February 15th, 2011
07:16 PM ET

ICE agent killed, another injured in Mexico shooting

[Updated at 8:14 p.m.] One of two American immigration and customs officers who were shot in Mexico on Tuesday has died, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said.

The two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents were shot while driving between Monterrey and Mexico City on Tuesday afternoon by unidentified gunmen, U.S. officials said.

"One agent was critically wounded in this attack and died from his injuries. The second agent was shot in the arm and leg and remains in stable condition," DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a written statement.

The names of the agents weren't immediately released. It's not clear where the attack happened on the 567-mile route between the two cities.

According to ICE, the agency has about 30 officers assigned to its office in Mexico City. They work a range of issues, including drugs, weapons, currency and immigration.

An ICE official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said these were the first shootings of ICE agents in Mexico.

U.S. law enforcement agencies are working with Mexican authorities "to ensure the perpetrators of this unconscionable crime are captured as quickly as possible," Napolitano said.

"Let me be clear: Any act of violence against our ICE personnel - or any DHS personnel - is an attack against all those who serve our nation and put their lives at risk for our safety," Napolitano said. "The full resources of our department are at the disposal of our Mexican partners in this investigation. We remain committed in our broader support for Mexico's efforts to combat violence within its borders.

The Mexican government "vigorously condemns this serious act of violence and expresses its solidarity with the United States government and the families of those attacked," Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

- CNN's Jeanne Meserve and Nick Valencia contributed to this report.

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  1. carlie

    What an insensitive statement! How ignorant! How would you feel if they were your family members? Grow up!

    February 15, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • nimolous

      once again....ANOTHER DEATH IN MEXICO ... i swear everyday i load cnn.com theres a death in mexico.... i will never go there again for vacation.. PUERTO RICO IT IS.

      February 15, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Sounds like we need to provide air support with gunships from now on.

      February 15, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wow... really?

      Um, I am from Puerto Rico, and I can tell you its bad there too..why you ask? because of U.S. drug policy. SO...Thanks for that...google muder rate in Puerto Rico.

      February 15, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeremy


      February 15, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • balta

      unas de cal por las que van de arena

      February 15, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steven

      I think we can drop from Mk-83 guided missles on cartel mansion in mexico for months, and that would be better improvement than ANYTHING that has been done by ANYBODY so far. My two cents.

      February 15, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill of Gates

      DRUGS makes more money than WINDOWS (in any Versions).

      February 17, 2011 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. Makoobapapa


    February 15, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ramon F Herrera

      We are invading Mexico, every bit as much as they are invading us. Take NAFTA, for starters.

      February 15, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • billolon


      February 15, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • winter059

      We don't have the money to invade Mexico or to close the boarder. An attempt at either would bankrupt us unless we jacked up taxes through the roof.
      Can't wait for the Tea Party to let us in on their big plan to fix this and the immigration issue.

      February 15, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steven

      We could have air superiority over Mexico in about 12 hours. 🙂 I say bomb the cartel mansions into dust from 40,000 feet up.

      February 15, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joe

    Send the US military into mexico already.... Will do a heck of a lot more good than Afghanistan....

    February 15, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ricardo

      But can´t we win? I am not so sure.

      February 15, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • allforwhat

      Yes since Mexicans or people of hispanic heritage make up a good chunk of our military would be a great idea.....If it werent for that i would say lets do it

      February 15, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meep

      Yeah, let's just send the army everywhere and kill everyone. Good idea?

      February 15, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arturo Garcia

      People like you, I call them MALINCHISTAS.

      February 15, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ramon F Herrera

      "Send the US military into mexico already"

      What do you mean "send"?? As tourists?? baseball players?? You HAVE to provide more details.

      February 15, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim Bopp

      Mexico is a failed state and military intervention may not be such a bad idea. But it has to be done
      carefully and with maximum support of the Mexican government. The goals should be clearly
      defined and pursued without delay: the elimination of the drug cartels. Then we withdraw completely.

      February 15, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • carrie

      I wouldn't say invade Mexico, they like corruption there. Nobody does anything about the narco situation. With the events that have happened in Tunisa and Egypt, the people can make a difference. Do you see that in Mexico, no because its the way they like it. Invading is not the answer, we should throw available resource on our border and deter that kind of behavior. If not, the stuff we read about in Mexico will come to a U.S city near you.

      February 15, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • sweety

      Your statement stinks of Ignorance Joe.

      February 15, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. MrMailman

    Ill pray for these guys or girls, they died knowing what was coming to them. They are hero's and should be celebrated as hero's.

    February 15, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • zenzing

      Thanks Mi Amore.

      February 15, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      How are they heroes? They were driving and got shot. Its sad, sure but it does not make them heroes, sorry. You probably need to look up the definition of that word.

      February 15, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • freedomsnotfree

      John, They are heroes because they volunteered to be part of a profession to keep you and your family safe. What have you done to make your country, or hell even your community a safer place?

