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Border Patrol Agents Rescue 2 People from Drowning Near Mexico Border

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents are known for tracking down undocumented immigrants at the border with Mexico.

But they also save a lot of lives.

On Tuesday, Border Patrol agents rescued two drowning men in the Rio Grande near the Texas and Mexico border, Fox News reports. 

The two agents were alerted to the emergency by people on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande about 50 miles south west of McAllen and 175 miles southwest of Corpus Christi.

Agents Luis Gonzalez and Abel Flores pulled the men to safety and used a patrol boat to drop them back onto the Mexican side of the river.

“We are very proud of our agents [and] their actions which ultimately prevented the loss of human life,” said Manuel Padilla Jr., the chief Border Patrol agent in the Rio Grande sector. 

Border Patrol Captures 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender Who Entered U.S. Illegally

Lee Robert Moore has been captured.

Lee Robert Moore has been captured.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 40-year-old U.S. citizen, who is a wanted sex offender and known gang member, was captured by Border Patrol agents after trying to re-enter Texas illegally.

John Albert Gover was one of the Texas Department of Public Safety’s 10 Most Wanted sex offenders, the Dallas Morning News reports. 

Gover is accused of trying to bypass inspection by crossing the Rio Grande River. He was apprehended by Eagle Pass Station agents.

In 2009, Gover was convicted of molesting a 12-year-old girl in Bexar County in Texas. He served four years in prison.

Soon after his release, he was arrested in San Antonio for failing to register as a sex offender.

Head of Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector to Take Helm at Rio Grande Valley Sector

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector in southern Arizona is losing its leader.

Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla Jr. is taking the helm at the agency’s Rio Grande Valley Sector, The Arizona Daily Star reports. 

The Nogales native will make the shift later this month.

Under Padilla’s watch, the Tucson Sector has seen a “marked decrease” in human smuggling, border violence and other illegal activities, according to CBP.

Padilla “always felt a sense of community and made it his purpose in life to reduce cross-border criminal activity while improving the quality of life for Arizona’s residents,” a news release said.

Padilla’s career with Border Patrol began in 1986 at the Sierra Blanca Border Patrol Sector in Texas.

Border Patrol Helicopter Comes Under Fire; FBI Investigates

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is trying to determine who fired shots at a Border Patrol helicopter on Friday, forcing the crew to make an emergency landing near the Mexican border.

The helicopter was carrying at least one Border Patrol agent during an operational mission along the Rio Grande near Laredo, Texas, when it came under fire, Reuters reports.

“The rounds penetrated and damaged the aircraft, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing,” Special Agent Michelle Lee told Reuters.

No one was injured, she said.

It wasn’t clear this weekend whether the shots came from the American or Mexican side of the border, which the FBI is investigating.

The Texas Rangers also are helping investigate.

Border Patrol Agent Rescued Following ATV Crash in Texas

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent is recovering from traumatic injuries after his ATV plunged over a ledge near the Rio Grande in Sanderson, Texas.

Agents from the Office of Air and Marine boarded a helicopter and rescued the agent soon after the crash.

“The safety of our officers and agents is critical. These men and women put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe. We are glad to say that our air crew was able to successfully extract this individual from an extremely remote location to safety,” Supervisory Air Interdiction Agent Clay Tippit said in a press release.

The agent was treated and stabilized and then sent to a hospital via helicopter.

“We work closely with other agencies in the area especially Border Patrol. When an agent, or any individual, is injured we do everything we can to ensure an outcome such as this. Everyone worked together and got this injured agent the care that he needed. Because of that, I can gladly say that the agent has been released from the hospital and is doing well,” said Tippit.

 

 

Border Patrol May Get More Surveillance Balloons Because of Success of Others

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents are finding success with surveillance balloons that hover high above the Rio Grande and can zoom in on a license plate from miles away, the Valley Morning Star reports.

Border Patrol officials said more balloons are possible to keep more eyes in the sky.

The balloons are stationed in Rio Grande City, Penitas and near Falfurrias.

“We place them strategically in locations where there’s the most traffic,” agency spokesman Joe Gutierrez Jr. said. “Wherever the risk is greater, we focus resources and technology.”

The balloons, called aerostats, are surplus from the Army.

FBI reviewing Potentially Deadly Encounter Between Border Patrol, Militia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is investigating a tense encounter between the U.S. Border Patrol and an armed militia man, the Valley Morning Star reports.

An agent is accused of firing several shorts at what turned out to be a militia member on private property.

The incident happened while Border Patrol agents were chasing immigrants near Brownsville and spotted the man holding a gun.

An FBI spokeswoman confirmed the FBI is reviewing the cases, which had not been investigated by the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office.

National Guard Troops in Texas Fight Boredom, Not Illegal Immigration, So Far

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

National Guard troops continue to arrive in Texas on the orders of Gov. Rick Perry to help crackdown on the border crisis, but so far, there’s not much for them to do, the Washington Post reports.

The troops, who are wearing body armor and carrying pistols, were spotted fighting boredom as their role continues to confuse federal law enforcement.

“The music keeps me up,” said one soldier listening to R&B. “We’re keeping our eyes on the brush.”

So far, Border Patrol units have stood watch, usually watching over the river.

To date, about 400 of the anticipated 1,000 guardsman have arrived.

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