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Bring the heat!

Legislators and the Justice Department are considering ways to arm Federal agents in Mexico. This blogger agrees. BRING THE HEAT!

Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) agents, were traveling in Mexico on their way to Mexico City on February 15, 2011. They were driving a U.S. Embassy issue diplomatic-marked SUV. The SUV was ambushed and the agents shot down. The ICE agents were unarmed. Zapata was fatally shot and Victor Avila was injured. The shootout must have lasted seconds, but must have felt like an eternity for Victor Avila as a survivor.

 The agents’ safety has increasingly been jeopardized over last few years due to Mexico’s war declaration on drugs. In 1990, an agreement was made between US and Mexico to have the US Federal agents unarmed while in Mexico. The state department must get involved to change this agreement. A treaty would change the 1990 agreement. Our agents need protection while they work. The “game” has changed and the rules need to change as well.

Mexico has made no effort to help wipe out the drug cartels. This attack has come against one of our countrymen helping to protect us. Our borders need to be secured. Our agents need protection.

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