CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2013 |
U.S. Border Patrol agents seized marijuana valued at more than $14 million at a San Clemente checkpoint, authorities said. The stash was discovered at 12:50 p.m. Thursday after agents stopped a 43-year-old man at the Interstate 5 checkpoint, authorities said. The suspect was hauling a 53-foot-long trailer and after being questioned was directed to an inspection area. A K-9 unit alerted agents to the trailer, which was found to contain 218 boxes filled with marijuana. The marijuana weighed 18,458 pounds -- about nine tons -- with an estimated street value of $14,766,448, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2013 |
The family of Hannah Anderson responded Wednesday to suggestions that the man who kidnapped the Lakeside teenager may have been her biological father, saying her parents met James DiMaggio when her mother was pregnant. Stacy Hess, a spokeswoman for the Anderson family, released a statement to The Times via email. "Brett and Tina Anderson met Mr. DiMaggio when Tina was in her sixth month of pregnancy with Hannah," the statement said. "Brett Anderson's DNA was used to identify the body of his dead son Ethan Anderson.
August 13, 2013 |
McALLEN, Texas - When Rep. Leonard Lance, a Republican from New Jersey, toured the U.S. border with Mexico last week, he saw more than 20-foot-high barricades outside San Diego, a surveillance drone base in Arizona and patrol boats on the Rio Grande in Texas. Lance also spotted a body floating in the tall Spanish cane in an elbow of the Rio Grande. Border Patrol agents told him the man may have drowned trying to swim across from Mexico, or may have been killed by cartel members in a drug deal gone bad. "To see a dead body right here," Lance said, "is a dramatic indication that we have to do a better job" on border security.
July 9, 2013 |
Now that the Senate has passed a sweeping bipartisan bill to overhaul the nation's immigration laws, it's the House's turn to act. But as expected, Republicans in that chamber are once again insisting that the border between the U.S. and Mexico be sealed as a prerequisite to approving broader reforms. Unless 90% of illegal border crossings are stopped once and for all, they say, they will not support any plan to grant legal status to the 11 million immigrants who are already living in the country illegally.
June 26, 2013 |
The U.S. immigration system is broken and in need of comprehensive reform. But the border surge amendment proposed last week by Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and agreed to Monday - which would double the size of the Border Patrol and mandate an additional 700 miles of border fencing - is misguided and would be a great waste of taxpayer dollars. Congress is right to be concerned about avoiding the mistakes of the Immigration Reform Act of 1986, which provided legal status to several million people but did virtually nothing to reduce illegal migration.
June 25, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - The U.S. Senate's proposal to spend $46 billion to help secure the country's southern border may or may not persuade skeptical colleagues in the House to support broader immigration reform. But the proposal is generating some serious grumbling in Mexico. "We are 'friends and neighbors,' as is repeated ad nauseam," Fernando Belaunzaran, a congressman with Mexico's left-wing Democratic Revolution Party, tweeted this week, "but the U.S. is about to militarize the border with Mexico as if we were at war. " "Neighbors don't do this to each other," Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos wrote in the newspaper Reforma.