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Immigrant aunt of slain Border Patrol agent wants Trump to ‘build the border wall’

“How many agents have to die to give security to the country?”

(National SentinelBorder Security: An immigrant aunt of slain Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez says that she supports President Donald J. Trump’s bid to build a border wall along the length of the U.S.-Mexico border, asking how many more agents must die before it gets done.

FO-300x250-1As reported by Breitbart News, the aunt, Olivia Barnes, was identified in a New York Times report as a former illegal immigrant who now holds a green card.

“I’m angry,” she told the Times, adding, “How many agents have to die to give security to the country?”

In addition, Martinez’s father told the Times he saw his son’s wounds on his head and believes that he was attacked.

The father, Jose Martinez, was also identified as having been born in Mexico but is now a U.S. citizen, reporting coming to the U.S. initially as a temporary migrant worker in construction.

“What I don’t like is at night, there is only one person,” he said in Spanish, in an apparent reference to reduced Border Patrol staffing. As to his son’s attackers, he said: “I think they put a trap.”

The death of Martinez and the injuries to his partner, another Border Patrol agent, has sparked intense debate among congressional leaders.

Also, Breitbart News notes, Border Patrol leaders believe the agents were attacked by illegal immigrants using rocks as weapons. Border Patrol leaders, however, have been very tight-lipped about the incident, releasing few details.

Trump renewed his call for a border wall upon hearing of the agent’s death. He said the United States “will, and must, build the Wall,” and said “We will seek out and bring to justice those responsible.”


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Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke said in a statement, “We are fully supporting the ongoing investigation to determine the cause of this tragic event.”

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said the incident serves as a reminder that the “unsecure” border remains a dangerous place.

“This is a stark reminder of the ongoing threat that an unsecure border poses to the safety of our communities and those charged with defending them,” Cruz said.

 

 

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