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Border Patrol Kills Second Suspect in 1 Week After Car Runs Checkpoint

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By Steve Neavling 

For the second time in Texas in one week, a Border Patrol agent shot and killed man.

The Associated Press reports that agents fatally shot the man after he drove through the inspection checkpoint at 5 p.m. Thursday.

According to authorities, the motorist was in the inspection lane on Interstate 10 in Sierra Blanca, about 80 miles southeast of El Paso.

Border Patrol agents pursued the car for about 30 minutes before the man brandished a gun.

“A pistol-shaped pellet gun was recovered from the individual’s vehicle,” according to the statement.

Border Patrol agents said they came under fire on Wednesday and shot back, killing one suspect on the U.S. side of the border.

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Border Patrol Fatally Shoots Drug Smuggling Suspect in South Texas

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By Steve Neavling 

Agents returned fire Wednesday morning and killed a drug smuggling suspect near Roma, Texas, the Associated Press reports. 

The incident happened after Border Patrol agents came under fire while investigating suspected drug smugglers in the desert, the agency said.

The agency, which has pledged to be more transparent about agent-involved shootings, didn’t divulge many details Wednesday evening.

Border Patrol has come under fire for what some critics charge is a quick-trigger mentality, even when the threat is minimal.

We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.

Border Patrol Agent Accused of Watching Female Co-Workers from Bathroom Camera

By Steve Neavling 

A Border Patrol agent is accused of installing a small camera in the women’s bathroom to catch a peak of female co-workers at a compound in San Ysirdo, Calif., ABC 10 News reports.

Officials said the agent, who has not been identified, works with internal affairs.

He has been charged with a misdemeanor of peeping with a recording device.

Border Patrol didn’t immediately respond for comment.

The case is being handled by the district attorney.

Border Patrol Makes Rare Move by Firing Warning Shots from Blackhawk Helicopter

By Steve Neavling 

In a rare show of force, Border Patrol agents fired warning shots from a Blackhawk helicopter to stop a panga boat that authorities suspected was smuggling drugs off the San Diego coast, the Associated Press reports.

The boat was spotted by the Coast Guard, and men were spotted throwing what authorities believe were bales of marijuana overboard.

Two Border Patrol boats also became involved in the pursuit.

Agents fired several warning shots after the boat refused to stop.

The warning shots worked: The three men on the boat surrendered and stopped the boat.

Border Patrol said it has never used such a tactic on the West Coast.

Ex-Border Patrol Agent Who Laundered Drug Money Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison

By Steve Neavling 

 A former Border Patrol agent who laundered drug money was sentenced to two years in prison Thursday, the Arizona Daily Star. 

Raimundo Borjas was convicted of money laundering after trying to conceal $61,600 in deposits. 

After he’s released from prison, Borjas was ordered to spend three years of supervision and to avoid all law enforcement jobs.

Borjas was fired in October 2014.

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Want to Be a Border Patrol Agent? Job openings in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico

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By Steve Neavling 

Ever consider scouring the border for terrorists and drug dealers?

CBP is hiring for Border Patrol agent positions in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.

Applicants will undergo a rigorous screening process and must meet physical demands of the job, KVIA reports.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
  • Referred for selection prior to your 37th birthday (waiver for Veterans)
  • You must have resided in U.S. for the last 3 years
  • You must successfully pass a polygraph examination
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • Convictions of misdemeanor crime of domestic violence are disqualifying
  • You will be required to carry a firearm and have a valid driver’s license
  • You will be required to work regular and recurring shift work
  • Entrance examination scores prior to December 1, 2014 are NOT valid
  • You must meet job-related medical, fitness and drug-testing standards

You may apply for a job at The deadline is Jan. 22.

Government Report Questions Efficiency of Drones, Says Taxpayers Spent $12,255 Per Mile

By Steve Neavling 

Drones have long been criticized by privacy advocates as an overreach of law  enforcement. 

Turns out, they’re also wildly expensive to operate, according to a report by the Inspector General, The Washington Post writes.

CBP spent at least $62.5 million on drones – or about $12,255 per (flight) mile. That is five times the cost estimated by CBP.

The Post wrote that the report could erode the public’s trust in drones and undermine a more expansive program.

Very few arrests were made with the assistance of drones, the report added.

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American Federation of Government Employees Video Shows Constant Dangers

The American Federation of Government Employees released a new video to show that Border Patrol agents are exposed to dangers from drug cartels and undocumented immigrants.

The video includes candid interviews with agents about their close encounters.

The AFGE represents more than 17,000 Border Patrol agents.

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