October 22, 2004 |
A class of 48 aspiring Border Patrol agents on Thursday became the first to begin training at an academy close to the U.S.-Mexico border that they will soon be charged with protecting. For years, new agents have trained in Glynco, Ga., and Charleston, S.C. Consolidating training at the federal law enforcement center about 80 miles north of New Mexico's border with Texas gives trainees a chance to learn in a Southwestern environment akin to the one they'll be working in. U.S.
June 14, 1990 |
Killings, torture and other mistreatment by federal and state police have become an "institutionalized part of Mexican society," a human rights organization charged Wednesday. In releasing its 114-page report on human rights abuses in Mexico, Americas Watch also expressed doubt that last week's formation of a high-profile Human Rights Commission by the Mexican government would do much to alter widespread abuses.
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April 16, 2005 |
A U.S. Border Patrol agent has pleaded guilty to smuggling 750 pounds of marijuana that he picked up in a government vehicle at the U.S.-Mexico border. Luis Higareda, 31, faces a minimum five-year sentence after entering his plea Thursday in federal court in San Diego. Higareda was arrested earlier this year after leading federal agents on a 20-mile chase from Calexico to Holtville. The drugs were found in duffel bugs inside the marked U.S. Border Patrol vehicle.
December 14, 1994 |
The U.S. Border Patrol on Tuesday named Johnny Williams, a 24-year veteran who now heads the agency's El Centro sector, as the new chief of the San Diego sector, the busiest and most volatile jurisdiction on the Southwest border. Williams, 48, inherits the high-profile job at a critical moment in the history of the agency, which has the daunting mission of guarding the 2,000-mile international line.
August 20, 1992 |
A federal court judge has ruled that two Border Patrol agents were not negligent in a chase that ended when the car they were chasing crashed into another car, killing a pregnant woman. In a one-page decision signed Monday, but disclosed to attorneys on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Lawrence T. Lydick ruled against Paul Stuart, 39, of Temecula, who sued the Border Patrol, claiming it was responsible for his wife's death. "I feel betrayed by the U.S.
April 23, 1993 |
Afternoon roll call at Imperial Beach, the nation's busiest and most besieged Border Patrol station. Two dozen men in green uniforms and close-cropped hair assemble at rows of tables, cracking jokes, adjusting sunglasses, girding for the night ahead. Theirs is a youthful gung-ho fraternity forged in the chaos at The Line where First and Third worlds collide.
December 21, 1995 |
Police arrested a U.S. Border Patrol agent Wednesday, charging him with accosting and sexually assaulting a Salvadoran woman immigrant near the border. The crime allegedly took place shortly after dawn last Friday in a lonely area near the Tijuana River, investigators said. The distraught victim reported the assault to other Border Patrol agents, who called San Diego police. Detectives arrested Agent Charles Vinson, 41, Wednesday afternoon at his home in suburban Chula Vista.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1995 |
The press conference was only moments away, but some of the principals were already tongue-whipping Rep. Ron Packard (R-Oceanside), whom they accused of being the No. 1 villain in trying to close the inland immigration checkpoint on northbound Interstate 5. "Can you believe what that jerk is trying to do?" said an exasperated Ben Seeley, head of the Border Solution Task Force. "Four years ago, he wants it expanded. Now, he wants it closed!"
April 7, 1996 |
Public enemy No. 1 in the eyes of the Border Patrol. Crafty, nocturnal, predatory, a lifeline to the desperate, a smuggler of illegal immigrants. Coyote. Two bloody incidents in the span of a week--the videotaped beating of two suspected illegal immigrants Monday in South El Monte and the deaths of seven suspected illegal immigrants Saturday morning near Temecula--have thrust the illicit but thriving business of immigrant smuggling into the public spotlight.
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July 29, 1992 |
A 23-year-old San Ysidro man pleaded guilty Tuesday to an immigrant smuggling charge connected with the U.S. Border Patrol chase and crash in Temecula that killed six people and forced the agency to revise its chase policy.