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  • DOD staff on military flight delayed for hours by US Customs

    02/04/2014 10:31:21 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 32 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | February 3, 2014 | Nok-Noi Ricker
    What was expected to be a routine stopover at Bangor International Airport for a plane filled with returning U.S. troops and defense contractors Sunday night instead became a frustrating ordeal for many of those aboard. For the 102 U.S. troops returning from Afghanistan and Kuwait on Delta flight 8964, getting off the plane was fairly routine and featured a hero’s welcome from the Maine Troop Greeters in attendance. It was a different story for the 112 Department of Defense contractors — those hired to fly drones, do intelligence analysis, fix computers and other jobs — some of whom were kept...
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Harassed By The DHS

    09/13/2013 11:42:52 AM PDT · by Nachum · 62 replies
    Nachumlist.com ^ | 9/13/13 | Nachum Marks
    Members of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) are reporting that they are being "stopped, questioned, and searched" without cause by armed agents from the Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection agency and "other law enforcement agencies". An email went out to members detailing the searches and a request for donations. The letter does not address the legality of such serarches or the expansion of intrusion into Americans lives. Below is the text of the letter Dear _________, Over the past few months, AOPA has received more and more reports of pilots like you being stopped, questioned,...
  • ICE, CBP Officials Indicted In Immigration Fraud Scheme

    05/08/2013 9:00:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | May 8, 2013 3:29 PM | Claudia Peschiutta
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — An agent with the Department of Homeland Security and a former immigration officer surrendered to federal authorities Wednesday after a grand jury indictment named them, as well as three others, as participants in a long-running immigration fraud scheme. The conspiracy was allegedly orchestrated by a Los Angeles attorney who paid bribes as high as $10,000 to officials with several agencies in the Department of Homeland Security to help secure immigration benefits for aliens he was representing, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. KNX 1070′s Claudia Peschiutta reports an 18-count indictment returned Tuesday outlines a wide-ranging bribery...
  • So-called "Training" Courses Waste Agents' Time

    12/10/2011 9:53:59 AM PST · by Ajnin · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Border Patrol Union Local 2544 ^ | Nov. 24, 2011 | Tuscon Border Patrol Union
    11-24-11 While Border Patrol agents spend hours and hours taking sensitivity training and being made into mini-environmentalists, illegal aliens continue to burn thousands of acres and trash huge swaths of public and private lands. Border Patrol agents have known this for many years. We know this is shocking, but they don't care about our land, our environment, our "cultural" preservation, or our laws. And why should they? While the Obama Administration and some Republican candidates like Newt Gingrich pander to them and encourage them to keep violating our immigration laws with promises of amnesty, why should they respect any of...
  • U.S. Border Patrol Weekly Blotter September 29 - October 5

    10/07/2011 9:01:39 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 3 replies
    CBP ^ | (10/05/2011) | CBP
    10/05/2011)Border Patrol agents seized more than 34,829 pounds of marijuana and 107 pounds of cocaine. Agents arrested 21 criminal aliens and 15 gang members. There were three rocking incidents. *This overview is compiled from incidents reported to U.S. Border Patrol Headquarters and is not intended to reflect all Border Patrol enforcement actions. Most arrests and seizures fail to meet the requirements for mandatory reporting to Headquarters. Reported on September 29, 2011 Laredo Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Guatemala near Hebbronville, Texas. During processing, the subject was identified as a member of the Sureño 13 gang....
  • [South Texas:]Border Patrol Agents Fire on Rock Throwing Drug Smugglers

    08/27/2011 12:05:52 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 15 replies
    KRIS ^ | Aug 26, 2011
    HAVANA, Texas - Officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection say agents were forced to open fire on a group of people who threw rocks during a failed drug smuggling attempt across the Rio Grande River last night. The assault occurred when agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station spotted several boats returning to Mexico laden with bundles. Agents from the McAllen Boat Patrol unit were called in to assist in thwarting the smuggling attempt. While agents attempted to seize the narcotics, several people on the Mexican riverbank began pelting the agents with rocks, striking one agent in the...
  • [South Texas]Finding the Lost: Thousands of immigrants trek through Brooks County; not all survive

