Fox News recently reported today that illegal immigrants have assaulted two U.S. Border Patrol agents with rocks, killing one and seriously injuring another Sunday near the southern border with Mexico.  There are still conflicting reports about what exactly happened, but the FBI is investigating what the illegal aliens may have done to the agents.

Early reports indicate the agent with murdered using rocks in the most gruesome way possible:

 “‘Rogelio Martinez and his partner were not shot and a National Border Patrol Council official told KTSM the assailants were ‘undocumented immigrants’ who used likely used rocks to bash the agents,’ reports Fox News.”

“We strongly believe rocks were what was used,” NBPC Vice President Art Del Cueto told KTSM. The two Border Patrol agents were patrolling the Big Bend Sector of Texas when the attack occurred.

“They were not fired upon,” said Jeanette Harper of the FBI’s El Paso office. “There are so many different agencies working together that we need to come together and develop a timeline.”

Martinez was just 36 years-old and has worked as a border agent since August 2013.  According to a news release from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, he sustained the injury while responding to “activity” near Interstate 10 in the Van Horn Station area.

This incident even caught the attention of President Trump, allowing him to say that it is important now more than ever to build that border wall.

 

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) also weighed in on the event calling the attack a “stark reminder of the ongoing threat that an unsecure border poses to the safety of our communities and those charged with defending them.”

“Our condolences and prayers go out to the family and friends of Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez, who was killed this morning in the line of duty. We are also praying for the full recovery of his partner, who was also attacked,” Cruz said.

Fox News reports that ‘Border Patrol records show that Big Bend accounted for about 1 percent of the more than 61,000 apprehensions agents made along the Southwest border between October 2016 and May 2017.'”

According to the Border Patrol Website, 38 agents have died since late 2003.  Some were attacked with working along the border, and other fatalities in traffic accidents.  According to the report, one other agent has been killed in the line of duty this year.

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BY Isabelle Weeks

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I am a staff writer for DC Statesman and like to report on current events happening in the Trump administration as well as the political world.