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Border Patrol Uses Drones to Track Down Illegal Immigrants, Drugs

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Steve Neavling

Customs and Border Protection has purchased 10 drones since 2005 to hunt down illegal immigrants, ABC 10 News reports.

The Predator drones helped track down nearly 4,000 illegal immigrants and nine tons of marijuana, ABC News reported, citing records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

The local ACLU said drones pose threats to privacy rights.

“All of this has happened without important questions being asked. A lot of our movements may be captured by these drones without us knowing where that information is going,” said Sean Riordan, staff attorney for the San Diego chapter of the ACLU.

Immigration Group: Border Patrol Abusing People Trying to Cross Border

Steve Neavling 

Border Patrol agents have abused illegal immigrants and systematically denied them the opportunity to contact the Mexican Consulate, according to a report by a pro-immigration reform group, The Arizona Daily Star reports.

The report by the Kino Border Initiative says one in four illegal immigrants surveyed said they were abused in some way by Border Patrol, the Daily Star reported.

Officials at Customs and Border Protection declined to comment to the Daily Star.

“We are very concerned about this situation because we feel it’s a violation of human rights,” said the Rev. Sean Carroll, executive director of the initiative.

Border Patrol Rescues Volunteers Who Tried to Help Illegal Immigrants

Steve Neavling

Volunteers for a humanitarian group that provides clothing to illegal immigrants crossing the border in the winter were rescued by Border Patrol agents, KPBS reports

The rescue last week came as volunteers were climbing mountains in Arizona to provide warm clothes to the illegal immigrants when the trouble began, KPBS wrote.

Their car wouldn’t start because the battery was dead.

“And we had no cell service on the phones,” Kathryn Ferguson, volunteer for Tucson Samaritans, told KPBS. “We spent about an hour walking up and down these hills trying to get cell service.”

After using their GPS to notify someone of the situation, two Border Patrol agents rescued the volunteers as the sun was setting and temperatures were dropping into the 20s.


Police in Georgia Prepare to Enforce Show-Me-Your-Papers Law

Steve Neavling

Police in Georgia are prepared to start enforcing the state’s controversial “show-me-your-papers law” after a federal judge lifted an injunction on it, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The law allows police to check the immigration status of suspects. Anyone believed to be in the country illegally can be detained, the Journal-Constitution reported.

Aimed at pushing illegal immigrants out of the state, critics say the law is unconstitutional and would lead to racial profiling, the Journal-Constitution wrote.

Immigration rights groups said they will be on the lookout for abuse.

“Any type of violations of individuals’ rights — including prolonged detention — is something we will be looking for, documenting and will bring back to court,” Karen Tumlin, a managing attorney for the National Immigration Law Center, told the Journal-Constitution.


FBI: Poor Food, Medical Care Instigated Deadly Prison Riot

Steve Neavling 

Inadequate medical care, poor food and overzealous guards was the catalyst for the deadly riot at a prison for illegal immigrants in Mississippi in May, according to an FBI agent’s affidavit, the Associated Press reports.

Inmates in the privately-run Adams County Correctional Facility in Natchez pledged to disobey orders until demands for better conditions were met, according to the affidavit.

A guard was killed, but no details about the death or who is responsible emerged from the affidavit, the AP reported.

To blame for the riot are Paisas, an affiliated group within the prison.

Veteran ICE Officer Could Be Fired for Not Releasing Illegal Immigrant

Steve Neavling

A veteran Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer who refused to release an illegal immigrant because he was not considered a priority target faces suspension and potential termination, Fox News reports.

“They’re punishing law enforcement officers who are just trying to uphold U.S. law” Chris Crane, president of the National ICE Council, told Fox News.

Investigating a car that had a license plate flagged for illegal immigration activity in Newark,  Del.,  led to the arrest of a 35-year-old immigrant from Mexico. It turned out he was not who agents thought he was, but the officer refused to release the subject, saying the man was in the country illegally, FOX reported.

Top ICE officials ordered the release, saying the suspect was not a priority.

Obama Plan to Close Deportation Cases Hits Snag

Pres. Obama at press conference/white house file photo

Steve Neavling

 An Obama administration efforts to cut down on swelling number of deportation cases has been less than successful,  the Washington Post reports.

An internal review found that more deportation cases are cropping up at a quicker pace than the administration has time to handle.

The idea is to close deportation cases of primarily young, old and pregnant immigrants who have no significant criminal histories, according to the Post. Although they won’t be granted visas, some will be able to obtain work permits.

But the process of closing cases is taking longer than expected, the Post reported.

ICE Investigates Human Smuggling After Deadly Crash

Steve Neavling

Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents are investigating human smuggling after a truck packed with illegal immigrants crashed in rural southern Texas, killing 17 and injuring nine, the Associated Press reports.

Of the those killed, 11 were male and three female. At least two were children. They came from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, according to the AP.

At least 23 people were wedged into the cab and bed of a white 2000 Ford-250 pickup when it veered off the highway about 150 miles northeast of the Mexican border, the AP reported.