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October 2nd, 2012
Rep. Grijalva Statement on Border Patrol Shooting in Southern Arizona

Tucson, Ariz. – Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva today released the following statement on last night’s fatal shooting of a Border Patrol agent and wounding of a second agent near the Brian Terry Station in Naco, Ariz.

“My first thoughts are with the families of the two agents attacked last night and the grief they’re feeling today. Every act of violence against the brave men and women who serve this country is a loss for their relatives and loved ones, and for all of us.

“I spoke with Border Patrol Commander Self earlier today, and he spoke of the resilience and unity of the Border Patrol family in this difficult time. They’re dedicating enormous resources to pursuing and bringing to justice the people responsible. I couldn’t agree with him more. We join him and the entire Border Patrol community in demanding justice and accountability. This crime cannot, and will not, pass without a swift and appropriate response.

“As that investigation goes forward, I encourage everyone to refrain from exploiting today’s tragedy for their own purposes. Using the death of an American as an occasion for divisive political rhetoric is not timely, humane or appropriate.

“I am profoundly grateful for the service these agents have rendered their country and deeply saddened by today’s loss. The Border Patrol and the larger law enforcement community are responding quickly, thoroughly and professionally, and I share with the people of Southern Arizona an eagerness to see justice done as soon as possible.”

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