BUILD IT NOW: Border Agent Brutally Murdered by Illegal Immigrant
The Customs and Border Protection Agency announced Monday that two U.S. Border Patrol agents were attacked by an illegal immigrant, one of whom was badly injured on Sunday and the other of whom was unfortunately killed by the marauding intruder. Agent Rogelio Martinez, the deceased, and his partner, who had yet to be named as of the agency’s press release, were reportedly “responding to activity” along Interstate 10 in Van Horn, Texas when they were ambushed. As of Monday afternoon, law enforcement officials were in the midst of a statewide manhunt for the suspect or suspects involved in the heinous attack.
While the agency itself was quiet about what exactly had happened in the attack, Art Del Cueto of the National Border Patrol Council labor union said the two agents may have been killed with rocks. “It’s heartbreaking, truly heartbreaking,” he said in an interview with the Washington Post.
President Donald Trump, who rose to political heights with a national call to get much tougher on illegal immigration and border security, wasted no time addressing the tragedy. “Border Patrol officer killed at Southern border, another badly hurt,” he tweeted. “We will seek out and bring to justice those responsible. We will, and must, build the Wall!”
Other Republicans weighed in on the attack, agreeing that it demonstrated the need for enhanced border security measures.
Sen. Ted Cruz, who has been one of the few Republicans on Capitol Hill to fully embrace the idea of building a wall, said in a tweet: “This is a stark reminder of the ongoing threat that an unsecure border poses to the safety of our communities and those charged with defending them. I remain fully committed to working with the Border Patrol to provide them with all the resources they need to safeguard our nation.”
And Texas Governor Greg Abbott said, “Our prayers are with the families of this Border Patrol agent who was killed and the other who was injured in this attack in Texas. Our resources must be increased to prevent these attacks in the future.”
Frankly, it’s time to stop talking about it and start doing it. Throw all the rest of Trump’s agenda to the side, because there was no issue that spoke more loudly to the point of his historic campaign than that of illegal immigration. That was the central focus of his opening remarks in July 2015, and his “Build the Wall” slogan became one of the most iconic political ideas in U.S. history. That happened for a reason, and the reason is that millions of Americans are sick of hearing that there’s nothing we can do about this PLAGUE on our country. It’s ridiculous, and there’s no excuse for it. People are literally dying because Washington won’t step up to the plate and protect our borders.
Republicans need to throw the full force of their political power behind this issue and let Democrats explain to the American people why they refuse to defend American sovereignty and security.