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  • US Court: Mexicans Can Sue Border Patrol Agent Who Killed Their Rock-Throwing Son

    07/01/2014 7:28:27 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 8 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 06/30/2014 | Sylvia Longmire
    TUSCON, Arizona--The US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Monday that the parents of Sergio Hernandez, a 15 year-old Mexican teenager who was shot and killed by Border Patrol Agent Jesus Mesa on June 7, 2010, could sue Mesa in US civil court for alleged excessive use of force. This was a reversal of the initial judgment made in Mesa’s favor in the lower Western District Court in El Paso, TX. The unfortunate precedent this sets for Border Patrol agents cannot be understated. All law enforcement officers are trained to deal with various kinds of threats, but those who...
  • ( Illegal )Man spits blood, hits agents ribs while in Border Patrol custody

    09/02/2013 4:56:31 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    Valleycentral.com ^ | 09.02.2013 | Cristina Garcia
    A man detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents allegedly spat blood and assaulted an agent, while he was being transferred to another vehicle. According to court documents obtained by Action 4 News, an FBI agent observed Alberto Mayen who was present in the U.S. illegally try to escape by twisting the arm of a U.S. Border Patrol agent. The incident happened at the Rio Grande City Border Patrol station. After allegedly twisting the agents arm, Mayen then fled on foot. When the agent caught up to him, a violent encounter begun. Mayen was told to stop resisting multiple times in...
  • Border Patrol agent accused of excessive force

    04/08/2013 11:06:00 PM PDT · by South40 · 15 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 4/8/2013 | Greg Moran
    SAN DIEGO — For the first time in more than a decade, a U.S. Border Patrol agent will go on trial today on a charge of beating an unauthorized immigrant who was in custody after being caught trying to enter the United States. Agent Luis E. Fonseca has pleaded not guilty to the single charge handed up in an indictment last year: deprivation of rights under color of law. Prosecutors say a videotape shows Fonseca kneeing and choking into unconsciousness Adolfo Ceja Escobar just before 8 p.m. on July 26, 2011.
  • Agent shot at fleeing woman 10 times from car hood

    12/06/2012 7:12:14 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 20 replies
    Salon ^ | Dec 6, 2012 | By Associated Press
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — An autopsy report says a Border Patrol agent who shot and killed a mother of five after she hit him with her vehicle fired his gun 10 times from the hood of her car as he tried to get the woman to stop
  • FBI: Border shooting was likely an accident [Nicholas Ivie -- "friendly fire"]

    10/05/2012 5:25:40 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | 8:04 PM EDT, Fri October 5, 2012 | CNN Wire Staff
    This week's fatal shooting of a U.S. Border Patrol agent and the wounding of another in Arizona was likely the result of friendly fire, the FBI said late Friday. "While it is important to emphasize that the FBI's investigation is actively continuing, there are strong preliminary indications that the death of United States Border Patrol Agent Nicholas J. Ivie, 30, and the injury to a second agent was the result of an accidental shooting incident involving only the agents," James Turgal, special agent in charge of the FBI's Phoenix division, said in a statement. "At the appropriate time further information...
  • Friendly fire a possibility in border agent's death Ballistics investigators to shed light

    10/05/2012 12:17:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Tim Steller and Brady McCombs
    Investigators are looking into whether friendly fire caused the death of Border Patrol agent Nick Ivie or the wounding of his colleague early Tuesday morning. Acting Cochise County Sheriff Rod Rothrock said it remains possible that either one was shot by another agent, though the investigation is still in its early stages. "Gunfight situations are highly fluid and dramatic, and this was out there in the middle of the night," Rothrock said. "People are moving and running, and I can't say it didn't happen." If it was friendly fire, that conclusion will be reached later in the investigation, he said....
  • Justice presses jailed agent for $7,000 in fines

    12/07/2011 8:52:31 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 7, 2011 | Stephen Dinan
    Ignoring calls for leniency, the Justice Department has told a jailed former Border Patrol agent it will start docking his commissary account as a way to begin assessing nearly $7,000 in fines, even though a judge told him he wouldn’t have to start paying immediatelyJesus E. Diaz Jr. was sentenced to prison for two years for using excessive force in arresting an illegal immigrant who was suspected of smuggling drugs. His case has become a cause for defenders of the Border Patrol, and Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican, has sent two letters asking Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to...
  • Holder shares apology letter with press before slain agent’s family

