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    A suspected human smuggler has been charged with serious crimes after he allegedly attempted to run a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent off the road. “Last week, Daniel Jerome Wagner, 54, of Phoenix, Arizona, was arrested on one count of Assault on a Federal Officer with the Use of a Deadly or Dangerous Weapon,” said a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) press release. “Wagner was charged by criminal complaint and had his initial appearance on Friday before United States Magistrate Judge Eric J. Markovich.” A Douglas, Arizona CBP agent initially attempted to stop Wagner for an immigration inspection on September 21. He was suspected of smuggling illegal aliens into the country. But Wagner did not stop. Instead, he picked up speed on the highway, attempting to evade the authorities. Abruptly, Wagner then stopped his vehicle, and turned 180 degrees before heading in the opposite direction. “The agent stopped his vehicle and saw Wagner driving eastbound directly towards his fully marked U.S. Border Patrol vehicle,” according to the DOJ. “Wagner drove towards the agent, he crossed into the agent’s...
    A Mexican national has pleaded guilty in federal court for his role in a scheme to bribe a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for the purpose of smuggling illegal aliens into the country. “Luis Alfredo Quintero-Gonzalez, 36, of Mexico, pleaded guilty on August 11, 2022, for Conspiracy to Commit Bribery and Alien Smuggling, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ). “Evidence gathered during the investigation established that Quintero-Gonzalez paid former United States Border Patrol (USBP) agent Carlos Passapera thousands of dollars in cash bribes for smuggling undocumented noncitizens into the United States between August and December 2019.” The DOJ alleges that Quintero-Gonzalez would reach out to Passapera, whom he would pay to pick up near the border in Lukeville, Arizona. Passapera, who has pleaded not guilty for his role in the scheme, then allegedly would smuggle the illegal aliens through CBP checkpoints. “Throughout the conspiracy, Quintero-Gonzalez and Passapera smuggled at least eight undocumented noncitizens into the United States,” the DOJ says. “In exchange for his role in the conspiracy, Passapera received approximately $64,000 in bribery payments from Quintero-Gonzalez.” Quintero-Gonzalez’s...
    by Jennie Taer   U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Chief Chris Magnus promised discontented rank-and-file officials that the agency would always support them despite pursuing charges against agents involved in the now-debunked “whipgate” incident, an internal email obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller News Foundation showed. When CBP personnel “do the right thing,” the agency “will always stand behind you,” Magnus wrote in the email before announcing the results of the investigation into the September incident that took place in Del Rio, Texas. During the incident, Border Patrol agents used reins to steer their horses and maneuver around migrants entering the United Sates at the Rio Grande, which prompted some Democratic lawmakers and immigration advocates to falsely claim the agents whipped migrants. CBP proposed charging at least one agent with “poor judgment” for instructing noncitizens “to go back to Mexico, or words to that effect” and for “unsafe conduct” for maneuvering the agent’s horse “in a way that caused a noncitizen to fall backward into the Rio Grande River … thereby compromising the safety of the noncitizen, yourself,...
    The photograph encapsulates the intensity of the clashes between Border Patrol agents and Haitian immigrants desperate to get into the United States last September. An agent on horseback leans over, grabbing a man by the shirt as a rein dangles. Now an image mirroring the Sept. 19 photo by Paul Ratje of AFP has appeared on a “challenge coin” typically collected by agents, law enforcement officials and aficionados. “Whipping ass since 1924” is written along the coin’s border. The Times obtained photos of the coin. Its other side says “Haitian Invasion” with crossed swords and the words “U.S. Border Patrol,” “Horse Patrol Unit” and “deflecting allegations for years.” U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which includes the Border Patrol, is investigating whether the coin and a similar one, which have been advertised online, were sold by anyone from the agency. It is unclear who produced the coins or how widely they have been distributed. If the coins are connected to Border Patrol agents, they could become the latest example of what immigrant advocates have said is a prevalence of offensive...
