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Expected Smoke, Surprise Flames at Gender-Reveal Party

Video shows start of Arizona's Sawmill Fire in 2017

(Newser) - Blue smoke indicating Dennis Dickey would be the father to a baby boy was briefly visible. But the flames erupting at the off-duty Border Patrol agent's gender-reveal party on state land in Green Valley, Ariz., quickly stole the focus, per the Arizona Daily Star . A man warned those gathered... More »

Cops: Border Patrol Cop Went on Killing Spree of Prostitutes

10-year veteran arrested after a 5th woman managed to escape

(Newser) - Texas authorities charged a US Border Patrol supervisor with murder following what they called a two-week serial killing spree that left four female sex workers dead and ended when a fifth woman escaped at a gas station. Juan David Ortiz, 35, an intel supervisor for the Border Patrol, was charged... More »

650 Interviews Later, Border Agent's Death Still a Mystery

FBI says there's no evidence Rogelio Martinez was murdered

(Newser) - The FBI says it has conducted more than 650 interviews and found no evidence that Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez's fatal injuries were caused by an attack, despite his union's insistence that he was murdered. After an autopsy released Tuesday stated that Martinez died from blunt-force trauma from... More »

Report: Border Patrol Destroys Aid Left for Migrants in Desert

Food, water drops sabotaged in Arizona

(Newser) - Two groups dedicated to providing humanitarian aid to migrants trying to cross the Arizona desert says their efforts are being systematically sabotaged by Border Patrol agents. In a report released this week, No More Deaths and La Coalicion de Derechos Humanos say the agents pour out gallons of water left... More »

Feds Make 'Desperate Move' to Hire 5K Border Patrol Agents

CBP has awarded Accenture a $297M contract to help it carry out its hiring task

(Newser) - The US Border Patrol is having staffing issues, but Customs and Border Protection is hoping a $297 million deal with a private firm will get everything back on track. The Los Angeles Times reports on a government contract with Accenture , which has been tasked with "the full life cycle... More »

FBI Isn't Sure Whether Border Agents Were Attacked

Authorities believe men may have fallen

(Newser) - After Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez was fatally injured and his partner badly hurt in the Big Bend area of West Texas just before midnight Saturday, officials and lawmakers spoke of an attack, and a union spokesman said he believed rocks were involved. The FBI, however, now says the incident... More »

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 »

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