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Texas Congressman Calls Attack on ICE Agents a 'Game Changer'

February 18, 2011  | 

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) has called the attack on two federal agents in Mexico a "game changer" and said the United States should respond to acts of violence against our citizens with force.

McCaul identified the cartel responsible for the attack as the Zetas, and said cartel members knew Special Agents Jaime Zapata and Victor Avilia of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement were Americans. The agents identified themselves as U.S. diplomats, after stopping at a military style checkpoint, while traveling between Mexico City and Monterrey.

"This was an intentional ambush against two United States federal agents, which I view as an attack against the United States," McCaul said in a statement. "U.S. law enforcement has operated in Mexico for more than two decades without threat of violence from drug cartels."

McCaul went on to say, "This tragic event is a game changer. The United States will not tolerate acts of violence against its citizens or law enforcement, and I believe we must respond forcefully. This should be a long overdue wake-up call for the Obama administration that there is a war on our nation's doorstep."

Watch video of McCaul discussing the attack, via the Houston Chronicle:

Tags: Leadership, Mexican Drug Cartels, U.S.-Mexico Border, Barack Obama


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