|For Immediate Release
December 15, 2010
Contact: Kimberly Smith
Smith Statement on Murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry
Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Elect issued the following statement regarding a shooting last night along the U.S.-Mexico border in which Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry was killed.
Chairman Elect Smith: “In the last five years, 28,000 people have been killed along the U.S.-Mexico border, including 1,000 law enforcement officers. The murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry is a sad reminder of the real-life dangers that Americans and our law enforcement agents face along the southwest border. The Obama administration’s lax enforcement of immigration laws, coupled with calls for mass amnesty, only encourage more illegal immigration. Our border remains porous and the Obama administration has done nothing to stop the steady flow of human and drug smuggling from Mexico.
“What will it take to make the Obama administration realize that we must do more to secure our border and keep Americans safe? Earlier this year, a rancher in Arizona was killed on his own property. The suspect is believed to have been an illegal immigrant. Last night, Border Patrol Agent Terry lost his life for simply doing his job. How many more Americans will die before the Obama administration wakes up and starts taking illegal immigration seriously?”