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U.S. to Seek Extradition in Shooting of ICE Agents

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POSTED: Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 11:29am

UPDATED: Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 9:51am

WASHINGTON D.C. - An El Paso ICE agent ambushed in Mexico may eventually see the gunmen who shot him face to face.

Victor Avila is recovering from leg wounds - his partner, Jaime Zapata, was killed in the attack.

Today, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the United States will seek the extradition of the suspects in the fatal shooting.

Speaking before the House of  Representatives' Homeland Security Committee, Napolitano said it is her understanding the case will be prosecuted in the United States, but "those are decisions that are yet to come."

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) then asked Napolitano if the Obama administration would seek the extradition of the suspects from Mexico, and she said "yes."

Agents Zapata and Avila were driving to Mexico City from San Luis Potosi when they were attacked on a major highway. U.S. authorities say  both agents identified themselves as U.S. diplomats just before the shooting.

Mexican authorities have arrested six men, four women and a minor for connections to the attack. The suspects are allegedly linked to the Zetas drug gang.

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Immediately after the agent got killed, we should have launched a special ops team to deal with it, with or without Mexicos permission. If we are there at their request to help them clean up THEIR problem, we do it on OUR terms. Enough of this political ass kissing on our part, we are doing these operations all over the world (far away), why not in mex, right next door? Or are we afraid to uncover corrupotion from Calderon down to the cop issuing tickets? Wake up and smell the chorizo Washington

Once they get here let the interogation specialist take control. You will find out that these men had nothing to do with it.

Wake up Capitol Hill Mexico is not a friend to us and only want to take whats not theirs and spit in our faces.

Besides the Mexican goverment won't allow it and if they don't it just proves my point.

WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS GO INTO MEXICO AND GET RID OF AS MANY AS WE CAN. IM TALKING ABOUT COVERT OPERATIONS; SPECIAL OPERATION TEAMS. IF WE DONT DO IT NOW, WE ARE GOING TO REGRET IT LATER. WE NEED TO START GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT THIS. A SHARPSHOOTER OR A SNIPER EVERY 2 MILES ALONG THE BORDER. THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING TO CHANGE THEIR WAYS OF THINKING. THEY HAVE COMMITTED CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY AND ITS TIME TO DO JUSTICE.I KNOW THEM. I LIVED AMONGST THEM MOST OF MY LIFE. ITS TIME TO STOP THEM.

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