Republican congressmen’s outrage over the imprisonment of two Border Patrol agents has intensified as the top Homeland Security investigative official apologized for his aides’ misleading statements about the case, the Houston Chronicle reports. The agents, sent to federal prison for wounding a fleeing Mexican drug trafficker and hiding evidence, never told investigators that they went on patrol intending to “shoot a Mexican,” Richard Skinner, the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general, told the House Homeland Security Committee.
The misstatements occurred when aides briefed four Texas congressmen about the 2005 shooting southeast of El Paso. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), demanded that U.S. Bureau of Prisons chief, Harley Lappin, be fired after Saturday’s beating of one of the agents by six inmates at a Mississippi prison. The prisoners recognized the agent and assaulted him after a TV segment about his case aired on America’s Most Wanted, lawmakers said.