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Rohrabacher Reacts to Recent Border Agent Killing

Jan 22, 2008

Washington, Jan 22, 2008 -
Border Patrol Agent Luis Aguilar was killed on Saturday along the Imperial Sand Dunes corridor in Southern California after being struck by a suspected drug smuggler’s vehicle during an attempt to escape back to Mexico. Two vehicles, a Hummer and a Ford pick-up, were spotted entering the country illegally from Mexico when Agent Aguilar attempted to disable them by laying spike strips. According to witnesses, the agent was then struck and killed by the Hummer. He was 32, married with two children.

Congressman Rohrabacher has issued the following statement:

“ The tragic death of Border Patrol Agent Luis Aguilar underscores the failure of the Administration to get control of our Southern border. It appears President Bush’s only legacy will be that he turned a bad situation at the border into a murderous catastrophe.

“Agent Aguilar had been a brave defender of the American people and his death is representative of the challenges the Border Patrol faces everyday but is not being addressed by the policies set forth by President Bush. The Administrations persecution of Ramos, Compean and Gilmer Hernandez has sent the opposite message to drug smugglers and illegals swarming out Southern border.

“I offer my prayers and condolences to the Aguilar family. He now resides with the heroes who have given their lives to protect all of us, the United States.”