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Canadian Officials Share Mental Health Records with FBI, Border Patrol

Steve Neavling

U.S. authorities are using mental health records of Canadians to deny them entry into the U.S., the Digital Journal reports.

Canadian police departments have been uploading the information to a database used by the FBI and Border Patrol.

Ann Cavoukian, Ontario’s privacy commissioner, said police are uploading information such as attempted suicides.

In one case, a Canadian woman was denied access to the U.S. because of her mental health records.

It’s unclear how depression is a national security risk.

Border Patrol Demolishing Houses? It’s All About Keeping South Texas Safe

Steve Neavling

The Border Patrol might not be in the business of demolishing homes, but it is in the business of protecting Americans from smugglers and illegal immigrants.

So the federal agency is teaming up the South Texas City of Laredo and the Texas National Guard to help raze abandoned buildings and homes that are used as havens for criminals, the Star-Telegram reports.

Before Border Patrol’s help, the project, dubbed Operation Crackdown, has already demolished 1,350 structures, many of them described as drug houses or hiding places for migrant smugglers.

“We can join forces so we can do something about these substandard properties that we come across during our regular patrols,” said Greg Salinas, a Border Patrol agent and agency spokesman. He added that the buildings were used as stash houses for illegal immigrants or narcotics. “They will just use it as a temporary holding place where they can come across, hide and leave, or jump into a vehicle.”

Property owners who don’t consent could have their properties condemned because of the dilapidated condition.

Border Patrol Gets New Agent in Charge at Marysville Station in Michigan

Steve Neavling

The Border Patrol’s Marysville station in Michigan has a new agent in charge.

Matt Calmes, who spent most of his 16-year career with the Border Patrol in Southwest, told a Marysville City Council that the community is the priority.

“As we continue to move toward a risk-based approach – as opposed to a resource-based approach – the community is the most important piece of our enforcement puzzle, especially here in this area,” Calmes said. “Anything that we can do to help the community, and any information the community has for us, is invaluable.”

Mayor Dan Damman inquired about the difference between the two approaches.

“Around 2004, we got all the stuff we wanted and that continued through about 2010, 2011,” Calmes said. “Our strategy was personnel, technology and infrastructure. So give us more stuff, give us more people and we’ll secure the border. That was great when the economy was on the uprise. As we’ve plateaued, it’s been determined that we can’t secure our border with stuff and people alone. Now it’s more of a risk-based approach. We assess areas of the border based on threat and vulnerability. We deploy our assets based on that risk. We now operate under the construct of information, integration and rapid response… We’re trying to do … the right things with the resources we got during the fruitful years.”


Border Patrol Agent Taken to Hospital After Head Slammed into Tree By Illegal Immigrant

Steve Neavling

A 39-year-old Guatemalan suspected of entering the country illegally is behind bars after slamming a Border Patrol agent’s head into a tree branch in Texas early Sunday morning.

The agent, who was identified only as J.C., was taken to a hospital for lacerations on his face, but the injuries are not life-threatening, The Monitor reports.

The suspect, Cresencio Perez, was ordered to jail without bond.

The struggle ensued after the agent began to chase Perez.

Key Border Patrol Sector in Rio Grande Has New Leader

Steve Neavling

Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector has a new leader.

Chief Patrol Agent Kevin W. Oaks took over the helm Sunday, replacing Rosendo Hinojoa, who retired in January, the Brownsville Herald reports.

Oaks will be responsible for more than 3,000 Border Patrol agents and nine stations.

“I look forward to working with my fellow local, state, federal and foreign law enforcement agencies to secure our border and improve the quality of life in our communities,” Oaks said.

Video: Woman Says Border Patrol Threatened Her with Knife, Taser at Random Stop

Steve Neavling

Border Patrol agents threatened a woman with a Taser and knife after she questioned why she was stopped 40 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona, she claims in a video distributed by the ACLU.

U.S. citizen Clarisa Christiansen said she refused to exit her car until Border Patrol explained why they wanted to search her vehicle. That’s when she said she was threatened with a Taser

“He opens up my door and he says, ‘Ma’am, do I need to tase you to get you out of your vehicle?’” Chistiansen recounts. “I was like, ‘No, you don’t need to do that. You’re acting ridiculous. Why did you even pull me over?’”

She says an agent then pulled out a knife and threatened to cut her seatbelt.

Mexico Comes Clean: Our Soldiers Were in Standoff with U.S. Border Patrol

Steve Neavling 

After blanket denials, Mexican officials are admitting that two Mexican soldiers – not smugglers – were in a standoff with Border Patrol agents in January, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Mexico had denied soldiers were involved but finally came clean about the Jan. 26 confrontation.

The soldiers claimed they were looking for drug smugglers.

But some question whether they were really helping drug cartels.

Border Patrol Agent Shoots 2 U.S. Citizens After He Is Injured in Attack

Tohono O'odham Indian NationSteve Neavling

A Border Patrol agent opened fire, shooting two U.S. citizens, after a truck tried to ram him, reports.

The incident happened shortly after 12:15 a.m. Monday at the Tohono O’odham Indian Nation in Arizona.

According to the agency, the agent was standing near his marked car when the driver of a truck tried to strike him. The agent responded by opening fire, striking two of three people in the truck.

They were tribal members.

The agent, whose name was not released, was injured and taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The FBI is investigating and is pursuing assault charges.