December 19, 2000 |
Disturbed by deaths among Mexican migrants crossing illegally into southern Arizona, church leaders and self-styled good Samaritans have begun offering a range of aid to immigrants--at times breaking the law to carry out what they see as acts of mercy.
April 5, 2001 |
Customs officials on Wednesday announced the seizure of what they called the largest single load of marijuana ever found at a U.S.-Mexico border crossing: 15,185 pounds of the drug hidden in a truckload of new television sets. A federal contraband enforcement team at the Otay Mesa border crossing was alerted by a drug-sniffing dog to the 1978 tractor and its 53-foot trailer Tuesday during a routineinspection, said Vince Bond, a spokesman for the Customs Service.
March 15, 1987 |
The publishers of "La Frontera" apparently could not decide if they wanted the book to be a serious and thorough study of the U.S.-Mexico border, or a coffeetable book about the often picturesque borderlands and colorful North Americans and Mexicans who live there. That is unfortunate, because in either case, the book would have been a useful contribution to the growing body of literature about the nation's southern border. Instead, it falls short on both counts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1992
Even as immigration authorities aim to get a better handle on their own efforts to control illegal immigration, they have found themselves under increasing scrutiny as they try to do a tough job. Congressional oversight hearings have been held on charges of excessive force by the Border Patrol and on the agency's pursuit policy. This week a lawsuit brought by a man whose pregnant wife was killed during a chase went to trial in federal court in Santa Ana.
April 19, 1987
I am grateful for several kind things Frank del Olmo says about my book, "La Frontera: The United States Border With Mexico" (The Book Review, March 15). But I must object to allegations of occasional careless research. Del Olmo suggests that my investigation of drug trafficker Pablo Acosta (whom he concluded I admire, which I and others find amazing) began and ended with Acosta himself. In fact, I queried the Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Customs Service about him--the latter was fascinated that I had interviewed and arranged to photograph him, something they had failed for years to achieve.
May 30, 1997 |
"Since leaving home," writes Howard Frank Mosher, a combination of Ernest Hemingway, Henry David Thoreau and Jim Harrison from Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, "I've been on the lookout for indicators of what I think of as true North Country. Good brook trout fishing is one such indicator. So is a notoriously severe climate. Yet another is static over the car radio. Whenever I can't pick up anything but static, I know I'm really up on the hinterlands, exactly where I want to be."