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Congressman Gohmert’s Statement on the Murder of Special Agent Jaime Zapata

Congressman Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement concerning the two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents (ICE), one wounded and the other killed, in Mexico City yesterday.

“How many more American lives will be lost before a modern day American administration realizes Mexico is a war-zone where violence spills over and directly affects American citizens?   We have the sovereign right to protect ourselves, which means using force to insure that terrorists, whether fanatic jihadists or drug kingpins are stopped and brought to justice. Only then will the violence against Americans emanating from Mexico stop."

“Providing for the common defense of Americans should be this administration's number one priority. It is a Constitutional obligation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Zapata family. This heartless murder of one of America’s own border protectors only further displays the dire need to do whatever is necessary to end the violence that continues to harm or kill Americans. That includes stopping the flow of Mexican violence and drugs that are destroying and poisoning American lives.  Jamie Zapata was an American hero who was devoting his life to protecting America when his noble life was cut so dramatically short."

Jamie Zapata, a native of Brownsville, Texas joined ICE in 2006. He was recently assigned to work as the agency’s attache at the U.S. embassy in Mexico City. Zapata had also worked at the Homeland Security Department and as a member of the U.S. Border Patrol.

Congressman Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. He was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.

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