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Tag: El Paso

Border Patrol, ICE Criticized for Handling of Surge in Migrants Crossing Border

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Detention facilities are overflowing with migrants because of the surge in people, many of them children, crossing the southern border illegally, and Border Patrol is struggling to handle the crisis.

More than 200,000 migrants illegally crossed the southern border in March and April, and more than two-thirds of them were either children or adults with children, according to UPI.

“Our immigration system is full, and we are well beyond our capacity at every stage of the process,” Kevin McAleenan, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, told a House committee last week.

Many of those crossing are seeking asylum, forcing ICE to release them to a network of migrant shelters in communities along the border. But with insufficient space, Border Patrol is beginning to release asylum seekers into border communities, often with little to no warning.

That new policy has rattled volunteer coordinators who try to house and feed the migrants.

“Sometimes the agents tell us to expect 50 migrants, but we end up with 150. Other times, a bus filled with migrants will show up unannounced at a shelter,” said Ashley Heidebrecht, a social work student and intern at the Borderlands Rainbow Coalition, a nonprofit that provides meals to migrants.

El Paso’s Hope Border Institute, a think tank that supports the humane treatment of migrants, has criticized the Border Patrol’s handling of the surge.

“The Border Patrol is not thinking strategically,” Dylan Corbett, director of the think tank, told UPI. “The agency doesn’t seem to have any goals and is just operating as things come up, day to day. I really don’t know who is calling the shots.”

Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent May Have Acted in Self-Defense in Fatal Shooting

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An off-duty Border Patrol agent suspected of fatally shooting a 33-year-old man over the weekend in El Paso, Texas, may have been acting in self-defense, a spokesman told the El Paso Times on Thursday. 

Police were called to an aggravated assault at 4:30 a.m. Sunday when they found Juan Daniel Jacques shot to death.

Authorities identified the agent as Luis Chavez, who has not been arrested but is under investigation by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

“The exact details of this case are still under investigation,” sheriff’s spokesman Luis Chavez said. “We are investigating all motives of this homicide, to include the possibility of self-defense. No arrests have been made as of yet.” 

Border Patrol leaders also are investigating to determine whether administrative action is warranted against the agent.

Departing DEA Leader in El Paso Warns of Cartels Smuggling Heroin, Meth to U.S.

Getting HighBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As the leader of the DEA in El Paso prepares to leave his job for a promotion to lead the Houston Division, he warned that the Mexican cartels are continuing to expand their heroin and meth trafficking business. 

“Every day we try to answer the prayers of those parents who are praying that drugs, violence and crime will pass over their children,” Will R. Glaspy said in an interview last week with El Paso Times

Glaspy, who served more than three years as the special agent in charge of the DEA’s El Paso Division, is scheduled to start working in Houston on Sept. 18.

Glaspy said drug cartels are turning away from marijuana in favor of meth and heroin.

The El Paso Times wrote:

During his time in El Paso, Glaspy said that his agents handled cases such as the arrests of Sinaloa-cartel affiliated drug traffickers in El Paso, Albuquerque meth traffickers and “Operation Crystal Mountain,” which targeted meth dealers on the Mescalero Apache Reservation.

The No. 1 priority in the El Paso region is fighting Mexican drug cartels, with the No. 2 priority being “community impact cases” that target local drug-dealing groups, Glaspy said.

DEA agents deal more with border drug-trafficking issues in El Paso, Las Cruces and Alpine, which covers the vast Big Bend area.

“Basically, what we are trying to do is target command-and-control of the Mexican organizations sending the drugs up here,” Glaspy said.

Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Severely Beaten in New Mexico

border patrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A motorist found an off-duty Border Patrol agent on the side of the road in New Mexico on Friday night, severely beaten and left for dead.

The agent, who was assigned to the Deming Border Patrol Station in New Mexico, sustained serious injuries to his head, chest and hands, according to a CBP news release. He was found about 11 p.m. in Dona Ana County, west of Las Cruces.

The agent, whose name has not been released, was rushed to a nearby hospital and was in stable condition.

The FBI, Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office and the El Paso Police Department are helping investigate.

Another off-duty Border Patrol agent was stabbed in the eye in the El Paso Sector on May 20.

“CBP has informed its workforce of this report and has reminded its law enforcement personnel to be alert and aware of their surroundings and potential threats related to their service,” CBP said in the news release.

One of FBI’s Most Wanted Fugitives Is Captured in El Paso

Terry Strikland

Terry Strikland

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of the FBI’s 10 most wanted fugitives was taken into custody by the FBI on Sunday in El Paso.

Terry A.D. Strickland, 24, is accused of killing two men in Milwaukee and has been charged with two counts of first-deere homicide and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, the Associated Press reports. 

Prosecutors said Strickland fired a gun into a small crowd in front of a Milwaukee home on July 17 following an argument. Killed were Maurice Brown Jr., 38, and Michael Allen Reed, 39. 

“It was vicious,” Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said when Strickland was added to the FBI’s most-wanted list last month. “It was unnecessary. Neither individual posed the slightest threat to Mr. Strickland, but they paid with their lives for occupying the same space.”

Strickland abandoned his 18-year-old daughter and fled. But after receiving tips, the FBI found Strickland in El Paso.

Border Patrol Agents Shoot Suspect Accused of Gunning Down a Man in El Paso

Border PatrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agent shot a man near a Greyhound bus station in downtown El Paso.

KFOX 14 reports that agents heard gunshots near the bus station Thursday evening and rushed to the scene, where a man had been shot dead by another man.

Agents said they spotted the shooter running with a gun. He then pointed the gun at the agents, forcing them to open fire, according to a Border Patrol spokesman.

The suspect was taken to the hospital, where his condition was not immediately known.

“At this point it is a multiple agency investigation,” said El Paso Detective Mike Baranyay. “We are trying to identify additional witnesses. So until we get that all coordinated and conducted it will be a little premature for us to know exactly to know what caused the altercation.

Border Patrol Arrests 6 Immigrants, Driver After High Speed Chase

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A high-speed chase with Border Patrol agents near El Paso ended badly for the driver and six undocumented immigrants.

The chase began when agents saw the undocumented immigrants emergee from desert brush and get into a Chevrolet Silverado along Interstate 10, The El Paso Times reports.

The chase, which hit speeds in excess of 70 mph, came to a halt after the Silverado struck a curb and got a flat tire.

Three immigrants hailed from Guatemala; the other came from Mexico, officials said.

Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Charged Accused of Taking People Hostage, Shooting 1

Alberto Montelongo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An off-duty Border Patrol agent accused of taking two people hostage was arrested Tuesday after an intense standoff that lasted several hours, the El Paso Times reports. 

Alberto Montelongo, 40, was involved in a domestic dispute with another off-duty Border Patrol agent, authorities said.

Another man, who is not an agent, was shot and in critical condition.

Montelongo has been charged with attempted murder.

Authorities said Montelongo barricaded himself and two others inside a home at Mountain Vista after a domestic disturbance.

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