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Border Patrol Agent Killed in Car Crash While on Duty in Texas; funeral set for today

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A funeral is scheduled today for a Border Patrol agent who was killed in a two-car crash whir on duty near Carrizo Springs, Texas, on Friday, KSAT reports.

Tyler Robledo, a three-year veteran of Border Patrol, was just 34 when he was involved in a head-on collision while on patrol. The other driver also was killed.

“It’s a real small community and to see him, one of the good persons, it’s really hard,” said family friend Martha Esquivel.

“When dealing with things like this, it’s never easy. He’s one of ours whether you know the agent or not. Either way he’s part of our family,” said Jose Gamez, supervisory Border Patrol agent and Del Rio sector commander.

Robledo is survived by his wife and two young children.

Border Patrol: Leave Complicated Immigration Issues Up to Professionals

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Border Patrol is urging the state of Texas and militia members to leave immigration issues to the pros, the Associated Press reports.

The plea comes after the influx of migrants prompted state Gov. Rick Perry to send as many as 1,000 guardsman and hundreds of state troopers to the border. Militia members also took up guard.

Everyone is heavily armed, and coordination is minimal.

The Border Patrol recently had a friendly fire incident involving a militia member.

“Sometimes it can be dangerous, because you have all these (non-law enforcement) people out there running around the border,” said Kevin Oaks, the Border Patrol’s chief in the Rio Grande Valley. “There are cartel members that carry assault weapons and camouflage, and then there’s others that may be under the auspices of whatever group, may look very similar, and we have no idea who those people are. My fear is that these things clash and eventually there will be a very bad outcome.”

National Guard Troops in Texas Fight Boredom, Not Illegal Immigration, So Far

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

National Guard troops continue to arrive in Texas on the orders of Gov. Rick Perry to help crackdown on the border crisis, but so far, there’s not much for them to do, the Washington Post reports.

The troops, who are wearing body armor and carrying pistols, were spotted fighting boredom as their role continues to confuse federal law enforcement.

“The music keeps me up,” said one soldier listening to R&B. “We’re keeping our eyes on the brush.”

So far, Border Patrol units have stood watch, usually watching over the river.

To date, about 400 of the anticipated 1,000 guardsman have arrived.

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Mexican National Accused of Fatally Shooting Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Faces More Charges

Gustavo Tijerina

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Mexican national accused of shooting an off-duty Border Patrol agent during a robbery in Texas was charged with additional crimes related to more robberies Thursday, the Monitor reports.

Gustavo Tijerina, 30, was charged with seven counts of aggravated armed robbery and three counts of engaging in organized criminal activity in connection with four armed robberies in Cameron County. Cars were stolen in those cases.

Tijerina already has been charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Jr., 36, of Kingsville.

Tijerina likely won’t be going anywhere after his bail was set at $2 million.

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Under Gov. Perry, Texas Creates Own Version of Border Patrol with Game Wardens

Tex. Gov. Rick Perry/official photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The primary responsibility of Texas game wardens used to be pretty routine – crack down on drunken boaters and investigate fishing tournament cheaters.

Now a team of them is patrolling the Rio Grande in search of suspected smugglers and undocumented immigrants, trading in their white cowboy hats for camouflage, the New York Times reports.

It’s part of Gov. Rick Perry’s effort to create his own version of the Border Patrol along the state’s 1,200-mile border.

State officials say the effort has paid off, netting thousands of arrests and tens of millions of dollars in drug seizures.

Critics argue that Perry is exaggerating the problem and wasting public resources.

“It’s not something the federal government has asked him to do,” said Veronica Escobar, El Paso’s county judge. “It is such a waste of taxpayer resources, especially when so many fundamental needs are underfunded by the very state leadership that proposes and promotes this waste.”

Two Arrested in Connection with Slain Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent in South Texas

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two men were arrested Monday in connection with the robbery and fatal shooting of an off-duty Border Patrol agent while he was on vacation with his family, Valley Morning Star reports.

Agent Javier Vega Jr., who was stationed in Ricardo, Texas, was killed following a gunshot wound to the chest, and his father was hospitalized with a gunshot to the hip. The shooting took place near the town of Santa Monica, Tex., in south Texas.

The shooting occurred during an attempted robbery while the agent, his wife, father, mother and three children were fishing in the Santa Monica area, authorities said.

The suspects fled but were later tracked down and taken into custody.

Authorities said gunshots were exchanged at one point.

Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Shot, Killed During Robbery While On Vacation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An off-duty Border Patrol agent vacationing with his family was shot and killed during a robbery in Texas, the Border Patrol said Sunday.

“Another one of these typical robbery things,” Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence said. “People fishing, people drive by, turn around, come back, pull weapons and rob them.

“In this case, someone got shot.”

Investigators combed the area overnight into this morning.

“If this is the scene, we’re just going to babysit it until daylight,” Spence said in the southeaster part of the county.

The agent has not been identified.

National Guard Troops May Get Authority to Arrest Undocumented Immigrants in Texas

Tex. Gov. Rick Perry/official photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The 1,000 National Guard troops who were deployed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry to assist with the border crisis may get the unusual authority to make arrests and apprehensions, the New York Times reports.

In the past, troops who were sent by presidents were prohibited from making arrests while they helped at the border. But since Perry ordered the deployment, he has the authority to permit Guard troops to make arrests, the New York Times wrote.

Immigration rights advocates and experts on the National Guard expressed concern that troops were ill trained to handle potentially deadly encounters.
“This does not come from the federal government,” said Jayson P. Ahern, a former Customs and Border Protection acting commissioner who helped coordinate deployment of the National Guard to the border in 2006. “That’s the biggest distinction here. This is the governor taking unilateral action. Not having that oversight and supervision and direction as part of a plan from the federal authorities, I think it is reckless and could lead to significant safety issues.”

The troops are expected at the border next month but they cannot enforce immigration law.