Speeches and Statements
At approximately 9:40 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Border Patrol agents, working in partnership with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Webb County Constable’s Office, Precinct 2, responded to reports of possible human smuggling activity near Green and Smith Streets. There, the agents encountered a tractor-trailer with illegal aliens loaded inside. As agents began to secure the scene, another vehicle with more illegal aliens arrived.
Per Customs and Border Protection policy, and to promote transparency, the following is an update regarding
Statement from Matthew Hudak, Chief Patrol Agent for the U.S. Border Patrol, Laredo Sector:
At approximately 10 p.m., on Oct 23, United States Border Patrol agents assigned to Laredo Sector and other law enforcement agencies investigating a significant human smuggling case were involved in a shooting incident on Green Street in Laredo, Texas. This is an ongoing investigation. Further updates will follow as they become available.
Statement from Aaron Heitke, Chief Patrol Agent for the U.S. Border Patrol, San Diego Sector:
At approximately 5:45 p.m., on Oct. 23, a United States Border Patrol Agent assigned to the San Diego Sector was involved in the on-duty shooting of a subject close to the international border near the Las Americas Premium Outlets. At approximately 6:25 p.m., responding emergency medical services pronounced the subject deceased. This is an ongoing investigation. Further updates will follow as they become available.
LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection is saddened to report the death of a 36-year-old Mexican national male on Saturday afternoon in a Laredo, Texas area hospital. We extend our condolences to his family.
Joint statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan and U.S. Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott:
EL PASO, Texas – Over the weekend, El Paso Sector Border Patrol agents, in coordination with the Tucson Sector Border Patrol, successfully made the arrest of the suspect involved in an alleged human smuggling incident and agent involved shooting which occurred late Friday.
LORDSBURG, N.M. – Last night, Friday October 2, 2020, at approximately 9:50 p.m., a U.S. Border Patrol agent assigned to the Lordsburg Station encountered a vehicle involved in human smuggling. The agent attempted a vehicle stop along Highway 80 and the driver of the vehicle failed to yield, assaulting the agent with the vehicle. The agent reportedly discharged his service-issued weapon at the driver to stop the threat. The driver absconded in the vehicle and is currently at large. U.S.
"On Sunday afternoon at the Peace Bridge port of entry in Buffalo, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers encountered a driver who stopped her vehicle in the pre-primary area, and did not pull forward to report for inspection. Officers responded to the vehicle and engaged the driver. The individual, identified as Pascale Cecile Veronique Ferrier, told officers she was wanted by the FBI for mailing envelopes with ricin to the White House and other locations.
On September 21, 2020, at approximately 7:00 p.m., a Border Patrol Agent patrolling on foot east of Nogales, Arizona, arrested a group of illegal aliens and subsequently came under assault by one of the individuals who was armed with a knife. The Border Patrol Agent sustained multiple stab wounds, but was able to fire his sidearm and fatally shot the assailant. The agent was airlifted from the scene by CBP Air Operations to the Nogales Airport to meet an air ambulance. From there, he was flown to a hospital in Tucson, Arizona and treated for his wounds.
TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection is saddened to report the death of a 30-year-old man from Mexico on Monday morning in a Tucson area hospital. We extend our condolences to his family.
“The ‘Gotaway’ video produced by the U.S. Border Patrol was the first in a series of short videos created to remind our Border Patrol agents that the risks they take every day to protect America matter, and result in saving American’s lives well beyond our physical borders. While the purpose of the video was initially for internal agency use, I decided to share it publicly after viewing it to enhance awareness that effective border security helps keep all Americans and our guests safe.”
EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection is saddened to report the death of a Mexican national on Monday morning in a South Texas hospital.
On August 20, 2020, at approximately 7:20 p.m. PST, U.S. Border Patrol agents reported a vehicle pursuit and agent involved shooting after a vehicle fled from the FR15 checkpoint near Casa Grande, AZ.
Please attribute to a CBP Spokesperson:
A Tucson Sector Border Patrol Agent was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Border Corruption Task Force (BCTF) late in the afternoon of August 9, 2020. The agent was taken into custody for suspicion of narcotics trafficking. U.S Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Professional Responsibility participated in this investigation and the operation.
Yuma, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection is saddened to report the death of a 33-year-old man from Mexico on Saturday afternoon in a local Yuma, Arizona hospital. We would like to express our condolences to his family.
The Acting DHS Secretary and CBP leadership are committed to ensuring that individuals in CBP custody receive appropriate medical support. To that end, CBP continues to take steps to significantly enhance its medical support efforts, consistent with CBP’s law enforcement mission.
In December 2019, CBP issued the Enhanced Medical Directive setting foundational levels of medical support.
DEL RIO, TEXAS – On July 26, 2020, at approximately 6:20 a.m., U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Sector, Brackettville Station observed a suspicious vehicle in the area and attempted to initiate a vehicle stop. The driver then attempted to elude agents by fleeing at a high rate of speed north bound from Brackettville toward Uvalde.
Agents ultimately lost sight of the vehicle and it was located a short time later on Ranch Road 674, where it had rolled over.
GAUTHIER, MS—On Tuesday, at approximately 9:30 AM, a U.S. Border Patrol agent was involved in a shooting while assisting U.S. Marshals with serving a warrant in Gauthier, MS. The individual fired upon the agent and other law enforcement officers on scene, who in turn, returned fire. Neither the agent nor the suspect were injured in the exchange.
"While the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) respects every American’s right to protest peacefully, violence and civil unrest will not be tolerated. Violent anarchists have organized events in Portland over the last several weeks with willful intent to damage and destroy federal property, as well as injure federal officers and agents. These criminal actions will not be tolerated.
On July 6, 2020, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to Laredo Sector were working their assigned duties at a remote ranch when they were alerted by a male subject who advised the agent that his friend, a 28 year-old male subject, was in distress. Upon locating the subject and discovering him in distress, agents immediately began to render first aid and called for emergency medical services. The subject was transported by ambulance to a local hospital. Despite the medical staff’s best efforts over the course of several days, the subject passed away.