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Tag: Mexico

Deadly crossing: Death toll rises among those desperate for the American Dream

By Hannah Rappleye and Lisa Riordan Seville
NBC News

In the freezer of a small funeral home nearly 13 miles from the Texas-Mexico border, 22 bodies are stacked on plywood shelves, one on top of the other.

The bodies wrapped in white sheets have names, families and official countries of origin — Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, sometimes China or Pakistan. The bodies in black shrouds are the remains of the nameless and unclaimed, waiting to be identified.

For the past few years, the family-owned Elizondo Mortuary and Cremation Service in Mission, Texas, has been taking in the remains of undocumented immigrants found dead in nearby counties after crossing the border from Mexico. This year, however, they had to build an extra freezer. It’s become difficult to keep up with the rising tide of dead coming to them from across the Rio Grande Valley.

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Border Patrol Agent Saves Woman from Drowning in Sanchez Canal

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A woman trying to reach the U.S. by swimming across a canal bordering Arizona and Mexico was rescued by a U.S. Border Patrol agent, the Yuma Sun reports.

The woman and two others who said they were Mexican nationals were trying to swim across the Sanchez Canal late Friday.

But as the water level rose, the woman couldn’t stay afloat, prompting the agent to throw a rope to rescue her, the Sun reported. When that didn’t work, an unidentified agent jumped into the water and pulled her to safety.

“Three individuals attempting to swim the Sanchez Canal … are alive today thanks to the quick action of a Yuma Sector Border Patrol agent,” a Border Patrol press release stated.

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Mexico Hopes to Step of Pressure to Extradite U.S. Border Patrol Agent

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Mexican leaders are hoping to pressure the U.S. to extradite one of it border patrol agents to Mexico after a fatal border shooting, reports Reuters.

The Mexican Senate urged President Felipe Calderon’s administration to pressure the extradition.

The Sept. 3 fatal shooting is the second in as many months that has incensed Mexican officials, Reuters reported.

The U.S. said it is investigating the shooting that American officials said was prompted by rocks being thrown at agents.

FBI Investigates U.S. Border Patrol Shooting Along Rio Grand River

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Border Patrol acknowledged Thursday that an agent shot a Mexican citizen along the border.

The patrol’s Laredo sector said in a statement that the shooting occurred after rocks were thrown at agents.

“A weapon was discharged by Border Patrol. All appropriate authorities were notified and the shooting is under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” the statement read.

The agency didn’t say whether the shooting was fatal.

Mexican officials said one of their citizens died in the shooting and accused the agency of excessive force.

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DEA Signs New Cooperation Agreement With Mexico to Battle Meth

Michele Leonhart

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

With the meth problem growing, DEA’s top boss Michele M. Leonhart announced Thursday the signing of a new memorandum of cooperation between the U.S. and Mexico “to aggressively address the continuing problem” of production.

In a press release, the DEA said the U.S. and Mexican officials enjoy a strong cooperative relationship that includes information and intelligence exchange, joint chemical control efforts, and training and resources for methamphetamine lab dismantling.

“With the majority of methamphetamine in the U.S. being produced by Mexican drug organizations operating on both sides of the border, it is essential for our two countries to target the problem together,” Leonhart said. “This  (agreement) enhances our intelligence sharing and joint training efforts, and is only possible due to the strong partnership with the Government of Mexico in attacking the meth scourge both countries unfortunately face.”

Mexico’s Attorney General Marisela Morales said, “Mexico and the United States are linked not only by economic, political and social bonds, but also by security and law enforcement issues.”

The DEA said Mexico has experienced a dramatic increase in clandestine methamphetamines lab and precursor chemical seizures.

 

Two Ex-Border Patrol Agents Convicted of Smuggling Immigrants

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It was the end of the line Friday for two former U.S. Border Patrol agents who fled to Mexico while under investigation for smuggling hundreds of illegal immigrants.

The Los Angeles Times reports that two, who are brothers, were convicted in federal court in San Diego of multiple counts of conspiracy, bribery and human smuggling. The brothers names are Raul Villarreal, 42, and Fidel Villarreal, 44.

In 2006, the two fled to Mexico after catching wind that they were under investigation. They were eventually captured.

 

Veteran ICE Officer Could Be Fired for Not Releasing Illegal Immigrant

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

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.