    08/21/2011 9:31:35 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 20 replies
    The Monitor ^ | 08/20/2011 | Naxiely Lopez
    FALFURRIAS — Sergio Gaspar died a slow death in an area known as the desert of McAllen. Workers at Cage Ranch found the partially-decomposed body of the Ecuadorian immigrant Monday — a day before his 35th birthday. Half naked and already beginning to bloat, Gaspar was the 32nd victim of the violent heat and tough terrain in Brooks County this year. Deputies have counted at least 35 bodies found on the ranchlands this year. The ranchlands, which cover 60 to 70 percent of the nearly 950-square-mile county, are known to many illegal immigrants as the desert of McAllen — even...
  • [South Texas]Border Partrol agent attacked

    08/10/2011 3:16:24 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies
    The Laredo Sun ^ | August 10, 2011
    An illegal alien from Guatemala was charged with attacking a Border Patrol agent when the agent found him walking through the bush. LAREDO, TX .- Edgar Acevedo , a native of Barrio Villalobos in Guatemala, was placed under arrest after an investigation by members of the FBI because it involved an attack on a federal agent. According to the report of the case , two agents were on surveillance on northwest of Laredo, in the area of ​​Rancho La Mesa, near the Colombia Bridge Road in the area of ​​Mines road. The officers saw signs of at least 12 people...
  • CBP: Mexican Drug Cartels Control 'Several Areas Along Our Border With Mexico’

    07/21/2011 12:18:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 7/21/11 | Edwin Mora
    Washington - Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Deputy Commissioner David Aguilar told CNSNews.com that Mexican drug cartels control “several areas along our border with Mexico.” In Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, CNSNews.com asked Aguilar, “Do you think Mexican drug cartels have taken control of the human trafficking that takes place from Mexico to the U.S.?” Aguilar said, “There are several areas along our border with Mexico where in fact we believe that the drug cartels not only have taken control, but control the areas by which the illegal crossings occur.”
  • Suhail Shanti, Suspect in 1983 Murder, Caught at Border...

    06/28/2011 12:49:19 AM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies
    SEATTLE WEEKLY.com ^ | June 27, 2011, 4:23 pm | by Jonathan Walczak
    SNIPPET: "Shanti was arrested by u.s. Customs and Border Protection in Blaine, Wash. ..." SNIPPET: "Both were from Morocco. It's unclear why Shanti would need to jump the border so often. But a LinkedIn account listed in Shanti's name lists a string of jobs in Canada, Dubai, and Jordan, so it may have been work-related."
  • Terry report: Border agents fired first -- with bean bags

    03/06/2011 12:21:29 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 21 replies
    TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - On the night he was killed, there is no indication that Border Agent Brian Terry ever got off a shot. That is one of the revelations contained in a confidential document that 9 On Your Side has obtained. The document is a BORTAC incident report - BORTAC being an acronym for Border Patrol Tactical Unit. According to the report, Terry was one of six officers taking part in a patrol in the Rio Rico area - not four, as the Border Patrol had previously stated. The Border Patrol has said very little about what happened that night,...
  • Iranian Book Celebrating Suicide Bombers Found in Arizona Desert

    01/27/2011 5:59:17 PM PST · by Stayfrosty · 18 replies
    FOXNews ^ | January 27, 2011 | William La Jeunesse
    EXCLUSIVE: A book celebrating suicide bombers has been found in the Arizona desert just north of the U.S.- Mexican border, authorities tell Fox News.
  • [South Texas:]Border Patrol finds weapons cache near Rio Grande

    01/24/2011 3:50:35 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 26 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | January 24, 2011 | Lynn Brezosky
    BROWNSVILLE — A “suspicious object protruding from the brush” in Starr County led Border Patrol agents to a weapons cache that included an AK-47, three M4-style assault rifles, hand grenades, military-style uniforms and other related items, Customs and Border Protection said Monday. The seizure occurred Friday on the banks of the Rio Grande near Fronton, a small community about five miles west of Roma. Agents reported finding the four rifles, two hand grenades, a ballistic vest, two ammunition-carrying vests, three two-way radios, two uniforms, and 16 fully-loaded 30-round magazines. All weapons except the grenades were turned over to Immigration and...
  • Sex for illegal alien smuggling leads Texas Customs patrol officer to prison

