Fact Check: List Does NOT Show Border Agents Who Died During '90+ Days Kamala Harris Refused To Visit Border Communities' -- Many Of The Agents Listed Died Decades Ago

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: List Does NOT Show Border Agents Who Died During '90+ Days Kamala Harris Refused To Visit Border Communities' -- Many Of The Agents Listed Died Decades Ago Not Current

Does a list show "brave border agents who have died during the 90+ days Kamala Harris refused to visit border communities"? No, that's not true. The list is of customs and border patrol agents who died in the 100 years prior to 2021. Not a single person on the list passed away in the 90 days prior to June 27, 2021, when the list was published. Harris was sworn in as Vice President on January 20, 2021. All of the names on the list are found on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website in the "In Memoriam" section, but none of them died in 2021.

The claim appeared as a post (archived here) where it was published on Facebook by the account Secure America Now on June 27, 2021. It opened:

The border crisis is no laughing matter. Here's a list of the brave border agents who have passed away during the 90+ days Kamala Harris refused to visit border communities

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Mon Jun 28 18:24:56 2021 UTC)

The list includes 78 men and women's names. The "In Memoriam to Those Who Died in the Line of Duty," section on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website lists in reverse chronological order the members who have died "in the line of duty," but there is not a description of what the specific circumstances are in all cases. None of the 78 people on the list died in 2021, since Harris took office. The deaths of the agents on the list go back all the way to 1919. Eleven people have died since January 20, 2021, per the website, but none of them are on the Facebook list.

Here are several names from the Facebook list and the years they passed away, noting again that none of them passed away in 2021:

Clarence M. Childress 1919

Charles L. Hopkins 1919

Charles Gardiner 1922

James F. Mankin 1924

Frank N. Clark 1924

Joseph P. Riley 1925

Augustin De La Pena 1925

Ross A. Gardner 1925

James P. Epling 2003

George DeBates 2004

Nicholas Greenig 2006

Julio E. Baray 2007

John R. Zykas 2010

Alexander I. Giannini 2014

Isaac Morales 2017

Christopher Bacon 2018

Alfonso Murrietta 2020

Lead Stories reached out to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for comment and will update the story when one is received.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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