Border Patrol Agent killed in southern Arizona

Posted by: Phineas on December 15, 2010 at 2:01 pm

The federal government is suing the state of Arizona for trying to do the job the Obama administration refuses to do: control illegal border crossings.

This is the result of federal abdication:

The U.S. Border Patrol says that one of its agents has been shot to death after a confrontation in southern Arizona.

Border Patrol spokesman Eric Cantu confirmed the agent’s death to The Associated Press on Wednesday morning.

Cantu tells KTVK-TV the agent is identified as Brian Terry. Cantu says Terry was shot and killed after confronting several suspects near Rio Rico north of Nogales.

At least four people are in custody and possibly one more remains at large.

There are no details about the arrested people, but it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that Agent Terry had come across drug smugglers, who are often heavily armed — and even maintain bases inside US territory.

Earlier this year, a rancher in Arizona was gunned down on his own property, perhaps by a cartel scout. A few months ago, a man enjoying some sightseeing with his wife on Falcon Lake in Texas had his head blown off by cartel gunmen. Now a Border Patrol agent has been shot dead.

While it would be an overstatement to say the situation in our southern borderlands is a war, it is increasingly lawless and dangerous. There are even areas of American parklands that Americans are warned not to enter, for fear of Mexican drug smugglers.

Local and state law enforcement agencies are being overwhelmed, as is the undermanned Border Patrol. Rather than trying to take over whole swathes of the economy, shouldn’t the President of the United States be doing the job he’s been assigned?

Oh, wait. I forgot the guy in the Oval Office doesn’t really want the job.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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8 Responses to “Border Patrol Agent killed in southern Arizona”


  1. I will be making my phony “moderate” Dem Senators – Warner and Webb – aware of this development when I remind them (again) of my “No way in Hell” position on DREAM Act.

    Thanks for the tip.
    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

  2. PE says:

    Drones armed with hellfire missiles might be some of the useful tools that a patriotic president can employ.

  3. Carlos says:

    To LibertyAtStake: Any progressive is a failed progressive.

    To our fearless leader: Of course this isn’t a war. But where do you propose we draw the line? Tucson? Phoenix? 89.73 miles from what is now a nominal border with Mexico? And what will your “shock and awe” attack consist of when it does happen? A two-hour monologue threatening to take away 1/2 of the participants’ social security if they don’t cease and desist? That’ll really get their attention.

    And finally, I would hope the widow and family of this agent files a wrongful death suit against our weenie-in-chief criminal alien-loving wuss and the United States government, for failure to enforce laws on the books.

    The function of government isn’t to tax the people into submission and regulate their lives into oblivion, the first and most important function of government is to protect its own CITIZENS.

  4. Ken Dreger says:

    When will this great country secure its borders?

    Today December 15, 2010 ten days before Christmas and the terrorism from Mexico again seeps into our country by the killing on yet another Border Patrol Agent in Arizona.
    Nine years after September 11, 2001 we still have not secured our borders and protected our citizens yet every elected official and appointed one thinks we have! Americans must be living in some alternate make believe world to think our local, state and federal government has the slight inclination to ever secure our borders and protect its citizens. Every year or a few Americans fight battles against the people in our country who want to grant legal citizenship to people who are here illegally and every time those few Americans stand virtually alone in the fight while the rest of America goes to the Mall, The next game, kids activities, the movies and in general just doesn’t give a Damn about anything outside their own little world!
    How on earth do we as Americans sleep at night knowing that we elected these Horses-asses to represent us when they can’t even protect our borders by sending in troops to get the job done? I know that the Immigration issues are complex, that is not up for discussion, what is needed is strong enforcement of our local, state and federal laws and the protection of every foot of our borders until this neighbor next to us either gives up and we take over Mexico or gets his act together and fights like they want to win.
    To say that I am a little upset now over another fine BP agent being killed after last year’s agent here in California would be putting it mildly. Americans (Who are paying attention) want and demand our borders secured from our nasty neighbor Mexico. We don’t really care what it takes to get it done; you can close down all the ports of entry and pull back 200,000 troops from South Korea if that is what it takes!
    Our Federal government has been playing patty cake with our southern neighbor’s way to long in hopes they would fix the problem! Well guess what? They have not, not in the last 30 years and not in the next 30 years! Why should Mexico fix the program that allows them to discard the poorest of the poor, the least educated to come here to America and then send earnings back to Mexico in remittances! It would tear down the Mexican economy.
    Over the years we have heard every agency, every president, every senator, every law enforcement agency tell us “We are working to secure the borders! Well, I think your time to “Secure our borders is UP”, YOU ARE FIRED for Failure to perform your duties.
    Americans of all races, colors, religions need to wake up and make your voice heard! If they cannot hear you then you are not loud enough! This message has to hit these lackeys so hard they spin around. Our president (And I use OUR only in respect for the office) Must call in the troops and lots of them immediately! If the country thinks that the war in the Middle East is bad, how about the one going on right next door to us?
    Mr. President, Mr. & Mrs. Senator, Mr. & Mrs. House of Rep. Governors, Mayors and all elected officials, WE ARE PLACEING YOU ON FORMAL NOTICE AS OF TODAY! PROTECT OUR COUNTRY OR YOU WILL END UP IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINE BEHIND US!

    Signed: Mad as hell and not taking it anymore!

  5. Mary says:

    Our government is treasonous and costing our citizens their lives.

  6. @Carlos: I stand corrected.

  7. Carlos says:

    Unfortunately, Liberty, They are obnoxious enough not to go away over a simple thing like spectacular failure. They’re narcissistic enough to believe that, given enough chances, they can correct any deficiencies in any previous solution.

    Which, of course, creates more deficiencies they know they’re smart enough to correct, ad nauseam.

  8. Jo says:

    Another little miniscule blip on the radar screen to the Lib’s who crave the Mexican vote via amnesty. As long as the dolts who are now running the show are allowed to continue to bring the nation down (where Obama believes it belongs, lowered and destroyed), nothing will be done about this violence against Americans by drug cartels and criminals. Nothing. My husband has a cousin who is a border patrol agent with two small children. Wonder how they sleep at night knowing this Administration cares not a whit for their safety?