Border Patrol Checkpoint in Sarita Renamed to Honor Agent Javier Vega Jr.

In: Blog   Posted 03/21/2019

U.S. Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Jr grew up in South Texas in the small town of La Feria.

In 2014, Javier was visiting one of his favorite fishing spots with his family. But shortly after everyone cast their lines into the water, Javier was ambushed by two men who tried to rob him – and the encounter turned heartbreakingly violent.

Javier’s lifelong commitment to protecting those around him kicked in instantly. But as he and his family tried to fend off the attackers, tragically, Javier was killed.

From the Marine Corps to the U.S. Border Patrol, Javier spent his entire life thinking of way to help others. His mother said Javier approached his work at the Border Patrol just like everything else in his life – with diligence, dedication to hard work, and simply trying to be the best he can be.

It’s a tragedy his service to his country was cut short.

That’s why, in 2016, I joined Reps. Filemon Vela, Michael McCaul, and John Carter to send a letter to the Customs and Border Protections (CBP) commissioner asking for Javier’s death to be re-classified as a line of duty fatality. Without this designation, Javier’s family would be deprived of significant survivor benefits earned through his service to his country.


And in 2017, I introduced the Javier Vega, Jr. Memorial Act of 2017 with a few of my Texas colleagues to rename the Border Patrol checkpoint in Sarita in his honor. It received unanimous support in the Senate and passed the House by a voice vote, with President Trump signing it into law on November 2, 2017.

Even when not in uniform, Agent Vega exemplified the selflessness and devotion to public safety that makes an extraordinary agent. Naming this checkpoint after Javier will rightfully honor his service and sacrifice, and I hope it will bring a semblance of comfort to his family, friends, and fellow agents.

Senator John Cornyn with the Vega Family


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