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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2000 |
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has awarded three grants totaling more than $450,000 that will benefit Ventura County environmental causes, Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Simi Valley) announced Friday. The Community Alliance with Family Farmers will receive $180,000 to teach Central Coast farmers about biological farming methods and managing wetlands and other natural resources.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2003 |
A swarm of 14 earthquakes, the strongest a magnitude 3.7, struck just south of the Mexican border near Calexico on Thursday, but there were no reports of damage or injuries. Caltech seismologists put the epicenter of the quakes 16 miles southeast of Calexico, in an area that is often seismically active. Their depth was about four miles. The quakes started at 12:30 a.m. and continued until 3:35 p.m., with the 3.7 occurring at 10:03 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2009 |
A 23-year-old fugitive wanted for his alleged role in the killing of a San Bernardino rapper has been arrested at the Mexican border. Officials said Monday that Jeffrey Berrouet was taken into custody Saturday night at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. San Bernardino County sheriff's detectives issued an arrest warrant for Berrouet in the June 2008 robbery, kidnapping, torture and slaying of Robert Mastrangelo. The Press Enterprise newspaper says Mastrangelo, who performed under the name Self Sufficient, was found in a drainage ditch off Interstate 15 in Barstow.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 1992
The conventions came and went. Neither the Democrats or Republicans mentioned the immigration problem. Every survey shows that all border states and ports of entry struggle with legal and illegal immigrants. We are obligated under the law to take certain immigrants. Why do we allow all their relatives to follow? The Mexican border is a joke. If a group is picked up running through traffic (your pictures), the police are not allowed to turn them over to the immigration authorities.
December 3, 1989
Regarding the article "Latinos Fight for Recognition" by Edmund Newton, in the San Gabriel Valley Section of the L.A. Times (Nov. 26), it's about time the media gave more publicity to the contributions of Mexican-American vets. The piece focused on what I think some Latinos have only just begun to realize, and others still don't realize, that, not only did Latinos serve in significant numbers during WWII, Korea and Vietnam, but they also won the most medals of any other minority group during these three conflicts.
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.
February 26, 1985 |
Mexican police Monday reported the arrests of a suspect and two companions in the kidnaping of U.S. narcotics agent Enrique S. Camarena. The three men were flown to Guadalajara, scene of the abduction, for questioning. The suspect was identified as Tomas Morlet Borquez, who said he has retired after 22 years of service in Mexico's Department of Federal Security, a plainclothes police agency. Camarena was seized at gunpoint Feb. 7. There has been no ransom note and no word of his whereabouts.
July 12, 2012 |
SAN LUIS, Ariz. - The powerful Sinaloa drug cartel is believed to be behind one of the most sophisticated and well-engineered smuggling tunnels ever found along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to U.S. drug enforcement officials who announced the discovery Thursday in Yuma. The “fully operational” tunnel is a 755-foot passageway, tall enough for a 6-foot person to walk through, that burrows under the border fence, a park and a water canal. It connects a small, nondescript warehouse on the U.S. side to an inoperative ice manufacturing plant behind a strip club in Mexico.
May 1, 2010 |
A Pinal County sheriff's deputy was shot by an apparent drug smuggler and suffered a superficial wound Friday night in an encounter sure to inflame passions in the state that recently passed the toughest law against illegal immigration in the country. Arizona has been fiercely criticized for the new law, which makes it a state crime to lack immigration paperwork and requires police to determine whether people they stop are in the country legally. Opponents have contended that the law will force police to racially profile people.