Earlier today, I met with the family of Agent Nicholas J. Ivie to update them about the status of the investigation.
As you know, investigators have made progress in the investigation into Agent Ivie’s death and are looking into the possibility that it was a tragic accident, the result of “friendly fire.”
I explained to Agent Ivie’s family that, if the investigation ultimately reaches that conclusion, it changes none of the following facts: That Agent Ivie gave the ultimate sacrifice and died serving his country∙ That he died in the line of duty and will be honored as such for his final act of service∙ That Agent Ivie served for more than six years protecting this country against those who threaten our way of life∙ That he will be remembered by all of us who served alongside him for his character, kindness and loyalty
The fact is – the work of the Border Patrol is dangerous. All of us who wear the uniform know this and yet this special breed of men and women willingly put themselves in harm’s way to serve their country and protect their communities against those who wish us harm.
We have much to learn and conclude from this incident and I ask for the public’s patience and understanding during this difficult time.
I ask you to respect the privacy of Agent Ivie’s family and the agents involved as we struggle to understand this tragic incident. I want to thank the investigators for their diligence and ongoing commitment to determine the facts and come to the right conclusions.
Today, we know that in the uncertainty of darkness, the conditions were set; and the hand of God brought Nick home.