Slain Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie mourned; second BP agent released from hospital; Update: Two arrested
Ivie lived with his wife and their two young daughters in Sierra Vista, Az., where he was involved with the community and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Ivie grew up in Provo, Utah, and joined the U.S. Border Patrol in January 2008. After graduating from the border patrol academy, he was assigned to the Naco Border Patrol Station.
The station was recently renamed after Brian Terry, a Border Patrol agent fatally shot on duty in December 2010.
Ivie “was just outstanding in every regard,” said Judd. “He wanted to go to work every day. He loved his job, loved people, and didn’t shy away from talking to people.”
The second agent shot in the incident, still unnamed, was released from the hospital today after surgery. A manhunt for the suspects continues:
No arrests have been made. Authorities suspect that more than one person fired at the agents.
No weapons have been found, according to a federal law enforcement official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The official requested anonymity because information on the search hasn’t been publicly released.
Agents and deputies were searching the area on ATVs, horseback and on foot with up to four helicopters overhead in the southern foothills of the Mule Mountains that’s considered a known smuggling area.
“It’s been a long day for us but it’s been longer for no one more than a wife whose husband is not coming home. It’s been longer for two children whose father is not coming home, and that is what is going to strengthen our resolve” to find those responsible and enforce the law, said Jeffrey Self, commander of Customs and Border Protection’s Arizona joint field command.
GOP Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer blasted the Obama administration:
“Arizona has lost another Border Patrol agent.
“In the dark hours before daybreak, one agent was killed and another injured while on-duty along Arizona’s southern border. It is believed they were responding to an alerted ground sensor in a remote area near Bisbee, a short distance north of the border. In a tragic coincidence, these agents were assigned to Brian Terry Station – newly-dedicated and named for a U.S. Border Patrol agent murdered under similar circumstances in Arizona less than two years ago.
“More recently, in May 2011, we lost two more agents — Eduardo Rojas, Jr. and Hector Clark — when they were killed in a vehicle accident while pursuing suspected drug smugglers near Gila Bend.
“What happens next has become all-too-familiar in Arizona. Flags will be lowered in honor of the slain agent. Elected officials will vow to find those responsible. Arizonans and Americans will grieve, and they should. But this ought not only be a day of tears. There should be anger, too. Righteous anger — at the kind of evil that causes sorrow this deep, and at the federal failure and political stalemate that has left our border unsecured and our Border Patrol in harm’s way. Four fallen agents in less than two years is the result.
“It has been 558 days since the Obama administration declared the security of the U.S.-Mexico border ‘better now than it has ever been.’ I’ll remember that statement today.”
From my column today: My proposed debate questions that will not be asked…
Is the beanbag order still in place today?
Why has the Terry family been forced to file a federal lawsuit to obtain justice?
If the buck stops at the top, why does Attorney General Eric Holder still have a job after years of official DOJ obstruction and falsehoods during the Fast and Furious investigations?
And as commander in chief, what exactly are you doing to ensure that the men and women currently assigned to protect our borders are adequately armed and fully supported in their mission to defend American sovereignty and homeland security?
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