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Judge Tentatively Approves $1M Settlement to Children in Border Patrol Lawsuit

Anastasio Hernandez Rojas.

Anastasio Hernandez Rojas.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Seven years of litigation may finally be over after a San Diego federal judge tentatively approved a $1 million settlement to the children of a Mexican man who was fatally beaten and shot with a Taser at a California port of entry.

The money will be split by the five children of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, who was killed during the confrontation at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on May 28, 2010, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

“This agreement is not justice,” said Hernandez Rojas’ common-law wife, Maria Puga, at a news conference following the hearing. “My husband’s life does not have a price. The decision had to be taken and it was difficult. We had to turn the page.”

Two of the children are still minors.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Louisa Porter told the two 10-year-olds that he delayed signing the final order under to ensure the funds don’t need to go through probate.

“I hope you use the funds so you can have a good life going forward,” Porter told the two 10-year-olds. “He came to this country to improve his life, and he’d like to see your lives improved by virtue of all the sacrifices he made for you.”

Homeland Security Secretary Says He Has No Clue What a Sanctuary City Is

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

What is a sanctuary city?

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly confessed that he had no idea.

“I don’t have a clue,” Kelly told San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman when she asked for a definition.

Kelly was speaking to law enforcement in San Diego.

The definition is important because President Trump signed an executive order that threatened to pull federal funding from every “sanctuary jurisdiction.”

To be sure, what constitutes a sanctuary city has not been made clear. In general, it means cities that refuse to work with federal authorities on immigration enforcement.

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NTSB Blames Air Traffic Controllers, Pilots for Deadly Crash in San Diego in 2015

national border patrol councilBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A deadly mid-air collision between two planes in San Diego in 2015 was the fault of pilots and air traffic controllers, the National Transportation Safety Board reports.

The new report lays most of the blame on air traffic controllers, 10 News reports. 

Moments before the collision between a Sabreliner jet and a Cessna, which killed five people, an air traffic control trainee was overwhelmed while getting on-the-job training.

A controller is limited to handling seven aircraft, but on this day, the workload was nine. NTSB concluded that the controller told the pilot of the Cessna to make a 360-degree turn, which resulted in the collision.

Some of the blame also belongs to the pilots, who could have avoided the collision, the report states. The pilots should have shown more “situational awareness,” which would have enabled them to “take evasive action in time to avert the collision.”

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FBI: Can We Charge U.S. Couple with Dumping Baby’s Body in Mexico?

Tijuana, Mexico

Tijuana, Mexico

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is trying to determine whether it can bring charges against a San Diego couple accused of dumping the body of a baby in an empty lot in Tijuana.

Law enforcement officials believe the baby was killed and dumped in Mexico.

NBC7 said the FBI is reviewing a federal statute that makes it a crime in America for a U.S. citizen to kill another U.S. citizen on foreign soil.

The couple’s seven-month-old child was found dead on Sept. 2 in a Mexican neighborhood that is roughly 12 miles south of the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

The couple told authorities that baby Elliot fell and died, so they wrapped him up in blankets and discarded him in an empty lot in Tijuana.

Judge Dismisses Wrongful-Death Lawsuit Against Border Patrol in Taser Explosion

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent whose use of a Taser caused a deadly car explosion acted reasonably, a judge ruled in dismissing a wrong-death lawsuit against the agency, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. 

Alex Martin died after his car exploded when the agent used the Taser following a chase.

U.S. District Court Judge Larry A. Burns said the agent responded in a reasonable manner given the tense situation.

The incident happened after Martin, 24, initiated a chase in San Diego that ended after his tires were flatted by a spike strip.

When agents surrounded Martin’s car, he appeared to reach in the center console, prompting one of the agents to fire a Taser through the window, causing an explosion.

Border Protection Commissioner Says It’s Impossible Not To Have Some Illegal Entries at Border

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump wants to seal off the border.

But U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske says it’s not possible to keep everyone out of the U.S.

“You’re certainly not going to have a border as long as we have with the government of Mexico that is going to not ever have anyone cross illegally,” Kerlikowske said Tuesday while visiting the San Ysidro Port Of Entry south of San Diego, according to a report by the TV station 7 San Diego.

Drunken Brawl Breaks Out at National Border Patrol Council Meeting

Border PatrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A drunken brawl broke out at a National Border Patrol Council meeting in San Diego, resulting in nine civil harassment restraining orders being filed by four agents, ABC 10 News reports.

The fight at Local 1613 broke out during the June 9 meeting as union members were drinking.

The union’s meeting at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Mission Valley included an open bar tab “in order to foster a sense of brotherhood and boost morale.”

It appears the bar fostered some ill-will when an altercation broke out among intoxicated members, according to ABC News.

Former Local 1613 President Robert Harlan complained that a union member “started kicking me in the head, and then he straddled me and started wailing me with both fists on the sides of my head and my ears repeatedly, and there was nothing I could do to defend myself.”

The San Diego Police Department investigated the brawl and handed the case over to the prosecutor for potential charges.

FBI Hassles Students for Shooting Video Outside FBI Field Office

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two FBI agents paid a visit to the home of a college student after she and two other journalism students shot video outside of the bureau’s field office in San Diego.

An FBI spokesman said two agents visited the home because they were concerned about people shooting video outside of the bureau without calling ahead like many other journalists do, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. 

First Amendment experts expressed concern with the visit, saying the students did nothing wrong and were intimidated by the agents.

The students said they received permission from a guard to shoot the video, and the guard even took down their drivers’ license information.

But before long, they were told to leave.

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