Political leaders speak out against killing of Border Patrol agent

Political leaders speak out against killing of Border Patrol agent

President Trump tweeted about the incident, vowing to seek justice for the agents and plugging his plans to build a wall along the Mexico border.

As of Sunday morning, Martinez's partner, whose name has not been released due to privacy concerns, is in serious condition. "We will, and must, build the Wall!"

Brian Houston, who lives in San Diego, kisses his new bride Evelia Reyes, who lives in Mexico with her daughter Alexis, while Border Patrol agents look on.

Customs officials would not say what type of activity the agents were responding to. Ted Cruz (R-TX) released a statement calling it a "stark reminder of the ongoing threat that an unsecured border poses to the safety of our communities and those charged with defending them".

Agent Rogelio Martinez was killed and his partner was seriously injured Sunday in what elected officials have said was an attack near Van Horn, which is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the Mexico border and about 110 miles (177 kilometers) southeast of El Paso.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has offered a $20,000 reward for information on Agent Martinez's death.

It's a gate that only opens for one hour roughly once a year. but that was just long enough for Brian Houston and Evelia Reyes to tie the knot as they straddled the U.S. -Mexico border. We are grateful for the courage and sacrifice of our border agents who have dedicated their lives to keeping us safe.

Authorities were scouring West Texas on Monday for those behind an apparent attack that killed one USA border agent and injured another.

Rogelio Martinez, 36, and his partner were responding to activity while on patrol in the Big Bend Sector, which runs along the US-Mexico border, and the partner reported they were both injured, the agency said. "Our resources must be increased to prevent these attacks in the future".

That area has accounted for about one percent of more than 61,000 arrests from October of last year, until May of this year. The FBI in El Paso is leading the investigation, along with the Culberson County Sheriff's Department and Customs and Border Protection's Office of Professional Responsibility.

The region's mountains, and the Rio Grande River, make it one of the more hard areas to cross the border illegally, CBS News reports.