Death on the Border

Agent Rogelio Martinez sought “to defend my country from terrorists.”

United States Border Patrol agent Rogelio Martinez knew his job was dangerous, but as Aileen Flores noted in the El Paso Times, the four-year veteran loved his work. “Dad, it’s the job I like,” Rogelio would tell his father José Martinez. “I want to defend my country from terrorists … I want to prevent terrorists and drugs from coming into the country.”

Rogelio Martinez, 36, had been planning a Sunday home gathering to watch the New England Patriots play the Oakland Raiders in Mexico City. Rogelio never made it home because, as José told the Times, his son’s head had been “destroyed.”  

Martinez was dead and another agent in serious condition. What should have been a festive occasion, Flores wrote, “instead turned into a day of mourning filled with disbelief, sadness and heartache.” Based on past cases, the death of agent Martinez will not elicit much lamentation from the Mexican government and its American collaborators, particularly on campus. 

In March of 1995 U.S. Border Patrol agent Luis Santiago fell to his death while pursuing illegals. Voz Fronteriza, an officially recognized student publication at the University of California at San Diego, responded with “Death of a Migra Pig,” a page-one editorial that celebrated both the death of Santiago and called for the killing of federal agents.

“We’re glad this pig died, he deserved to die. All Migra pigs deserve death,” said the officially funded UCSD publication. “We do not mourn the death of Santiago, instead we welcome it. Yet it is too bad that more Migra pigs didn’t die with him… All of the Migra pigs should be killed, every single one. There are no good Migra agents; the only good one is a dead one.”

In 1994, _Voz Fronteriza_ received $6,000 from UC student activity funds and many of its writers are members of the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan, which refers to the American Southwest as “occupied Mexico.” California attorney general Xavier Becerra, a former congressman once on Hillary Clinton’s short list as a running mate, boasts of his involvement with the militant group. 

UC San Diego chancellor Richard Atkinson offered no public protest of “Death of a Migra Pig” and vice chancellor Joseph Watson failed to condemn the editorial. Neither campus boss suffered for appeasement of the razaists, and in October 1995 Atkinson became president of the entire University of California system. 

Ten years earlier, in February of 1985, members of the Guadalajara drug cartel headed by Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, kidnapped U.S. DEA agent Enrique Camarena. Cartel thugs tortured and murdered Camarena and Mexican pilot Alfredo Zavala. The case resurfaced this August, when a Mexican federal court sentenced Gallardo to 37 years in prison for the murders, a full 32 years after the Mexican cartel murdered the American. 

As the Los Angeles Times recalled, Gallardo was a former street cop who “counted police commanders and politicians among his protectors and supplicants.” After the Camarena murder, the U.S. pressured Mexico to arrest Guadalajara cartel bosses Ernest Fonseca and Rafael Caro Quintero.  Gallardo, “reportedly protected by authorities, was not arrested until 1989” and his case “dragged on for decades in Mexican tribunals.”

Mexico transferred Ernesto Fonseca to house arrest in 2016 and in 2013 Mexico released Rafael Caro Quintero from prison on a legal technicality. Clearly, the Mexican government ranks among the cartels’ chief collaborators. 

In 1985 the president of Mexico was Miguel de la Madrid of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) that ruled Mexico since the twenties. At the time of Camarena’s disappearance, the Los Angeles Times recalled, “an irate Reagan administration pressed the Mexican government to find him. U.S. customs officials all but shut down the nearly 2,000-mile-long border, triggering a binational crisis.” 

Mexico is essentially a one-party state deploying a neo-colonial policy toward the United States. Mexicans in the United States send back some $25 billion yearly, and Mexico depends on the USA to provide not only jobs but pick up the tab for criminals such as Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, deported five times, who gunned down Kate Steinle, and Luis Bracamontes, who murdered police officers Danny Oliver and Michael Davis

In 2014, Mexico also allowed the trafficking of minor children from Central America to the United States, a massive act of child abuse, a violation of the rule of law, and blatant defiance of U.S. sovereignty. The administration of POTUS 44 was complicit with all that in hopes of expanding Democrats’ imported electorate for 2016 and beyond. 

Even so, populist Donald Trump easily defeated the Democrat candidate he accurately dubbed “Crooked Hillary.” In Mexico, PRI has resumed power under Enrique Peña Nieto but has deployed former president Vincente Fox as a stunt double to trash Trump in the style of the American left.  

Rogelio Martinez, meanwhile, loved his job and wanted to protect his country from terrorists. Whatever their official statements, his death will not trouble Mexico’s PRI regime. For the razaist crowd, Martinez is just another “Migra pig” who deserved to die. 

This deadly attack bolsters President Trump’s already strong case for building the wall and deporting false-documented illegals. As the Camarena case confirmed, sí, se puede control the border, if leaders have the will to do so. 

At this writing, the surviving Border Patrol agent has yet to be identified but according to news reports he has no recollection of what happened.