    11/11/2011 6:59:09 AM PST · by Driftwood1 · 34 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11-10-11 | Matthew Boyle
    Politico reported Thursday that Attorney General Eric Holder sent a “private letter” to the family of murdered Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, apologizing for his death. But friends of the Terry family have told The Daily Caller that no such letter has made it to the Terry home. “Eric Holder has told the grieving family of slain U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry that he is ‘sorry for the loss of your son’ and offered to meet with them,” reporter Tim Mak wrote. Holder’s letter, Mak wrote, praised the fallen Border Patrol Agent: “Brian was a hero who served his...
  • Holder Refuses To Apologize For Murder Of Border Agent; Says Fast & Furious Didn't Lead To Death

    11/08/2011 3:17:54 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 18 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 8, 2011 | Real Clear Politics
    Attorney General Eric Holder tells Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) that he has not apologized to the family of Brian Terry, the U.S. Border Patrol agent murdered by a weapon used in the Fast & Furious operation now being investigated. When given the opportunity to do so at today's Senate hearing he would not apologize. Holder also says that Fast & Furious did not directly lead to the death of Agent Brian Terry. "It is not fair, however, to assume that the mistakes that happened in Fast & Furious directly led to the death of Agent Terry," Holder said today. Sen....
  • 17 booked in Mexico drug investigation

    03/10/2011 8:10:54 AM PST · by moonshinner_09
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | March 10, 2011 | Brownsville Herald
    Mexican federal police detained Mario Jimenez Perez, also known as “El Mayito,” a Zeta drug cartel member who has been linked to the slaying of ICE Special Agent Jaime Jorge Zapata. Mexico’s Ministry for Public Security issued a statement Wednesday announcing that Jimenez Perez was taken into custody Saturday in San Luis Potosi, along with 16 other members of the Zeta criminal organization. Mexican authorities said Jimenez Perez is in charge of finances for the Zetas. However, the statement does not specify his role in the attack. Zapata, a special agent with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and fellow...
  • In Mexico, only one gun store but no dearth of violence

    12/29/2010 5:46:33 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 37 replies · 6+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 29, 2010 | William Booth
    In all of Mexico, there is only one gun store. The shop, known officially as the Directorate of Arms and Munitions Sales, is operated by the Mexican military. The clerks wear pressed green camouflage. They are soldiers. The only gun store in Mexico is not very busy. To go shopping for a gun in Mexico, customers must come to Mexico City - even if they live 1,300 miles away in Ciudad Juarez. To gain entry to the store, which is on a secure military base, customers must present valid identification, pass through a metal detector, yield to the security wand...
  • Double Murder Suspect a Federal Officer

    12/20/2010 10:44:15 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 6+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | Monday, December 20, 2010 | Alexis Stevens
    The man accused of shooting and killing his estranged wife and her boyfriend is a federal law enforcement officer. Michael Abrah Ntiamoah, 32, worked as a uniformed officer for U.S. Customs and Border Protection at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Virginia Dabbs, a spokeswoman for the agency, told the AJC. Ntiamoah remained in the Cobb County jail without bond Monday night following his arrest at 7 a.m. Saturday morning. Ntiamoah, of Kennesaw, was arrested and charged with two counts of murder after police found Fatoumata Ntiamoah, 27, and Mohamed Zaine, 32, shot to death, Cobb County police Officer Joe Hernandez said. Fatoumata...
  • 23 people slain along Mexico-US border

    08/14/2010 8:18:11 PM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | 8/15/2010
    Twenty-three people were killed in about 24 hours in Chihuahua state plagued by drug violence on the US border, authorities said Saturday. Between late Friday and Saturday 13 people were killed in Ciudad Juarez, across from the US city of El Paso, Texas, Chihuahua state prosecutors said. One of the incidents in which the murders took place involved a car theft, and a couple was killed in a violent assault at a shopping mall, officials said. Another 10 people were murdered in other locations around Chihuahua state, prosecutors added.
  • Killer of Border Patrol agent gets 40 years (with personal account and photos)

    04/29/2010 4:52:32 PM PDT · by Ladycalif · 9 replies · 664+ views
    A Mexican teenager who pleaded guilty to killing Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas last year was sentenced Thursday to 40 years in prison. Christian Daniel Castro Alvarez, 17, was sentenced in federal court in downtown San Diego. About 100 Border Patrol agents in green uniforms filled the courtroom and lined the hallway outside to observe the court proceeding. Rosas, 30, was killed July 23 while on patrol near Shockey Truck Trail in Campo. About 9 p.m. that night, he was heard on his radio saying that he was tracking a group of illegal immigrants near the fence that marks the...
  • Texas border agent kills Mexican with marijuana

