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border patrol agents assaulted, threatened in three separate incidents


border patrol agents were assaulted with a car, beaten and punched and threatened with a knife in three separate incidents in otay mesa wednesday night that resulted in the arrest of a u.s. citizen and two mexican nationals.the first offense began about 6 p.m. when agents tried to pull over a 2005 chevrolet tahoe traveling west on state route 905 near la media road.as several agents pursued the man who had refused to stop he abruptly turned and rammed one of the vehicles. he then hit the vehicle a second time, border patrol officials said.other agents quickly moved in, stopped the suv and took the driver, said to be a 30-year-old u.s. citizen, into custody.the second incident happened at 7:30 p.m. about four miles from the u.s./mexico border near alta road where a man hiding in tall brush






border patrol chase of smuggling suspect ends in crash; 9 injured


nine people were injured, one critically, when an suv driven by a person suspected of human smuggling crashed sunday while being chased by border patrol agents near lake morena east of san diego. the agents tried to pull over the chevrolet trailblazer, which was headed east on state route 94 in...






border patrol agents track felon from san ysidro to bakersfield


u.s. border patrol agents tracked down a convicted felon accused of illegally entering the country thanks in part to personal belongings the man dropped while crossing the border, a federal official said wednesday. the 27-year-old man is suspected of entering the u.s. from mexico east of the san ysidro port of entry on feb. 14, federal officials said. while crossing, he dropped several unspecified items. information gleaned from the items led u.s. border patrol agents to bakersfield, where they found the 27-year-old mexican national on friday.the unnamed suspect was arrested and is in federal custody. he was previously convcted of assault with a deadly weapon in 2015 and had previously been deported three times, most recently in december 2016. richard a. barlow, chief patrol agent of the s






border patrol agents track felon from san ysidro to bakersfield


u.s. border patrol agents tracked down a convicted felon accused of illegally entering the country thanks in part to personal belongings the man dropped while crossing the border, a federal official said wednesday. the 27-year-old man is suspected of entering the u.s. from mexico east of the san ysidro port of entry on feb. 14, federal officials said. while crossing, he dropped several unspecified items. information gleaned from the items led u.s. border patrol agents to bakersfield, where they found the 27-year-old mexican national on friday.the unnamed suspect was arrested and is in federal custody. he was previously convcted of assault with a deadly weapon in 2015 and had previously been deported three times, most recently in december 2016. richard a. barlow, chief patrol agent of the s






former border patrol officials question trump plan to add agents


a u.s. department of homeland security plan to add more than 5,000 border enforcement agents will present logistical challenges and might be unnecessary, according to former government officials familiar with earlier pushes to accelerate border hiring.three former top officials at u.s. customs and border patrol (cbp) told reuters in interviews that ramping up hiring at the agency, as outlined in a directive on tuesday, would be expensive, while rapid expansion poses the risk of corruption if screening protocols for recruits are relaxed.the officials said the agency should get what it needs to secure the border, but they questioned whether such a major staff expansion was necessary, noting that apprehensions at the border have dropped.   “congress is going to be looking at this very careful






border agency anticipates years to hit trump’s hiring goal


washington (ap) — the u.s. border patrol will not lower hiring standards to satisfy president donald trump’s order to add 5,000 agents and will need several years to hit its target, administration officials said wednesday.a precise timeline has not been set, but one official said the goal was to hire as many agents as possible in four or five years. another official said it wouldn’t happen overnight.officials at u.s. customs and border protection, the border patrol’s parent agency, would speak only on condition of anonymity, despite trump’s insistence that reporters should only quote people by name.the hiring surge is a key piece of trump’s immigration orders that has drawn less attention than his travel ban and his plans to erect a wall on the border with mexico. hiring 5,000 border patro






