May 30, 1989
The battle against illegal drugs and aliens has left unexpected casualties near the Mexican border: flat-tailed horned lizards flattened by off-road U.S. Border Patrol vehicles. Bureau of Land Management officials allege that Border Patrol agents not only kill the lizards but disregard off-limits signs and barriers, destroying archeological finds up to 10,000 years old in the Yuha Basin. The Yuha area, 25 miles north of the Mexican border, is one of four desert areas where the lizards live.
March 2, 2014 |
Now we have an idea why the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service was keeping secret an independent report of its encounters at the Mexican border. Because it has something to hide. As The Times' Brian Bennett reported last week, an independent report by the nonprofit Police Executive Research Forum sharply criticized the agency for a "lack of diligence" in investigating fatal encounters involving its agents. The report, based on internal case files of 67 shooting incidents leading to 19 deaths between January 2010 and October 2012, also faulted some of the agents' practices, including positioning themselves in the "exit path" of fleeing vehicles apparently as a pretext for opening fire in self-defense.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1991 |
Tourists and visitors to Mexico during the holiday season will be able to obtain temporary vehicle importation permits at the Mexican Consulate in Oxnard beginning today, consul officials said. The permits, which last six months, are required of everyone, regardless of nationality, who crosses the Mexican border with a vehicle registered outside that country. In the past, the permits could only be obtained at border crossings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2007 |
Two men who led police on a high-speed car chase from Anaheim to the Mexican border were shot and injured by Mexican federal officers before being taken into custody, police said Saturday. The chase began shortly after midnight when Anaheim police tried to pull over a car being driven erratically near Beach Boulevard and Ball Road, Sgt. Rick Martinez said. The vehicle was chased onto the I-5, where the California Highway Patrol joined the pursuit, Martinez said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1987 |
U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 707 people, mostly undocumented aliens, in a seven-hour operation Sunday at the San Clemente checkpoint, authorities said Monday. Most of the undocumented aliens were Mexican nationals who were arrested between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. at the Interstate 5 checkpoint, Border Patrol Supervising Agent Wayne Kirkpatrick said. Kirkpatrick said those arrested were taken by bus to the Mexican border and dropped off near Tijuana.
April 30, 2008
Talk-show hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou of KFI-AM (640) will host a screening of the documentary "Border" on Tuesday as a fundraising event for imprisoned former U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Joseph Compean. The men were convicted in 2006 of a variety of charges stemming from firing shots at a suspected drug smuggler on the Mexican border. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion about immigration policies with Mexico, featuring "Border" filmmaker Chris Burgard; T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council; and others.
October 3, 2008 |
Padre Island National Seashore, the world's longest undeveloped barrier island, looks as if people have been using it as a dump for decades. Tons of debris swept up by Hurricane Ike last month were carried by Gulf of Mexico currents hundreds of miles to this ordinarily pristine landscape north of the Mexican border. Sections of roofs, refrigerators, loveseats, beds, TVs, hot tubs and holiday decorations litter the more than 60 miles of sand in the national park. Wildlife workers worry the trash will harm birds and other animals, including endangered turtles that nest here in the spring.