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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.
September 24, 2009 | Richard Marosi
The three drivers moved through traffic toward the U.S. border crossing, their vans packed with about 70 immigrants who stayed hushed as canine units patrolled outside. Mauricio Cantera, a 59-year-old grandfather who sells churros to crossers, said the vans probably passed inches from his tray of sweets Tuesday afternoon, but he didn't notice anything amiss. Having worked the crossing for decades, he said smuggling runs through the San Ysidro Port of Entry are common. What happened next, however, wasn't.
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.
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.
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.
February 2, 2010 | Patrick J. McDonnell
Federal agents are investigating a suspected "drop house" in Reseda, where more than a dozen illegal immigrants, mostly Central Americans, were being held against their will, authorities said. Los Angeles police were called late Sunday to the single-story stucco home in the 7900 block of Newcastle Avenue after someone inside dialed 911 on a cellphone and reported that smugglers were not allowing anyone to leave, authorities said. Police freed 14 people Sunday and discovered two others hiding nearby Monday.
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