Statement from R. Gil Kerlikowske: Abram, Texas
“Early yesterday morning I was notified that one of our agents may have committed a very serious and disturbing crime against three individuals, a woman and two teenage girls, near Abram, Texas. I want you to know that I consider these actions, if true, to be reprehensible and I know they are not representative of the agents of the U.S. Border Patrol. Right now, we are fully cooperating with the FBI who is conducting the investigation into these allegations and working diligently to make sure the victims are receiving the proper care and attention.
I personally contacted embassy officials from the victims’ country of origin to inform them of the incident and express my deep concern for the well-being of their citizens.
I want you to know that as concerned as I am about this incident, the men and women at CBP and particularly in McAllen, have my support. We offer a wide range of services to assist employees in coping with difficult personal or professional matters; we are currently making additional counseling available to impacted personnel.
I am deeply sorry that this incident occurred and am committed to doing everything in my power to prevent incidents like this from occurring again.”