    01/12/2011 3:32:13 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 01/11/2011 | Jack Dennis
    A former Customs and Border Protection Officer has been sentenced to prison for alien smuggling and bribery, according to the San Antonio FBI office. Rudy Trace Soliz III, 44, a former Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent has been sentenced to 30 months in according to United States Attorney José Angel Moreno on Jan. 11, 2011. On Aug. 4, 2010 Soliz was convicted after he pleaded guilty plea to transporting an illegal alien across the border into Texas “for private financial gain and for accepting a bribe in his capacity as a government official.” “The evidence at sentencing proved Soliz...
  • Cuellar, Rodriguez, to host roundtable discussion at BTA conference(on border security, South Texas)

    09/08/2010 11:07:09 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 2 replies
    Rio Grande Guardian ^ | September 08, 2010 | Staff
    Alan Bersin, commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, will give the keynote speech at the BTA's '21s Century Border' conference. McALLEN, Sept. 8 - U.S. Reps. Henry Cuellar and Ciro Rodriguez will host a roundtable discussion on border security and trade at the Border Trade Alliance’s “21st Century Border” conference in McAllen on Thursday. The event takes place at the McAllen Convention Center, starting at 8 a.m. Among those slated to participate are Alan Bersin, commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, Janice Ayala, assistant director of operations for homeland security investigations for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Jorge Cisneros, of the...
  • Border Patrol asked to stop 'terrorizing' colonia residents

    08/04/2010 6:59:35 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 35 replies
    RIO GRANDE GUARDIAN ^ | August 04, 2010 | Steve Taylor
    SAN JUAN, Aug. 3 - La Unión del Pueblo Entero leaders will meet tomorrow to consider what legal options are available to stop what they believe is the harassment of colonia residents by Border Patrol. The group has invited Texas RioGrande Legal Aid and the South Texas Civil Rights Project to participate. “We are disappointed that CBP feels the need to harass local residents and make their lives even more difficult than they already are,” said Juanita Valdez-Cox, executive director of LUPE. Valdez-Cox said her organization has received dozens of calls from members reporting a heightened presence by Border Patrol...
  • Shots Fired At International Bridge; Juarez Gun Battle Leaves Three Dead

    07/12/2010 9:26:29 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 25 replies · 2+ views
    KVIA ^ | July 11, 2010
    CBP Agents Performing Southbound Inspections Spot Vehicle Heading Toward Them What started as an overnight crash in El Paso ended with shots fired on an international bridge. Shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday, El Paso Police say a Chevy Suburban crashed into another vehicle at Castner and Lee Trevino in the Lower Valley, with the driver of the Suburban then taking off. A police sergeant chased the driver for a short time until they got near the Zaragoza bridge. At that point, the sergeant watched the SUV driver try to make his way into Mexico. ABC-7 has learned U.S. Customs and...
  • Fugitive Captured at Border with Counterfeit Document

    07/11/2010 5:18:00 PM PDT · by Cindy · 21 replies
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Fugitive Captured at Border with Counterfeit Document (Wednesday, July 07, 2010) contacts for this news release Blaine, Wash. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers apprehended a Salvadoran man who was wanted in Dallas, Texas, for alleged assault causing bodily injury to a family member on July 3 as he attempted to enter the U.S. at the Pacific Highway port of entry. CBP officers immediately became suspicious of Francisco Oswald Gallardo, 45, when he presented a counterfeit permanent resident card for identification. Often referred to as a green card, a permanent resident card...
  • Shots Fired at the Peace Arch Border Crossing [Suspect In Custody]

    07/11/2010 5:31:46 PM PDT · by Cindy · 43 replies · 1+ views
    NEWS1130.com ^ | Jul 09, 2010 18:08:01 PM | Dave White/Jill Drews
    VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) - SNIPPET: "Mike Milne with US Customs and Border Protection says a man using the NEXUS lane approached the window, and began acting strange. "The officers ordered the driver, who was the sole occupant, out of the vehicle. The driver refused and dangerously accelerated the vehicle southbound. One CBP officer fired his service pistol because of the imminent and apparent danger to the general public." No one was hurt, but the suspect initially managed to speed off. He was later captured by State Troopers..."
  • DULLES CBP ARRESTS ALLEGED BOLIVIAN IMPOSTOR WITH PUERTO RICO BIRTH CERTIFICATE

