Jaime Zapata Bill Passes U.S. House of Representatives
H.R. 915, or better known as the Jaime Zapata bill, passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday with a 397 to 4 vote. The bill is named after Jaime Zapata, a Brownsville native, who was a ICE agent and killed in a roadside attack by Mexican cartel members near San Luis Potosi, Mexico back on February 2011. The bill requires federal and local law enforcement to coordinate and communicate with Mexican and Canadian law enforcement and military efforts. It authorizes $10 million dollars over five year to provide equipment and training to carry out those tasks and local Congressman Henry Cuellar, who introduced the bill, commented on the passing of the bill, "This bill is important for border security, the second reason is, I got three brothers who are peace officers and certainly when lose someone like Jaime Zapata who is from Brownsville and worked at the Laredo sector, when he got killed certainly it's important we honor our men and women especially the ones that got killed in the line of duty."