Sunday, March 6, 2011

Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association condemns Obama remarks on ICE agents in Mexico.

Jaime Zapata is laid to rest.


FLEOA Declares President Obama Is Misinformed About U.S. Agents in Mexico - 3/6/11

March 6, 2011


Washington, DC - Today, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) announced its opposition to remarks made by President Obama regarding the role and safety of ICE Special Agents assigned to Mexico. After his meeting with Mexico President Calderon on Thursday, President Obama stated, “There are laws in place in Mexico that say our agents should not be armed,” and “We do not carry out law enforcement activities inside of Mexico.” President Obama also stated that the role of ICE Agents was an “advisory” one.

FLEOA vehemently disagrees with both comments. In response to these remarks, FLEOA National President Jon Adler stated, “With all due respect, Mr. President, you have been tragically misinformed on both points.” Contrary to what President Obama asserted, all law enforcement officers assigned to Mexico do perform “law enforcement activities.” This may include conducting field interviews, responding to crime scenes, overseeing training and participating in raids. The fact that they don’t actually handcuff suspects doesn’t diminish their role or the risks they face.

On February 15, 2011, alleged members of a Mexican cartel savagely ambushed two ICE Special Agents assigned to Mexico, and fatally wounded one of them. During this cowardly attack, hero ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata was brutally murdered, and hero ICE Special Agent Victor Avila was shot and critically injured. According to FLEOA President Adler, “Our heroes were targeted and savagely attacked because of who they were – American law enforcement officers – and not because of the activities they performed. If our State Department is incapable of securing weapon permits for our officers, then we shouldn’t continue sending them to Mexico unarmed.”

On Friday, FLEOA met with Chairman Michael McCaul’s staff from the House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. FLEOA requested that the committee hold hearings in order to demand accountability for why the U.S. government sends unarmed law enforcement officers into hostile, crime-ridden foreign countries. FLEOA also respectfully requested that Congress halt all funding that is used by U.S. agencies to send unarmed law enforcement officers to unstable foreign countries.

FLEOA recognizes the importance of having law enforcement officers assigned to Mexico, and having them work closely with our Mexican counterparts. However, FLEOA President Adler stated, “It is reckless for our government to send any law enforcement officer to a foreign hostile area, with a Miranda card but no means of defending themselves. Calling our officers/agents “advisors” only serves to undermine the heroic work they perform. It doesn’t minimize the risks they face.”

FLEOA intends to honor the memory of hero Special Agent Jaime Zapata by continuing to advocate for agent’s safety abroad. FLEOA extends its heartfelt prayers and condolences to Special Agent Zapata’s family, and wishes Special Agent Victor Avila a strong and rapid recovery. FLEOA will honor the ultimate sacrifice made by Special Agent Zapata during the annual Candlelight Vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on May 13th.

FLEOA is the largest nonpartisan, nonprofit professional association exclusively representing 26,000 active and retired federal law enforcement officers from 65 different agencies.


Dakota said...

Kind of a "no brainer" ain't it? Funny in a tragic way that the brain dead Obamanoids have no brains or experience, or anything else that is necessary to lead. Collectively there ain't enough to be "dog catcher" let alone POTUS.

Pericles said...

From the statement "participating in raids" outside the territorial limits of the US? WTF? Does the US government or its employees no longer recognize any standards of international customs or agreements?

When the government or its personnel no longer feel compelled to obey the law, the situation can not be saved.

Mark Matis said...

Yet it is the Federal "Law Enforcement" officers who continue to enable this illegal alien to treasonously occupy the office of President of the United States, as well as enable his toadies to flaunt the Constitution and the law.

WHAT WILL IT TAKE for them to honor their oath of office? The stench is overwhelming.

otterhauser said...

Hussein doesn't want to annoy Mexican illegals in the US--all prospective Democrat voters--by having Americans shooting Mexican thugs. Better to have the American DIE than offend a future donor/voter/welfare recipient/perpetual Democrat.

Alan W. Mullenax said...

So, do I have this straight. US federal law enforcement officers work in Mexico unarmed. That right? First off, what the hell are US federal law enforcement officers doing in Mexico? Second, how stupid is it that they are unarmed? Third, who's running this thing?

Anonymous said...

Anyone else find it extremely ironic that the proffered solution to violent attack on our internationally stationed federal officers is to arm them....yet, in the States, citizens are discouraged from defending themselves with arms in the face of violent attack?

W W Woodward said...

Hell's bells! I think whoever decided to send Border Patrol Officers into battle loaded with BEANBAGS is a criminal.

Sending agents into a hostile country completely unarmed is 2 steps the other side of evil.

What kind of damned fools are making these decisions?


CowboyDan said...

If American LEOs need to be unarmed in Mexico, does that mean the Secret Service guys leave their hardware on this side of the border when POTUS goes south?

Maybe, but I've got my doubts. I guess that's why Calderon comes north instead of the other way round.

Anonymous said...

Mexico seems to have no problem with its Soldiers that continue to cross into the US while armed. Maybe our agents should returnt eh favor.