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John R. Modlin Named Chief Border Patrol Agent for Tucson Sector

John R. Modlin, chief Border Patrol agent for the Tucson Sector. Photo via Twitter.

By Steve Neavling

John R. Modlin has been named chief Border Patrol agent for the Tucson Sector in Arizona.

Modlin began serving as the interim chief in Tucson beginning in November 2020, when he replaced Roy Villarreal. 

The Tucson Sector covers Cochise, Pima and Santa Cruz counties and is responsible for border enforcement along a 262-mile boundary with Miami. The sector has nearly 3,700 agents. 

Modlin’s Border Patrol career includes stints at the Detroit and Miami sectors and the agency’s headquarters in Washington D.C.

DHS to Investigate ‘Extremely Troubling’ Footage of Border Patrol Confronting Migrants in Del Rio

Photo via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling

The Department of Homeland Security is investigating images and video of horse-mounted Border Patrol agents chasing and whipping Haitian migrants along the Rio Grande in Del Rio, Texas. 

In a tweet Monday, Homeland Security said it was taking the situation “very seriously.”

“The footage is extremely troubling, and the facts learned from the full investigation, which will be conducted swiftly, will define the appropriate disciplinary actions to be taken,” Homeland Security said.

CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility is investigating, and the DHS Office of Inspector General has been alerted. 

The scene played out near a makeshift camp in Del Rio, a small town where a large influx of migrants from Haiti have gathered in hopes of being granted asylum. 

Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, said the footage was “devastating.”

“I’ve seen some of the footage,” Psaki said at a briefing Monday. “I don’t have the full context. I can’t imagine what context would make that appropriate. But I don’t have additional details.”