Political leaders speak out against killing of Border Patrol agent

Frederick Owens
November 21, 2017

The Big Bend Sector, formerly known as the Marfa Sector, is 165,154 sq. miles composed of 77 Texas counties and all of the State of Oklahoma, and includes 510 miles of river front along the Rio Grande River, which is almost a quarter of the U.S. -Mexico border, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

In remarks during a cabinet meeting at the White House, Mr Trump said the border wall is necessary because "it's rough territory" along the border. In his opinion, this is another reason to build walls near Mexico.

Customs and Border Patrol spokesman Carlos Diaz declined to describe the incident in detail, saying the FBI is investigating.

According to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, Border Patrol agent Rogelio Martinez died on Sunday from the injuries sustained on duty in the Big Bend Sector in Texas, while his partner remains in serious condition.

Martinez's partner radioed that the pair needed assistance.

"We're going to straighten it out", he said.

The Border Patrol website lists 38 agents, not including Martinez, who have died since late 2003 - some attacked while working along the border and others killed in traffic accidents.

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The NBPC - which says it represents 75% of the 18,000-officer agency - has been a strong proponent of President Trump's border wall. Ted Cruz have characterized it as an attack that caused the weekend death of a border agent and injuring of a second.

"The FBI is still actively investigating the incident and gathering the facts", FBI spokeswoman Jeanette Harper said.

Cruz said in a statement the nation is grateful 'for the courage and sacrifice of our border agents'.

Rogelio Martinez, 36, and his partner were responding to activity while on patrol in the Big Bend Sector, which runs along the US-Mexico border, and the partner reported they were both injured, the agency said. It said in a statement that the agents "were responding to activity" while on patrol near Interstate 10.

It has not yet been confirmed how the two agents were injured, although Del Cueto told KTSM, "We strongly believe rocks were what was used".

Martinez had been a border agent since August, 2013 and was from El Paso.

Border patrol records show that the Big Bend region, where the apparent attack took place, only accounts for 1% of apprehended migrants. The region's mountains and the Rio Grande make it a hard area for people to cross illegally into the US from Mexico.

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