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Son of Illegal Immigrants Became a Border Patrol Official to ‘Humanize’ Experience

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Oscar Hagelsieb has a unique perspective of life on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border.

A child of illegal immigrants, Hagelsieb became a Border Patrol official, a position that seemingly put him at odds with his father, who crossed the border several times.

Before taking the job, he talked to his father.

“My dad’s my biggest hero and I didn’t want to disappoint him or offend him. He had crossed illegally several times and I didn’t know what his opinion was of border control,” Hagelsieb tells Quartz. “My parents didn’t want better lives for themselves—for them it would have been more convenient for them to stay in Mexico with their home and family—but for their children, for us.”

To Hagelsieb’s surprise, his dad encouraged him to pursue his dreams of protecting the border.

“He said that the border patrol and federal law enforcement needed individuals like me to humanize the experience,”  Hagelsieb said of his father.

Hagelsieb’s unlikely story is featured in a recently released documentary, “Kingdom of Shadows.”

Hagelsieb began working as a border patrol agent in Fabens, Texas in 2000, which meant he had to stop people like his parents, who eventually legalized their immigration status.

Hagelsieb shied away from the debate over U.S. immigration laws.

I have no opinion one way or the other,” he says. “As a federal agent, I uphold the laws that lawmakers pass.”

Border Patrol Finds 9 Immigrants in Back of U-Haul Truck at Arizona Checkpoint

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents in Arizona found nine immigrants locked inside the cargo area of a U-Haul, AzFamily.com reports.

Agent searched the trucks after becoming suspicious of the driver and passenger at a checkpoint near Amado.

Inside were eight adults and one juvenile who had no fresh air or ability to escape.

An undocumented immigrant was killed a similar way last summer.

“Transporting people inside the cargo area of a vehicle is extremely dangerous due to heat, the possibility of a vehicle accident, or other unforeseen circumstances,” the agency said in a statement.

Under Gov. Perry, Texas Creates Own Version of Border Patrol with Game Wardens

Tex. Gov. Rick Perry/official photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The primary responsibility of Texas game wardens used to be pretty routine – crack down on drunken boaters and investigate fishing tournament cheaters.

Now a team of them is patrolling the Rio Grande in search of suspected smugglers and undocumented immigrants, trading in their white cowboy hats for camouflage, the New York Times reports.

It’s part of Gov. Rick Perry’s effort to create his own version of the Border Patrol along the state’s 1,200-mile border.

State officials say the effort has paid off, netting thousands of arrests and tens of millions of dollars in drug seizures.

Critics argue that Perry is exaggerating the problem and wasting public resources.

“It’s not something the federal government has asked him to do,” said Veronica Escobar, El Paso’s county judge. “It is such a waste of taxpayer resources, especially when so many fundamental needs are underfunded by the very state leadership that proposes and promotes this waste.”

Two Suspects in Shooting Death of Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Were Illegal Immigrants

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two illegal immigrants from Mexico have been charged in the shooting death of an off-duty Border Patrol agent while he was on vacation with his family in Texas, Fox News reports.

The defendants have been arrested and deported several times in the past.

They are Gustavo Tijerina, 30, and Ismael Hernandez, 40. After being arraigned Tuesday inside the Willacy County jail library, the men were ordered held without bond. They have been charged with capital murder of a peace officer, attempted murder and other lesser charges.

The pair were living in Texas illegally when Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Jr. was with his family fishing in Santa Monica.

The men confessed to the robbery and other crimes, Fox News reported.

“They claim to have been involved in other incidents, this means you’ve got stolen vehicles going into Mexico,” Santa Monica, Sheriff Larry Spence said. “Everything is going to be cartel-related, there’s a connection somehow.”

Armed Militia Leader Urges Americans Citizens in Video to Confront, Intimidate Illegal Immigrants

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An armed militia leader drew criticism for urging U.S. residents in a video to confront and intimidate illegal immigrants who come across the border.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Chris Davis has since removed the 21-minute YouTube video.

“You see an illegal. You point your gun dead at him, right between his eyes, and you say, ‘Get back across the border or you will be shot,'” Chris Davis says in the video.

Davis, who said he belongs to two militias, said he wanted to clarify his message.

“We’re here to supplement and be where law enforcement is not and help them support the border,” Davis told the Los Angeles Times on Monday. “There’s nothing malicious, there’s no malicious intent — every person is vetted. We’re just here to serve freedom, liberty and national sovereignty.”

 

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Homeland Security Chief Defends Handling of Growing Crisis Involving Central American Children

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is defending the agency’s handling of tens of thousands of unaccompanied immigrants from Central America who were photographed in squalid, overcrowded conditions.

The McClatchy Washington Bureau reports that Johnson also rejected Republican demands for the National Guard to respond to the crisis.

Johnson unveiled a plan to handle the influx, saying the agency will work to dismantle smuggling operations and get out word to Central American parents not to send their children to the U.S.

“I believe we will stem this tide,” Johnson testified before the House Homeland Security Commission.

Since October, more than 85,000 children have entered the country without an adult.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry Foresees ‘Humanitarian Catastrophe’ Over Surge in Children Immigrants

Tex. Gov. Rick Perry/official photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said the dramatic spike in the number of immigrants being arrested has created an “untenable situation” at a Border Patrol facility in southern Texas, the Associated Press reports.

Perry visited the facility following reports of overcrowding and squalid conditions at a Border Patrol facility housing primarily children immigrants.

“This is an absolute humanitarian catastrophe waiting to happen,” Perry said Monday at a Department of Public Safety regional headquarters in South Texas.

Since October, more than 85,000 children have entered the country without an adult.

The surge has left the Border Patrol overwhelmed.

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Border Patrol Demolishing Houses? It’s All About Keeping South Texas Safe

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Border Patrol might not be in the business of demolishing homes, but it is in the business of protecting Americans from smugglers and illegal immigrants.

So the federal agency is teaming up the South Texas City of Laredo and the Texas National Guard to help raze abandoned buildings and homes that are used as havens for criminals, the Star-Telegram reports.

Before Border Patrol’s help, the project, dubbed Operation Crackdown, has already demolished 1,350 structures, many of them described as drug houses or hiding places for migrant smugglers.

“We can join forces so we can do something about these substandard properties that we come across during our regular patrols,” said Greg Salinas, a Border Patrol agent and agency spokesman. He added that the buildings were used as stash houses for illegal immigrants or narcotics. “They will just use it as a temporary holding place where they can come across, hide and leave, or jump into a vehicle.”

Property owners who don’t consent could have their properties condemned because of the dilapidated condition.