"The public is largely unaware of how dangerous and out of control it is along the Southwest border," said Bonner. "Part of that is because they hear politicians telling them that things are more secure now than at any time in our nation's history. That's simply not true; it's not fact."
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has repeatedly said that the Southwest border is as secure now as it has ever been in the nation's history. Several statistical measures corroborate Napolitano's assertion, but the danger and illicit flows persist.
Terry's murder is the first death of a Border Patrol agent in the line of duty since July 2009, when Agent Robert Rosas was killed on patrol along the border in southern California.