First American Immigration Agent Killed in Mexico

February 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

With all the uprising and protests in the Middle East recently (i.e. Egypt, Pakistan, and now Yemen), it’s easy to lose sight on events happening in our homeland and at our nation’s borders. In a rare attack on U.S. officials, one ICE (Immigrations and Customs Enforcement) agent was killed and another wounded Tuesday, after an ambush on their SUV at a fake roadblock between Monterrey and Mexico City .

Special Agent Jaime Zapata died from gunshot wounds and Agent Victor Avila was shot twice in the leg. Avila is back home in the U.S in stable condition. The assailants have not been found and are believed to be linked to drug cartels; if so, the attack could drastically deepen the United States’ involvement in the drug wars happening at the Mexico-U.S. border.

“Let me be clear: Any act of violence against our ICE personnel — or any [Department of Homeland Security] personnel — is an attack against all those who serve our nation and put their lives at risk for our safety,” U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a statement.

According to The New York Times, the gunman knew they were firing on U.S. officials.

Special Agent Jaime Zapata

The Mexican government offered its deepest condolences and said it would aid in solving the case.

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