    05/15/2010 1:32:14 AM PDT · by Cindy · 15 replies · 975+ views
    Note: The following text SNIPPET is a quote: Sterling, Va., - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Bolivian man at Washington-Dulles International Airport on Thursday on allegations that he was an impostor pretending to be a U.S. citizen. Officers arrested Juan Condori Sejas, 51, after he attempted to use a Puerto Rico birth certificate and a U.S. Social Security Card to acquire a Customs seal on his Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport employee ID. A Customs seal allows bearers access to restricted security areas. “Customs and Border Protection officers are proficient at detecting fraudulent identity documents and suspected...
  • TERRORISM and COUNTERTERRORISM: News, INFORMATION & Analysis #2

    04/11/2010 9:33:03 AM PDT · by Velveeta · 4,070 replies · 6,773+ views
    Free Republic | 4/11/2010 | FReeper Collaboration
    Obama amputates our nuclear arms By: Charles Krauthammer ...snippet...Under President Obama’s new policy, however, if the state that has just attacked us with biological or chemical weapons is “in compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty,” explained Gates, then “the U.S. pledges not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against it.” Imagine the scenario: Hundreds of thousands are lying dead in the streets of Boston after a massive anthrax or nerve gas attack. The president immediately calls in the lawyers to determine whether the attacking state is in compliance with the NPT. If it turns out that the attacker...
  • 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...
  • SOURCES: MAN ADDED TO NO-FLY LIST IN AIR

    04/23/2010 12:14:42 AM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 278+ views
    LiveShots.Blogs.FOXNEWS.com ^ | April 22, 2010, 6:32 pm | by Mike Levine
    SNIPPET: "In fact, Mower said, the pilot described it as "a serious security risk." Mower was unable to see the man who was taken off the plane, she said. " SNIPPET: "Two sources confirmed to Fox News that the man in question, a citizen of Gambia, had been added to the no-fly list while Flight 215 was in the air. The man had already been on the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment list, which is comprised of more than 500,000 people with even limited ties to known terrorists, one source said."
  • Pilot, passenger in plane loaded with cocaine sentenced for drug trafficking

    04/20/2010 10:27:44 PM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 653+ views
    ICE.gov - News Release ^ | April 19, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: April 19, 2010 Pilot, passenger in plane loaded with cocaine sentenced for drug trafficking WICHITA, Kan. - The pilot and a passenger of an airplane carrying more than 114 pounds of cocaine when it landed at a Kansas airport were sentenced Monday in federal court for drug trafficking. The sentence resulted from an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The pilot, Dean Bryan Moya, 40, of Hemet, Calif., was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison. The passenger, Richard Allen Vickery, 31, of Hemet, Calif., was sentenced to 72 months....
  • [South Texas:]Border Patrol Agents Shoot into Mexico

    02/08/2010 1:18:50 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies · 458+ views
    KRGV ^ | Feb. 08, 2010
    SOUTH OF MISSION - Federal authorities are investigating an incident in which Border Patrol agents were forced to shoot into Mexico. Heavily-armed agents swarmed Chimney Park RV Resort south of Mission this morning. We're told individuals in Mexico were throwing objects at agents patrolling the Rio Grande by boat. The agents say they were forced to open fire to scare off the people. No injuries were reported.
  • Mexican soldiers cross into U.S. chasing U.S. citizens

    12/08/2009 11:04:50 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 42 replies · 2,161+ views
    KVIA ^ | Dec 7, 2009
    El Paso, Texas - A Mexican Army Humvee with a machine gun and several soldiers on foot entered into the U.S. through the Columbus Port of Entry early Saturday morning. The incident happened at about 2:35 a.m. Saturday when the Mexican soldiers were chasing three U.S. citizens, according to Customs and Border Patrol spokesperson Roger Maier. The group of soldiers was confronted by CBP inspectors and the soldiers quickly turned around on orders from one of their officers. A few minutes later, a Mexican Army commander arrived and apologized to the U.S. inspectors, claiming the soldiers had been pursuing a...
  • Cluck of a find: Chicken filled with cocaine

