied by a foreign passport or foreign ID.
This malfeasance had been occuring for several weeks putting numerous commercial flights at risk. Only after media attention was brought to bear did the federal government take action to correct it, after it was repeatedly denied by the TSA spokesperson. As of this posting no one in the federal government has publicly admitted that this was occuring or that the situation has been remedied.
These types of incidents should never happen in the first place. TSA exists because in 2001, 19 people exploited our immigration system and then brought terror to American cities via our commercial transportation system. Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it.