    After finding and getting his daughter out safely, Albarado went on to evacuate the rest of the classrooms in that wing while two officers provided cover, according to the New York Times. “Even more questions after this morning['s] interview on the Today show with the CBP agent who was off duty and went to rescue his daughter and wife at Robb Elementary. He said he was near the door where [the] gunman was while searching for his daughter. Saw officers with their ‘gear’ on," CNN correspondent Simon Prokupecz said in a tweet. \u201cEven more questions after this mornings interview on the Today show with the CBP agent who was off duty and went to rescue his daughter and wife at Robb Elementary. He said he was near the door where gunman was while searching for his daughter. Saw officers with their \u201cgear\u201don.\u201d — Shimon Prokupecz (@Shimon Prokupecz) 1654000667 \u201cThis appears to be early on because he is still searching for his daughter and before the CBP tactical teams arrived.\u201d — Shimon Prokupecz (@Shimon Prokupecz) 1654000667 Abarado, who...
    Video posted to social media Tuesday showed parents desperately running toward Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas as a shooting took place that ended up killing 19 children and two adults.  The video, posted on Snapchat and then shared across social media, shows several parents heading towards the school. The caption reads: 'Kids are running out of the classrooms' with a broken heart emoji. Notably, at least two other people are standing by recording with their phones.  The video comes as further details have been revealed about one of the adult victims and the shooter. Fourth-grade teacher Eva Mireles was murdered along with at least 19 children and one other adult. Video posted to social media Tuesday showed parents desperately running toward Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas as a shooting took place that ended up killing 19 children and two adults RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Death toll in Texas elementary school shooting rises to... Texas elementary school massacre is just the latest in long... Share this article Share Mireles' aunt, Lydia...
    "A US Customs and Border patrol agent looks on as US President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable on immigration and border security at the US Border Patrol Calexico Station in Calexico, California, April 5, 2019." A Border Patrol agent has been arrested “on a charge of Official Oppression,” accused of assaulting and mistreating a minor in U.S. custody, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said. The agency identified the agent only as belonging to the Del Rio Sector, and said they were arrested by Texas Rangers. No other details were given in the short statement, including any details about the alleged abuse. Still, we can say definitively that this charge is a rarity, considering how often border agents have abused and even killed migrants, and gotten away with it. RELATED STORY: Republicans demand Biden respond to the formula shortage by starving migrant babies Just this week, the Border Patrol’s union joined with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to openly argue that infants in federal immigration custody should be starved. The right-wing, including top GOP officials, are currently engaged in a racist outrage campaign over providing baby formula...
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent in Southwest Texas has been arrested and charged with assaulting and mistreating a juvenile in custody, the agency said Friday. The agent based in the Del Rio area, along the border with Mexico, was arrested Monday by Texas Rangers, CBP said in a statement. A warrant was issued “following an indictment on a charge of Official Oppression,” the agency said. The statement did not name the agent nor describe the alleged assault, including where or when it happened. CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility and Texas Rangers — part of the Texas Department of Public Safety — are investigating the alleged assault and mistreatment of a juvenile in custody, it said. A spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety declined to provide further details, citing the ongoing investigation. She directed The Associated Press to the Uvalde County District Attorney’s Office and U.S. Customs and Border Protection for information. Neither office has responded to calls and written requests for additional details. “CBP stresses honor and integrity in every aspect of...
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials confirmed that a man believed to be a Mexican migrant died following the discharge of a Border Patrol agent’s weapon. The incident took place on February 19 in Skeleton Canyon, Arizona, northeast of Douglas. Douglas Station Horse Patrol Unit agents responded Sunday night to a remote mountainous region located about 32 miles northeast of Douglas, CBP officials said on Wednesday in an updated statement on the incident. Due to the rugged terrain, agents dismounted as they arrived in the area where electronic monitoring indicated migrants were moving. The agents apprehended three migrants at the scene and then observed a fourth attempting to evade arrest by fleeing down the hillside, officials stated. “One of the Border Patrol agents followed this individual and while taking him into custody discharged his firearm fatally wounding the migrant,” CBP officials stated. The new information tentatively identified the man as a Mexican national. The agents called for medical assistance and were later joined by members of the Border Search, Trauma, and Rescue (BORSTAR) team and a Border Patrol paramedic. Other...