    12/04/2009 3:53:26 PM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 28 replies · 997+ views
    WTOP.com ^ | 12/04/09 | Staff
    STERLING, Va. - A close inspection by Customs and Border Protection officers at Dulles International Airport turned up something unexpected. Inside a fully-cooked chicken they found cocaine with an estimated street value of $4,300. The 60.4 grams (2.3 ounces) of coke was found inside two small, clear plastic bags inside the chicken's cavity. Officers discovered the white powdery substance during a secondary inspection after a flight from El Salvador arrived shortly after midnight Saturday. It tested positive for cocaine. "CBP officers have seen many unique narcotics concealment methods, and they all present the same challenges to discover them. Our officers'...
  • Secretary Napolitano Announces New Directives on Border Searches of Electronic Media

    08/29/2009 1:49:24 AM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies · 492+ views
    DHS.gov - News Release ^ | August 27, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following news release SNIPPET is a quote: Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced new directives to enhance and clarify oversight for searches of computers and other electronic media at U.S. ports of entry—a critical step designed to bolster the Department’s efforts to combat transnational crime and terrorism while protecting privacy and civil liberties. “Keeping Americans safe in an increasingly digital world depends on our ability to lawfully screen materials entering the United States,” said Secretary Napolitano. “The new directives announced today strike the balance between respecting the civil liberties and privacy of all travelers...
  • Border Patrol Update

    08/03/2009 9:01:20 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 301+ views
    Campus Report ^ | August 3, 2009 | Anthony Kang
    Border Patrol Update by: Anthony Kang, August 03, 2009 The fact that U.S. government officials have successfully been able to deter another terrorist attack on U.S. soil for almost eight years has made the public altogether forgetful or indifferent to the issue of border and national security. But every day members of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) have been working tirelessly just as hard as they were on the morning of September 11, 2001 as they are presented with the daunting task of keeping terrorists and their weapons outside of our nation’s borders (in addition to enforcing hundreds...
  • Global G-8 operation targeting cash couriers nets more than $7 million

    07/12/2009 11:34:16 PM PDT · by Cindy · 13 replies · 588+ views
    ICE.gov ^ | July 9, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: July 9, 2009 Global G-8 operation targeting cash couriers nets more than $7 million NAPLES, Italy - Law enforcement agencies from the Group of Eight (G-8) countries announced today the results of an unprecedented multilateral cash courier operation, which netted more than $3.5 million dollars in 81 cash seizures and detected another $4.2 million in undeclared currency at ports of entry around the world. The operation was developed through the G8 Roma/Lyon group and illustrates the value of close, real-time, international collaboration in identifying and fighting currency smuggling. Cash smuggling is a crime...
  • CBO Grossly Underestimates Cost of Cap and Trade (Waxman-Markey)

    06/24/2009 3:48:45 PM PDT · by flattorney · 13 replies · 1,279+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | June 24, 2009 | David Kreutzer, Karen Campbell, Nicolas Loris
    Last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released their analysis of the Waxman-Markey climate change bill that had proponents of the bill claiming Americans could save the planet for just $175 per household. That was the figure CBO estimated cap and trade would cost households in 2020 alone.[1]Both the CBO's analysis and the subsequent legislation are troubled: The analysis grossly underestimates economic costs while the legislation will have virtually no impact on climate. Overall, there are a number of basic problems with CBO's analysis: Their allowance cost numbers do not add up; They ignore economic costs such as the decrease...
  • Customs and Border Protection Employee Indicted (AZ)

    06/12/2009 2:44:59 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 3 replies · 447+ views
    Department of Justice ^ | June 11, 2009 | United States Attorney's Office District of Arizona
    TUCSON, AZ—A 5-count indictment was unsealed today against Nora Liliana Skinner Reyes, 36, of Rio Rico, Ariz., who is currently employed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection as a Paralegal Specialist at the Nogales, Ariz., Port of Entry. The May 2009 indictment charges Reyes with violations of False Statements to Government Agents or Agencies. The indictment was unsealed after Reyes made her initial appearance today in federal court in Tucson. She was released on her own recognizance following her court hearing. The indictment alleges that Reyes made false statements to a federal contract investigator conducting an employee security clearance re-certification...
  • Pest-infested fence shipment stopped in Seattle

