Napolitano to Arizona in wake of Border Patrol agent's killing

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is headed to Arizona on Thursday following a gun battle that killed a Border Patrol agent near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Agent Brian Terry was shot late Tuesday night on the U.S. side of the border in a canyon well known for its drug and human smuggling activity.

Napolitano, who is expected to meet with Border Patrol agents and employees in Arizona tomorrow, called Terry’s killing “an unconscionable act of violence against the men and women of the Border Patrol and all those who serve and defend our country.”

Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said he was praying for Terry’s family and called on Congress to support the Border Patrol operations in the region.
“Agent Terry’s murder is a reminder of the great service and willingness to sacrifice that the men and women of Customs and Border Protection embody when they put themselves in harm’s way to protect our country,” said Lieberman.

“They serve every day on the front lines of a perilous struggle against the Mexican drug cartels along our southern border, and we must do everything we can to support them in that effort.”

Federal authorities announced on Wednesday the arrest of four people who they believe might have been involved in Terry’s murder, according to The Arizona Republic.

Napolitano, who is the former governor of Arizona, committed the full use of U.S. resources toward finding Terry’s killer.

“We will leave no stone unturned as we seek justice for the perpetrators,” she said.

Violence along the border escalated to new levels in October when a Mexican police commander was beheaded while investigating the suspected murder of an American tourist by drug smugglers.

But violence has plagued the U.S-Mexico border for years, spurring the U.S. to step up security earlier this year as President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaHow a biased filibuster hurts Democrats more than Republicans Stephen Sondheim, legendary Broadway songwriter, dies at 91 With extreme gerrymanders locking in, Biden needs to make democracy preservation job one MORE signed a $600 million border security initiative and sent 1,200 National Guardsmen to the region.

More than 28,000 people have been killed in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon declared war on the country's drug cartels in 2006.