'a border agent took my sister and me into a closet and sexually assaulted us,'


two sisters who were trying to escape violence and poverty in guatemala for a better life “became so desperately lost trekking across the texas desert that when they saw a u.s. customs and border protection truck, they waved for help,” reports the los angeles times. an officer in that truck later confined them by force, and sexually assaulted them, one by one. [t]he sisters, age 19 and 17, claim that they were taken by a border patrol officer to a closet in the presidio intake office, where he forced them to strip and sexually assaulted them in july 2016. attorneys for the american civil liberties union of northern california filed legal claims tuesday against the department of homeland security on behalf of the sisters, now living in fresno with their mother. the claims, seeking $750,000






border patrol union takes center stage under trump


solana beach, calif. — once a week, union leaders representing u.s. border patrol agents host a radio show from a sleepy office park near san diego, where studio walls are covered with an 8-by-12-foot american flag and portraits of president donald trump and vice president mike pence.the show has a somewhat unlikely lead sponsor: the hard-right breitbart news site, which isn't known as a fan of labor unions. the hosts open a revealing window on how union leaders hope to reshape enforcement on 6,000 miles of border with mexico and canada.the show is called "the green line" for the color of border patrol uniforms. the broadcast is aimed at agents, congress and the news media. it's part of a 4-year-old effort to raise the union's profile.






border patrol pursuit ends in crash; 9 hurt, 1 critically


san diego — officials say nine people were injured, one critically, when an suv driven by a suspected human smuggler crashed while being chased by border patrol agents near lake morena.mark endicott, a supervisory border patrol agent for the san diego sector, tells the san diego union tribute (http://bit.ly/2mkwtlw) that agents tried to pull over the chevrolet trailblazer on sunday but the driver sped off.the vehicle crashed minutes later near the entrance to lake morena county park.endicott says officials suspect the driver, a u.s. citizen, was smuggling his passengers into the country. all of the passengers were adult, mexican nationals who were in the u.s. illegally. no one in the crash was identified.






sisters from guatemala claim border patrol agent sexually assaulted them


two teenage sisters fleeing guatemala became so desperately lost trekking across the texas desert that when they saw a u.s. customs and border protection truck, they waved for help.but the sisters, age 19 and 17, claim that they were taken by a border patrol officer to a closet in the presidio intake office, where he forced them to strip and sexually assaulted them in july 2016. attorneys for the american civil liberties union of northern california filed legal claims tuesday against the department of homeland security on behalf of the sisters, now living in fresno with their mother.the claims, seeking $750,000 in compensation for each sister, describe in graphic detail the alleged molestation by the border patrol officer, whose identity remains unclear.“what happened in that closet has ca






sisters from guatemala claim border patrol agent sexually assaulted them


two teenage sisters fleeing guatemala became so desperately lost trekking across the texas desert that when they saw a u.s. customs and border protection truck, they waved for help.but the sisters, age 19 and 17, claim that they were taken by a border patrol officer to a closet in the presidio intake office, where he forced them to strip and sexually assaulted them in july 2016. attorneys for the american civil liberties union of northern california filed legal claims tuesday against the department of homeland security on behalf of the sisters, now living in fresno with their mother.the claims, seeking $750,000 in compensation for each sister, describe in graphic detail the alleged molestation by the border patrol officer, whose identity remains unclear.“what happened in that closet has ca






sisters from guatemala claim border patrol agent sexually assaulted them


two teenage sisters fleeing guatemala became so desperately lost trekking across the texas desert that when they saw a u.s. customs and border protection truck, they waved for help.but the sisters, age 19 and 17, claim that they were taken by a border patrol officer to a closet in the presidio intake office, where he forced them to strip and sexually assaulted them in july 2016. attorneys for the american civil liberties union of northern california filed legal claims tuesday against the department of homeland security on behalf of the sisters, now living in fresno with their mother.the claims, seeking $750,000 in compensation for each sister, describe in graphic detail the alleged molestation by the border patrol officer, whose identity remains unclear.“what happened in that closet has ca






union-backed ronald vitiello named to lead border patrol


san diego (ap) — a career border patrol official who was backed by the agents’ union was named tuesday as chief of the agency, less than a week after his predecessor resigned under pressure.u.s. customs and border protection said on twitter than ronald vitiello has been appointed to lead the agency at a time when president donald trump has pledged to erect a wall on the u.s. border with mexico and add 5,000 agents from the current level of about 20,000.the national border patrol council — an early and outspoken backer of trump’s presidential bid — openly supported vitiello for the job and pushed for the ouster of his predecessor, mark morgan, who resigned thursday at the request of the new administration. morgan stepped down only seven months after being named the first outsider to run the






trump's plans to rapidly increase border patrol officers comes with big risks


president trump’s promise to crack down on illegal immigration includes not only a wall but more people behind the wall — an additional 5,000 border patrol agents and 10,000 immigration officers. those lofty goals come with a set of unknowns — such as how soon, where the money would come from —...