    05/12/2009 2:14:01 AM PDT · by Cindy · 22 replies · 1,318+ views
    KING 5.com ^ | May 5, 2009, 7:46 pm PDT | Gary Chittim
    Note: Video included. # SEATTLE – The U.S. Customs and Border agents have detained 11 shipments of reed fencing from China that were so infested with plant pests and diseases, it could have killed crops.
  • At the border, U.S. customs playing cool, while Tamulipas warns of swine flu [South Texas/Mexico]

    04/28/2009 2:03:43 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies · 751+ views
    The Monitor ^ | April 28, 2009 | Sara Perkins
    REYNOSA - Jessica Cardenas pulled her minivan up to the line, and a man in a white coat wearing a white facial mask leaned in through the side window. "Do you have a fever? Cough?" Javier Clemente Lopez asked in Spanish. Traffic ordinarily runs quickly through the southbound lanes of the Hidalgo International Bridge in the early afternoon, but on Monday each car was being stopped for an earnest conversation about the occupants' health. Tamaulipas health department employees were stationed at every entrance to Reynosa: Bridges, bus stations, major highways and the airport. Screeners in masks and gloves were taking...
  • Obama's Aunt Issued Stay In Deportation Case

    01/29/2009 4:15:04 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 33 replies · 1,754+ views
    NewsNet5 ^ | 1/28/09
    CLEVELAND -- The aunt of President Barack Obama, who was living in Cleveland for a time, will get to stay in the United States for now. A judge issued a stay in the deportation case of Zeituni Onyango, 56. She fled to Cleveland from Boston last year when it was made known that she had been illegally in the United States since
  • [South Texas:] Ex-Border Patrol agent sentenced to seven years for smuggling

    12/23/2008 10:58:00 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 24 replies · 1,839+ views
    The Brownsville Herald/The Monitor ^ | December 22, 2008 | Jeremy Roebuck
    McALLEN - A former U.S. Border Patrol agent was sentenced in federal court Monday to serve more than seven years in prison for his role in a cocaine smuggling conspiracy. Reynaldo Zuniga, 34, of Harlingen, pleaded guilty in September to using his official vehicle to drive drug traffickers past areas where they were most likely to be caught. Zuniga told investigators he accepted $1,200 to make the drive between the banks of the Rio Grande and an Hidalgo Whataburger at least five times before his arrest June 6, according to court documents. He is at least the fifth local Border...
  • Laptop searches at border might get restricted

    12/08/2008 11:22:09 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 5 replies · 594+ views
    PhysOrg ^ | December 08, 2008 | Joelle Tessler
    Mohamed Shommo, an engineer for Cisco Systems Inc., travels overseas several times a year for work, so he is accustomed to opening his bags for border inspections upon returning to the U.S. But in recent years, these inspections have gone much deeper than his luggage. Border agents have scrutinized family pictures on Shommo's digital camera, examined Koranic verses and other audio files on his iPod and even looked up Google keyword searches he had typed into his company laptop. "They literally searched everywhere and every device they could," said Shommo, who now minimizes what he takes on international trips and...
  • [South Texas:] Border Patrol agents accused of aiding drug smugglers

    12/04/2008 1:41:02 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 36 replies · 1,234+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Dec. 4, 2008 | CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN
    <p>McALLEN — Two South Texas Border Patrol agents appeared in federal court today on charges alleging they helped drug traffickers move their product across the U.S.-Mexico border.</p> <p>A grand jury in Houston returned sealed indictments Monday against Leonel Morales, 30, of the Border Patrol's Laredo sector and Salomon Ruiz, 34, of the Rio Grande Valley sector.</p>
  • Border Patrol advocates uncover U.S. Government Compromises & Corruption (Ramos & Compean)

