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Border Agents Watch as Drone Flies 13 Pounds of Meth Into US

Agents recovered the drone and drugs and arrested a 25-year-old man

(Newser) - Looks like automation is impacting everyone's livelihoods, even drug smugglers. The Los Angeles Times reports Border Patrol agents arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of importing a controlled substance Aug. 8 in California after watching a drone carrying 13 pounds of meth fly over the border fence from Mexico.... More »

Teacher Won't Answer Immigration Questions, Gets Detained

The San Diego teacher didn't take kindly to being asked about her citizenship

(Newser) - A middle school teacher refused to answer a question about her citizenship at a checkpoint in New Mexico last week and got detained for more than an hour for her troubles. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Shane Parmely, an English, art, and theater teacher in San Diego, Calif., refused... More »

He Shot Boy Across Mexico Border; Case Heads to SCOTUS

Can foreigners have their day in American courts?

(Newser) - Sixty feet and the US-Mexico border separated the unarmed, 15-year-old Mexican boy and the US Border Patrol agent who killed him with a gunshot to the head in 2010. US officials chose not to prosecute Agent Jesus Mesa Jr., and the Obama administration refused to extradite him so that he... More »

Report: Border Patrol Uses Desert to Kill Migrants

Group says tens of thousands have died or disappeared since the 1990s

(Newser) - An Arizona advocacy group says tens of thousands of people attempting to cross the US-Mexico border illegally since the 1990s have died or disappeared because the US Border Patrol uses the desert as a "weapon," the Guardian reports. In a report issued Wednesday, No More Deaths says 1,... More »

Texas Trooper Injured by Gunfire From Mexico

Federal agent was also hit

(Newser) - A Texas state trooper was wounded on the Texas-Mexico border when a bullet apparently strayed from a gun battle on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande. The Texas Department of Public Safety says the trooper suffered a leg wound in the Friday afternoon incident, the AP reports. The trooper... More »

Border Patrol Finds 2 Kids, $460K in Cocaine in Woman's Car

Some women smugglers apparently bring children along to make themselves 'inconspicuous'

(Newser) - On Monday morning, a Border Patrol agent pulled over a Honda Accord cruising north on Interstate 5 in San Clemente, Calif., and the agent's drug dog started giving the sign there was possibly something illicit inside the vehicle, the Los Angeles Times reports. Surprise No. 1 when agents searched... More »

Cops: Smuggler Caught Using Fake Border Patrol SUV

'Something was not quite right'

(Newser) - There's such a fine line between clever and stupid. On Thursday, a Border Patrol agent in Laredo, Texas, stopped a man allegedly attempting to smuggle a dozen undocumented immigrants in the back of a fake Border Patrol SUV, the New York Daily News reports. "To a casual observer,... More »

Now Patrolling the Mexico Border: Drones

Predators have monitored nearly half of border since 2013

(Newser) - Predator drones guard nearly half the US-Mexico border where camera towers, ground sensors, agents, and fences are absent. Able to patrol remote areas like mountains and canyons, the drones capture high-resolution footage of an area every three days, the AP reports in an exclusive. Analysts then check the videos using... 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 Officers Have Killed 46, Face No Consequences: Report

Customs and Border Protection hasn't released officers' names

(Newser) - US border officers and agents have killed dozens of people, including Americans, since 2004, but it appears they haven't faced any discipline for their actions, the Arizona Republic reports. Customs and Border Protection's acting internal affairs head has told journalists he doesn't know of any terminations or... More »

Mom of Mexican Teen Killed by Border Patrol Sues

16-year-old was shot from across border

(Newser) - The mother of a Mexican teen shot at least eight times in the back by US Border Patrol agents firing over the border is going to court to find out who killed her son. Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, 16, was shot by at least one agent in October 2012 as... More »

Border Official Points Gun... at Boy Scout: Troop Leader

Another scout gets threatened with 10 years in prison

(Newser) - A couple weeks ago, a US border patrol official held a gun to the head of ... a Boy Scout. A troop leader explains what happened now that the scouts and adult volunteers from Mid-Iowa Scout Troop 111 have returned from their 23-day trip: Ten days into the trip, their four... More »

Perry Deploying 1K Guardsmen to Border: Reports

Expected cost per month for new patrols: $12M

(Newser) - Rick Perry hasn’t been exactly coy about his thoughts on the immigration crisis, but now he’s putting his (state's) money where his mouth is: He plans to announce today that he's sending up to 1,000 National Guard troops to shore up security along the Mexico... More »

Pastors: Feds Blocking Us From Immigration Camps

Meanwhile, Obama deflects criticism that he didn't visit the border

(Newser) - As the immigration crisis rages, pastors and faith groups are complaining that they're not being allowed to visit the children being held at border detention facilities. "It's pretty heartbreaking that they don't let anybody in there—even credentialed pastors," one pastor tells Todd Starnes at... More »

Texas Town Bans Undocumented Children

League City doesn't want to house them, should the government ask

(Newser) - As the issue of undocumented children streaming into the US heats up , one Texas town has taken action. League City's city council last night passed a resolution, 6-2, that would see the city bar any federal request to operate a detention or processing center there, though the Houston Chronicle ... More »

Attempt to Transfer Migrants Out of Texas Ends Poorly

3 buses bound for Murrieta, Calif., are turned back by protesters

(Newser) - The chants heard yesterday included "USA!" but it wasn't a World Cup scene. Southern California protesters were also shouting "Deport, Deport!" and "Go home" at three buses carrying undocumented immigrants—a large number of them women and children from Central America—who had recently... More »

Mexican Helicopter Crosses Into US, Opens Fire

Shots from law-enforcement chopper were in vicinity of US Border Patrol agents

(Newser) - It looks like Mexico came uncomfortably close to setting off what surely would have been an international mess. A helicopter believed to belong to the Mexican army strayed across the border into Arizona in apparent pursuit of drug smugglers and fired shots in the vicinity of US Border Patrol agents... More »

US to Build Big Processing Facility for Migrant Kids

Site in McAllen, Texas, will hold 1K children

(Newser) - With the number of child immigrants from Central America overwhelming Border Patrol stations , the US plans to convert a giant warehouse into a processing facility for the kids in Texas, reports AP . The facility in McAllen will accommodate about 1,000 children, who will have access to an "interaction/play"... 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 Patrol Takes Flak Over Use of Lethal Force

Changes expected after rash of recent deaths

(Newser) - A scathing report that suggests US Border Patrol agents are too quick to shoot and kill is expected to bring policy changes soon, reports the Wall Street Journal . Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson told Congress that he is personally reviewing some of the recent cases and will announce the reforms... More »

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