July 13, 1997 |
On some stretches of the border, a steel wall topped with floodlights divides the United States from Mexico. On others, a human fence of federal agents holds the line against illegal immigrants and drugs. Here, where the Rio Grande curves around the remote western reaches of Texas, anybody can cross any time they want--back and forth, without impediment, all day. Don Pepe is even waiting to provide transport, his leaky rowboat moored on the U.S.
January 14, 1996 |
The 25-year-old woman from El Salvador crossed the border on a cold night and hid in the brush to wait for daylight, alone and frightened. When the man confronted her on a lonely trail at dawn, her first instinct told her he was a bandit, one of the human vultures who prey on illegal immigrants in the foothills, police say. Then she saw the green uniform of the U.S. Border Patrol; she thought she was safe. What happened next on the morning of Dec.
November 20, 1996 |
A U.S. Border Patrol agent charged with sexually assaulting a Salvadoran woman immigrant near the border pleaded guilty Tuesday and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Agent Charles Vinson, 42, was to go on trial Tuesday on four counts of sexual assault that could have carried sentences of 25 years to life in prison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1995 |
The controversial Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 5 seven miles south of here will again close temporarily as part of an ongoing evaluation of its need, an agency spokeswoman said Monday. Ann Summers, a Border Patrol supervisor, said the 71-year-old checkpoint will close "sometime in late February" and its 80 agents will be transferred to the California-Mexico border for about six weeks, in time for the anticipated seasonal surge in illegal immigrant crossings.
March 31, 1990 |
U.S. immigration officials are seeking $10 million to pay for the first-phase construction of a long-projected Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 5 south of San Clemente. The funding request, included as part of the 1991 budget proposal of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, brings the proposal for the $30-million facility one step closer to reality. The $10 million is a partial request, but approval is still far from guaranteed.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.