    This is the heroic moment a unit of U.S. Border Patrol agents rescued a 33-year-old Haitian migrant from drowning while attempting to cross over from Mexico. The frantic rescue took place on the Eagle Pass, Texas, shore of the Rio Grande on Saturday morning after a married couple and their five-year-old daughter were nearly swept away by a current. The migrants were trekking through the waterway when the ground they were standing over gave way and plunged them into the Rio Grande, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement. Still image from a cellphone video shot from Mexico captures the moment a U.S. Border Patrol performs CPR on a 34-year-old Haitian male after he was pulled from the Rio Grande in Eagle Pass, Texas, on Saturday after nearly drowning with his wife and daughter while they attempted to cross over to the United States A U.S. Border Patrol agent rescues a Haitian migrant from drowning at the United States-Mexico border in Eagle Pass, Texas, on Saturday RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Americans dived...
    "Border Patrol agents work a checkpoint at an entry near the Del Rio International Bridge on September 22, 2021 in Del Rio, Texas." The Los Angeles Times reported in 2020 that it had learned that just four Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents were fired for their participation in a secret Facebook group where posters shared violent, racist, and just plain vile content, including a post mocking an unaccompanied child who died alone while in U.S. custody.  But according to a report released this week by the House Oversight and Reform Committee, even fewer agents than initially reported by the LA Times actually faced serious consequences for their deplorable actions. The House’s investigation found that of the dozens of agents found to have “engaged in misconduct” related to the Facebook group, only two were fired. “Documents and information obtained by the committee show that CBP determined that 60 Border Patrol agents engaged in misconduct related to secret Facebook groups during the Trump administration, and were subject to discipline,” a statement said. “However, CBP significantly reduced the punishments imposed on most of these agents.”  That included punishment...
    AUSTIN, Texas — The U.S. Border Patrol has internally named Matthew Hudak, a top official on the U.S.-Mexico border, as its national deputy chief, two senior Border Patrol officials and a former senior official told the Washington Examiner. Hudak's promotion to Washington was announced at headquarters last week. Hudak, an agent of 24 years, will work under Chief Raul Ortiz overseeing the 20,000-person organization. Hudak started out in the Rio Grande Valley of southeastern Texas and he has been the chief patrol agent in Laredo, Texas, since July 2020, overseeing 1,800 employees in the region. ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION UNDER BIDEN SOARS TO THIRD-HIGHEST IN 97 YEARS Hudak has been assigned to Douglas, Arizona, and other regions of Texas, including a stint as the top agent in the Big Bend region in western Texas. He was also acting deputy director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Joint Task Force Investigations in Washington. Matthew Hudak. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) The Border Patrol is a part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, located within the Department of Homeland Security. Hudak...
                      by Kaylee Greenlee  Border Patrol agents could be fired if they’re not vaccinated for COVID-19 by the end of November, two active agents and a union official told the Daily Caller News Foundation on Thursday. Border officials have until Nov. 22 to get vaccinated or face three levels of discipline including “verbal counseling, one – 14 days without pay and removal from service,” a senior Border Patrol agent told the DCNF. The agent spoke on the condition of anonymity since they weren’t authorized to discuss the matter. “So it’s official now. They are implementing disciplinary action for the unvaccinated,” the agent told the DCNF. The agent said border officials were notified of the potential disciplinary actions “just like that, no sugar coat” during an in-person meeting. Another active Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent criticized a union for not fighting against a vaccine mandate for immigration officials. “Since when do you only fight when the situation is winnable? It may cost money, you may lose, but if the legislative and judicial branches...
