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Letters: Border Patrol are America's heroes

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Posted: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 7:00 am | Updated: 4:17 pm, Wed Dec 22, 2010.

A sad day for not only Arizonans but for all Americans. Another heroic U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed in the line of duty. Words of condolence to the family of officer Brian Terry seem so inadequate at this time. The agents of the U.S. Border Patrol perform the front-line defense of America’s borders. Theirs is a thankless job. They are reviled and demeaned by the left-wing liberals as racist bigots. Yet I, as a Mexican-American, have only been treated with courtesy and respect whenever I have crossed back to the United States.

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano called for increased security when she was governor of Arizona but changed her tune when President Obama selected her to be in charge of the U.S. Border Patrol as one of her duties. Since 2000, there have been three Border Patrol officers killed in the line of service and 19 have died in accidents in pursuit of illegal aliens crossing the Mexican border. Most of the deaths that occured in pursuit of illegal aliens were single-person accidents because there are not enough agents to work in pairs. Billions of taxpayer dollars are spent for earmarks but not enough to provide a two-person patrol against drug/illegal alien traffickers and coyotes armed with automatic weapons. When did America’s borders become an illegal alien rights issue? When did liberal political correctness override the constitutionally required defense of America’s borders? The U.S. Border Patrol never lost its way.

They are America’s Heroes.

Leon Ceniceros, Mesa

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