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Video: Border Patrol Agent Shoots Mexican Teen While He’s Lying Down

    Antonio Elena Rodriguez was fatally shot by a Border Patrol agent. Antonio Elena Rodriguez was fatally shot by a Border Patrol agent.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Newly released video shows a Border Patrol agent firing 13 of 16 shots at a 16-year-old Mexican while he was lying facedown on the ground dying.

The video was played during a U.S. District Court hearing Monday for Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz, who fired 16 shots through the border fence in Nogales, Ariz., at Antonio Elena Rodriguez, who was on the Mexican side, the Arizona Republic first reported. 

Rodriguez died.

Swartz, who was on the scene responding to a smuggling incident, appeared to be firing his gun while Rodriguez was lying on the ground and barely moving.

Rodriguez was shot in the head back and arms while he was on the ground, expert witness James Tavernetti said.

Swartz, who has pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree murder, said he fired his weapon in response to people throwing rocks at him from the Mexican side of the border.

Swartz’s trial is scheduled for October.

His attorneys are asking a judge to prevent the video from being shown during the trial because, they argue, the video evidence is unreliable. District Judge Raner Collins has not made a decision yet.

Trump Floats Unlikely Scenario of Paying for Border Wall with Solar Panels

An existing wall at border of Mexico. Photo via Congress.

An existing wall at border of Mexico. Photo via Congress.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Donald Trump insisted during the presidential campaign that he would build a wall along the border of Mexico and that Mexico would pay for it.

Despite experts sounding off that financially struggling Mexico would never pay for a wall that will cost billions of dollars, Trump supporters appeared to believe the billionaire dealmaker would pull off a minor miracle.

Now comes news that Trump floated the idea of erecting solar panels on the border wall as a way to pay for it, White House and Capitol officials told Politico

It seems unlikely that solar panels, which are expensive, would cover the costs of a wall, but Trump pitched it anyway.

It’s unclear how serious Trump was about the solar panels, but he proposed the idea to some lawmakers.

Trump’s pledge to build the wall at Mexico’s expense has backfired after the president acknowledged that taxpayers would be on the hook until a deal was struck with Mexico, which continues to insist it will not pay for a wall. 

Convicted Smuggler Accused of Sending Border Patrol Agent to Hospital with Bites

File photo of a Border Patrol vehicle, via Wikipedia.

File photo of a Border Patrol vehicle, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A convicted human smuggler with prior deportations is accused of biting a Border Patrol agent three times, sending him to the hospital.

KRGV reports that the agent tried to arrest Mexican national Jesus Roman Alonzo-Barela and several other people who crossed into the U.S. illegally at a cemetery in Weslaco, Texas, last week.

Authorities said Alonzo-Barela bit the agent three times, requiring the agent to be hospitalized.

Alonzo has been charged with assault on a federal agent.

The identity of the agent has not been released.

Sewage from Mexico Causes Festering Rashes on Border Patrol Agents

Tijuana River from a pedestrian bridge, by BrokenSphere. via Wikipedia.

Tijuana River from a pedestrian bridge, by BrokenSphere. via Wikipedia.


By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Sewage seeping out of Mexico and into South California caused festering rashes on Border Patrol agents, who were sent to the hospital for treatment.

The Washington Times reports that the ongoing spill has hampered efforts to stop illegal immigration and drugs from coming across the border in that area.  

Mexican officials said the latest contamination came after they were forced to shut down a pump station after a reported suicide attempt, causing sewage to flow in the Tijuana River. More than 300,000 gallons of wastewater was leeched into the U.S.

Just hours later, another 3,800 gallons of wastewater seeped into the water.

“As crude and nasty as this sounds, this is not American sewage, this is Third World sewage,” said Christopher Harris, a Border Patrol agent and director of legislative and political affairs for Local 1613, the union for agents in the sector.

“There’s whole areas now that are biologically and chemically impacted, just like if you had a biological or chemical attack. There are areas that are no-go zones,” he said.

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No New Border Wall for President Trump Under New Federal Spending Bill

Fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s repeated pledge to build a new border wall has fallen through the cracks under a federal spending bill wending its way through Congress.

But the budget, which is expected to be voted on by Friday, includes a modest $1 billion increase in discretionary spending for Homeland Security.

Nevertheless, Trump’s administration said it’s using $146 million to replace vehicle barriers with “pedestrian fencing,” another $146 million to replace current pedestrian fencing and $49 million to install 35 border gates.

The spending plan expires on Sept. 30.

Trump blamed Democrats for threatening a government shutdown if a new wall was included in the budget.

Other Stories of Interest

Border Patrol Agents Find Marijuana, Manure Stuffed into Coffin inside Hearse

Marijuana was found inside this coffin. Photo via Border Patrol.

Marijuana was found inside this coffin. Photo via Border Patrol.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents stopped a hearse and found marijuana and manure inside a closed casket over the weekend.

Instead of finding a body inside the casket, Willcox Border Patrol agents in Arizona discovered 67 pounds pounds of marijuana and manure that had been used to mask the smell.

A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling.

Agents became suspicious when the driver of the hearse gave inconsistent stories. Despite the manure, a canine sniffed out the drugs.

Border Patrol agents estimated the marijuana had a street value of more than $33,000.

Border Patrol Gets Its First Woman Leader in 93-Year History

Acting Director of the Border Patrol Carla Provost.

Acting Director of the Border Patrol Carla Provost.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol’s first woman to serve as acting chief was named Tuesday to lead the agency as the Trump administration tries to build a wall on the border of Mexico and hire an additional 5,000 agents.

Carla Provost, who was the deputy chief since October, replaces Ronald Vitiello, who became acting deputy commission of Customs and Border Protection, the Associated Press reports. 

Provost is the fourth person to lead the agency since late 2015. She is the first woman to lead the agency in its 93-year history.

Customs and Border Protection said it’s not yet clear how long Provost and Vitiello will serve in the acting roles.