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Tag: Border Patrol

Border Patrol Agent Headed to Trial for Allegedly Lying to Federal Authorities

border patrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Border Patrol agent accused of lying to federal agents about a drug conspiracy case is headed to trial in early January.

Eduardo Bazan Jr. pleaded not guilty Thursday in federal court, the Monitor reports. 

Bazan, 48, of Edinburg, was arrested on Nov. 3 and has been on administrative leave since.

Authorities allege he lied to Homeland Security investigators during an Oct. 31 interview.

“Bazan admitted he had lied to agents Oct. 31, 2016, and that Bazan had in fact received information from an individual that led to a seizure of 66 kilograms of cocaine; seized on Feb. 18, 2007,” the criminal complaint reads.

According to the complaint, Bazan admitted he lied to federal agents about th presence of suspects at the scene of the seizure.

“Bazan stated he had run from the scene to make other agents believe the vehicle had been occupied. Bazan further admitted that he had received a payment of approximately $8,000 for assisting the (Drug Trafficking Organization) with the staged seizure,” the court document states.

Border Residents Skeptical about Trump’s Plans to Build a Wall

Border Fence along Mexico and the U.S.

Border Fence along Mexico and the U.S.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to build a wall along the U.S. border has been met with skepticism from people who live close to the border.

Residents close to the border told the Associated Press that it seems unlikely that a concrete barrier could be erected along the 2,000-mile frontier with Mexico.

They pointed out the geology of the Rio Grande valley, the immense cost and the lack of of support by locals.

Residents said it would make more sense to build a “virtual wall” with surveillance cameras, observation balloons and drones.

That’s why residents weren’t surprised when Trump softened his position on the wall, suggesting that some of it could include fencing.

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Border Patrol Agents Suffers Fatal Heart Attack While on Bike Patrol

Agent David Gomez

Agent David Gomez

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A U.S. Border Patrol agent on bike patrol in El Paso, Texas, had a fatal heart attack on Nov. 15.

Agent David Gomez was riding on McKelligan Canyon Road on Nov. 14 with several other agents when he became ill and fell off his bike, Officer.com reports. 

Agents quickly began CPR until paramedics arrived.

The 44-year-old agent was taken to a local hospital, where he died the following day.

Gomez was a 20-year veteran of the Border patrol and is survived by his wife, three children, parents and two brothers.

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Border Patrol Union Confers with Donald Trump about Securing the Border

national border patrol councilBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The National Border Patrol Council, which represents more than 16,000 agents, met with Donald Trump to determine how best to secure the border.

NPR spoke with Border Patrol Agent Brandon Judd about the discussions.

The union endorsed Trump during the election.

Listen here:

Quick-Acting Border Patrol Agent Helps Save Life of 77-Year-Old Neighbor

border patrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A quick-acting Border Patrol agent and his daughter helped save the life of a 77-year-old woman who had a heart attack.

The woman collapsed on a sidewalk outside of the home of Agent Robert Hughes, of the Douglas Border Patrol Station, Tucson News Now reports. 

Hughes performed CPR on the woman, and soon after, his daughter, Sydney Sandoval assisted her father. She is a certified EMT.

The elderly woman, who had been walking her dog when she collapsed, survived because of the agent’s and his daughter’s actions, according to the Sierra Vista Police Department.

“This act of heroism is an example of the kindness and compassion that Border Patrol agents embody within our communities,” said Tucson Sector’s Chief Border Patrol Agent Paul Beeson.

Judge: Conditions at Border Patrol Detention Centers Violate Civil Rights

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal judge plans to order Border Patrol to improve sleeping conditions at detention centers in Arizona, saying the detainees’ civil rights are being violated.

U.S. District Court Judge David C. Buru, who is presiding over a lawsuit filed on behalf of three former detainees, said the conditions must be improved, Tucson.com reports.

“I think the deprivation of sleep, at the very least, in this case is a violation of the civil rights of a civil detainee and that needs to be fixed,” Bury said at a hearing in Tucson on Tuesday.

Bury’s plan to grant preliminary relief is not a formal order, but he said he plans to work with both sides to work out a solution.

While acknowledging “the Border Patrol has a really tough job,” Bury said it’s still no excuse for inhumane conditions.

“The complexity of government operations cannot trump civil rights, neither can budgetary constraints,” the judge said.

An attorney for the detainees said they are constantly interrupted while trying to sleep because agents are constantly processing new detainees.

Border Patrol’s ‘Icebox’ Conditions Raise Troubling Questions in Court

Detainees used these mylar mats to stave off the cold in detention centers.

Detainees used these mylar mats to stave off the cold in detention centers.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol has come under fire from federal prosecutors and civil-rights advocates following the discovery that immigrants are forced to sleep on cold concrete floors.

Tucson.com reports that the floors were so called that they earned the nickname, hierleras,” or iceboxes.

A federal hearing on the issue began Monday, and U.S. District Court Judge David C. Bury said he has “concerns” about the court filings.

Bury also referenced statistics that show most detainees are forced to stay in detention centers twice as long as the agency’s recommendation of 12 hours or less.

Border Patrol defended the actions, saying it’s doing the best with limited resources.

“But this court can’t be concerned with budgetary issues,” Bury said.

Trump Pledges to Immediately Deport 2-3 Million Undocumented Immigrants

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President-elect Donald Trump said he plans to deport two to three million undocumented immigrants immediately after inauguration in January.

“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably 2 million, it could be even 3 million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate,” Trump told CBS’ “60 Minutes” in a wide-ranging interview. “But we’re getting them out of our country. They’re here illegally.”

Trump said he plans to secure the border and then would decide whether to remove the remaining undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

“After the border is secure and after everything gets normalized, we’re going to make a determination on the people that they’re talking about, who are terrific people. They’re terrific people, but we are gonna make a determination at that,” Trump said. “But before we make that determination … it’s very important, we are going to secure our border.”

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