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Archive for August 11th, 2022

Texas Gov. Abbott Offers Jobs to ‘Dissatisfied’ FBI Agents Following Raid of Trump’s House

Gov. Greg Abbott. Photo via Governor’s Office.

By Steve Neavling

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday pledged to hire any “dissatisfied” FBI agents following the raid on former President Trump’s house. 

In an interview with radio host Chris Salcedo, Abbott said Texas has law enforcement jobs to offer.

“If you’re an FBI officer looking for a different opportunity in law enforcement, Texas needs a lot of it. And we got a lot of investigations,” Abbott said.

“If there’s anybody in the FBI who is dissatisfied with their working condition with their leadership, which, by the way, is not just Border Patrol and may not just be FBI, there are so many people working under the Biden administration that see how this administration is completely going off the rails.”

Abbott joined the Republican chorus of criticism of the raid, despite having no information on what prompted the raid and what was found.

He accused Biden of trying to “squelch dissent.”

This isn’t the first time Abbott has offered jobs to federal law enforcement officers. When Border Patrol agents were accused of whipping Haitian migrants last year, he offered to hire any agents who were disciplined in the incident. 

 “I came out multiple times and said that if those border patrol officers are punished in any way, the State of Texas will be proud to step up and hire them and add them to our forces that we have on the border to secure our border,” Abbott said on the radio show. “And the same principle applies here.”

Man Sentenced to 68 Months in Prison for Repeatedly Punching CBP Officer in Head

By Steve Neavling

A man who repeatedly assaulted a CBP officer while attempting to enter the U.S. from Mexico was sentenced to 68 months in prison. 

Rene Robert Ruiz was trying to cross the border at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on May 17, 2021, when the incident occurred. 

According to the Justice Department, Ruiz became irate, yelled “f*** you!” at an officer, and refused to show documentation. 

An officer demanded that Ruiz calm down before he could enter. 

Ruiz responded, “F*** you! I’m a U.S. Citizen, I’m coming in,” and tried to push his way past the officer. When the officer pushed Ruiz back past the line between the U.S. and Mexico, Ruiz lunged at the officer and repeatedly punched him in the head. 

The officer sustained a concussion and other injuries. 

Ruiz was convicted during a jury trial in October 2021. 

During sentencing this week, U.S. District Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel noted that Ruiz has a history of violence and was in a violent motorcycle gang. 

“This defendant viciously attacked a customs officer completing routine duties at the port of entry,” U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman said in a statement. “Law enforcement officers—such as the victim here—perform vital services for us all and must be allowed to do their jobs without the risk of harm. The U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue to vigorously prosecute those who place their safety and security at risk.” 

Added Anne Maricich, acting director of field operations at the San Diego Field Office, “Violent acts like these against our officers will not be tolerated and we are thankful to the San Diego USAO for ensuring justice was served.”