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  • Border agents' use of firearms declines after new guidelines adopted

    Border agents' use of firearms declines after new guidelines adopted
    Border Patrol agents have used firearms and other weapons less frequently in recent months on the often-violent Southwest border after implementation of guidelines aimed at curbing abuses, officials said Wednesday. R. Gil Kerlikowske, commissioner of U....
  • White House criticizes House GOP vote to block immigration policies

    White House criticizes House GOP vote to block immigration policies
    House Republicans voted Wednesday to block President Obama's immigration plans and end an existing program that has deferred deportation for 500,000 young immigrants called "dreamers," attaching the restrictions to a must-pass funding bill for the...
  • A family outing, then a deadly Border Patrol shooting

    A family outing, then a deadly Border Patrol shooting
    It was a family barbecue in a park on the Rio Grande, a belated birthday party for Guillermo Arevalo Pedraza's wife, Nora, and their two daughters, Mariana and Priscila, ages 9 and 10. Arevalo and his buddy, Josue Gonzalez, were lighting the coals and...
  • Border Patrol agents rarely disciplined in abuse cases, records show

    In April 2011, a Border Patrol agent was ordered to undergo counseling after an immigrant filed a formal complaint charging that the agent had slammed the man's head against a rock near Tucson. In August of that year, an immigrant who was arrested...
  • Trying to prevent heroin deaths one shot at a time

    Trying to prevent heroin deaths one shot at a time
    Robert Taylor Jr., and Camille Haviland thought they were being safe — within the bounds of their dangerous heroin habit, that is. Having bought from a new dealer, Taylor tried just one capsule instead of his usual three or four. Haviland left...
  • Gil Kerlikowske: U.S. Customs on the lookout for Ebola cases

    Gil Kerlikowske: U.S. Customs on the lookout for Ebola cases
    Gil Kerlikowske, 64, was sworn in seven months ago as the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Kerlikowske has spent four decades in law enforcement, starting out his career as a police officer in St. Petersburg. He was a police chief in...
  • Border Patrol agent charged in assault on 14-year-old boy

    Border Patrol agent charged in assault on 14-year-old boy
    A U.S. Border Patrol agent surrendered Thursday to face felony charges of assaulting a 14-year-old boy at the Nogales Border Patrol station for having a cellphone while in detention. Aldo Francisco Arteaga of Tucson was fingerprinted and photographed at...
  • Let's show compassion for young immigrants [Letter]

    Let's show compassion for young immigrants [Letter]
    Maryland saw an influx of unaccompanied children from Central America this summer. Today, we have more than 3,000 of these kids. I'm glad Maryland is harboring, them but each has a sword of Damocles over his or her head ("Montgomery Co. is latest to limit...
  • Ebola screening begins at New York's JFK airport

    Ebola screening begins at New York's JFK airport
    Medical teams at New York's JFK airport, armed with Ebola questionnaires and temperature guns, began screening travelers from three West African countries on Saturday as U.S. health authorities stepped up efforts to stop the spread of the virus. John F....
  • Homeland Security revises border rules to reduce deadly shootings

    Homeland Security revises border rules to reduce deadly shootings
    Homeland Security officials on Friday released new instructions for when Border Patrol agents can use deadly force, but questions remained over how rigidly the new rules would be enforced by agents on the ground. The revised guidelines are intended to...
  • Customs officials revise practices for detaining private airplanes

    Customs officials revise practices for detaining private airplanes
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said Friday they have tightened their practices for stopping and searching private aircraft in an effort to reduce law enforcement encounters with innocent pilots. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Eddie Young,...