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January 19, 2008 | Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writer
Israel on Friday closed border crossings into the Gaza Strip, including passages for shipments of humanitarian goods, as a response to persistent rocket attacks by Gaza-based Palestinian militants. Officials did not specify how long the closure would last, but are expected to review the decision early next week. The move comes amid growing tensions over the cross-border rocket barrages, which have drawn pledges of stepped-up action from Israeli leaders, who have been unable to quell the attacks.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Officials at the San Ysidro border crossing are trying to determine why a tire shredder designed to stop suspect vehicles inadvertently became activated, puncturing the tires of 19 motorists. The shredder rose from the pavement just north of the border crossing early Tuesday, said Lauren Mack, spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security. Some people driving across the shredder had their tires flattened instantly; others drove for several miles.
NATIONAL
September 2, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The Pima County medical examiner is using a refrigerated tractor-trailer as a temporary morgue because of a high number of deaths involving illegal border crossers. The county's morgue has a capacity of 120 bodies. The 18-wheeler can hold an additional 60 to 70 bodies, depending on whether the remains are intact or skeletal. Dr. Bruce Parks, Pima County's chief medical examiner, said the county morgue needed to build another permanent cooler to double its capacity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The Customs Service has asked for about 100 additional National Guard troops to help police the U.S.-Mexico border. The request calls for unarmed soldiers to search vehicles for drugs. Customs inspectors would be available for assignments elsewhere. Jay Ahern, Customs Service director of field operations for Southern California, said the agency hopes that freeing inspectors for other duties will ease border wait times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 29, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will soon begin using unmanned aircraft to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border to thwart illegal immigrants and drug smugglers from entering the country, a top official said. Asa Hutchinson, undersecretary for border and transportation security, said the aircraft would allow Border Patrol officers to "better monitor remote border locations in the day or at night."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2002 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Mexican federal agents discovered a drug tunnel near the beach between Tijuana and San Diego, Mexico's federal attorney general's office said Saturday. The tunnel, which appeared to run under the metal fence dividing the two countries, was discovered Friday, attorney general spokesman Abraham Sarabia said. It was originally built near Tijuana's beach to get rid of extra water from a nearby and now unused water treatment plant.
NATIONAL
May 1, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
As they ended their monthlong campaign to monitor illegal immigrant activity along a 23-mile stretch of Arizona's border, members of the Minuteman Project hailed the program as a success. They said calls to the Border Patrol by the project's volunteers resulted in the arrests of 335 illegal immigrants. Critics, including Border Patrol officials, have said the group was little more than a nuisance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2005 | Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday urged that the U.S. "close the borders" to combat illegal immigration, though an aide quickly clarified his comment, explaining that the governor merely wants the borders better policed. Schwarzenegger, taking questions at the Newspaper Assn. of America convention, described border security as a "lax situation" and urged tougher measures. He said "it is just unfair to have all those people coming across and have the border open the way it is...."
NEWS
August 3, 1985 | Associated Press
The ruling military council Friday opened Uganda's borders for the first time since last week's coup, but airports remained closed. An announcement broadcast on Radio Uganda said the borders will be open between 6 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Economic factors may have played a role in the border reopening. Dozens of trucks, many of them bound for Uganda with oil from a Kenya refinery, had been stranded at the borders.
NATIONAL
December 11, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A volunteer border watch group has started erecting a mile of steel-mesh fence along the U.S.-Mexico border east of Naco. Minuteman Civil Defense Corps spokesman Al Garza said the fence will force illegal immigration traffic to the east and west. It also will "let the government know that it's not as difficult to secure the borders as they lead us to believe," he said.
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