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Border Patrol agent suspected of raping undocumented immigrants found dead

By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) – A U.S. Border Patrol agent was found dead on Thursday in his Texas home just north of the Mexico border by authorities alerted to allegations he had kidnapped and sexually assaulted three female undocumented immigrants, federal agents said. Authorities did not release…

Border Patrol reverses course on guidelines regarding use of force

US border authorities unveiled a new set of guidelines Friday in an effort to drastically reduce instances of agents shooting at moving vehicles or at migrants throwing rocks, reversing a policy that left several dead. Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher ordered customs and border agents not to shoot at vehicles…

Border Patrol agent who shot Mexican teenager dead will not be charged

By Tim Gaynor PHOENIX (Reuters) – U.S. authorities will not bring charges against a Border Patrol agent in Arizona who shot dead a rock-throwing Mexican teenager two years ago because the fatal injury did not occur in the United States, the Justice Department said on Friday. An unidentified Border Patrol…

U.S. releases video in Border Patrol strangling case

Government officials released footage used in the case against a U.S. Border Patrol agent acquitted of charges of excessive force against an undocumented immigrant. Fronteras Desk reported on Friday that the video, released on Thursday following a request by several media outlets, showed the July 2011 encounter between Agent Luis…

Border patrol moves focus to Texas to combat Mexican drug cartels

Success in tightening border in Arizona means people- and drug-smuggling gangs increasingly look to remote Texas for route into US US border protection officials are preparing to shift their attentions from Arizona to Texas in a bid to combat the evolving efforts of Mexican gangs to smuggle people and drugs…

Border Patrol responds to immigrant abuse claims

WASHINGTON — The US Border Patrol recently ordered an investigation into allegations that its agents were mistreating illegal immigrants entering the United States, said Michael Fisher, the agency’s chief. In the Border Patrol, “We do take all those (allegations) very seriously,” Fisher said Wednesday at a House of Representatives hearing.…

California desert drug bust nets $22.6 mln in marijuana

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A record 14 tons of marijuana, valued at over $22.6 million, was seized in the California desert at a checkpoint roughly 60 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, federal officials said on Friday. Agents found the marijuana in 1,100 bundles concealed inside a tractor-trailer, marking the…

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