Latest United States Border Patrol Stories

2005-09-01 13:19:04

MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) - A brutal heat wave in Arizona has resulted in a record number of deaths among illegal immigrants trekking across the scorching deserts from Mexico, authorities said on Thursday. The U.S. Border Patrol said at least 229 immigrants have died in the desert state since the reporting period began October 1 last year, a 57 percent increase over a year earlier, as summer temperatures peaked at 120 degrees F (44 C). "The heat has been brutal," Jose Garza, the...

2005-08-25 18:21:12

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A U.S. Border Patrol helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing after illegal immigrants pelted it with baseball-sized rocks, damaging a rotor, a spokesman for the agency said on Thursday. There were no injuries as the helicopter's pilot was able to set the aircraft down just north of the All American Canal on the border between the U.S. and Mexico, Border Patrol spokesman Michael Gramley said. Authorities say smugglers are becoming...

2005-08-23 19:24:43

SANTA FE, New Mexico (Reuters) - New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will seek the bulldozing of a Mexican village to improve border security at a meeting with the governor of the Mexican state of Chihuahua this week, a Richardson spokesman said on Tuesday. Las Chepas is said to be a staging area for immigrants to enter the United States illegally and for other criminal activities, spokesman Gilbert Gallegos said. An agreement by Mexican officials to raze the hamlet would be "an...

2005-08-07 13:58:15

By Tim Gaynor CAMPO, California (Reuters) - U.S. civilian patrols out to spot illegal immigrants from Mexico and angry pro-immigrant activists could be headed for a bloody showdown on the U.S.-Mexico border, police say. The stage was set in April when hundreds of Minuteman Project volunteers, some of them armed, began tracking immigrants on the Arizona border, upsetting Mexico's 10-million-strong community in the United States. Tensions rose last week when the Texas chapter of the Brown...

2005-07-16 22:34:41

By Marty Graham CAMPO, Calif. (Reuters) - A sleepy desert town near San Diego became the front line in the debate over U.S. immigration policy on Saturday, as volunteers set out to spot illegal immigrants from Mexico and protesters tried to discourage the citizen patrols they see as vigilantes. Throughout the day, people arrived to sign up for border watch, including Jeffrey Mundt of nearby Oceanside, who brought radios to be used by volunteers. Cell phones proved useless in the isolated,...

2005-07-14 16:19:47

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A group of stranded illegal immigrants facing death in the parched Arizona desert saved themselves by using a cell phone they found to call rescue services, the U.S. Border Patrol said on Thursday. The group got lost in the desert near Arivaca, south of Tucson, Arizona, on Wednesday after their guide abandoned them during a four-day trek across the border from Mexico. Lost and low on water, they used a cell phone they found in their guide's bag to dial 911. Rescuers...

2005-07-12 17:32:35

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of people from countries other than Mexico arrested trying to cross the U.S. southern border has almost doubled this year, the head of the U.S. border patrol told the U.S. Congress on Tuesday. David Aguilar told the House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee on homeland security the United States was continuing to experience a rising influx of what he termed OTMs -- other than Mexicans -- trying to enter the country illegally. "Apprehensions are...

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