2 pedestrians killed in separate minnesota incidents


burnsville, minn. — the minnesota state patrol says two people have been struck and killed by vehicles in separate incidents.authorities say a 45-year-old man died about 9 p.m. sunday after he was struck while trying to cross traffic on highway 13 in burnsville. the victim is identified as juan morales-castro of burnsville.in the lake of the woods county, a man kneeling on a rural road in wheeler township was struck and killed about 11:30 p.m. sunday. a rochester man driving the car that struck the man told investigators he tried to swerve, but ended up striking him. the victim is a 39-year-old baudette man.






border patrol union takes center stage under trump


solana beach, calif. (ap) — once a week, union leaders representing u.s. border patrol agents host a radio show from a sleepy office park near san diego, where studio walls are covered with an 8-by-12-foot american flag and portraits of president donald trump and vice president mike pence.for about an hour, the agents mix discussions about border security with shoptalk and freewheeling news commentary in a show that airs by podcast and on a radio station in tucson, arizona.the show has a somewhat unlikely lead sponsor: the hard-right breitbart news site, which isn’t known as a fan of labor unions. the hosts open a revealing window into how union leaders hope to reshape enforcement on 6,000 miles of border with mexico and canada.the show, called “the green line” for the color of border patr






border patrol pursuit ends in crash; 9 hurt, one critically


nine people were injured, one critically, when an suv driven by a suspected human smuggler crashed sunday while being chased by border patrol agents near lake morena in east county. the agents tried to pull over the chevrolet trailblazer, which was headed east on state route 94 in the campo area, about 11:40 a.m., said mark endicott, a supervisory border patrol agent for the san diego sector.  the driver sped off and crashed into a boulder about 15 minutes later off lake morena drive near the entrance to lake morena county park. the suv was the only vehicle involved in the crash. all nine people inside were hurt. two people suffered minor injuries, six were moderately injured and one person was in critical condition, cal fire capt. issac sanchez said. he didn’t know whether it was the driv






smuggled girl abandoned near calexico border


border patrol agents found a 4-year-old girl soon after she was abandoned by smugglers east of calexico sunday morning, authorities said.agents stationed in el centro spotted people crossing into the u.s. at the border near mount signal about 6:20 a.m. as agents approached that stretch of the imperial valley border, they saw one person return to mexico, then go into a vehicle that drove away.on the u.s. side, agents found the girl standing alone on a road, customs and border protection officials said.once they ensured the child did not need medical care, they took her to the border patrol station in el centro, where the girl was fed.agents interviewed the girl, who had her birth certificate with her, and determined she was a citizen of guatemala, customs officials said.she was turned over






smuggled girl abandoned near calexico border


border patrol agents found a 4-year-old girl soon after she was abandoned by smugglers east of calexico monday morning, authorities said.agents stationed in el centro spotted people crossing into the u.s. at the border near mount signal about 6:20 a.m. as agents approached that stretch of the imperial valley border, they saw one person return to mexico, then go into a vehicle that drove away.on the u.s. side, agents found the girl standing alone on a road, customs and border protection officials said.once they ensured the child did not need medical care, they took her to the border patrol station in el centro, where the girl was fed.agents interviewed the girl, who had her birth certificate with her, and determined she was a citizen of guatemala, customs officials said.she was turned over






feds didn’t make arrests at doña ana county schools, officials say


rumors spread wednesday that federal agents were at schools in doña ana county arresting immigrants living in the united states without legal status, but officials say that didn’t happen.courtesy photothis photo circulated wednesday showing a u.s. border patrol vehicle parked at mesquite elementary school. an agent was there for a school event, not to enforce immigration law, a school district official says.while u.s. immigrations and customs enforcement (ice) agents were conducting a raid at various locations in las cruces, a photo circulated of a u.s. border patrol vehicle at mesquite elementary school in southern doña ana county.that sparked concerns among immigrant advocates that federal agents might be breaking with a policy that states they should generally not enforce immigration la






