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Tag: Border Patrol

Horrifying 50 Minutes for Border Patrol Agent Who Drove into River

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Emergency responders rescued a Border Patrol agent whose car plunged into the St. Clair River in Michigan early Wednesday morning.

The Detroit Free Press reports that that agent was in the water for about 50 minutes, hanging onto the seawall near a water treatment plant in Algonac before he was rescued.

It wasn’t immediately clear how the unidentified agent and the Border Patrol vehicle ended up in the water.

The agent, who is assigned to the Marysville station, was patrolling when the accident happened.

The agent was treated and released from the hospital.

Residents Want Permission to Monitor Border Patrol Checkpoints from Just 20 Feet Away

Arivaca, AZ

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the Border Patrol are making an unusual request: They want permission to monitor agents from 20 feet away.

Two residents of an Arizona town, Arivaca, filed a lawsuit last year, claiming the Border Patrol violates their First Amendment rights and bullies anyone who protests the checkpoint, the Associated Press reports.

An attorney for Border Patrol argued that checkpoints are not a public forum and having people monitor checkpoints would be dangerous.

Mexican Immigrant Busted for Stealing Border Patrol Agent’s Identity

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents did a double-take after checking a bus passenger’s papers at a checkpoint in Falfurrias, Texas.

The passenger’s license, birth certificate and Social Security card all identified the  passenger as 34-year-old David, a fellow Border Patrol agent assigned to the same area, Valley Central reports.

Agents knew it wasn’t David, whose last name hasn’t been identified to protect his privacy.

The man was actually 24-year-old Orlando Castaneda-Diaz, a Mexican citizen who allegedly crossed the border on April 12.

It wasn’t immediately clear how the identity was stolen.

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2 Border Patrol Agents Injured in Boat Collision Near U.S-Mexico Border

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two Border Patrol agents were injured Sunday evening when their agency boat and another boat collided on the Rio Grande outside of Anzaldaus Park in Mission, Texas, KRGV reports. 

Both agents were taken to the hospital, one by air, one by ambulance.

“First is the agents’ safety. We want to make sure they’re okay. We want to make sure they have medical attention,” said Chris Cabrera, Border Patrol Union Vice President. Obviously we have some already in the hospital. We want to make sure any injuries that haven’t come up yet get attended to. The other thing is their mental well being….make sure they have somebody to talk to if  need be. Service is really good at making sure the agents have somebody to talk to. However sometimes the agents don’t want to let their guard down until they get around their peers so sometimes we talk to them and make sure they’re ok in that aspect.”

A Border Patrol spokesman said more information will become available Monday.

Border Patrol Arrests 6 Immigrants, Driver After High Speed Chase

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A high-speed chase with Border Patrol agents near El Paso ended badly for the driver and six undocumented immigrants.

The chase began when agents saw the undocumented immigrants emergee from desert brush and get into a Chevrolet Silverado along Interstate 10, The El Paso Times reports.

The chase, which hit speeds in excess of 70 mph, came to a halt after the Silverado struck a curb and got a flat tire.

Three immigrants hailed from Guatemala; the other came from Mexico, officials said.

Al Jazeera: Border Patrol Agents Are Out of Control

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By Mary Turck 
Al Jazeera

On March 20, the Michigan Attorney General’s Public Integrity Unit charged two U.S. Border Patrol agents with theft and misconduct while on duty. The two agents allegedly stole from a home while executing an agency-authorized search warrant. The case exemplifies the type of unchecked abuse and corruption that has become so rampant within the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

From 2010 to 2014 CBP agents  shot and killed 28 people. Other charges against CBP agents included drug trafficking, theft, assaults, kidnapping and rape. Investigative reports from multiple sources paint a picture of a law enforcement agency that is out of control. Even worse, most of its victims are people who cannot fight back — undocumented immigrants and refugees with limited or no access to U.S. courts.

Report after report recounts tales of unchecked abuse of power. Agents frequently respond to cross-border rock throwing with deadly force. Sometimes CBP officers step into the path of moving cars to justify shooting the drivers as a “response to deadly force.” The agency has refused to ban either practice, disregarding recommendations from a report that it commissioned. Other kinds of corruption also plague the agency. A 2011 internal study by the CBP found that the agency’s disciplinary system “does not foster timely discipline or exoneration.”

The story of failure traces back to 2001. After 9/11, any legislation to protect U.S. borders sailed through Congress. Need more agents? Done. More money? Done. Lawmakers were eager to support border enforcement. In 2003, they merged the previously understaffed Border Patrol with Customs enforcement and Department of Agriculture inspectors to create the CBP. The new agency now has more than 60,000 employees, a $12.4 billion annual budget and a reputation for corruption and abuse. On average, at least one agent is arrested daily for misconduct, according to Politico Magazine’s Garrett M. Graff.

What happened was predictable. But no one bothered to consult law enforcement experts. Effective law enforcement requires high standards, careful screening of candidates for criminal backgrounds and for psychological fitness, and intensive training by experienced officers. The rush to fill a lot of vacant positions meant inadequate screening and skimping on training.

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Border Patrol Supervisor Pleaded Not Guilty to Bathroom Peeping Case

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol supervisor accused of hiding a video camera in the women’s bathroom at the agency’s station in San Diego pleaded not guilty Thursday.

U-T San Diego reports that Armando Gonzalez, 46, pleaded not guilty to 19 counts related to the camera.

Authorities said at least a dozen women were captured on at least 170 videos, and the identities of some of the victims are still unknown.

Gonzalez maintains he installed the motion-activated cameras to investigate suspicions that an employee was using illegal drugs.

“He’s been a very good employee for the Border Patrol for two decades,” Anthony Colombo, who represented Gonzalez on Thursday, said.

Senate Republicans Probe Claims That Agents Disciplined over Obama Immigration Policies

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Senate Republicans want to know whether Border Patrol agents or Homeland Security officials were disciplined for refusing to follow President Obama’s immigration policies.

Fox News reports that Republicans are investigating claims that federal managers are retaliating against employees who don’t follow the president’s order.

“We are aware of multiple allegations of targeting and retaliation against DHS personnel who refuse to comply with this administration’s willful disregard of our immigration laws,” members of a Senate judiciary subcommittee on immigration told Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson in a letter on Tuesday.

The letter comes after Chris Cabrera, a National Border Patrol Council (Local 3307) executive, told a Senate committee that Border Patrol agents are facing discipline for repeatedly reporting a gathering of more than 20 illegal immigrants.

“Needless to say, agents got the message and now stay below this 20 person threshold no matter the actual size of the group,” Cabrera testified.