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Tag: illegal immigration

DHS: 150 Border Patrol Agents Sent to South Texas Over Immigration Crunch

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

About 150 Border Patrol agents are being sent to South Texas to help out authorities who are overwhelmed by a spike in illegal immigration from Central America, the Statesman reports.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson made the announcement on his third trip to the Border Patrol’s McAllen station in southernmost Texas in the last month and a half.

The station has been inundated by tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who have been arrested since October.

What remains unclear is whether the new agents are temporary or permanent.

Johnson said again that he children won’t be invited to stay in the U.S., saying “journey is not safe.”

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Border Patrol Agent Assaulted by Suspected Illegal Immigrant Carrying 45-Inch Stake

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent pursuing two men suspected of entering the country illegally was assaulted by one of them carrying a 45-inch wooden stake in the San Diego community of Otay Mesa, the U-T San Diego reports.

Agents spotted two men leap out of bushes and run. While one surrendered, the suspect with the wooden stake did not.

As one of the agents caught up with the fleeing suspect, a fight ensued. The man kicked the agent in the face and swung at him with fists.

Other agents caught up with the suspect and arrested him.

More than 250,000 Arrests Makes Texas-Mexico Border the Busiest in Country

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Texas is ground zero for Border Patrol arrests, the Associated Press reports.

Of the 420,789 apprehensions during the Border Patrol’s fiscal year that ended in September, 235,567 of the arrests were made in Texas.

Arizona, which often is the busiest border, saw 125,942 arrests.

Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher said the increase in Texas arrests is largely due to an influx of immigrants from Central America.

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Border Patrol Agent Fatally Shoots Man Following Scuffle in Southern Arizona

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A U.S. Border Patrol agent shot and killed a man in southern Arizona following a struggle between the pair, the Associated Press reports.

Authorities were tracking a group of people Thursday night on suspicion of being in the country illegally.

While two of the suspect were apprehended, a third escaped. He was found under a mesquite tree and began fighting the agent and trying to steal his gun, the AP wrote.

The man is believed to be in his 20s. He died at the scene, the AP reported.

The shooting is under investigation.

He Did What?! Man Tries to Smuggle Thai Woman into U.S. in Suitcase

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents find some of the most bizarre ways that people smuggle humans into the U.S.

But a recent discovery surprised even veterans in the field, the Phoenix Times reports.

A Phoenix man headed back to the U.S. from the port entry of Nogales tried to smuggle a Thai woman in a suitcase in the back of his SUV.

After being chosen for further inspection on Dec. 30, the man could do nothing as officers unzipped a large suitcase. Inside was a 48-year-old Thai woman.

ICE Director John Morton Plans to Leave Agency in July

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

ICE Director John Morton, who oversaw a spike in immigrant deportations, announced he’s leaving the agency, UPI reports.

Morton, who was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in May 2009, said he plans to leave the agency at the end of July.

“I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished together during that time and look with awe on the incredible progress ICE has made as an agency,” Morton said in a memo to employees Monday. “ICE has truly come of age and become an innovative, leading force in federal law enforcement.”

Under Obama’s administration, the emphasis of ICE has shifted from general deportation to targeting dangerous illegal immigrants.

Pro-Immigration Groups Worry Border Patrol Agents Are Motivated by Incentives

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Immigrant advocacy groups are worried that an incentive program for U.S. Border Patrol agents is encouraging abuse of authority and false arrests, Buffalo News reports.

The program awards agents with cash, extra vacation time and gift cards.

The Buffalo News reported that a crackdown on illegal immigration has netted 277 arrests of people who were in the U.S. legally.

Pro-immigration groups are urging lawmakers to get involved.

But Border Patrol denies handing out incentives for arrests.

“No such practice of paid incentives and awards for specific human targets or enforcement actions has ever occurred within the Border Patrol, nor will it ever occur within the ranks of any [Customs and Border Protection] component,” the agency said in a statement to Buffalo News.

You Won’t Believe How These People Were Smuggled Across the Border

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Fox 5 San Diego listed some unusual ways people have tried to smuggle drugs and humans across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Also included are photos, including one of a man found sewn into the upholstery of a van seat.

Other photos depict people hidden in compartments in the floor of a car or hidden in the engine of a van.

In one photo, 73 illegal immigrants are squeezed into the back of a tractor trailer.

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