border patrol pursuit ends in crash; 9 hurt, one critically


nine people were injured, one critically, when an suv driven by a suspected human smuggler crashed sunday while being chased by border patrol agents near lake morena in east county. the agents tried to pull over the chevrolet trailblazer, which was headed east on state route 94 in the campo area, about 11:40 a.m., said mark endicott, a supervisory border patrol agent for the san diego sector.  the driver sped off and crashed into a boulder about 15 minutes later off lake morena drive near the entrance to lake morena county park. the suv was the only vehicle involved in the crash. all nine people inside were hurt. two people suffered minor injuries, six were moderately injured and one person was in critical condition, cal fire capt. issac sanchez said. he didn’t know whether it was the driv






aclu preps lawsuit against border patrol


the american civil liberties union (aclu) was preparing to sue the u.s. customs and border protection over what has described as a pattern of agents sexually assaulting women who have crossed the border into the u.s. the lawsuit was expected to be filed march 22, the aclu of northern california announced wednesday. in the announcement, the…






suv chased by border patrol crashes, injuring 9 inside, officials say


san diego – officials say nine people were injured, one critically, when an suv driven by a suspected human smuggler crashed while being chased by border patrol agents near lake morena on sunday.border patrol officials told cbs san dieglo affiliate kfmb-tv they tried to pull over the vehicle around 11:40 a.m. but instead of stopping, it took off, sparking the chase.when they got to lake morena county park, the suv’s driver lost control and it crashed\, authorities told the station.kfmb was told there were nine people were inside - eight mexican nationals, and one u.s. citizen. cbs news 8 - san diego, ca news station - kfmb channel 8border officials described it to the station as a case of human smuggling. “this is a sad example of how human smugglers prefer profit over people and don’t tak






feds didn’t make arrests at doña ana county schools, officials say


rumors spread wednesday that federal agents were at schools in doña ana county arresting immigrants living in the united states without legal status, but officials say that didn’t happen.courtesy photothis photo circulated wednesday showing a u.s. border patrol vehicle parked at mesquite elementary school. an agent was there for a school event, not to enforce immigration law, a school district official says.while u.s. immigrations and customs enforcement (ice) agents were conducting a raid at various locations in las cruces, a photo circulated of a u.s. border patrol vehicle at mesquite elementary school in southern doña ana county.that sparked concerns among immigrant advocates that federal agents might be breaking with a policy that states they should generally not enforce immigration la






san diego judge poised to approve $1 million settlement in border death case


more than three years after the death of a man while in custody at the san ysidro port of entry, the names of the border officers involved have been made public.u.s. magistrate judge david bartick lifted a protective order this week that had masked the identities of the border patrol agents and...






ap fact check: who needs a wall? trump says border is strong


washington — president donald trump says the border with mexico is already "getting extremely strong" and would-be illegal crossers are giving up because they think, "we can't get in." all without the wall he promises to build, or any reported boost in deportations, or any surge in patrol agents.the boast was one of a number at a tennessee rally wednesday night that did not track with the facts. a look at some:trump: "and by the way, aren't our borders getting extremely strong? ... we've already experienced an unprecedented 40 percent reduction in illegal immigration on our southern border, 61 percent — 61 percent since inauguration day. sixty-one percent; think about it. and now people are saying we're not going to go there anymore 'cause we can't get in, so it's going to get better and b






