Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is headed to Arizona on Thursday following a gun battle that killed a Border Patrol agent near the U.S.-Mexico border.
Agent Brian Terry was shot late Tuesday night on the U.S. side of the border in a canyon well known for its drug and human smuggling activity.
Napolitano, who is expected to meet with Border Patrol agents and employees in Arizona tomorrow, called Terry’s killing “an unconscionable act of violence against the men and women of the Border Patrol and all those who serve and defend our country.”
Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said he was praying for Terry’s family and called on Congress to support the Border Patrol operations in the region.
“Agent Terry’s murder is a reminder of the great service and willingness to sacrifice that the men and women of Customs and Border Protection embody when they put themselves in harm’s way to protect our country,” said Lieberman.
“They serve every day on the front lines of a perilous struggle against the Mexican drug cartels along our southern border, and we must do everything we can to support them in that effort.”
Federal authorities announced on Wednesday the arrest of four people who they believe might have been involved in Terry’s murder, according to The Arizona Republic.
Napolitano, who is the former governor of Arizona, committed the full use of U.S. resources toward finding Terry’s killer.
“We will leave no stone unturned as we seek justice for the perpetrators,” she said.
Here’s a better idea, Ms. Napolitano: Want to know the best way to help the state of Arizona right now? Get the damned DOJ to withdraw its ridiculous, politically-motivated lawsuit against them for trying to enforce existing immigration laws you guys won’t. Save your phony gestures of “support” for the cameras in Washington, DC, and let Arizona fight this battle themselves – so that maybe in the future another Terry isn’t murdered in cold blood. We know who is serious about combating illegal immigrant crime in America and it certainly isn’t the DHS under your watch.