ICE Agent murder: International Conflict

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“This was an intentional ambush against two United States federal agents, which I view as an attack against the United States.  Special Agent Jaime Zapata, who was killed, and a fellow agent who survived, were pursued by numerous cartel members and run off the road while driving a US government vehicle with diplomat license plates.  When the agents identified themselves as American diplomats, the cartel members responded by opening fire on the officers.  US law enforcement has operated in Mexico for more than two decades without threat of violence from drug cartels.  This tragic event is a game changer.  The United States will not tolerate acts of violence against its citizens or law enforcement and I believe we must respond forcefully. This should be a long overdue wakeup call for the Obama administration that there is a war on our nation’s doorstep.”

The two Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents were driving in a black SUV with diplomatic plates on a rural highway when they were reportedly attacked by Mexican gunmen. Special Agent Jaime Zapata was killed, and Victor Avila was shot in the arm and leg.. He is being treated at Ben Taub Hospital in Houston.

McCaul, an Austin Republican whose district includes parts of Harris County, said the attack could be a “game changer” in the U.S. and Mexican governments’ cooperative efforts in the war against drug cartels and weapons smuggling.

According to McCaul, the assailants knew that the ICE agents were Americans and diplomats. The fact that they still chose to kill them is an issue of grave concern.

“They’ve changed the rules of the game to start targeting U.S. law enforcement,” said McCaul, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee’s oversight and investigations subcommittee. “We need to respond in a very forceful way.”

>>> Rep. John Culberson: ICE agent’s murder highlights ‘full-scale war going on in Mexico’

>>> ICE agent murdered in Mexico is from Brownsville

>>> On the jump: Read Rep. McCaul’s complete statement on the shooting

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, issued this statement after being briefed by U.S.Homeland Security officials:

“This was an intentional ambush against two United States federal agents, which I view as an attack against the United States. Special Agent Jaime Zapata, who was killed, and a fellow agent who survived, were pursued by numerous cartel members and run off the road while driving a US government vehicle with diplomat license plates.

“When the agents identified themselves as American diplomats, the cartel members responded by opening fire on the officers. US law enforcement has operated in Mexico for more than two decades without threat of violence from drug cartels.

“This tragic event is a game changer. The United States will not tolerate acts of violence against its citizens or law enforcement and I believe we must respond forcefully. This should be a long overdue wake-up call for the Obama administration that there is a war on our nation’s doorstep.”

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One Response to ICE Agent murder: International Conflict

  1. Texas says:

    SEND U.S. MILITARY TO MEXICO

    LETS STOP THE BULL. MEXICO CAN’T SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. THE MEX. ARMY TO A POINT IS ALSO CORRUPT. JUST ABOUT ALL THE POLICE ARE CORRUPT IN MEXICO. THE MEXICAN GOVT IS FULL OF NARCS OR GOVT OFFICIALS ON NARC PAYROLLS. THE TIME HAS COME FOR THE US GOVT TO SEND IN US SPECIAL FORCES TO COMBAT THESE NARCS. THE ZETAS ARE NO DIFFERENT – WHEN YOU KILL WOMEN AND CHILDREN – THEN YOU ARE SCUM. THE US GOVT NEEDS TO SEND SOLDIERS JUST LIKE IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN

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