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Robots to Help Border Patrol Capture Illegal Activity in Tunnel Systems Between Mexico, U.S.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Tunnel systems that run between the U.S. and Mexico border are used to transport drugs, people, weapons and other illegal material.

Now, Border Patrol agents are using robot technology to detect tunnels, the Associated Press reports.

Agents in Tucson, Ariz., plan to demonstrate the “tunnel robots” Tuesday.

According to CBP, tunnels are becoming increasingly popular for criminal organizations.

More than 75 tunnels have been found between the border since 2008, the AP wrote.

Border Patrol Agent Finds 2-Year-Old Boy Left Behind in Desert in New Mexico

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal authorities are trying to figure out the identity of a 2-year-old boy who was found in the desert, the El Paso Times reports.

A Border Patrol agent spotted the child and a man between Anapra and the Santa Teresa point of entry in New Mexico.

The man fled back to Mexico and left the boy behind.

Authorities said the boy appeared to be in good health, the El Paso Times reported.

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Unruly Group of More Than 100 Migrants Attacks Border Patrol Agents at Mexican Border

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents came under attack by more than 100 people throwing rocks and bottles, CNN reports.

No serious injuries were reported.

The unruly group ignored stop orders from a Border Patrol agent and attempted to cross from the San Ysidro Port of Entry in California.

Not even fire pellets with pepper power stopped the group.

“The crowd became increasingly unruly and began throwing rocks and bottles,” the agency said.

The group eventually retreated and escaped arrest, CNN reported.

Border Patrol Prepares More Monitoring of Canadian Border in Detroit with New Office

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — In an effort to prevent terrorists from crossing the Canadian Border into the U.S., Border Patrol agents are gearing up for a new $17 million facility in Detroit, WWJ reports.

Agents gathered for a groundbreaking this week.

“We share intelligence, anything that’s got a nexus to the border and through the sharing of this intelligence we’re not working in silos so can coordinate efforts and basically maximize operations (and) security as a result of that,” Serge Cote, the officer in charge of the Windsor Royal Canadian Mounted Police, told WWJ.

The new building will offer more office space and parking and will provide new training facilities.

About 100 Border Patrol employees are expected to work there.

Sen. McCain Says Border Patrol Doesn’t Need Additional 20,000 Agents

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Sen. John McCain, who is taking the lead on immigration reforms, said the Border Patrol doesn’t need an additional 20,000 agents, Politic365 reports.

What it needs, McCain said, is “use of technology that has been developed where we can survey the border more effectively.”

McCain spoke at an AFL-CIO immigration forum Wednesday.

The Senate in late June approved an immigration bill amendment that cost $40 billion, largely to hire the 20,000 agents.

It’s unclear whether McCain will be able to convince his colleagues that the bill is overkill.

Mystery Continues Over Cause of Border Patrol Agents’ Illness in New York

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Authorities are not sure how six U.S. border agents became ill after inspecting a vehicle at a crossing in northern New York, The Associated Press reports.

The officer became ill Saturday morning while examining a 2002 BMW at the Champlain crossing.

The officers, who were decontaminated on site, have been released from the hospital, The AP wrote.

The driver of the car was charged with marijuana and meth possession.

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Homeland Security Considers Charging a Fee to Cross Border to Finance Increased Costs of Protection

Court: Border Patrol Must Have Reasonable Cause to Conduct Thorough Search of Electronic Devices

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol is prohibited from conducting a thorough search of an electronic device like a computer or cell phone unless there is reasonable suspicion of a crime, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday, the Inquisitr reports

But the ruling does not prevent Border Patrol from making cursory checks of electronic devices without reasonable suspicions.

The case involved a convicted sex offender whose laptop was seized at the US-Mexico border. After performing a comprehensive forensic audit, agents found child pornography, the Inquisitir reported.

Judges ruled that Border Patrol overreached its authority in that case.

“A person’s digital life ought not be hijacked simply by crossing a border,” the ruling reads.