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2008-02-25 12:25:00

Department of Homeland Security Secretary (DHS) Michael Chertoff announced Friday that a new "virtual fence" to help fight illegal border crossings along part of the U.S.-Mexico border is now ready for service.   Chertoff made the report at a briefing about the country's border-control efforts, at which authorities also announced higher fines for employers who hire illegal immigrants.  "What we are doing is using all of the tools at our disposal to get the maximum leverage for...

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2007-12-22 03:00:00

By JOHN K. WILEY OROVILLE, Wash. - Astride sturdy mustangs named "Okanogan" and "Spurs," U.S. Border Patrol agents Darrel Williams and Justin Hefker ride quietly along a ridgeline above the Similkameen River valley. The mustangs are among a dozen the Border Patrol's Spokane Sector has bought to patrol a 308-mile-long section of the U.S.-Canadian border from the crest of the Cascade Range in Washington state to the Continental Divide in Montana. "The reason we went with the horses was to...

2006-08-23 17:42:45

By Tim Gaynor TUCSON, Arizona (Reuters) - Elite U.S. Border Patrol units armed with assault rifles and stun grenades may be set to play a more prominent role as authorities gain greater control over the porous border with Mexico, border police say. Little known outside law enforcement circles, the Bortac tactical teams have been deployed to remote reaches of the border to hunt drug and human traffickers using out-of-the way routes since the 1980s. The Bortac members wear full...

2006-08-18 10:29:03

By Tim Gaynor ALI JEGK, Arizona (Reuters) - Members of a traditional Indian nation spanning the Arizona-Mexico border are divided over plans to erect a fence to stop drug and human traffickers driving over the desert from Mexico. The U.S. Border Patrol is to start building a 75-mile (120-km) vehicle barrier across the Tohono O'odham nation lands abutting Mexico's Sonora state as early as next month, as part of a move to gain greater control over the porous border Tribal authorities...

2006-08-17 18:23:24

By Tim Gaynor NOGALES, Arizona (Reuters) - The deployment of National Guard troops along the U.S. border with Mexico since June has cut the number of illegal immigrants crossing into the United States by 43 percent, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said on Thursday. President George W. Bush ordered 6,000 National Guard troops to the border in May as a stopgap measure to boosting frontier security for two years while more Border Patrol officers are recruited. Speaking at...

2006-08-07 18:15:43

PHOENIX, Arizona (Reuters) - A sport utility vehicle packed with nearly two dozen suspected illegal immigrants overturned in southern Arizona on Monday, killing nine people, the U.S. Border Patrol said. Agent Veronica Lozano said the dead were among 22 passengers crammed into a Chevrolet Suburban that flipped over on a desert road near Yuma, Arizona, a few miles (km) north of the Mexican border. "The vehicle was attempting to avoid a Border Patrol checkpoint by driving along a dirt...

2006-08-07 18:09:58

PHOENIX, Arizona (Reuters) - A sport utility vehicle packed with nearly two dozen suspected illegal immigrants overturned in southern Arizona on Monday, killing nine people, the U.S. Border Patrol said. Agent Veronica Lozano said the dead were among 22 passengers crammed into a Chevrolet Suburban that flipped over on a desert road near Yuma, Arizona, a few miles (km) north of the Mexican border. "The vehicle was attempting to avoid a Border Patrol checkpoint by driving along a dirt...

2006-06-21 19:13:59

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger took the U.S. Congress to task on Wednesday before a tour of his state's border with Mexico, demanding it pass legislation to address illegal immigration. "I believe it is totally irresponsible for the politicians in Washington, D.C. to have failed yet again to pass a comprehensive immigration reform plan and address this national crisis," Schwarzenegger said in a statement. "Until our border is secure, I know all...

2006-06-19 08:05:00

By Bernd Debusmann, Special Correspondent BUFFALO, New York -- At first glance, the arithmetic looks alarming. The U.S.-Canada border runs for 4,000 miles across some of the most remote and rugged territory on the planet. Some 1,000 border patrol agents must secure it. They work in shifts, around-the-clock. That means that at any one time, on an average day, fewer than 300 agents are on duty on the world's longest border between two neighboring countries. If they were spaced out evenly, there...

2006-06-15 16:59:37

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The first 800 U.S. National Guard troops are taking up positions along the U.S-Mexico border, but will only support existing border patrol units, U.S. Defense Department officials said on Thursday. The roll-out of the National Guard troops, whose numbers are expected to reach 6,000 by August 1, is part of a push by the federal government to stem the flow of illegal immigrants across the 2,000-mile (3,600-km) border. About 50 percent of the troops will watch...


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