Lawmakers representing Texas in the U.S. Congress have introduced a bill to rename the Sarita Border Patrol checkpoint in remembrance of a fallen U.S. Border Patrol Agent who was killed in the line of duty in 2014.
U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and U.S. Reps. John Carter (R-Texas), Michael McCaul (R-Texas), and Filemon Vela (R-Texas) introduced bills yesterday to honor fallen U.S. Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega, Jr. for his service by renaming the Border Patrol checkpoint along U.S. Highway 77 North in Sarita, Texas, after him.
“Agent Javier Vega loved his family, loved Texas and loved his country. He should be remembered as a hero, having dedicated his life to defending our great nation,” said Cruz. “I am honored to join Sen. Cornyn in this effort to honor his dedicated service to our country and to Texas. This bill will honor Agent Vega at the place where he and his dog “Goldie” selflessly served to ensure safety and security at our border.”
Vega was shot and killed on August 3, 2014 near Santa Monica, Texas while protecting his family from two individuals suspected of ties to organized crime. Two illegal aliens approached them and attempted to rob them. Agent Vega was shot in the chest when he attempted to draw his weapon.
“Our nation was blessed to have such a dedicated public servant in Agent Vega,” Cornyn said. “Even when not in uniform, Agent Vega exemplified the selflessness and devotion to public safety that makes an extraordinary agent, and this will help honor his service and sacrifice.”
Vega’s death was not immediately classified as a line of duty fatality, even though he was responding to a clear violation of law at the time of his death.
In September 2016, it was determined that Vega’s actions were indicative of his law enforcement training and that he instinctively reacted, placing himself in harm’s way to stop a criminal act and protect the lives of others. His death was re-determined to have been in the line of duty.
“Our Border Patrol Agents put their lives on the line daily to protect our homeland and keep Americans safe,” McCaul said. “As Chairman of Homeland Security, I am proud to support this bill to rename the Sarita, Texas Border Patrol checkpoint the Javier Vega, Jr. Border Patrol Checkpoint in honor of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega, Jr. who was murdered by two illegal criminal aliens while defending his family. Agent Vega is remembered as a dedicated and loyal agent and U.S. Marine whose commitment to protecting our communities in south Texas should serve as an example to us all. Thank you to all of our agents along our borders for your service and the sacrifices you and your families make every day. To Agent Vega’s family, I want you to know his faithful service to our nation will not be forgotten.”
Vega was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the United States Border Patrol for six years.
Read the full text of the bill below.
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