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A New Memo Claims That A Border Patrol Agent Who Died In November Was Not Attacked As Previously Claimed

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On Nov. 18, two border patrol agents were injured on duty. One of them, 36-year-old Rogelio Martinez, died of his injuries. His partner Stephen “Michael” Garland survived. Soon after the incident was made public, speculation arose regarding how these border agents sustained their injuries. President Donald Trump took to Twitter the following day to say that whomever attacked these two men would be brought to justice. According to Reuters, an internal investigation into the the deaths has not found any evidence of an attack on the two agents.

The injury of one border agent and the death of another prompted President Trump to tweet about the importance of a border wall.

However, a newly released memo shows that Martinez didn’t die in an attack but rather from a fall as of this time in the investigation.

“We do not know all the answers at this time. However, according to the FBI, currently none of the completed interviews, locations searched, or collected and analyzed evidence have produced evidence that would support the existence of a scuffle, altercation or attack,” Kevin McAleenan, acting head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection wrote in the memo, according to Reuters.

Details of what happened while Martinez and Garland were on duty remain a mystery. Garland cannot recall the events of that night after sustaining severe head injuries form the fall with Martinez. According to The Washington Post, Garland has not spoken publicly about the incident because of his amnesia.

According to CNN both men were patrolling an area east of Van Horn, Texas, close to midnight. The men were found injured “near a concrete-lined culvert, a tunnel structure used for water drainage.” FBI agents have interviewed 650 people as part of their investigation into the death of Martinez. As of now, there is no evidence of an “attack or scuffle.” It remains unclear how the men ended up at the bottom of a nine-foot-deep drain near the highway.

Authorities suspect that a moonless night could have contributed to the fall because of bad visibility.

The FBI also added: “This investigation has not conclusively determined how Mr. Martinez and his partner ended up at the bottom of the culvert and no suspects have been linked to this incident.”

The only other footprints that were seen in the area belong to first responders, according to CNN.

An autopsy report was released the day before the memo and listed Martinez’ cause of death an blunt-force trauma to the head. The manner of death is listed as undetermined.

READ: Their Son Was Killed On Mexican Soil By A Border Patrol Agent And They Want Justice

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He Has Been Deported Twice And Is Now Fighting His Third Deportation To Stay With His Sick Child

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He Has Been Deported Twice And Is Now Fighting His Third Deportation To Stay With His Sick Child

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Jesus Berrones came to the United States without documentation when he was a 1-year-old child. Now, thirty years later, Berrones if fighting to block his third deportation after immigration officials denied his his latest attempt to stay, according to CBS This Morning. Berrones is the sole provider for his family of five, one of which is his 5-year-old son who is suffering with leukemia.

Berrones has sought refuge at a Phoenix church. Rev. Ken Heintzelman allowed for Berrones to seek sanctuary in at the Shadow Rock United Church of Christ on Friday.

Berrones is supposed to be deported today but is fighting to stay for his 5-year-old son battling cancer.

According to CBS News, the leukemia treatments for the 5-year-old are too toxic for his pregnant wife to handle. “I will fight to stay here,” Berrones told CBS This Morning. “My wife cannot give him the pills because she’s pregnant.”

According to Huffington Post, Berrones was deported to Mexico when he was 19 after being arrested for driving with a fake license. Berrones re-entered the country twice in 2006 and 2010 to be with his family.

Sonia Berrones, Jesus’s wife, is a U.S. citizen. She wrote on her Facebook that she’s been getting disturbing and offensive comments regarding her husband and their current situation with immigration officials.

She told Huffington Post that her husband is “a hard-working man,” and added, “We’re scared. The kids will ask me: ‘Where’s Daddy?'”

Huffington Post also reports that Jesus sought a stay of removal in 2016 in order to care for his sick son. Immigration officials said he didn’t need one because he wasn’t a priority of deportation, but all of that changed under President Trump. Jesus was notified this year that he was scheduled to be deported.

ICE is currently reviewing his case and Jesus is planning to stay at the church until they come to a legal resolution.

READ: A Family Hugged Goodbye As The Father Was Deported To Mexico After 30 Years In The U.S.

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