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Border agency blocks release of independent report on use of force

A man walks along the border fence in Tijuana, Mexico, near where a U.S. Border Patrol agent shot Mexican citizen Edgar Ortega in 2008. Authorities said Ortega was throwing rocks at agents.Guillermo Arias/Associated Press Despite pledges from the Obama administration for greater transparency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has kept secret a potentially embarrassing independent […]

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Border agency watchdog censors recommendations to curb deadly force

A man walks along the border fence in Tijuana, Mexico, near where a U.S. Border Patrol agent shot Mexican citizen Edgar Ortega in 2008. Authorities said Ortega was throwing rocks at agents. Guillermo Arias/Associated Press It’s one of the U.S. Border Patrol’s most controversial practices: shooting at migrants and suspected drug runners who throw rocks […]

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Detained border crossers may find themselves sent to ‘the freezers’

Some men held at a short-term detention center in Nogales, Ariz., use heat-reflective “space” blankets. Interviews and court records show many immigrants have been held for days in rooms kept at temperatures so low that they develop pneumonia and other illnesses.Peter O’Dowd/Fronteras The moment Border Patrol agents swooped in on Claudia and her husband, Marvin, […]

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Sister of border agency leader pleads guilty to human smuggling charge

Jeffrey Self is the commander of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Arizona Joint Field Command. His sister, 52-year-old Tammy Leigh Stephens of Phoenix, has pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting an illegal immigration entry.Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press The sister of the top-ranking U.S. Customs and Border Protection official in Arizona pleaded guilty Thursday to smuggling […]