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February 6, 2009 | David Kelly
A former Border Patrol officer said Thursday that constant demands to meet monthly arrest quotas led agents in the Inland Empire to cruise streets, bus stops and even medical clinics looking for illegal immigrants.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Gustavo De La Vina, a former U.S. Border Patrol chief who worked to stem the flow of illegal immigrants into the country, has died. He was 70. De La Vina died Monday in the Balkan nation of Bosnia-Herzegovina, where he worked as a private advisor, said Steve Cribby, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The El Paso Times reported that De La Vina died of natural causes. De La Vina joined the Border Patrol in 1970 at the Eagle Pass, Texas, port of entry. He taught Spanish at the agency's training academy in Georgia and rose through the ranks to become deputy El Paso sector chief, San Diego sector chief and the Western regional director.
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March 28, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A U.S. Border Patrol agent who fatally shot an illegal immigrant in January has been returned to active duty although authorities were still determining whether he should face criminal charges. Agent Nicholas Corbett, assigned to the patrol's Naco station, returned to active duty about two weeks ago, said Jesus Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Border Patrol's Tucson sector.
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September 7, 2010 | By Ken Dilanian, Tribune Washington Bureau
One by one, Border Patrol agents took the witness stand in the federal courthouse here last week to testify against a fellow officer, their faces creased with anguish. By their accounts, Agent Jesus Enrique Diaz Jr., a husband and father with seven years on the job, tortured a 16-year-old drug smuggler two years ago by wrenching his handcuffed arms upward as he pressed a knee into his back. In an effort to make the boy reveal where he had hidden marijuana bundles near the Rio Grande, Diaz also kicked him and dropped him face-first on the ground, agents testified.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1993
I was repulsed by your article on the Border Patrol's treatment of the undocumented immigrants at the border. The brutality inflicted on children, women and men makes Rodney King's beating pale by comparison. I wonder why Mexican officials are taking a siesta regarding these atrocities? LINDA M. GILMORE Long Beach
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April 21, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON, Ariz. -- At least five people were killed and more than a dozen hurt when an SUV crashed while it was being chased by the Border Patrol, authorities said Sunday. Pima County Rural/Metro Fire Chief Willie Treatch said the midsize SUV was carrying 22 passengers, but U.S. Customs and Border Protection said 18 were aboard. Treatch said five people died at the scene and 17 were rushed to the hospital, some by helicopter. The incident happened about 11 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Interstate 10 and State Highway 83 in Vail, Ariz., officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1988
Your editorial regarding the Border Patrol checkpoint in San Clemente (Oct. 5) and the anticipated relocation brings to mind an alternative to relocating. To relieve the citizens of local cities of dangerous high-speed chases by the Border Patrol and to improve the chance of apprehending guilty or suspicious drivers responsible for any illegal action, I suggest installing parking lot spikes at checkpoints. They could be electrically operated and controlled by the Border Patrol at a location that could not be by passed by any motorists.
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