    11/19/2008 9:02:51 AM PST · by flattorney · 9 replies · 950+ views
    Friends Of The Border Patrol Report offers Change #1 to newly elected administration and Congress Chino, CA – Friends of the Border Patrol has released a report uncovering corruption and security compromises within the government titled “Unjustifiable and Impeachable: The FOBP Report on DHS, DOJ, and the Courts. Andy Ramirez has authored this report with a section featuring 50 Exhibits documenting compromises, corruption and unconscionable incidents that go back 15 years in some cases. The report contains two volumes, with Volume I authored by Andy Ramirez, and Volume II written by Attorney John Cavicchi, which primarily addresses the court system....
  • Bush urged to block Mexican military-Agents cite rash of incursions

    08/30/2008 8:57:00 AM PDT · by BGHater · 24 replies · 261+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 28 Aug 2008 | Jerry Seper
    The U.S. Border Patrol's largest union local has asked President Bush to put an end to the scores of Mexican military incursions into the United States that have put Border Patrol agents at risk of being injured or killed. "It is disgraceful that Border Patrol agents are put in harm's way and our government doesn't do everything reasonably within its power to protect us from marauding Mexican soldiers and others," said Edward "Bud" Tuffly II, head of Local 2544 of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) in Tucson. "Without a forceful response to these illegal incursions, an agent will eventually...
  • Valley group suing U.S. Border Patrol over document checks in an evacuation[from S. Texas hurricane]

    07/09/2008 11:49:04 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 22 replies · 106+ views
    MySA.com ^ | 07/09/2008 | Lynn Brezosky
    SAN JUAN - A group of nonprofit agencies in the Rio Grande Valley said Wednesday they were suing the U.S. Border Patrol for clear answers on whether there would be document checks of residents fleeing a hurricane. The lawsuit, to be filed Wednesday in federal court in McAllen, claims conflicting statements by U.S. Customs and Border Protection have brought fear and confusion to a region where many families are split between unauthorized immigrants and U.S. citizens or legal residents. Those families have said they would not evacuate if there were reason to fear deportation as they board buses or pass...
  • Senators Question Border Laptop Searches

    06/25/2008 8:50:13 PM PDT · by Babu · 18 replies · 207+ views
    PC World Business Center ^ | 6-25-08 | Grant Gross
    Two U.S. senators called on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to back off its assertion that it can search laptops and other electronic devices owned by U.S. citizens returning to the country without the need for reasonable suspicion of a crime or probable cause. Senators Russell Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat, and Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, both urged CBP to reconsider its policy that apparently has lead to frequent searches of laptops, digital cameras and handheld devices at borders. "If you asked [U.S. residents] whether the government has a right to open their laptops, read their documents and e-mails,...
  • [South Texas:]CBP investigating shots fired by Border Patrol agent

    02/20/2008 12:50:10 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 12 replies · 160+ views
    The Monitor ^ | February 20, 2008 | Sara Perkins
    A Border Patrol agent fired his gun at a suspect Monday afternoon. The agent shot in self-defense, and does not know whether he hit the man, who fled across the Rio Grande to Mexico, leaving behind his Chevy Suburban packed with illegal immigrants, said Oscar Saldana, a spokesman for the agency. The suspected coyote tried to run over the agent, Saldana said. CBP is investigating the circumstances of the shooting in a rural area south of Donna, and have not yet determined whether the rounds hit their target, he said. "The agent defended himself and there were no injuries to...
  • New rules for border traffic begin this week

    01/30/2008 7:53:13 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies · 75+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | January 29, 2008 | LAURA B. MARTINEZ
    Simply giving a U.S. Customs inspector your word that you are an American citizen won’t be good enough to re-enter the country after Wednesday. Beginning on Thursday, Americans aged 19 and older traveling back to the United States from Mexico or Canada will have to present a U.S. passport or other approved travel documents while trying to gain entry back into the United States. Individuals who don’t have a U.S. passport or the approved travel documents will then have to present a government issued photo identification and valid birth certificate to gain access back into the country. Approved travel documents...
  • CBP Air and Marine Adds Third Unmanned Aircraft System to Inventory

