Immigration Inspector James McCabe

Immigration Inspector James McCabe

United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Sunday, March 4, 1923

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James McCabe

Immigration Inspector James McCabe succumbed to injuries sustained three years earlier while attempting to apprehend suspected Chinese smugglers on the Detroit River near Ecorse, Michigan.

He had received information that several illegal aliens were to be smuggled into Ecorse from Canada via boat. He set out in a motorboat to locate them. As he came alongside a boat with two people in it one of the men struck him in the head with an object, knocking him unconscious.

Inspector McCabe remained unconscious in his boat for several hours. He was able to make it to shore after regaining consciousness. One of the men in the boat he was attempting to intercept was later shot and killed by federal officers but the other escaped.

Inspector McCabe eventually succumbed to complications of the head injury on March 4th, 1923.

Inspector McCabe had served with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service for 27 years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 27 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Location Michigan
  • Incident Date Not available
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Inspector McCabe,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country.

A fellow Immigration Officer

United States Border Patrol

March 4, 2023

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