      February 15, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • DirtyBob

      How did they volunteer? Last time I checked they got paid. It's not like they're in the military and can't quit whenever they feel like.

      February 15, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      Dirtybob... Most ICE agents are a lot of the times are highly qualified to do other jobs in the private sector... jobs that would pay more than would they are making the GOV... and yet they choose to work for the GOV... it's more than just for the paycheck. I don't think that when they got their assignment to go to Mexico they thought "Can't wait to see my paycheck". Realize that ppl in that line of work don't do it for the money. So yes they collect a paycheck. Maybe a paycheck that is 1/4 what they make if they took that nice desk job all safe and sound. Collecting a check so their family can have food on the table and a home to live in doesn't diminish the great sacrifice they made for ppl like YOU "Dirtybob" hahaha DIRTYBOB... that explains a lot.

      February 15, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. pdikeman

    and this is a surprise?

    February 15, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |


    February 15, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Stan

    Yeah, as an Immigration officer in the U.S, Mexico sounds like a nice place to go driving, knowing fully well how much deported people would appreciate their presence in the country – bunch of imbeciles! Really, this is like having policemen strolling through a crackhouse, what the hell would you expect to happen?!

    February 15, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • allforwhat

      Stan pls stfu....They knew of the dangers and still accepted the assignment but regardless its a shame that it happened and u should be call nobody stupid for the fact that it happened...and im sure they werent just driving around for a joy ride think about it.

      February 15, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • maxp0wer

      Stan, some people chose to do a dangerous job for the benefit of society. Some people, on the other hand, play arm chair quarterbacks and stay safe behind their computer all day.

      February 15, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      YOU HAVE SOME F-ING NERVE SO MAKE A COMMENT LIKE THAT!!!! YOU THINK THEY GO THERE FOR SOME JOYRIDE. ICE AGENTS GO IN AND OUT OF THAT COUNTRY EVERYDAY FOR YYYYOOOUUUUUU. I am speechless to see a comment like this. When you work for the GOV you have to follow orders. I am so mad I can’t even think clearly. ICE agents have to go to remote places in the world...places where there is very little law and order...places where AMERICANS ARE HATED...Places where they don’t even speak the local language...and are expected to carry out orders...and they accept these orders knowing the dangers because of their love for this country…and you make a comment like that!!! Then on top of that they still have to worry about hits put out on them by Mexican drug cartels here in the U.S. I’m not going to type anymore because I can go on forever. I haven’t read all of the comments but I truly hope that you are the one and only person that has made a comment like this. The only imbecile is you…STAN!!!!

      February 15, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • elimonjal

      you used the wrong term, Stan, its NOT the deported people, its the drug cartels, they have their ways of knowing who is an agent travelling in Mexico. how do you think they track down their enemies. but of course, you are an immigration officer and you think that everyone in Mexico has been deported, thats a one track mind. go to mexico and nothing will happen to you, but if you work for the DEA, they will know you.

      February 15, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mike

    sadly, one agent is dead and another critically wounded because the US government does not have the guts to shut down the illegal drug trade by one: putting more boots on the border, more stringent checks at border crossings, and two: preventing the spread of gangs by isolating prisoners from an atmosphere of fear and survival so they won't join gangs.

    February 15, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      Wow. Just wow. Wrong twice.

      Regarding drugs:
      – legalize
      – regulate
      – tax
      – educate

      Regarding illegal immigration: Mexico needs to become a more attractive place to live so that its people will prefer to stay there.

      February 15, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Let's say we TRY to "secure the border" We can hire a guard to stand along the entire west coast beach every 100 yards 24×7, 365 days a week. And then we do the East coast and then Canada and Mexico. So we hire about 240,000 guards Cost would be roughly $20B. So the drug cartels would hire American citizens. Cheaper to simply stop caring if people do drugs, let them if they like. then you have a lot of un-employed cops and prison guards but we save a pile of cash.

      We could stop illegal immigration COMPLETELY in 30 days if we'd pass a law that makes hiring one a crime punished with 20 years in prison. But the republicans would never go for that, who do you think hires these people?

      February 15, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      No Denizen... You are wrong... What you fail to realize is that Mexico while is offering its share of problems to the U.S. is not the whole problem. Marijuana, which I’m assuming you are referring to when you say legalize and regulate, is not the only problem. Mexico serves as a doorway to the entire South America and its drug trade which INCLUDES marijuana, cocaine, opium based drugs, human trafficking, money and weapons trafficking. While the American public only sees Mexico because it is the border country we are in fact dealing with much more than Mexicans and Mexican drug trade. So tell me how to do expect to
      And educate that?

      Mike is absolutely right. The border between Mexico and the U.S. should be equivalent to the border between North and South Korea in my opinion.

      February 15, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tex

    The U.S. should just help out Mexico. Send in the Military, wipe out the drug cartels and help set up functional non-corrupt governments.

    February 15, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • LAURA

      Screw Mexico! We don't have the money to "help" anyone but ourselves anymore! Close the border and let them kill each other.

