Obama Sends 20 More ICE Agents to Mexico… Unarmed
ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata was murdered in Mexico in February.
He was unarmed.
Mexican federal police and army soldiers guard a U.S. Embassy vehicle after it came under attack by unknown gunmen on Highway 57 between Mexico City and Monterrey, near the town of Santa Maria Del Rio, San Luis Potosi state, Mexico, Tuesday Feb. 15, 2011. Inset, ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata. (Credit: AP/Pulso Diario de San Luis-Teodoro Blanco Vazquez)
Barack Obama is sending 20 more unarmed ICE agents into Mexico.
The Examiner reported:
On Friday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement director, John Morton announced that his agency is sending an additional 20 agents to Mexico to combat the growing threat from the cartels.
Of course, these new agents will be unarmed.
When reporters brought up the fact that Agent Jaime Zapata was recently gunned down by Zetas gunmen and unable to defend himself, Morton responded: “We’re very cognizant of the fact that we’re sending people into a place that’s dangerous and we’re taking a number of security steps.”
Current Mexican law bans foreign law enforcement agents from carrying weapons, even when working on an investigation–a policy over which President Obama recently expressed his approval.
Following last week’s meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, President Obama told reporters that U.S. agents working in Mexico would remain unarmed, saying: “There are laws in place in Mexico that say that our agents should not be armed. We do not carry out law enforcement activities inside of Mexico.”
However, ICE agents by the vary nature of their work in Mexico are carrying out “law enforcement activities inside of Mexico,” and forcing these agents to work and travel without the ability to defend themselves, is undoubtedly placing an even larger a target on their backs.