The Rio Grande Valley Sector of the United State Border Patrol is currently experiencing record high numbers of unaccompanied juveniles and Other Than Mexicans (OTMs). These apprehensions are straining a border enforcement system due to the additional regulations, laws, and court decisions that apply to apprehended juveniles and OTMs.
We regret to report the loss of a Border Patrol agent from the Willcox, AZ Border Patrol Station.
Shortly after 7:30 this morning (MST) in Arizona, two on-duty Border Patrol agents were involved in a single-vehicle accident. The agents were traveling Eastbound on I-10 near Sybil Road when the accident occurred. Both agents were transported to the University Medical Center in Tucson; one via Life Flight and the other via ground ambulance.
Sadly, the Border Patrol agent being transported via Life Flight – a 5-year veteran of the Border Patrol – died enroute.
As of this writing, the nature of other agent’s injuries is not known and the cause of the accident is being investigated.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the surviving agent and both families.
May the fallen Border Patrol agent rest in peace, you will not be forgotten.
The National Border Patrol Council, representing 17,000 United States Border Patrol agents, takes issue with the study conducted by the American Immigration Council alleging that Border Patrol agents are abusing illegal aliens and that Customs and Border Protection is turning a blind eye.
The National Border Patrol Council does not condone the abuse of illegal aliens, in any form. Border Patrol agents work every day to protect this nation’s borders. This same work includes rescuing illegal aliens, treating their injuries, and providing them food and shelter in numbers far beyond what any other aid group has ever accomplished for illegal aliens. While foreign governments and cartels will abuse, rob, injure, and kill illegal aliens headed to the United States, those that make it across the border know that even if they are caught by the Border Patrol they will be cared for and returned to their native country alive and fed. This is not to say there are not those within our ranks that have committed crimes against illegal aliens. Those crimes should be thoroughly investigated and if found guilty, the criminals punished.