02-23-2011 12:00 PM CET - Politics, Law & Society

Int. Op: Get Frightening Details of Shooting of U.S Special Agents In Mexico from Experts

Press release from: Allen Media Strategies LLC

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Get the Frightening Details from Immigration/Border Security Experts Wald and Misner

In the wake of Friday's funeral for slain U.S. Immigration and Customs Agent Jaime Zapata, new details are emerging about the brazen daylight assault that killed the agent and gravely injured his partner.

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.) said that the agents rightly identified themselves as American diplomats before they were shot, and that "this was an intentional ambush against two United States federal agents, which I view as an attack against the United States."

Stan Wald and Jerry Misner agee. The two have spent hundreds of hours researching immigration and border security for their documentary film "Southern Exposure", and Wald says that what they learned surprised, and frankly scared both of them. "We came into this project with an open mind, and the camera doesn't lie. It's only a matter of time before the kind of bloody violence that killed that brave U.S. agent starts happening on this side of the border on a regular basis, if we don't get a handle on this thing fast."

Among the insight that Wald and Misner can share with your audience about immigration, border security and this story in particular:

-Neither of the two agents, Jaime Zapata and Victor Availa, were armed when they were gunned down in their Chevy Suburban four hours north of Mexico City…because the Mexican government won't let U.S. federal agents carry weapons in Mexico. "And yet the bad guys are bringing guns across our borders every day, 365 days a year", says Wald.
-The ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) vehicle, a Chevy Suburban, had diplomatic plates and was on a popular four lane highway when the shooting occurred, so there was virtually no chance of the killings being a case of mistaken identity or of the agents being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
-As his fellow officer was dying in the car seat beside him after gunmen ambushed their vehicle, U.S. special agent Avila, wounded himself, desperately called the U.S. embassy in Mexico City to shout that they were under attack in broad daylight.
-Zapata and Avila were pursued on the highway by armed gunmen in civilian clothes riding in several vehicles; over 80 shell casings were found around the agents S.U.V.

At the memorial service for Zapata on Friday, U.S. Ambassador Carlos Pascual spoke of Avila's "steadfastness and courage" as he called in the attack after gunmen aimed at his head through the window. ICE Assistant Director Lou Alvarez called Zapata "a great agent," and vowed that his death would not be forgotten as authorities seek his killers.

Immigration and border security experts Stan Wald and Jerry Misner have been featured in dozens of media outlets including THE WASHINGTON TIMES, THE G. GORDON LIDDY SHOW, THE LARS LARSON SHOW, CRN, THE DAILY CALLER and more. To talk with Wald and Misner, or to request reviewer copies of their documentary SOUTHERN EXPOSURE, contact Allen Media Strategies Alyssa Joy at (703) 589-8960 or emailalyssa@allenmediastrategies.com. For more information on the documentary, visit http://southernexposuredocumentary.us/

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