      February 15, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • pat

      @ Laura: I can tell you are a really nice person by your comment.

      February 15, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • readytoeat

      Laura, will you marry me?

      February 15, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      LOL @ Laura!! Yes, Mexico does suck....and it's pretty obviously there are some soulless creatures there who get loaded on meth/cocaine, then spray bullets and run away like 5'3", 180 lbs cowards. But Mexico needs help!! There country is dieing, and if the cartels take over, they will bring our southern states along for the ride...So go and make a change Laura!! You sound like a bored housewife...

      February 15, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charlie

      I have an idea, let's let them all move here to the United States, where health care is free and there are no problems!!!

      February 15, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Gaucho420

    Terrible tragedy.

    February 15, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Vera Waitress

    Whatever the response is, make sure it involves pouring billions of dollars into defense company coffers. Computer Sciences Corp, AM General, Navistar, ITT Corp, Honeywell, KBR, SAIC, L-3 Communications, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin. Blackwater, XE, and the list goes ON and ON and ON. We spent 650 Billion dollars on defense last year alone. And some states have a budget deficit of only 20 billion? It's a no brainer. No more defense spending.

    February 15, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      No defense spending at all? Ever? Seriously? Think much? What about the hundreds of thousands of jobs created by defense spending? Isn't at least SOME of it worthy? Gee, it must be nice to live in your "world" where the military is not needed, but unfortunately, we have to live in the real world. Don't quit that waitress job.

      February 15, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kernel Sanders,U.S.M.C. Ret.,Peace corpse, Ret. Wal-mart greeter.

    Boycott mexican dirt weed. Buy Local.

    February 15, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charlie

      Why don't you just smoke it all so you'll go away quicker.

      February 15, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      Peace corpse? Cute. Yes, local is greener - doesn't have to be shipped across that pesky border.

      February 15, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. LAURA


    February 15, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tea sucks.

      Ya Lets Send the Military to our borders, thats exactly what we need. Screw the fact that we are in a reccision and that It would cost a lost money we don't have. And Lets blame all of this on Mexico, Ya they sure are the reason for all this...Did you forget, or did you just not realize that all this violence is becuase of the USA. We are the end buyer,Without a US Demand there would be no Mexican Cartels. We send guns and bullets to help them fight there war...

      February 15, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charlie

      @Tea sucks, blame yourself if you want, but don't blame me. I had nothing to do with it.

      February 15, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Simo Häyhä

      "all this violence is becuase of the USA"

      I don't know of a polite way to say "you're an idiot," so I'm just going to say it. You're an idiot. Drugs from Mexico go plenty of other places than here, including inside Mexico. Shocking, but true. If we quit buying illegal drugs over night the cartels would find new drugs or new buyers, and the violence would continue. People use drugs, period. Never going to change. Remember Prohibition and how well it worked? I thought so. You decriminalize it and the people who want the stuff will go buy from the people that they don't think will shoot and rob them. Ridiculous profit motive gone? Violence goes with it. End of story. We've been fighting this idiotic drug war since Nixon and we've accomplished absolutely nothing.

      February 15, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Filthburger

      did you say as much when Bush was getting us into those two useless wars? talk about the drug trade? most of the worlds heroin comes from Afghanistan after we moved in. At least Obama is pulling us out. i'm sure he'll deal with Mexico. he has to do it carefully, though.

      February 15, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tea sucks.

      LOL look at who is the main BUYER of all the drugs smuggled from mexico. ITS THE UNITED STATES. Guns are illeal in Mexico where do they get them? The United States. WE supply 80% of all the guns they use in there war. How can we say this is all there fault. If we did not buy drugs from mexico there would be no cartels, why? Because there wouldn't be a need. Its a simple concept No US Demand means NO MEXICAN cartels

      February 15, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • elimonjal

      LAURA; you sound like a very dumb and ignorant person. I am sure that the DEA will gladly send you to mexico for a holiday. enjoy the beaches, Cancun, Acapulco. and go eat a lot of lobster, and when you are down there call the Cartels and tell them you are visiting. why do you think the cartels kill foreign agents dummy, they are down there secretly, doing investigations, not yelling stupid things like you.

      February 15, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. HouseSpeakerJohnBoehner


    February 15, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob dilhole

      HaHa Silly mexicans and their funny words

      February 15, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tea sucks.

    I just want to now what where they doing in Mexico? And for all you morons that want to invade mexico, lay of the FOX. you complain about the debt and whine about unemployment, how will this do anything but make it all worse? Debt would Skyrocket, sorry but used your invasion card already (Iraq.) If there was not such a demand for Drugs in the United States there would be no cartels in Mexico, no DEMAND no need for CARTELS. The weapons they use in there war with Mexican government COMES FROM THE USA as do the Bullets

    February 15, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • peace and love

      I agree with you. Mexican drug cartels are using assault weapons that Americans sold them without any limit. If the U.S. Government “regulate” the selling of this of weapons, cartels could not fight the Mexican army or the federal police.

      February 15, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
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