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April 5, 2010 | By Tony Perry and Tracy Wilkinson
A magnitude 7.2 earthquake rocked Mexico's Baja California peninsula Sunday, jolting millions of people from Los Angeles and San Diego to Phoenix and scattering destruction along the U.S.-Mexico border. Emergency services in both the U.S. and Mexico scrambled to assess the extent of casualties and damage, including fallen buildings, buckled roads, cracked water canals, fires and telephone and electrical outages. It appeared that most of the damage was in the twin border cities of Calexico, Calif.
May 12, 1989 | MAUREEN FAN, Times Staff Writer
The 36 National Guardsmen who have been posted at the Otay Mesa border crossing to aid U. S. Customs officials as a help in stopping drug smuggling drew harsh criticism Thursday from some Latino community members. They called the move a step toward militarization of the border. Spokesmen for the National Guard and the U. S. Customs Service refused to provide details on how long the operation will last or exactly how many troops were posted, saying it would compromise security. The unarmed guardsmen have been inspecting containers and truck cargo, not private cars, in the joint operation.
May 26, 2010 | By Ken Dilanian, Tribune Washington Bureau
President Obama will send up to 1,200 additional National Guard troops — and request $500 million in additional funds — to support law enforcement efforts along the Southwest border, the White House said Tuesday. The move was widely seen as offering the president political cover for his pursuit of immigration reform. The National Guard will target the trafficking of people, money, drugs and weapons, national security advisor James L. Jones and counterterrorism advisor John Brennan said in a letter to Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.
July 24, 2009 | Associated Press
A state fire official says a Border Patrol agent has been shot to death in the Campo area in San Diego County. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Battalion Chief Nick Schuler said the agent was pronounced dead at the scene about 9:15 p.m. Thursday near the U.S.-Mexico border on Shockey Truck Trail. It is not known if the agent was on duty at the time. FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth said the FBI is investigating, along with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and the Border Patrol.
July 3, 2010 | By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
Mexican authorities said Friday they have arrested the leader of a Ciudad Juarez street gang who they say ordered the killing of a U.S. consular worker in the border town in March. Federal police said Jesus Ernesto Chavez told them that consular employee Lesley A. Enriquez, 35, was targeted because she was providing visas to rivals. Police said Chavez, 41, also confessed to having taken part in a January shooting attack on a party that killed 15 people, mostly teenagers, and raised an outcry in Mexico over the runaway violence that has made Ciudad Juarez the deadliest city in the nation.
April 7, 2010 | By Tony Perry
The U.S.-Mexico border reopened Tuesday to northbound vehicle traffic, but Calexico's historic downtown district remained closed as inspectors checked for structural damage to buildings in the wake of the magnitude 7.2 earthquake just south of here Easter Sunday. The border crossing had been closed to northbound traffic as officials checked for damage to the federal building, but pedestrians continued to cross through the checkpoint from Mexicali as they fled the aftershocks rocking northern Baja California.
September 8, 2008 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Illegal immigrants who have been deported at least once from the United States are far more likely than other immigrants to repeatedly commit crimes, according to a study by the nonprofit Rand Corp. The data indicated that illegal immigrants, overall, were not a greater crime risk, according to the study, which looked at all inmates released from Los Angeles County Jail for a month in 2002. But among those who previously had been deported, reentered the U.S. and were arrested and released from jail, nearly 75% went on to commit another crime within a year.
April 6, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Tracy Wilkinson and Ching-Ching Ni
Reporting from Mexico City, Mexicali, Mexico, and Pasadena -- Life began returning to a jittery sort of normal Monday on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border, one day after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake rumbled through the area around Mexicali, Mexico. Assessment teams inspected buildings and cleanup crews swept up broken glass in Mexicali and its smaller California neighbor, Calexico, both of which sustained modest damage. The death toll rose to two, and more than 230 people were injured.
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