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Smuggler Sentenced to Prison for Trying to Run over Border Patrol Agent

Photo via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A 38-year-old human smuggler was sentenced to 44 months in prison Tuesday for trying to run over a Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol agent.

The incident happened after authorities approached Miguel Mendez-Fajardo, a Mexican national, at his stash house in Mission on suspicions he was harboring undocumented immigrants.

Mendez-Fajardo responded by trying to run over a Border Patrol agent. He eventually crashed into a ditch.

Mendez-Fajardo was convicted in March 2019.

After serving his sentenced, Mendez-Fajardo is expected to be deported.

Border Patrol Agents Accused of Showing Children How to Shoot Paintball Guns at Images of Illegal Immigrants

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Disturbing images have surfaced showing Border Patrol staff teaching children to shoot paintball guns  at an effigy of an illegal immigrant, the San Diego Free Press reports.

“The target is dressed to resemble a migrant and is located within 100 feet from Virginia Avenue where actual persons have been killed by Border Patrol gunfire.” Pedro Ríos, chairman of the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, said.

“While encouraging children to use guns to shoot at a migrant effigy is unconscionable, it is also symbolic of the agency’s unabashed culture of violence which has grown from a lack of accountability, oversight and unprofessional standards that rebuke best practices in situations involving use-of-force.”

The images come at a time when the Border Patrol has come under fire for its use-of-force policies.