Earlier this week, federal agents from both the United States and Mexico apprehended another suspect in the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
Jesus Rosario Favela Astorga was arrested in Mexico Monday and charged with first-degree murder, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday.
Astorga is believed to be the final suspect linked to the death of Terry. However, the past administration played a major role in facilitating his tragic demise. Without the dangerous “Fast and Furious” gun-running scheme initiated by Barack Obama’s Justice Department, Agent Terry may very well still be in uniform today.
Terry was killed in 2010 during a fierce gunfight between U.S. Border Patrol agents and five Mexican drug cartel members in the Arizona desert. While the presence of dangerous Mexican cartels on the U.S. borders is alarming enough, Terry’s death highlighted a massive gun-running operation that was approved by the Obama administration.
The exposed federal initiative was named Operation Fast and Furious, a reckless operation run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which allowed dangerous criminals to buy advanced weapons in an effort to track them into Mexico. The ATF estimates that they lost more than 1,400 of the 2,000 weapons that made their way across the border. Two of those guns were found on the scene of the crime where Agent Terry was gunned down.
Instead of taking responsibility for the operation that resulted in the death of Brian Terry, the Obama administration tried to block Congress from seeing records pertaining to the incident, according to the House Oversight Committee. Documents show that former Attorney General Eric Holder was intimately involved in the effort “to carefully limit and obstruct the information produced to Congress.”
And equally as appalling, evidence obtained by news outlets shows that the Obama DOJ seemingly utilized operation Fast and Furious to attack the Second Amendment. President Obama attempted to leverage his own dangerous policies to call for more congressional action on gun control.
The Obama-Holder Department of Justice never had to answer for their reckless policies and dangerous behavior that resulted in the death of an American law enforcement agent. The Obama-Holder DOJ sold the guns that killed Brian Terry. But no one there served time in prison, and no one was fired, as a result of their extra-constitutional policy endeavor.
By all accounts, Brian Terry was an American hero who dedicated his life to public service. You can honor his life by supporting the Brian Terry Foundation, the Border Patrol Foundation, or the many more charities that support the law enforcement community.
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Jordan Schachtel is the national security correspondent for Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @JordanSchachtel.
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