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August 2, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A volunteer border patrol group reportedly discovered the body of a woman suspected to be a border crosser less than a mile from a water aid station maintained by a humanitarian group. The woman was one of at least two people found dead near the border over the weekend. The U.S. Border Patrol confirmed that it learned about the woman's body Saturday, though agents declined to identify the reporting party.
April 9, 2005 | From Associated Press
A civilian border watch group said Friday that it had dismissed a volunteer who had had a suspected illegal immigrant pose for a mocking photograph. Organizers of the Minuteman Project said that although authorities determined the man had not illegally detained the man, he still violated the group's procedures. They added that the volunteer had given the man $20 and fed him during Wednesday's encounter.
September 15, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Scores of Palestinians crossed from the Gaza Strip into Egypt before Egyptian security forces moved to close the border in an attempt to restore order three days after Israeli troops left the territory. A handful of Egyptian police officers were pushing back Palestinians scaling the wall on the Gaza side and trying to sneak through the barbed-wire fence on the Egyptian side. Hundreds of Egyptian border guards were expected to arrive today.
June 25, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Police in Tijuana have discovered a narrow tunnel under the border that was used to smuggle drugs and possibly undocumented migrants into the United States, officials said. More than 50 tunnels under the U.S.-Mexico border have been found in the last five years. The latest was found inside an area guarded by Treasury Department officials, according to a Public Safety department spokesman who was not authorized to give his name.
July 31, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Mexico called on the United States to alter a plan to expand border fences designed to stem illegal immigration, saying the barriers would threaten migratory species that roam freely across the frontier.
June 5, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The first 55 National Guard troops sent under President Bush's plan to assist immigration agents were to start work today on extending fences, improving gravel roads and working on border lighting near San Luis, which is part of the nation's busiest U.S. Border Patrol station.
July 7, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Canada's prime minister told President Bush he was worried about a planned U.S. border crackdown, saying that if the United States becomes more closed off to its friends, "then the terrorists have won." Stephen Harper, on his first White House visit since his Conservatives won the Jan. 23 election, said he feared that a law passed by Congress would harm trade between the neighbors.
March 30, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two unfinished tunnels have been found near the U.S.-Mexico border crossing here, U.S. officials announced Thursday. Each was about 3 feet wide and 5 feet high. "If passages like these go undetected, they pose a potential threat to our nation's security," said Michael Carney, acting special agent in charge of the San Diego office for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
September 6, 2007 | Nicole Gaouette, Times Staff Writer
A much-touted, high-tech system being tested along the border with Mexico failed to meet expectations and is being reworked, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Wednesday. Still, he said, border security has improved dramatically. Chertoff said that SBInet, which integrates cameras, radar and unmanned aerial vehicles to monitor the border, did not satisfy his department during initial tests and that he has asked Boeing, the contractor, to make improvements.
August 18, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Trucks carrying freight over the border must describe their cargo in advance in electronic messages to customs officials beginning in November, the Homeland Security Department said. The electronic manifest must be received at least 30 minutes before a truck attempts to enter the United States. The information will be compared with law enforcement and commercial databases to target potentially dangerous shipments.
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