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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."
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.
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.
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...."
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.
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.
November 2, 2005
Re "Gang Uses Deportation to Its Advantage to Flourish in U.S.," Oct. 30 The MS-13 gang never would have morphed from a few thousand to 50,000 members if our border were properly secured. The diligent efforts of law enforcement to capture and deport lawbreaking thugs are ruined by the easy return of gang members through our broken and porous borders. Perhaps the threat to our fellow citizens by MS-13 and others like it across the country will generate the resolve and resources to truly secure our borders.
November 7, 2007 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
A large increase in Border Patrol agents, additional fencing and expanded prosecution of illegal border-crossers contributed to a 20% drop in apprehension of undocumented migrants this year at the U.S.-Mexico frontier, immigration officials announced Tuesday. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said the figure signaled progress in disrupting illegal immigration flows, a key goal of the Bush administration's overall immigration strategy.
April 11, 2005 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
Amid the lush canyons in southern Orange County, a retired accountant living quietly on his wife's humble salary and Social Security disability benefits cooked up a plan that drew attention from two presidents and reporters around the globe last week.. Last fall, Vietnam veteran James Gilchrist, 56, was listening to George Putnam's talk show on KCAA-AM (1050).
October 4, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Drug traffickers appear to have resumed business as usual across the Mexico-U.S. border, U.S. officials said in El Paso. Security was tightened after the Sept. 11 attacks and drug seizures--a trafficking barometer--along the 2,000-mile border fell to 123 from Sept. 11 to Sept. 23, Customs Service figures show. Last year there were 227 seizures in the same period. But since last Thursday, officials reported 159 drug seizures, up from 147 in the same period last year.
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