2 men face smuggling charges after border patrol pursuit, crash in campo


two men were charged in a federal court complaint monday with smuggling seven unauthorized immigrants from mexico into the u.s., in an incident that abruptly ended sunday when an suv one of the men was driving crashed after a short pursuit by border patrol agents in campo.the crash occurred about 11:50 a.m. on lake morena drive just south of the entrance to lake morena county park in rural east county, authorities said.the complaint identified keith lamon grier, a u.s. citizen born in chula vista, as the driver of the white chevy trailblazer that was loaded with unauthorized immigrants.a second man, luis alvarez-delgado, a mexican citizen, was identified by some of the unauthorized immigrant passengers as the foot guide, who led them across the border and to the vehicle.the complaint did n






mayor: photo showing border patrol in new jersey in a hoax


morristown, n.j. — officials in one new jersey city say a photo that purports to show border patrol agents arresting someone in front of a local business is a fake.they also told concerned residents that the town won't have its police officers perform the work of federal immigration agents.morristown officials say the photo being circulated on social media was digitally altered and is a hoax. they say don't know where it came from or why it was altered.mayor timothy dougherty says some latino residents have been afraid to send their children to school or visit local businesses because they fear they will be detained. he also says they shouldn't be afraid to call police if they need help.morristown is about 30 miles west of new york city. about one-third of its population is hispanic.






ap fact check: who needs a wall? trump says border is strong


washington (ap) — president donald trump says the border with mexico is already “getting extremely strong” and would-be illegal crossers are giving up because they think, “we can’t get in.” all without the wall he promises to build, or any reported boost in deportations, or any surge in patrol agents.the boast was one of a number at a tennessee rally wednesday night that did not track with the facts. a look at some:trump: “and by the way, aren’t our borders getting extremely strong? … we’ve already experienced an unprecedented 40 percent reduction in illegal immigration on our southern border, 61 percent — 61 percent since inauguration day. sixty-one percent; think about it. and now people are saying we’re not going to go there anymore ’cause we can’t get in, so it’s going to get better an






serb wall in ovo city pulled down with no incidents


pristina, ovo — a concrete wall erected in the northern ovo city of mitrovica that has provoked tensions between ovo and neighboring serbia has been pulled down.the move followed an agreement between the government and the country's ethnic serb minority, facilitated by the european union and the united states emb y.the wall's destruction by two excavators on sunday was not accompanied by any incidents. police forces were on high alert.the border tensions started with the wall in december and increased other incidents in january, including a serbian nationalist train that was stopped at the border. ovo declared independence from serbia in 2008, but serbia has not recognized it as a separate country, seeking to maintain influence in northern ovo where most of the serb minority lives.






serial kidnapper strikes third time, delaware police say


closeskip in skipxembedxshare police believe a man who reportedly tried to abduct a woman at gunpoint at a pike creek apartment monday evening is the same person who kidnapped, robbed and sexually assaulted women in two separate incidents in february. 3/7/17 john j. jankowski jr. & damian gilettonew castle county (del.) police examine a door at the preserve at deacons walk apartments on monday, march 6, 2017, after a man allegedly tried to abduct a woman there.(photo: john j. jankowski, the (wilmington, del.) news journal) 6493 connectlinkedinemailmorewilmington, del. — police believe a man who reportedly tried to abduct a woman at gunpoint at a delaware apartment monday evening is the same person who kidnapped, robbed and sexually assaulted women in two separate incidents in february. the






serial kidnapper strikes third time, delaware police say


closeskip in skipxembedxshare police believe a man who reportedly tried to abduct a woman at gunpoint at a pike creek apartment monday evening is the same person who kidnapped, robbed and sexually assaulted women in two separate incidents in february. 3/7/17 john j. jankowski jr. & damian gilettonew castle county (del.) police examine a door at the preserve at deacons walk apartments on monday, march 6, 2017, after a man allegedly tried to abduct a woman there.(photo: john j. jankowski, the (wilmington, del.) news journal) 5926 connectlinkedinemailmorewilmington, del. — police believe a man who reportedly tried to abduct a woman at gunpoint at a delaware apartment monday evening is the same person who kidnapped, robbed and sexually assaulted women in two separate incidents in february. the






number of migrants caught at mexican border plunges 40% under trump


the number of migrants caught by border patrol agents as they attempt to cross the southwest border has plunged dramatically, dropping 40% since president trump took office and signed sweeping executive orders to enforce immigration laws.about 835 people a day were caught trying to cross the border or deemed inadmissible after presenting themselves at a port of entry in february, down from about 1,370 a day in january, according to new figures released by u.s. customs and border protection,while there are often seasonal fluctuations – fewer immigrants usually attempt to cross the border from mexico into the u.s. in winter – border patrol agents typically see a 10% to 20% surge of people attempting to cross in february.already, trump’s supporters and leading members of his administration ar






