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Thursday
Feb172011

US Officials: Immigration Agents Were Targeted in Mexican Ambush

Jaime Zapata. Photo Courtesy - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement(MEXICO CITY) -- Based on the evidence, two U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents were deliberately targeted in a shooting in Mexico Tuesday that left one dead and the other wounded.

U.S. officials say that ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata and a fellow agent were attacked by ten gunmen while traveling between Mexico City and Monterrey.  The car they were driving bore diplomatic license plates.

Zapata, who was part of the ICE Human Smuggling and Trafficking Unit as well as the Border Enforcement Security Task Force, suffered fatal wounds, while the other agent is expected to fully recover.

Their armored vehicle was tailed by others, with one vehicle cutting them off in an ambush.

In response to the shooting, believed to be the work of Mexican drug cartels, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Attorney General Holder said they were creating a task force headed by the FBI to work with the Mexican government in finding the assailants.

Zapata is the first U.S. agent slain in Mexico since a Drug Enforcement Agency officer was murdered in 1985.

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Wednesday
Feb162011

US Immigration Agent Killed, Other Wounded in Mexico Shooting

Photo Courtesy - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement(MEXICO CITY) -- A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent was killed and another wounded after they were shot while driving in Mexico Tuesday.

According to U.S. officials, Special Agent Jaime Zapata and another agent, who has not been identified, were driving between Mexico City and Monterrey when unknown assailants opened fire on them.  Zapata was critically injured in the shooting and died from his gunshot wounds, while the other agent was shot in the arm and leg and remains in stable condition.

Both agents were assigned to the ICE Attaché Office in Mexico City.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano issued a statement on the attacks, saying, "Let me be clear: any act of violence against our ICE personnel -- or any DHS personnel -- is an attack against all those who serve our nation and put their lives at risk for our safety.  The full resources of our Department are at the disposal of our Mexican partners in this investigation.  We remain committed in our broader support for Mexico’s efforts to combat violence within its borders.

Napolitano added that "U.S. law enforcement agencies are working closely with Mexican authorities who are investigating the shooting to ensure the perpetrators of this unconscionable crime are captured as quickly as possible."

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