    Border Patrol agents could be fired if they’re not vaccinated for COVID-19 by the end of November, two active agents and a union official told the Daily Caller News Foundation on Thursday. Border officials have until Nov. 22 to get vaccinated or face three levels of discipline including “verbal counseling, one – 14 days without pay and removal from service,” a senior Border Patrol agent told the DCNF. The agent spoke on the condition of anonymity since they weren’t authorized to discuss the matter. “So it’s official now. They are implementing disciplinary action for the unvaccinated,” the agent told the DCNF. The agent said border officials were notified of the potential disciplinary actions “just like that, no sugar coat” during an in-person meeting. A U.S. Border Patrol agent wearing a respirator mask to protect from Covid-19 processes immigrants at a checkpoint after they crossed the border from Mexico on August 14, 2021 in Roma, Texas. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) Another active Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent criticized a union for not fighting against a vaccine mandate for immigration...
    The fate of the CBP agent is entirely different than that of a Drug Enforcement Agent who attended the Jan. 6 rally. That agent, who was also off duty, was hit with numerous charges after flashing his badge and concealed firearm during the riot. Anything else?Despite claims the "Justice for J6" rally would bring more violence to the Capitol, media and law enforcement easily outnumbered the number of demonstrators who turned out for the rally, the AP reported. Only two people, in fact, were arrested during the rally: The CBP agent and another demonstrator who possessed a knife. Two others were arrested around the Capitol area Saturday morning on outstanding warrants completely unrelated to the rally.
    U.S. border authorities confiscated 350 pounds of meat from a man attempting to smuggle the goods over the Texas border last week.  Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agriculture Specialists discovered the haul at around 6:00 a.m. on Aug. 26. The man, a 20-year-old United States citizen, was carrying 320 pounds of pork bologna and 30 pounds of turkey ham in the backseat of a 2012 Honda Odyssey. Border agents confiscated 350 pounds of meat (combined pork and turkey) on Aug. 26.  (Customs and Border Protection) A border agent ordered a secondary inspection due to the driver’s negative declaration for carrying food, as the agent believed he could see the poorly hidden meat products, a CBP press release said.  ALLEGED NEW JERSEY KILLER'S INCRIMINATING FACEBOOK PHOTO MAY BE HIS DOWNFALL A subsequent search of the vehicle found the meat, which was bundled in 31 rolls of bologna and 2 rolls of ham under blankets under the seats and inside a duffel bag.  The driver admitted that he intended to resell the meat in the U.S., which incurred a $1,000...
    US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is sounding the alarm about a scam where people are called by fake officers requesting their banking details. The call may come from an area code you know but if you answer and something doesn't feel right then hang up, the CBP says as a South Carolina man almost lost thousands of dollars to brazen tricksters in a phone scam earlier this week. 1The federal agency says scammers are pretending to be CBP officers and are requesting personal details "If there is an attempt to get personal information, beyond maybe your name off a social media platform, it’s a scam," Rob Brisley, a CBP spokesperson said. "You never want to share personal information, details about your family, your finances, bank information. It’s okay to hang up." Scott Thompson from Bennettsville was almost stung when he received several calls from a person claiming to be from the CBP who had a package in his name. The scammer claimed he was opening an investigation and told Scott to dial "1" to speak with an agent, which...
    Officials across Texas’ Rio Grande Valley were “cleaning up” migrant detention facilities and processing centers in the region ahead of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas visit on Thursday morning, two current agents told the Daily Caller News Foundation.  “I started looking at messages from maintenance this morning, asking, why are they cleaning stuff up?’ or ‘why are they moving everybody?'” one CBP agent told the DCNF. Agents never question the sudden increase in resources available to them, they’re just happy to be able to effectively do their job, another agent told the DCNF.  Customs and Border Protection agents said officials across Texas’ Rio Grande Valley were “cleaning up” migrant detention facilities and processing centers in the region ahead of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ visit Thursday morning, two active agents told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “I heard the upper [Rio Grande Valley] was clearing all of the bodies from the detention facilities for their dog and pony show,” and that “TOPS cleaned out for the little event,” messages exchanged between Customs and Border...
