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Shooting of ICE agents in Mexico causes concern for U.S.

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Mexican police guard guard the U.S. Embassy vehicle that came under fire in San Luis Potosi state.

Two Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were shot while driving from Mexico City to Monterrey on Tuesday, another sign of escalating drug violence in Mexico.

One of the agents was killed, and the other, who was shot in the arm and the leg, is in stable condition.

Since Mexican President Felipe Calderon took office and waged war on drug cartels, nearly 35,000 people have been killed in violence related to a crackdown on the trafficking.

While American officials, including the 30 ICE officers assigned to the Mexico City office, haven’t been targets of the violence, the U.S. government now has further cause for concern. The shooting happened shortly after the December murder of a Border Patrol agent on the Arizona-Mexico border.

ICE Director John Morton said he was “deeply saddened” to report the news. “This is a difficult time for ICE and especially for the families and loved ones of our agents. Our hearts and prayers go out to them,” he said. “This tragedy is a stark reminder of the risks confronted and the sacrifices made by our men and women every day.”

“Any act of violence against our ICE personnel – or any DHS personnel – is an attack against all those who serve our nation and put their lives at risk for our safety,” said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. “We remain committed in our broader support for Mexico’s efforts to combat violence within its borders.”

ICE is working with the State Department, U.S. law enforcement and Mexican authorities on an investigation.

Posted by Catherine Cheney 07:46 AM

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