    04/02/2010 2:45:29 PM PDT · by deport · 49 replies · 1,178+ views
    AP via Houston Chronicle ^ | 4-2-10 | The Associated Press
    LAREDO, Texas — A Border Patrol agent shot and killed an unarmed man on the banks of the Rio Grande following a foot chase and a struggle, authorities said Friday. Border Patrol agents found several men carrying five bundles of marijuana, weighing about 260 pounds, onto the river bank in Laredo near a residential neighborhood late Wednesday night, said Laredo police spokesman Joe Baeza Jr. The men scattered when the agents approached. An agent caught up with one of the alleged smugglers, and the pair struggled in the brush before the agent shot the man once in the chest,...
  • Ex-Border Agent Who Shot Smuggler Wants Retrial [Ramos]

    01/18/2010 11:12:59 AM PST · by freespirited · 5 replies · 423+ views
    FOX News ^ | 01/18/10
    Former Border Patrol Agent Ignacio Ramos says new evidence has surfaced since he went to prison over the 2005 shooting of a Mexican drug smuggler and he wants a retrial. "I know I'm rolling the dice," said Ramos, adding that a new trial could result in additional charges. Ramos said his attorney would file the documents within two months. He offered no details on any new evidence, the Houston Chronicle reported Monday. Ramos and another convicted former agent, Jose Compean, were freed Feb. 17, 2008, weeks after then-President George W. Bush commuted their sentences. Ramos returned to El Paso for...
  • Border Agent Ramos family had their Christmas presents stolen

    12/24/2009 5:30:19 AM PST · by Ladycalif · 37 replies · 1,661+ views
    El Paso Times ^ | 12/24/2009
    While en route to El Paso they stopped to sleep at a a quinta and when the awoke this morning all the gifts were stolen.
  • Teen pleads guilty in killing of agent(Nappy Lies)

    11/20/2009 7:22:02 PM PST · by Ladycalif · 5 replies · 609+ views
    A teenage boy pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to fatally shooting Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas during a robbery attempt at the U.S.-Mexico border. Christian Daniel Castro-Alvarez, 17, admitted to illegally crossing into the United States near Campo with a group of others July 23 and luring Rosas from his patrol vehicle to rob him, according to the plea agreement.
  • Fund-raiser to be held for slain U.S. border patrol agent (Tea Party)

    09/03/2009 6:01:43 PM PDT · by Ladycalif · 7 replies · 505+ views
    SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO Anti-illegal immigration groups plan to hold a fund-raiser for a U.S. Border Patrol agent who was killed in Campo earlier this summer. The fund-raiser for Agent Robert Rosas is part of the San Juan Capistrano Tea Party scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sep. 12 at the Cook-La Novia Park at 31611 La Novia. The fund-raiser goes to benefit Rosas' family, event coordinators said. Tawnya Wojciechowski, a San Juan Capistrano resident who is coordinating the Tea Party, said Britt Craig is helping coordinate Rosas' fund-raiser and moment of silence.
  • Agent Rosas' Funeral Today. (lots of pictures)

    07/31/2009 7:39:38 PM PDT · by Ladycalif · 15 replies · 1,650+ views
    KYMA ^ | 07/31/2009
    Robert Rosas had two dreams for his children. One was to dance at his daughter's wedding. The other was to see his son graduate from the Border Patrol. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ About 4500 people were crowded into the school where the Memorial was held. A caravan of Law Enforcement Agency vehicles left from San Diego beginning at 6 AM and stretched over two miles. A cross has been placed at the location where he was killed. Investigation update: The FBI and American Law Enforcement do not think the Mexican Government has the right guys. Anyone who wants to see where the cross...
  • Terry Anderson LIVE Thread - July 26, 2009

    07/26/2009 4:33:26 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 19 replies · 809+ views
    TheTerryAndersonShow ^ | July 26, 2009 | Terry Anderson
    The TERRY ANDERSON SHOW.. Articulating the Popular Rage! Sundays - 12-1 AM EDT, 11-12 PM CDT, 10-11 PM MDT, 9-10 PM PDT KRLA - 870 AM - Los Angeles -- KDWN - 720 - Las Vegas -- KFNX - 1100 - Phoenix "Stupid People of America !!! If You Ain't Mad, You Ain't Payin' Attention!" Call-In Number - (866) 870-5752 Don't miss Terry's July 26th show... Terry will be here ranting poetically about the illegal alien invaders... It's going to be a great show...You be here too... Can you guess WHO the most Horriblest Clown of the Week is? Listen...
  • Border Patrol Agent Shot And Killed