    A U.S. Border Patrol agent sits in a vehicle along a border wall near the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) San Ysidro Port of Entry at the U.S./Mexico border on February 19, 2021, in San Diego, California. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has long been considered one of the most corrupt federal bodies in the nation, with a government commissioned report in 2015 noting that “arrests for corruption of CBP personnel far exceed, on a per capita basis, such arrests at other federal law enforcement agencies,” ProPublica reported in 2019. The department nevertheless continues to get billions upon billions in funding from Congress every single year. CBP, true to form, has continued its crime streak. Daily Beast reports that a U.S. Border Patrol agent has admitted to conspiring with human smugglers for profit, allowing them to transport people across the border in exchange for $400 a person. The report said that messages reveal an informant asking the agent, Rodney Tolson, Jr., if he was “ready to make some cash.” Court documents say that the agent responded, “U know it,” the report continued. “Tolson, Jr. caught the...
    Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has published a stunning image of a Border Patrol agent carrying an illegal immigrant to safety after the migrant was purportedly injured while being smuggled into the U.S. – one of the thousands of rescues agents have carried out this year. "#BP Special Operations Detachment carry a migrant out of the brush and to safety," Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector Chief Patrol Agent Brian Hastings tweeted Thursday. "The migrant suffered an injury while being smuggled into the US." CBP SHARES IMAGES OF MASSIVE METH HAULS AT BORDER AS SEIZURES OF THE DRUG INCREASE The image shows the agent carrying the muddied, heavy-set adult migrant on his shoulders to safety through the hazardous terrain. CBP AGENTS RESCUE WOMAN BEING RAPED AT THE BORDER, HELP CATCH ASSAILANT While the image is striking, it is a common occurrence for Border Patrol which, despite being lambasted by the radical left for enforcing immigration law, rescues thousands of migrants each week. There were 7,084 rescues by Border Patrol in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, according to data through the end of...
    This is the moment a migrant climbed over the barb-wire topped border wall in Arizona and rappelled down the other side - only for a passing border border agent to spot the illegal crossing and chase them down. Footage, recorded by Univision, shows the migrant being lowered down the wall by a rope round his middle, held by a smuggler on the Mexican side. 'F*** it, run,' the smuggler shouted from Mexico. 'Run, don't be scared.' The commotion caught the attention of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent who immediately gave chase through the border town of Nogales - giving the smuggler ample time to help several more migrants cross. Scroll down for video  Still image from a video footage recorded by Univision shows Footage recorded by Univision shows how a migrant was able to illegally cross the United States-Mexico border in Nogales, Mexico, by having a rope tied around his body as a smuggler stood atop what appeared to be building in Mexico and lowered him to the ground A U.S. Customs and Border Protection...
    An off-duty Border Patrol agent came face-to-face with a group of armed smugglers near a lake along the Texas-Mexico border.  The encounter happened Tuesday afternoon, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, of which the Border Patrol is a unit.  The armed men called themselves "Federales."  (cbp.gov) The agent, who CBP did not name, was fishing with his family on a river near the Lago del Rio off Mines Road when three armed suspects approached them and identified themselves as "Federales."  The three men, who had entered the U.S. illegally, were dressed in camouflage and carrying small backpacks, which CBP believes were filled with "hard narcotics."  KAMALA HARRIS TO VISIT SOUTHERN BORDER FRIDAY IN WAKE OF ONGOING CRISIS; BIG BEND SECTOR CHIEF WEIGHS IN The men brandished their weapons at the agent and his family before crossing back over to Mexico, CBP said.  The Border Patrol agent was in plainclothes and the armed men were not aware of his affiliation. Neither the agent nor his family were harmed.  Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Carl E. Landrum said Mexican authorities...
    Former Acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan shared his frustration with the Biden Administration over the forced retirement of Rodney Scott, Chief of the United States Border Patrol. According to a senior level source within CBP, Chief Rodney Scott received a letter ordering him to resign, retire, or relocate to another position within the agency on Wednesday. The source says Scott announced his forced retirement from the agency to Border Patrol Leadership shortly after. Morgan, who served as Acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection under President Trump and was the chief of Border Patrol before that, is keenly aware of the challenges facing the agency. “It’s outrageous … Chief Scott epitomizes what we expect and demand from non-political career employees,” Morgan told Breitbart Texas. He expressed his contempt for the move further: DHS Secretary Mayorkas has once again demonstrated his contempt for anyone who will not be bullied or roll over and become nothing more than a puppet to implement this administration’s open border policies. It’s disrespectful to the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol and...
