Letters to the Editor

Border Patrol critics

My son is a Border Patrol supervisor and I strongly agree that when deadly force is used by agents, timely, appropriate investigation and transparency must be the rule without exception.

However, when considering the 21 unarmed civilians that have been killed by agents since 2010, it should also be noted that in the same time period over 1.5 million illegal persons have been apprehended by the Border Patrol — well over 10 percent of whom were transporting large amounts of illegal narcotics.

Agents are carefully trained to use only the amount of force necessary to prevent bodily harm or death to themselves or others.

Before rushing to judgment, let their critics — especially politicians — spend 24 hours in the field with agents on the dangerous, often rugged and remote, border.

— John Paul Carter,