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Border Patrol to Test New, Smaller Drones at Tucson Sector

Drone via CBP.

Drone via CBP.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Border Patrol hopes to add smaller drones to its surveillance arsenal and will begin testing the unmanned aircraft this month in the Tucson sector, Tucson.com reports

The agency uses bigger drones, but Border Patrol is looking for something that is small enough to easily transport and fly in hard-to-access areas.

Agents will test three series of drones: Puma, Raven and InstantEye Quadcopter.

The drones may also include sensors, infrared cameras and facial-recognition technology. 

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Yuma Border Patrol Agents Involved in Crazy Chase, Hijacking, Fatal Shooting

yuma-shooting-border-patrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents were involved in a fatal shooting after two high-speed chases, several exchanges of gunfire and the hijacking of a commercial truck in Arizona.

The shooting suspect was killed after firing his weapon numerous times at law enforcement officials.

The violence began at 12:56 a.m., when a state trooper pulled over a Ford Mustang for a traffic violation, KSWT reports. The front-seat passenger shot at a trooper and then fled with the Mustang along I-10.

After a 6-mile chase, the Mustang stopped before the suspect fired at Border Patrol agents, fled on foot and hijacked a commercial truck.

The suspect drove the truck along I-10 before exiting, exchanging fire with law enforcement and heading toward Main Street, where the vehicle stopped.

The suspect and law enforcement exchanged fire. The suspect was struck by a bulett and later died.

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Border Patrol Assaults Reach Record High This Fiscal Year

File photo of a Border Patrol agent.

File photo of a Border Patrol agent.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It has been an especially dangerous year to be a Border Patrol agent.

This fiscal year, a record-high 671 agents have been assaulted while working, according to new government data obtained by the Washington Examiner

The total assaults at the Customs and Border Protection’s three branches –  Border Patrol, Air and Marine Operations and Office Field Operations. – were 720, compared to 585 last fiscal year.

The attacks most often target Border Patrol agents, who saw assaults increase 167% since the same period last year. 

The Examiner wrote:

Despite the increasing rate of assaults on immigration and customs officials, the agency is using force against attackers at a lower rate than last year. Officers from all three agencies used force in 416 instances in the current fiscal year compared to 543 times in the same time frame a year earlier. The majority of those instances did not involve firearms.

Assaults have been on the rise since earlier this year and surpassed last year’s total number of attacks in the first eight months of fiscal year 2017.

The number of illegal immigrants apprehended at the border fell in the first few months of President Trump’s presidency, but has increased over the last several months.

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Border Patrol Rescued 450 People Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Texas

Border Patrol boat, via CBP

Border Patrol boat, via CBP

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol has rescued about 450 people in the Houston area in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

John Morris, chief of staff in South Texas, told the Associated Press that agents “absolutely 100% here for rescue and safety” and are not enforcing immigration laws. 

Morris said Border Patrol deployed 35 boats to navigate the flooded streets. The boats came from stations along the Rio Grande.

The agency drew criticism for failing to suspend highway checkpoints in Texas as the storm was moving across the state.

Maine Legalized Marijuana Use, But Border Patrol in Maine to Continue Enforcing Federal Law

marijuana-istockBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Eight months after Maine residents voted to legalize marijuana, defiant Border Patrol agents say they will continue to enforce federal laws that ban the use of pot.

Chief Daniel Hiebert told The Portland Press Herald that Border Patrol agents will confiscate marijuana when they find it. He added that agents aren’t actively looking for the drug, though.

Hiebert maintains that enforcing federal marijuana laws will not distract agents from their focus on terrorism and human and drug trafficking.

Since 2012, Maine Border Patrol agents have confiscated about 720 pounds of marijuana. In the past, the federal government has declined to prosecute those cases.

Border Patrol Uses Aircraft to Rescue People Trapped in Hurricane Harvey Flooding

CBP helps rescue Houston residents stranded by historic flooding.

CBP helps rescue Houston residents stranded by historic flooding.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As Hurricane Harvey continues to dump heavy rain on Houston, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection is using aircraft to help rescue people trapped by historic flooding.

CBP’s Air and Marine Operations from Tucson are using UH-60 Blackhawks, 12 crew members, five support staff and three search-and-rescue agents whose expertise is water rescue, Tucson.com reports. 

At 12:30 p.m. Monday, air crew members rescued four people trapped in their homes.

The Tucson Sector also plans to send 50 Special Operations Detachment agents Tuesday for public safety purposes.

Houston Mayor Offers to Help Immigrants Facing Deportation in Midst of Flooding

border patrol helicopterBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Aware that some undocumented immigrants want call for help from flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said he would help any immigrant who faces deportation as a result of requesting assistance.

“There is absolutely no reason” why anyone shouldn’t call for help, Turner said at a press conference, The Hill reports

“I and others will be the first ones to stand up with you,” said Turner. “If you need help and someone comes and they require help, and then for some reason, then somebody tries to deport them, I will represent them myself, okay?”

Turner encouraged immigrants to call for help if they need it.

“If you are in a stressful situation, I don’t care who you are, I don’t care what you’re religion is, I don’t care what your language is, you come and take advantage of every service that we have,” he said. 

“If you’re in a stressful situation and you need help, you call us for help. We want you to call. There is absolutely no reason why anyone should not call okay?”

U.S. Custom and Border Protection and ICE said its “highest priorities” will be saving lives.

“Routine noncriminal immigration enforcement operations will not be conducted at evacuation sites, or assistance centers such as shelters or food banks,” the agencies said. “The laws will not be suspended, and we will be vigilant against any effort by criminals to exploit disruptions caused by the storm.”

Border Patrol Detains 30 Immigrants Who Entered U.S. Through Tunnel

Tunnel used by Chinese and Mexican immigrants. Photo via CBP.

Tunnel used by Chinese and Mexican immigrants. Photo via CBP.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol believe 30 immigrants used an underground tunnel to cross a Southern California border.

Agents arrested the immigrants on Saturday and found an opening in the ground with a ladder and tunnel north of the Otay Mesa border entrance shortly after 1 a.m., CBP wrote in a statement.

Seven Mexicans and 23 Chinese citizens were taken into custody.

No injuries were reported.

“While subterranean tunnels are not a new occurrence along the California-Mexico border, they are more commonly utilized by transnational criminal organizations to smuggle narcotics,” CBP said.

“However, as this case demonstrates, law enforcement has also identified instances where such tunnels were used to facilitate human smuggling.”