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Man's Revenge Site So Extreme Ex Wants to 'Disappear'

Patrick Fox said he hopes to harass Desiree Capuano into committing suicide

(Newser) - A man who created a revenge website to "destroy" his ex-wife is now in custody and facing charges of criminal harassment. His ex says her only hope is that he'll be held long enough to give her time to change her identity and "disappear" before he is... More »

How US Border Patrol Got 'Out of Control'

Agency grew without oversight after 9/11, officials say

(Newser) - The US Border Patrol has ballooned into a massive agency where employee misconduct is reportedly rampant, but figuring out who to blame—or how to fix it—is no easy job, Politico reports via Vox . Driven by security fears after 9/11, federal officials threw billions of dollars at Border Patrol... More »

Border Agent Found Dead After Brutal Alleged Crime

Esteban Manzanares allegedly raped female immigrants, kidnapped one

(Newser) - Esteban Manzanares was patrolling near the Texas-Mexico border when he came across a woman and two girls— Honduran nationals suspected of entering the US illegally. What allegedly happened next is horrific: Officials say the border agent raped the woman and slashed her wrists, then assaulted her daughter, 14, and tried... More »

Border Agent Kills Man Who Threw Rock at Him

Agent was patrolling known smuggling trail near San Diego

(Newser) - A US Border Patrol agent who claims he feared for his life after a rock hit his head reacted by shooting and killing the man who hurled the stone. It marks the ninth fatal shooting involving rock throwing since 2010. The unnamed agent was patrolling a smuggling trail east of... More »

Mexican Gets 30 Years in 'Fast and Furious' Killing

Manuel Osorio-Arellanes says someone in his group killed Brian Terry

(Newser) - After pleading guilty to first-degree murder, Manuel Osorio-Arellanes of Mexico has been sentenced to 30 years in prison over the death of US border agent Brian Terry . Osorio-Arellanes, 37, said that he was part of a group of five people trying to steal marijuana from drug traffickers on Dec. 14,... More »

Attempt to Scale Border Fence Goes Poorly

Border patrol assumes it was a smuggling operation gone wrong

(Newser) - Suspected smugglers who tried to use ramps to drive an SUV over a 14-foot-tall border fence had to abandon their plan when the Jeep became stuck on top of the barrier. Agents patrolling the US-Mexico border near the Imperial Sand Dunes in California's southeast corner spotted the Jeep Cherokee... More »

Mexico Outraged After Teen Killed by Border Patrol

Agent reportedly opened fire on rock-throwers

(Newser) - A US Border Patrol agent, responding to reports of suspected drug smugglers, opened fire on a group of people throwing rocks from across the Mexican border, killing a teenage boy and eliciting outrage from the Mexican government. Authorities said the agents in Nogales, Arizona, had responded to reports of suspected... More »

Border Patrol Agent's Killer: Friendly Fire, Sources Say

Nicholas Ivie's death was accidental, sources say

(Newser) - Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie was apparently not shot by Mexican drug runners after all. Federal and state officials tell NBC that another agent at the scene accidentally killed Ivie. Investigators based their conclusion on ballistics analysis, the lack of proof that other gunmen were there, and other evidence, the... More »

Mexico Arrests 2 for Killing of Border Patrol Agent

Suspects captured across border from Arizona shooting

(Newser) - Mexican authorities say they have arrested two suspects in Tuesday's killing of a Border Patrol agent in Arizona, Reuters reports. Nicholas Ivie, a 30-year-old father of two, was shot dead and a colleague was injured while responding to a tripped ground sensor. Mexican officials say the suspects were captured... More »

Newest Border Agent: a Blimp?

Military seeks new uses for Afghanistan equipment

(Newser) - America's new border agents could be … blimps. The US military is testing a 72-foot unmanned blimp, currently used to locate insurgents in Afghanistan and referred to as "the floating eye," to see if it could also be used to spot illegal border-crossers. If it works, dozens... More »

Border Patrol Hunting Immigrants in ... Northwest?

Border Patrol intensifies presence on Olympic Peninsula

(Newser) - Latinos are disappearing. Some have been detained on suspicion of immigration violations, others have fled in fear. There are allegations of racial profiling. And no, not in Arizona. Rather, the Olympic Peninsula, a remote stretch of Washington state accessible only by a single road, separated from Canada by the Strait... More »

For Illegals, No More Mr. Nice Border Patrol

'Consequence delivery system' won't just turn border crossers around

(Newser) - Up until recently, if you were caught crossing the border illegally into Douglas, Ariz., Border Patrol would give you a sandwich and some orange juice—and drive you right back to Mexico. Not anymore. The US Border Patrol is changing its policy, instituting a new "Consequence Delivery System" that... More »

Immigration Crackdown Costs $6K per Bust

Obama's National Guard deployment working, but costly

(Newser) - The 1,200 National Guardsmen that Barack Obama dispatched to help patrol the US-Mexico border in the summer of 2010 have caught plenty of illegal immigrants—but it hasn’t been cheap. The guardsmen have helped catch 25,514 illegal immigrants and have cost the government $160 million, which works... More »

Cops Fired for Opposing War on Drugs

New York Times examines case of border patrol agent

(Newser) - Bryan Gonzalez was working as a Border Patrol agent in New Mexico when he made the fatal mistake of musing to a colleague that legalizing marijuana would end Mexico’s violent drug war. He was fired soon afterwards; his termination letter said he held “personal views that were contrary... More »

Border Patrol Fights Boredom as Illegals Plummet

Agents struggling to stop ennui creeping in

(Newser) - Border Patrol agents hired to keep illegal immigrants out are having trouble keeping boredom and sleepiness from creeping in. Illegal border crossings have plummeted to record lows in many areas, thanks to the US recession and tougher enforcement, leaving some agents with little to do but "watch the fence... More »

Ariz. Sheriff: Border Patrol Told Not to Make Arrests

Border patrol commander vigorously denies rumor

(Newser) - Are US Border Patrol agents intentionally avoiding arresting illegal immigrants on orders from higher-ups? That’s the rumor being spread by Arizona sheriff Larry Denver, who tells Fox News that he heard it from a top Border Patrol official. “The senior supervisor agent is telling me about how their... More »

Arizona Border Patrol Agent Killed in Shootout

One of five suspects remains at large

(Newser) - Bandits shot and killed a member of the Tucson Border Patrol's swat team in a violent confrontation overnight in Arizona, the Arizona Daily Star reports. Agent Brian Terry, 40, was patrolling an area known to be used frequently by drug- and people-smugglers when he was killed. Authorities said so-called "... More »

Hey, Border Guards: Stay Out of Our Computers

There must be a reason for these invasive searches, seizures, writes the NYT

(Newser) - Right now, border agents can search your computer without a warrant or probable cause—and it's long past time for that to change, asserts the New York Times in an editorial. Borders need to be protected, but there's "a big difference between government agents scanning items for explosives ... and... More »

Record Number of Illegals Found Dead in Arizona

Authorities have found 252 bodies this year

(Newser) - Authorities have found the bodies of 252 illegal immigrants in the Arizona desert this year, an all-time high—even though the number of people crossing illegally is down. That’s in part because increased border security has driven would-be crossers to ever more remote and dangerous routes, NPR explains, and... More »

Border Patrol Sees Spike in Suicides

15 agents have taken their own lives since Feb. 2008

(Newser) - The agency that patrols our nations borders is grappling with a rise in suicide among its agents. After going nearly four years without a single suicide, records obtained by the AP show that at least 15 agents have killed themselves since February 2008, the Border Patrol's biggest spike in the... More »

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