Border funding bill named for slain ICE agent Jaime Zapata passes House panel.

A House committee approved a bill today that honors slain Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent Jaime Zapata and directs funding to law enforcement task forces on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The bill, the Jaime Zapata Border Enforcement Security Task Force Act of 2011, would distribute $102 million to special law enforcement groups to crack down on organization crime that could create security threats along the border.

Those teams currently operate under the direction of the Department of Homeland Security, which would distribute funds.

Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, said the bill provides “families and those living on the border peace of mind in knowing that the federal government is doing its part in ensuring their safety.”