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August 17, 2012 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
The former president of the National Border Patrol Council was indicted Thursday on suspicion of diverting union funds to finance personal travel, tickets to sporting events and hard drives used to store an extensive pornography collection. Terence J. "T.J. " Bonner, 59, diverted hundreds of thousands of dollars from dues-paying union members during more than two decades as president of the organization, which represents more than 14,000 U.S. Border Patrol agents, federal prosecutors said.
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.
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.
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
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.
March 16, 1997
I was sitting here trying to figure out what was wrong with using Border Patrol agents in cracking down on illegal immigrants in Ventura County. I want to thank the Simi City Council and Police Chief Randy Adams or whoever came up with the idea of using the Immigration and Naturalization Service to help crack down on all illegal activities in their city. Of course, you will always have some small group of people crying foul when it comes to fighting crime when illegal immigrants are involved.
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