Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Brave last words

 First, once again, my condolences to the family of the Border Patrol officer who lost his life recently.

Vega Jr. was a married father of three who had worked for the Border Patrol for six years and was a Marine Corp veteran

In my opinion, it doesn't seem a coincidence there are two suspects involved.

Here is the story :
Sheriff Spence told Kiii-TV that Border Patrol agent Javier Vega, Jr., was fishing with relatives when two men attempted to rob them, opening fire on Vega and his family. Vega was shot and killed and his father was shot in the hip.

The two suspects have now been identified as Mexican nationals Gustavo Tijerina, 30, of La Villa, Texas, and Ismael Hernandez, 40, of Weslaco, Texas. They were taken into custody Monday and will be officially booked into jail Tuesday, according to Spence.

He said the suspects have confessed to the crime and he is confident that the two will ”face charges of capital murder, attempted capital murder, four counts of aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence,” according to the news site.

An off-duty Border Patrol agent shot in the chest and killed in an attempted robbery Sunday night begged his father to “keep shooting, dad,” while the agent’s mother picked up a rifle and shot at the fleeing suspects as well, police told TheBlaze
See the rest : http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/08/04/the-heartbreaking-words-police-say-slain-off-duty-border-patrol-agent-told-his-dad-after-they-were-attacked/

These two have had severe attempts at getting into the United States.
According to court records, Tijerina, who also goes by the name Tijerina-Sandoval, pleaded guilty to entering the U.S. illegally on July 9, 2007. He was given a 30-day sentence with credit for time served and charged a $10 fee.  

Three months later, on Oct. 4, he was again found guilty of entering the country illegally and was sentenced to 60 days in jail and $10 fee. In a criminal complaint, he said he entered the U.S. on Sept. 1 and was encountered by border patrol agents near Weslaco, Texas, on Oct. 3. He had waded across the Rio Grande River near Progreso, Mexico, court records show.

A year later, on Oct. 25, 2008, he again crossed into the U.S. by wading across the river. On Nov. 18, 2008, he was given 90 days in jail and another $10 special assessment fee.

On Dec. 15, 2009, Tijerina was indicted by a grand jury on charges of entering the U.S. illegally yet again. The indictment says he "had previously been denied admission, excluded, deported and removed, knowing and unlawfully was present in the United States having been found near Edinburg, Texas." Court records say he had not obtained consent from the U.S. attorney general and the secretary of homeland security to reapply for admission into the U.S.

A warrant issued for his arrest said he faced up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
He was held without bond on Jan. 26, 2010. He was given nine months in jail and fined $100.

Sources confirmed that these court cases involved the same Tijerina in custody for killing the Border Patrol agent. They said Hernandez, the other suspect, has been deported twice for entering the U.S. illegally.

What a shame our current situation has allowed for this to happen.

If only our current administration enforced the laws we already have.  10 dollar fines? And short times in jail for repeat offenders?  How ludicrous does this now sound when we have to bury one of our own?

Besides, as an American citizen, if these guys are thugs with repeat criminal records, why isn't the CIA or FBI involved here?  This tragedy should highlight how terribly prone we are as citizens right now because of the border situation.

Update : Turns out they did indeed have connections to the Gulf Cartel.