    01/22/2008 10:14:53 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 1 replies · 72+ views
    CBP.gov ^ | 01/17/2008
    CBP Air and Marine accepted delivery of CBP 110, the third Predator B in the CBP A&M inventory, from General Atomics, Inc. in December 2007. CBP A&M now has three Predator B’s assigned to the UAS Operations Center in Sierra Vista, Ariz. CBP 110 will operate on the southwest border until it is deployed to Grand Forks, N.D. for Northern Border operations in spring 2008. The fourth Predator B, CBP 113, is scheduled for delivery in early 2008. This aircraft will support border protection missions on the southwest border. Current initiatives at Sierra Vista include Border Security Flights, UAS pilot...
  • Mother and Daughter Fugitives Caught By Customs and Border Protection at Phoenix Airport

    10/20/2007 3:27:40 PM PDT · by Marine Inspector · 48 replies · 139+ views
    U.S. Customs & Border Protection ^ | 10/19/2007 | Customs & Border Protection
    Phoenix – A mother and daughter, both wanted in Florida on charges of racketeering, were apprehended by alert U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Wednesday night. While screening passengers arriving from Mexico City, CBP officers examined documents belonging to 24-year-old Silvana Theurell-Portillo. While asking routine questions of Theurell-Portillo, the officers queried her name in their systems and discovered that she was a fugitive, wanted in St. Lucie County, Fla. on gambling and racketeering charges. During questioning of her mother, 65-year-old Marina Portillo, CBP officers discovered that she also was wanted on similar charges in...
  • CBP Mission Statement and Core Values (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

    08/21/2007 6:47:53 AM PDT · by CHEE · 8 replies · 341+ views
    U. S. Customs and Border Web Site ^ | August 21, 2007 | U.S. Customs and Border Protection Web Site
    CBP CORE VALUES Vigilance is how we ensure the safety of all Americans. We are continuously watchful and alert to deter, detect and prevent threats to our Nation. We demonstrate courage and valor in the protection of our Nation. Service to Country is embodied in the work we do. We are dedicated to defending and upholding the Constitution of the United States. The American people have entrusted us to protect the homeland and defend liberty. Integrity is our cornerstone. We are guided by the highest ethical and moral principles. Our actions bring honor to ourselves and our agency.
  • Border Patrol uniform gets first makeover since the 1950s

    08/16/2007 3:49:02 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 23 replies · 1,046+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Aug. 16, 2007 | ELLIOT SPAGAT
    SAN DIEGO — Leather belts with brass buckles are out; nylon belts with quick-release plastic buckles are in. Slacks are out; lightweight cargo pants are in. Shiny badges and nameplates are out; cloth patches are in. The Border Patrol uniform is getting its first makeover since the 1950s to look more like military fatigues and less like a police officer's duty garb. The new uniform, introduced this week, reflects how illegal border crossings have changed in the last decade. As enforcement heightened, routes moved from the streets of San Diego and other border cities to unforgiving, often remote mountains and...
  • Texas border officer sues over demotion

    08/11/2007 9:51:18 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies · 702+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Aug. 10, 2007 | SUSAN CARROLL
    He says he was unfairly demoted over 'potential' terrorist incident A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer is suing the federal government for $3.3 million, alleging discrimination after he was demoted in connection with an incident that allowed "a potential terrorist-related subject into the U.S." without a completed background check, according to court records. Rolando Cano, who was a supervisory inspector at the Hidalgo port of entry before his demotion, filed a lawsuit in federal court in McAllen alleging he was subject to discrimination and harassment based on his age, gender and ethnicity — charges denied by U.S. officials. A...
  • El Paso Border Agent Arrested

    07/27/2007 11:37:23 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 24 replies · 2,162+ views
    KDBC 4 ^ | 7/26/07
    Federal authorities arrested Margarita Crispin this morning at the Pas Del Norte Bridge and charged her with conspiracy to import a controlled substance. According to an indictment, from June 2003 until July 2007, Crispin conspired with others to import more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana into the United States. Federal authorities say Crispin knowingly allowed loads of marijuana to pass through her port of entry lanes unchecked. Crispin remains in federal custody. Her initial appearance is expected to occur Monday afternoon in U.S. Magistrate Court in El Paso. A news release by Attorney Johnny Sutton states the case is being...