What Role Did Border Patrol Agents Have in Killing the Uvalde School Shooter?

Headline Roundup May 28th, 2022

In the days following the Uvalde elementary school shooting, a series of new reports have uncovered the ubiquitous role that Border Patrol agents had in confronting the gunman.

One report from NBC News (Lean Left bias) revealed that agents from BORTAC, Border Patrol’s tactical unit, entered the school to find the shooter on their own accord, ignoring orders from local police to stay back. Border Patrol agents used a ballistic shield to burst into a locked classroom and killed the gunman. Local police officers were reportedly waiting outside the school for nearly 50 minutes while "children were on the phone begging to be rescued." 

Many outlets highlighted the story of Jacob Albarado, an off-duty Border Patrol officer who rushed to the scene and rescued his daughter and dozens of other children after his wife texted him that there was an active shooter. While Border Patrol agents have the authority to operate within a 100-mile radius of a coastal border, some police officials say they are considered "another law enforcement asset" in southern Texas.

Most coverage across the spectrum praised Albarado's actions as "heroic" and criticized the police's hesitant responseVice (Left bias) and some other left-rated outlets highlighted the "tension" between Border Patrol agents and communities like Uvalde, which typically consists of "mixed-status households that include people at risk of arrest and deportation." Newsmax (Right bias) and other right-rated outlets emphasized how the White House is "declining to weigh in on reports" that say local police officials held back parents from "running into the building to protect their children."

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ANALYSIS

When Border Patrol radios crackled with a request for aid from local Uvalde police on Tuesday, it was nothing out of the ordinary. Agents often act as first responders to emergencies in their communities. The alert on Tuesday, however, was horrific: a gunman had entered Robb Elementary School.

Customs and Border Protection agents were among the first to respond to the mass shooting, in which at least nineteen children and two teachers were killed. That response speaks to the outsized role CBP has in small towns near the border, like...

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In the chaotic hours after an 18-year-old gunman went on a rampage at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 young children and two teachers, a narrative emerged about a heroic Border Patrol agent who stopped the massacre before it got any worse.

The agent, initial reports said, was off-duty and hurried to the scene of the shooting, then charged in without waiting for backup and single-handedly took out the gunman, who’d barricaded himself inside a classroom. The purported act of selflessness and courage was a balm for an otherwise unthinkable tragedy—at...

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A quick-thinking, off-duty, Border Patrol officer, armed with his barber's shotgun, helped rescue dozens of children and his daughter during the nightmarish shooting at the Uvalde, Texas, elementary school.

The New York Times reported that Jacob Albarado was getting his hair cut when his wife Trisha, who teaches fourth grade at Robb Elementary, sent him an urgent text message.

"There's an active shooter," she wrote. "Help." And she added: "I love you."

As he got ready to run out, his barber loaned him a shotgun. Albarado then sped off to the...

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