Border Patrol Faces Heat Over Use of Lethal Force on Unarmed Immigrants

March 5, 2014

CBP_Border_Patrol_agent_reads_the_Miranda_rights_The Wall Street Journal, 3/4/14

On a January night in the Arizona desert, a U.S. Border Patrol agent pursued and killed an illegal immigrant named Gabriel Sanchez. The border agency said Mr. Sanchez tried to grab the agent’s gun, prompting him to shoot. The lawyer representing the victim’s family said the circumstances of the shooting remain uncertain. “The only thing we have to speak for the deceased is physical evidence,” said Phoenix attorney Daniel Ortega.

Mr. Sanchez, who has two U.S.-born children, is among at least 22 civilians killed by agents in the field or while in custody since 2010 on the Southwest border, according to immigrant advocacy groups. The majority of those killed have been Latin American immigrants who were unarmed, and a few were U.S. citizens, the groups say. Some victims were throwing rocks at Border Patrol agents, which can prompt a lethal-force response under current policy.

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Dispute Over Border Security Could Cause Delay for Bridge to Mexico

October 21, 2013

New York Times, 10/19/2013

Photo by Flikr user Rockin RobinLauded last year as a model of cooperation and a means to boost Texas’ robust trade relationship with Mexico, a rail project here in the Rio Grande Valley has hit a snag over the relocation of an X-ray machine.

And if Cameron County and United States Customs and Border Protection remain at an impasse, the opening of the Brownsville West Rail Bypass International Bridge — the first new rail bridge to connect the countries in more than a century — could face a months long delay, preventing an expansion at a crucial land port.

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Fast and Furious whistleblower shunned by border patrol he tried to help

October 11, 2013

The Washington Times, 10/10/2013

Border patrol agent by Flickr user °FlorianThe federal agent who blew the whistle on the Fast and Furious scandal is suddenly unwelcome at the very Border Patrol agency he sought to protect. For months, John Dodson, a special agent at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, has been his agency’s liaison to U.S. Customs and Border Protection in a local office in Arizona.

But Mr. Dodson was abruptly moved aside Tuesday from his CBP liaison role just hours after it was disclosed in The Washington Times that he had sought the help of the American Civil Liberties Union in his fight to publish a book on the Fast and Furious case.
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Real-time mapping of US-Mexico border crossing wait times

April 2, 2013

globe - pointing to South America4/2/2013

Using data from the US Customs and Border Protection agency, this map app plots border crossing points along the US-Mexico and US-Canada borders, indicating estimated wait times as reported by commuters crossing the border. Information is updated hourly.

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U.S., Mexico to open joint inspection stations

January 3, 2013

Border fenceU-T San Diego, 1/2/2013

U.S. and Mexican authorities are preparing for the opening of a customs inspections station in Tijuana that will allow U.S. officers for the first time to screen commercial shipments on Mexican soil before they reach the border.

The facility, built by the Mexican federal government, would have officers from both countries operating out of the same compound near the Otay Mesa border crossing. The aim of the pilot program is to speed up the processing of certain produce items — and thus improve the bottom line for businesses.

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Border Patrol Opens Unmanned Crossing on U.S.-Mexico Border

January 3, 2013

border patrol badgeABC/Univision, 1/2/2013

Get ready for the very first “unmanned” border station on the U.S.-Mexico border. Slated to open at the end of this month, the Big Bend National Park in Texas will be staffed by, you guessed it, computers.

The station will be equipped with machines that can scan citizenship documents and conduct live video interviews with U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at a station in El Paso, Texas, Tech News Daily reports. While Mexican citizens will be able to use the crossing, U.S. officials maintain that Americans tourists to the national park are more likely to do so. When a similar CBP crossing was open in the same location more than a decade ago, few Mexicans used it. In 2002, because of increased security measures, U.S. officials closed the original crossing, forcing tourists to travel more than 100 miles to the next nearest crossing to get to Mexico, according to Nextgov.

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Mexico arrests 2 over border shooting that left U.S. Agent Nicholas Ivie dead, 1 wounded

October 4, 2012

CBS News, 10/4/12

Mexico arrested two people Wednesday over the fatal shooting of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie earlier in the week, a Mexican military official confirmed to CBS News.

The arrests were made in an operation involving Mexican military personnel in the Agua Prieta municipality, also along the U.S. border, just east of where the shooting occurred. No further details were given.

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