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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.
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
January 27, 2011 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
U.S. border authorities have arrested a controversial Muslim cleric who was deported from Canada to Tunisia three years ago and was caught earlier this month trying to sneak into California in the trunk of a BMW, according to court documents. Said Jaziri, the former imam of a Muslim congregation in Montreal, was hidden in a car driven by a San Diego-area man who was pulled over by U.S. Border Patrol agents near an Indian casino east of San Diego on Jan. 11. Jaziri had allegedly paid a Tijuana-based smuggling group $5,000 to get him across the border near Tecate, saying he wanted to be taken to a "safe place anywhere in the U.S. " The arrest marks the unexpected resurfacing of the 43-year-old cleric, whose protracted legal battle to avoid deportation drew headlines in Canada.
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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