In December 2010, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was patrolling the U.S. – Mexican border near Rio Rico, Arizona. He was shot and killed by Mexican bandits with what later proved to be two weapons from the botched Operation Fast and Furious. In fact, it was Terry’s death that brought the federal gun walking program to light.
The repercussions of Operation Fast and Furious are still being felt and several members of the House and Senate continue to investigate the program.
In memory of agent Brian Terry, the Border Patrol station in Naca, Arizona, about 100 miles away from where Terry was murdered, was renamed after him. Early yesterday morning, three agents on horseback from the Brian Terry station were responding to motion sensors in an area about 7 miles east of Bisbee.
Details are still sketchy, but a shootout took place around 1:50 a.m. with what is assumed at this time to be someone connected to illegal drug or human trafficking. One agent was killed and another wounded. The slain agent, Nicholas Ivie, was 30 years old, married and the father of two children. The third escaped injury. It is not known at the time of this writing if any of the perpetrators were caught or injured.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) who is one of those spearheading the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious has already requested all information on the latest shooting as soon as it is available.
George McCubbin, president of the National Border Patrol Council warned about making any connections to the weapons involved in Fast and Furious, saying:
“Unless guns are recovered, any suggestion that this incident is somehow linked to Fast and Furious is total speculation. But being that this occurred in the same general area brings back a lot of sad memories.”
The wounds from Brian Terry’s death have not healed in southern Arizona and this new incident will only serve to rip them wide open again.
Now keep in mind that this past summer, President Obama and his very efficient administration announced that they were closing 9 border crossings in 6 states and ordering over half of the National Guard units assigned to help patrol the border to return home. Instead of beefing up border security, the White House is more concerned with reducing costs.
I’ve said it before and this latest killing of a Border Patrol Agent causes me to say it again. Bring our troops home from Afghanistan and other Middle East locations and place them along the U.S. – Mexico border. Have them stationed in a continual line of sight along the entire border and give them night vision gear as well. Give them orders to detain first and use force when necessary.
Other countries use their military to protect their borders, but we don’t. Perhaps if more traffickers of illegal drugs and people were shot along the border, then others might think twice about trying. We have to pay our military personnel anyway, so why not make it to our advantage instead of other countries. Besides, a secure border would greatly reduce the amount of illegal aliens coming into the country and taking advantage of our jobs and benefits. It would literally save states and the federal government millions of dollars and help put more Americans back to work.