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Woman Arrested After Hitting Border Patrol Horse in the Face

Karla Banegas-Banegas

Karla Banegas-Banegas

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A woman accused of transporting marijuana also faces a charge of animal cruelty after allegedly punching a horse in the face.

Karla Banegas-Banegas, 29, was with a group of nine people spotted with backpacks along the Barry Goldwater Bombing range in Why, Ariz., about 30 miles north of the Mexican border, AZCentral reports. 

As the group fled, agents caught up with six of the nine suspects.

Banegas-Banegas “punched a USBP horse in the face with a closed fist,” records said. The extent of the horse’s injuries was unknown.

Agents reported finding seven backpacks fun of “green, leafy plant material” that ended up being marijuana.

“The remoteness of the area makes it an ideal place for drug smugglers to attempt to smuggle narcotics into the United States,” court documents said.

Border Patrol Agent Indicted on Charges of Drug Delivery, Possession

border patrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent has been indicted on charges of drug delivery and possession.

Details of the allegations against Agent Daniel Polanco have not yet been released.

“Agent Polanco has been indicted for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, and is also charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance,” Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Raul Ortiz said, reports RGV Proud . Daniel Polanco has been employed with CBP for 9 years. After he turned himself in today, he was placed on leave without pay.”

Ortiz emphasized that the allegations do nor reflect the values and principles of the Border Patrol.

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Border Patrol Chase Ends with 1 Dead, 10 injured in Laredo, Texas

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol chase ended with one person dead and 10 injured near Laredo, Texas.

Agents were chasing a pickup off of I-35 at about 5:45 p.m. Sunday, MySA reports. 

The driver lost control when he tried to dodge a tire-deflation device.

It was unclear who was killed in the truck.

The injured were taken to hospitals in Laredo, San Antonio and Dilley.

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Judge: Border Patrol Not Liable in Shooting Death of 19-Year-Old U.S. Citizen

Carlos LaMadrid was shot by a Border Patrol agent.

Carlos LaMadrid was shot by a Border Patrol agent.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent who fatally shot a man near the order fence in Douglas, Ariz., used justified force, a judge has ruled.

U.S. District Judge James A. Soto said Agent Lucas Tidwell was not liable for the death of a 19-year-old U.S. citizen during a March 2011 shooting, Tucson.com reports. 

The death of Carlos LaMadrid prompted a civil lawsuit by his mother. The suit claims Tidwell was “grossly negligent” when he shot an unarmed LaMadrid.

The judge said Tidwell only fired his gun after rocks were thrown at him.

“A reasonable person in Tidwell’s position would believe that he was facing unlawful deadly physical force where rocks the size of softballs or bricks are being thrown from 15 feet away and 10 feet above you directly at your head at 50 to 60 miles per hour,” Soto wrote.

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Existing Walls Along the Mexico Border Are Expensive to Maintain, Difficult to Enforce

Border Fence.

Border Fence.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Fences along the Mexico border are expensive to maintain and difficult to police.

Drug traffickers often smashed through the barrier with trucks. Others sneak in when it’s foggy, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. 

About 670 miles of the U.S. border with Mexico has a fence. In California, maintaining a fence cost $9 million a year and requires surveillance cameras, underground sensors, welders and stadium lights.

The debate over the effectiveness of fences has gained traction after Donald Trump said he wanted to build a wall along the entire border.

Border Patrol Union Criticized by Own Agents for Endorsing Trump for President

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol union’s decision to endorse Donald Trump for president has polarized the rank-and-file and attracted unwanted attention.

“Mr. Trump is correct when he says immigration wouldn’t be at the forefront of this presidential campaign if months ago he hadn’t made some bold and necessary statements. And when the withering media storm ensued he did not back down one iota,” read the endorsement letter from the union, which represents 16,500 agents.

This was the first time the union has endorsed a presidential candidate.

But many agents weren’t happy because many don’t like Trump, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

For one, about half of the agents on the Southwest border are Hispanic.

“The Border Patrol has changed tremendously in the last 10 to 20 years. It has more than doubled in size and has brought in a lot of new recruits from all over country. That has increased the diversity of the agency,” said David Shirk, an associate professor of political science at the University of San Diego.

“While all of them are committed to the agency’s mission and believe strongly in work that they’re doing, they don’t reflect some of the more traditional stereotypes of the Border Patrol as a bunch of white guys chasing Mexicans.”

Don McDermott, a former supervisor of an anti-smuggling unit in San Diego, said the endorsement, which was made by a  group of 11 union leaders, makes the agency look bad.

“It is probable that the endorsement of Mr. Trump would expose both the union and the individual members to accusations of xenophobia and even racism,” McDermott said. “The reputation of the agency and of every agent is called into question.”

LA Times: Border Patrol Union Hurts Image with Donald Trump Endorsement

border patrol 3By Scott Martelle
Los Angeles Times

The leadership of the National Border Patrol Council – the union representing rank-and-file Border Patrol guards – came out two months ago with an endorsement of Donald Trump’s presidential ambitions, marking the first time the union had endorsed a candidate during the primary cycle. In the process, those union leaders created a problem: The folks on the front line of border protections have aligned themselves with someone who believes the Mexicans crossing the border are “in many cases, criminals, drug dealers, rapists.”

And who has denigrated women and vowed (likely in violation of the Constitution) to ban Muslims from entering the country.

As Richard Marosi reported, that has exposed a rift within the union in an agency in which (per this 2012 report) more than a third of the employees are Latino, and one in five are women.

The union faced some external backlash after making the endorsement, including calls for the AFL-CIO to kick it out of the labor federation. That’s silly. The union – any union – has a right to endorse a political candidate, though I wish they were a bit more democratic about it rather than having, as in the case of the Border Patrol union, the leadership make the call. And they are within their rights to align with any candidate they like – the AFL-CIO shouldn’t bounce a member union over its political positions, since the main point of the union is to represent its workers. 

But the Border Patrol union did its members a disservice by backing a demagogue who demonizes some of the very people its members encounter as a core function of their jobs.

To read more click here. 

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Border Patrol Agent Charged with Felony Assault After Nightclub Fight

border patrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent who is a trained mixed martial arts fighter has been charged with felony assault after he allegedly punched a man in the face numerous times at a nightclub in Arizona.

Yuma police said Chance Farrar punched a man in the face six or seven times, breaking his cheekbone, after an argument over dancing with a woman, KYMA reports. During the attack, the victim’s head struck a woman in the nose.

 “The punch that was thrown to male subject caused his head to go back and strike her in the face,” said Lori Franklin of the Yuma Police Department.

Farrar, who has been an agent for 15 years, told police he acted in self-defense because of the victim’s tone of voice and body language.

Farrar was suspended without pay.

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