Why Guatemala’s Robinson Mendoza-Gomez attacked US Border Patrol agent near Van Horn, Texas


United States Border Patrol agents near Van Horn, Culberson County, Texas, USA tried to apprehend a group of suspected undocumented noncitizens on December 14, 2021. Robinson Mendoza-Gomez, 21, a citizen of Guatemala, was there.

After demanding one of the U.S. Border Patrol agents to release a person in the group, Mendoza-Gomez charged and struck the agent. The attack injured the agent’s face.


It is not clear whether or not Mendoza-Gomez was one of the suspected undocumented noncitizens. On March 2, 2022, the Guatemalan citizen pleaded guilty to one count of forcibly assaulting a federal officer.

Mendoza-Gomez faces up to 20 years in prison on the assault charge. The date of his sentencing has yet to be scheduled.


U.S. Border Patrol

Formed on May 28, 1924, the U.S. Border Patrol is headquartered in Washington, D.C., USA. It is a federal law enforcement component of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

U.S. Border Patrol agents are required to complete a minimum of 26 weeks at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) component Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, New Mexico, USA. The courses they are instructed in include administrative immigration law, criminal law, nationality law and Spanish.


Van Horn, Texas

Van Horn is the seat of Culbertson County, Texas. Interstate 10 passes through the town, which is the western terminus of U.S. Route 90.

The town is home the Van Horn High School Eagles, which competes in baseball, basketball, cross country, six-man football, golf, softball, tennis, track and field and volleyball. In 2019, alternative-rock band Saint Motel released a song titled “Van Horn.”

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