    07/24/2009 7:00:35 AM PDT · by Travis McGee · 53 replies · 1,605+ views
    San Diego 6 (The CW) ^ | July 24, 2009
    CAMPO - A U.S. Border Patrol agent was fatally shot in Campo near the border with Baja California Thursday night. The shooting was reported about 9:15 p.m. near the border on Shockey Truck Trail southeast of the San Diego Sheriff Department's Campo substation. Four engines, paramedics, and a medical helicopter were dispatched to the area, but the agent was declared dead at the scene, according to Cal Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler. Police report that the victim was shot in the head.
  • Border agent, mother in Metairie charged with harboring foreigners

    02/13/2009 2:37:58 PM PST · by BBell · 5 replies · 579+ views
    The Times-Picayune ^ | February 13, 2009
    A border patrol officer and his mother, both from Metairie, were indicted today on federal charges of conspiracy and transporting and harboring undocumented foreigners. Customs and border agent Merlin Mireles, 39, and Gloria Mireles, 66, allegedly harbored a Mexican woman who was in the United States illegally and her two children from June 2004 to February 2005. Merlin Mireles, who was assigned to the Port of Progreso in Texas, drove the woman and children from Texas to Metairie, according to the indictment. Mireles and his mother provided housing for them in exchange for housekeeping work by the woman. An announcement...
  • Border Patrol agent shoots, kills robbery suspect in Yuma

    12/23/2008 7:24:27 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 19 replies · 798+ views
    ABC 15/AP ^ | 12/23/2008
    <p>An agent with the U.S. Border Patrol shot at two robbery suspects who tried to run him over in their car early Tuesday morning, killing one.</p> <p>Border Patrol spokesman Ben Vik says the agent happened upon a robbery in progress at a Circle K convenience store in Yuma at about 1 a.m.</p>
  • Suspect in agent's death freed, won't be charged

    06/26/2008 8:45:27 AM PDT · by AuntB · 19 replies · 185+ views
    Union Tribune ^ | June 26, 2008 | UNION-TRIBUNE
    A man jailed in Mexicali on suspicion of running down a Border Patrol agent in January, killing him, has been released without charges, it was reported yesterday. The Attorney General's Office in Baja California confirmed to The Associated Press that Jesús Navarro Montes had been released from a Mexicali jail. No explanation for his release was given. Navarro was arrested Jan. 22 by Mexican authorities. He was accused of driving a Hummer carrying drugs on Jan. 19 near Yuma, Ariz. Border Patrol Agent Luis Aguilar was placing spike strips on a road to stop the Hummer and a second vehicle...
  • Immigration agent acquitted in attack ad (Cory Voorhis case, Colorado)

    04/10/2008 7:44:13 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 4 replies · 69+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 4-10-08 | P. SOLOMON BANDA
    DENVER—Jurors acquitted a federal agent on charges he illegally got information from a restricted criminal database that ended up in a campaign ad slamming Gov. Bill Ritter. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Cory Voorhis had been charged with exceeding his authorized access to government computers, and prosecutors argued he had acted for political purposes during the 2006 gubernatorial campaign. He faced up to three years in prison if convicted. A federal court jury took only about two hours to return the not-guilty verdict Wednesday. The ad criticized Ritter for plea bargains with illegal immigrants when he was a prosecutor. Voorhis...
  • Cory Voorhis fundraiser (fundraiser for border agent in Colorado)

    03/23/2008 6:52:03 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 1 replies · 145+ views
    dynachrome ^ | 3-23-08 | me
    Cory Voorhis Bobby Marchetti and the Celebration Orchestra Rep. Tom Tancredo Bob Haworth - formerly with the Kingston Trio Silent Auction Support Cory's Legal Defense! Have fun! Ballroom (and other) dancing! Sunday, March 23, 2008, 4-8 pm Buffalo Rose, 1119 Washington Ave, Golden
  • Jury selected in BP agent murder case

    02/27/2008 11:10:59 AM PST · by HiJinx · 14 replies · 199+ views
    The Sierra Vista Herald ^ | February 27, 2008 | Jonathan Shacat
    TUCSON — A jury was selected Tuesday to hear Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Corbett’s murder trial in U.S. District Court. Opening arguments and testimony are expected to start today. Corbett is charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and negligent homicide for shooting a Mexican named Francisco Dominguez-Rivera who illegally entered the United States near Naco last year in January. Activists representing anti-illegal immigration groups, as well as humanitarian and civil rights groups, expressed their views in displays outside the courthouse throughout the day Tuesday. Meanwhile, inside a courtroom, Judge David Bury, prosecutors and defense attorneys spent most of the day selecting...
  • U.S. border agent murder trial begins