union-backed ronald vitiello named to lead border patrol


san diego — a career border patrol official who was backed by the agents' union was named tuesday as chief of the agency, less than a week after his predecessor resigned under pressure.u.s. customs and border protection said on twitter than ronald vitiello has been appointed to lead the agency at a time when president donald trump has pledged to erect a wall on the u.s. border with mexico and add 5,000 agents from the current level of about 20,000.the national border patrol council — an early and outspoken backer of trump's presidential bid — openly supported vitiello for the job and pushed for the ouster of his predecessor, mark morgan, who resigned thursday at the request of the new administration. morgan stepped down only seven months after being named the first outsider to run the agen






union-backed ronald vitiello named to lead border patrol


san diego — a career border patrol official who was backed by the agents' union has been named chief of the agency, less than a week after his predecessor resigned under pressure.u.s. customs and border protection said ronald vitiello was appointed tuesday to lead the agency at a time when president donald trump has pledged to erect a wall on the u.s. border with mexico and add 5,000 agents from the current level of about 20,000.the national border patrol council — an early and outspoken backer of trump's presidential bid — openly supported vitiello for the job and pushed for the ouster of his predecessor, mark morgan, who resigned thursday at the request of the new administration. morgan stepped down only seven months after being named the first outsider to run the agency since it was cre






union-backed ronald vitiello named to lead border patrol


san diego — a career border patrol official who was backed by the agents' union was named tuesday as chief of the agency, less than a week after his predecessor resigned under pressure.u.s. customs and border protection said ronald vitiello was appointed to lead the agency at a time when president donald trump has pledged to erect a wall on the u.s. border with mexico and add 5,000 agents from the current level of about 20,000.the national border patrol council — an early and outspoken backer of trump's presidential bid — openly supported vitiello for the job and pushed for the ouster of his predecessor, mark morgan, who resigned thursday at the request of the new administration. morgan stepped down only seven months after being named the first outsider to run the agency since it was creat






union-backed ronald vitiello named to lead border patrol


san diego — a career border patrol official who was backed by the agents' union was named tuesday as chief of the agency, less than a week after his predecessor resigned under pressure.u.s. customs and border protection said on twitter than ronald vitiello has been appointed to lead the agency at a time when president donald trump has pledged to erect a wall on the u.s. border with mexico and add 5,000 agents from the current level of about 20,000.the national border patrol council — an early and outspoken backer of trump's presidential bid — openly supported vitiello for the job and pushed for the ouster of his predecessor, mark morgan, who resigned thursday at the request of the new administration. morgan stepped down only seven months after being named the first outsider to run the agen






number of immigrants caught at mexican border plunges 40% under trump


the number of immigrants caught by border patrol agents as they attempt to cross the southwest border has plunged dramatically, dropping 40% since president trump took office and signed sweeping executive orders to enforce immigration laws.about 840 people a day were caught trying to cross the border or deemed inadmissible after presenting themselves at a port of entry in february, down from about 1,370 a day in january, according to new figures released by u.s. customs and border protection.although there are often seasonal fluctuations — fewer immigrants usually attempt to cross the border from mexico into the u.s. in winter — border patrol agents typically see a 10% to 20% surge of people making the journey in february.already, trump’s supporters and leading members of his administratio






number of immigrants caught at mexican border plunges 40% under trump


the number of immigrants caught by border patrol agents as they attempt to cross the southwest border has plunged dramatically, dropping 40% since president trump took office and signed sweeping executive orders to enforce immigration laws.about 840 people a day were caught trying to cross the border or deemed inadmissible after presenting themselves at a port of entry in february, down from about 1,370 a day in january, according to new figures released by u.s. customs and border protection.although there are often seasonal fluctuations — fewer immigrants usually attempt to cross the border from mexico into the u.s. in winter — border patrol agents typically see a 10% to 20% surge of people making the journey in february.already, trump’s supporters and leading members of his administratio