Suspected Killers of US Border Agent Deported Multiple Times
Two illegal immigrants from Mexico charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent in front of his family reportedly have been arrested and deported from the U.S. numerous times.
One suspect has been arrested no fewer than four times for entering the U.S. illegally, according to federal court records. The other has been deported twice after entering the U.S. illegally, sources said.
Gustavo Tijerina, 30, and Ismael Hernandez, 40, were arraigned Tuesday afternoon inside the Willacy County jail library. They were ordered held without bail after being charged with capital murder of a peace officer, attempted murder, and a variety of lesser charges.
The pair, who have been living in Texas illegally, confessed after being interviewed multiple times Monday to killing Border Patrol agent Javier Vega Jr. in front of his wife and two kids and his parents Sunday night while they were fishing in Santa Monica.
Tijerina, who according to records was arrested at least four times between 2007 and 2010 for entering the U.S. illegally, and Hernandez allegedly approached Vega and his family and tried to rob them on Sunday night. When Vega pulled out his weapon, the suspects allegedly shot him in the chest, killing him. Vega's father was shot in the hip and is recovering at a nearby hospital.
Both Tijerina and Hernandez were arraigned on seven charges: capital murder of a peace officer, attempted murder, four counts each of aggravated robbery and one count of tampering with evidence.
Matt Keelen and Julie Roginsky joined Bill Hemmer on America's Newsroom today to discuss the state of U.S. border security. Keelen thinks the border is set up to help illegal immigrants, not American citizens, and this latest incident of violence against Americans proves it.
“At some point, the American people are going to say enough is enough. And I think they’re at that point now,” he said.
Roginsky thinks the main problem is that nobody in Washington has the will to do anything about the situation. She said the Republican House's border bill did not have adequate funding or do anything to actually secure the border.
Keelen insisted, "At some point we need to get past talking points and rhetoric and secure the border."
Roginksy said that President Obama has deported more illegal immigrants than any other president and stated that it will take funding to actually secure the border and achieve immigration reform.
Watch the clip above.