    02/26/2008 6:51:19 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 84+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/26/08 | Reuters
    PHOENIX (Reuters) - A U.S. Border Patrol agent went on trial on Tuesday in the killing of a Mexican man attempting to cross illegally into Arizona, a case closely watched by pro- and anti-illegal immigrant groups. Jury selection began in U.S. District Court in Tucson, Ariz., to decide the fate of agent Nicholas Corbett, who faces second-degree murder charges for killing Francisco Dominguez Rivera in the southern Arizona desert. Corbett, who has claimed through attorneys that he shot in self defense, is also charged with manslaughter and negligent homicide in connection with the January 12, 2007, incident. Dominguez Rivera, 22,...
  • Man accused of killing U.S. border agent held for trial in Mexico

    01/28/2008 10:46:09 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 745+ views
    MEXICO CITY A man suspected of running over and killing a U.S. border agent has been held over for trial in Mexico on migrant smuggling charges. The federal Attorney General's office announced late Sunday that a judge had ordered a trial for Jesus Navarro, 22. It did not say when his ruling was issued. The agency said officials also believe that Navarro ran over U.S. border agent Luis Aguilar, but are still gathering evidence in that case. Aguilar was previously sought in Mexico for allegedly smuggling migrants, and faces between six and 12 years in prison if convicted. Officials say...
  • Border agent killed by drug smuggler in Imperial County, California, 300 yards from Mexico border

    01/19/2008 11:38:36 AM PST · by doug from upland · 100 replies · 171+ views
    Roger Hedgecock show ^ | 1-19-08 | dfu
    A border agent laid down a spike strip in the road. Black Hummer driven by drug smuggler deliberately swerved, ran over, and killed the border agent. He fled into Mexico. The agent did not fire his weapon. .....more to follow
  • Freep This Poll (Gilmer Hernanzez)

    10/15/2007 8:58:16 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 12 replies · 33+ views
    Ktrh ^ | October 15,2007
    Should the former sheriff's deputy who shot at an SUV full of illegal immigrants be considered a hero or just a convict? POLL IS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PAGE, HALFWAY DOWN.
  • Handcuffed Mexican kids steal U.S. border agent car

    09/26/2007 6:53:30 AM PDT · by dr.zaeus · 23 replies · 164+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 25, 2007 | Reuters
    MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) - Three Mexican minors detained in California on suspicion of smuggling drugs stole a U.S. Border Patrol car while still wearing handcuffs and drove it back across the border to Mexico. Police in the Mexican border city of Mexicali said on Tuesday the three boys had been driving a pick-up truck on a remote Californian highway when a Border Patrol agent stopped them. Suspicious they were carrying marijuana, he handcuffed them and put them in his patrol car while he searched their truck. "As the agent was doing his search, he left the vehicle running and the...
  • Judge allows second-degree murder charge against Corbett to proceed

    08/07/2007 12:41:50 PM PDT · by HiJinx · 25 replies · 933+ views
    The Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Tuesday, August 7, 2007 | Jonathan Clark
    BISBEE — Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Corbett can be tried in Cochise County Superior Court on a charge of second-degree murder, a justice of the peace ruled Monday. However, after listening to testimony at a preliminary hearing, Justice of the Peace David Morales decided that the evidence did not support a more serious charge of first-degree murder, which supposes premeditation. On April 23, Cochise County Attorney Ed Rheinheimer charged Corbett with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, negligent homicide and manslaughter in connection with the Jan. 12 shooting death of Francisco Javier Dominguez-Rivera, a 22-year-old Mexican national who had crossed the border...
  • Border Patrol agent vindicated

    06/19/2007 12:11:02 PM PDT · by AuntB · 71 replies · 1,383+ views
    WND ^ | June 19, 2007 | WND Exclusive
    Reinstated 6 years after felony conviction similar to Ramos, Compean Six years after his felony conviction for striking an illegal alien who resisted arrest, Border Patrol Agent David Sipe has been vindicated by an administrative law ruling, reports WND columnist Jerome Corsi, who notes similarities to the current cases of the "Texas 3." Sipe was convicted in 2001 of criminal felony charges for striking illegal alien coyote Jose Guevara on the back of his head. Anna Love, an administrative judge with the Dallas Region of the Merit Systems Protection Board, ordered Sipe reinstated June 13 to his former Border Patrol...
  • Border agent allowed TB patient in U.S.

