October 13, 2012 |
The fatal shooting of a teenager suspected of throwing rocks at U.S. Border Patrol agents has prompted strong condemnations from Mexican officials and human rights groups amid a sharp increase in agent-involved killings along the U.S.-Mexico border. The suspected smuggler was shot Wednesday night by agents after they ordered a group of youths near downtown Nogales, Mexico, to stop throwing rocks, according to U.S. officials. Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, 16, died at the scene from several bullet wounds, according to Mexican authorities in the state of Sonora, which sits across the border from Arizona.
April 2, 2009 |
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on Wednesday promised to add two dozen agents in the San Diego area to inspect Mexico-bound vehicles for weapons and drug profits, as part of the federal government's new anti-drug plan. On her first visit to the Southwest border since announcing the anti-trafficking blueprint last week, Napolitano said the agents would help staff checkpoints that had been used sporadically for the last two years.
March 7, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Border Patrol has restricted border agents' authority to shoot at moving vehicles or at people throwing rocks, changing a controversial policy that has contributed to at least 19 deaths since 2010. In a memo released Friday, Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher directed border agents not to step in front of moving vehicles, nor to use their bodies to block them, in order to open fire at drivers. He also barred shooting at vehicles whose occupants are fleeing from agents.
July 7, 2013 |
Grouse all you want about how long it takes to move through airport security lines, but there may be a good a reason for the wait: Screening agents are trained to be slow and thorough. A study by Duke University found that screeners for the Transportation Security Administration are slower at performing visual searches than amateurs, but are more accurate. The study, which was partly funded by the Department of Homeland Security, suggests that the experience TSA agents gain from searching for weapons and explosives in luggage makes them slower and more methodical at performing visual searches, not faster.
December 16, 2013 |
Just over a month after the killing of a Transportation Security Administration officer at Los Angeles International Airport, 59% of those polled by a conservative think tank say TSA agents should be armed. The telephone survey of 1,011 people, conducted on behalf of the Reason Foundation, follows the fatal shooting last month of Gerardo I. Hernandez, the first TSA officer to die in the line of duty. Nearly two-thirds of both Republicans and Democrats favor arming TSA agents, the survey found.
December 19, 1999
Re "Border Patrol Agent Who Sank Raft Carrying People to Resign," Dec. 14: Here is another story about the blatant disregard for human life and contempt for the law exhibited by one of the law's own enforcers. This Border Patrol agent has admitted to this cowardly crime and his punishment is to lose his job. Law enforcement agents commit heinous crimes against the innocent people they are sworn to protect and the law looks the other way when it is time to dole out justice. Losing your job as a punishment for attempted murder is sending the wrong message to our children.