    05/31/2007 4:28:06 PM PDT · by Baladas · 71 replies · 1,405+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 31, 2007 | GREG BLUESTEIN and DEVLIN BARRETT
    ATLANTA - A globe-trotting Atlanta lawyer with a dangerous strain of tuberculosis was allowed back into the U.S. by a border inspector who disregarded a computer warning to stop him and don protective gear, officials said Thursday. The inspector has been removed from border duty. The unidentified inspector explained that he was no doctor but that the infected man seemed perfectly healthy and that he thought the warning was merely "discretionary," officials briefed on the case told The Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the matter is still under investigation. The patient was identified as Andrew Speaker,...
  • Border agent gets nearly 6 years for bribery, smuggling

    03/26/2007 6:16:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 415+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 3/26/07 | Kelly Thornton and Karen Kucher
    SAN DIEGO – A former border inspector who accepted more than $70,000 in bribes for allowing illegal immigrants into the country was sentenced to 57 months in prison Monday on bribery and smuggling charges. Richard Elizalda, 56, of Chula Vista, pleaded guilty to bribery and smuggling charges in September 2006. He admitted accepting between $70,000 to $120,000 in cash and automobiles and said he allowed hundreds of illegal immigrants into the country between 2004 and June 2006, when he was arrested. Before pronouncing the sentence, U.S. District Judge Larry Burns told Elizalda, “You're one of the gatekeepers for the security...
  • Border agent sentenced to 5 years for letting migrants into U.S.

    02/15/2007 1:37:43 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 61 replies · 1,135+ views
    A former border inspector was sentenced Thursday to five years in federal prison for guiding hundreds of illegal immigrants through his checkpoint booth in exchange for taking at least $70,000 from a smuggling ring. Michael Anthony Gilliland, a 44-year-old former Marine and 16-year border agent, pleaded guilty in September to letting illegal immigrants through San Diego's Otay Mesa port of entry in exchange for bribes. Gilliland and five others coordinated smuggling operations and deliberately failed to record vehicles that ferried immigrants through border lanes under his supervision, according to court documents. He was arrested in June. Four other co-conspirators have...
  • Feds 'knew smuggler' in Border Patrol case Critic charges prosecutor lied,

    01/30/2007 5:17:32 AM PST · by Ladycalif · 77 replies · 1,584+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 1/30/07 | Jerome R. Corsi
    New evidence suggests prosecuting U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton of El Paso lied about how the government found the fleeing illegal alien Mexican drug smuggler, Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila, according to a Border Patrol advocate closely following the case of former agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. Contrary to claims, no Mexican attorney was involved as an intermediary offering to reveal the identity of the drug smuggler and bring him back to the U.S. in exchange for given immunity to testify against Border Patrol, contended Andy Ramirez, chairman of Friends of the Border Patrol.
  • Border agent's family waits, worries (RAMOS AND COMPEAN ACTION ALERT!!)

    10/18/2006 7:06:13 PM PDT · by Ladycalif · 27 replies · 984+ views
    Daily Bullentin ^ | 10/18/2006 | Sara Carter
    EL PASO, Texas -- Virginia Orwig stood in the kitchen, preparing homemade apple and cherry pies. With each turn of the crust, tears fell from her eyes. Cooking is her therapy. She was baking for her son, Border Patrol Agent Ignacio "Nacho" Ramos, and his family. It might be more than 10 years, even as many as 20, before she bakes for him again, and before the family reunites. Ramos and his co-worker, Jose Alonso Compean, are to be sentenced Thursday for the nonfatal shooting of a Mexican national, Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila, who allegedly was trying to smuggle nearly $1 million...
  • US Border Agent Is Illegal Alien Smuggler

    08/05/2005 5:22:21 PM PDT · by Types_with_Fist · 19 replies · 607+ views
    KFI RADIO ^ | August 5, 2005
    At least one border agent hasn't quite fulfilled his job description. An illegal alien who was a US border agent is charged with smuggling illegal aliens across the US border, reports KFI News in Los Angeles. 28-year-old Oscar Antonio Ortiz submitted a false birth certificate when he applied to become a border agent. The certificate said he was born in Chicago. Ortiz was hired in 2001. Now the federal government says Ortiz was born in Tijuana and that he smuggled illegal aliens across the border while on duty as a US border agent. Ortiz was arrested in California on Thursday...