    A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been charged with smuggling migrants across the United States-Mexico international borderline, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday.  The border officer was arrested last Friday after a grand jury indicted him for  'transporting undocumented individuals for private gain.' CBP said the Border Patrol agent was assigned to the Laredo Sector and had been on duty since 2008.  The agent, whose name was withheld, has been indefinitely suspended.  A Laredo Sector Border Patrol stands by the side of a steel border fence along the southwestern international line where officers rescued 24 individuals being smuggled in a truck near Freer, Texas, on October 12, 2020 RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Moment pregnant Honduran migrant, 23, is rescued from top of... Homeland Security chief says he wants to make 'significant... Share this article Share Details regarding how long the Border Patrol agent was ferrying undocumented individuals were not released.   '(CBP) stresses honor and integrity in every aspect of our mission and expects officers and agents to adhere to the...
                      by Kaylee Greenlee  A Border Patrol agent was arrested in Laredo, Texas, Friday after allegedly smuggling illegal migrants into the U.S., Customs and Border Protection announced Tuesday. Border Patrol Agent Rodney Tolson, Jr. was routinely assigned to lane inspections at an interior checkpoint where he allegedly conspired to transport and smuggle illegal migrants into the U.S. for payment from around Feb. 9, 2020, through March 26, 2019, according to an indictment. A grand jury indicted Tolson on felony charges related to transporting illegal migrants for private gain, according to Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The Laredo Sector agent was hired in 2008 and placed on indefinite suspension. CBP “stresses honor and integrity in every aspect of our mission and expects officers and agents to adhere to the oath they take to uphold and enforce the laws of this country,” the agency said in a statement. Laredo Border Patrol agent (of ~12 yrs) arrested May 21 after being indicted by grand jury "charged with felony offenses related to transporting undocumented individuals for private gain" Currently on...
    A Border Patrol agent was arrested in Laredo, Texas, Friday after allegedly smuggling illegal migrants into the U.S., Customs and Border Protection announced Tuesday. Border Patrol Agent Rodney Tolson, Jr. was routinely assigned to lane inspections at an interior checkpoint where he allegedly conspired to transport and smuggle illegal migrants into the U.S. for payment from around Feb. 9, 2020, through March 26, 2019, according to an indictment. A grand jury indicted Tolson on felony charges related to transporting illegal migrants for private gain, according to Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The Laredo Sector agent was hired in 2008 and placed on indefinite suspension. CBP “stresses honor and integrity in every aspect of our mission and expects officers and agents to adhere to the oath they take to uphold and enforce the laws of this country,” the agency said in a statement. Laredo Border Patrol agent (of ~12 yrs) arrested May 21 after being indicted by grand jury “charged with felony offenses related to transporting undocumented individuals for private gain” Currently on indefinite suspension, per @CBP pic.twitter.com/Nn6mcGTB1H — Molly O’Toole...
                      by Kaylee Greenlee  Border officials in south Texas consistently face exposure to COVID-19, don’t have the resources to do their job and are regularly called in for overtime shifts, two active agents told the Daily Caller News Foundation. Many Customs and Border Protection (CBP) field agents work 50-hour weeks and now are required to report for 10-hour long overtime shifts even after they are exposed to migrants who test positive for COVID-19, an active CBP agent told the DCNF. The agents spoke on the condition of anonymity since they were not authorized to speak with members of the media. “CBP gives us a job, but they seem more concerned with getting the job done than with the actual agents,” an active agent told the DCNF. “They want the mission to succeed. We don’t have the resources we need to do our jobs but we make do with what we have. We don’t have enough agents, transport, technology, or aircraft to help us out.” CBP agents are “doing the very best...
    Customs and Border Protection agents don’t have the resources they need to effectively do their jobs, two active agents told the Daily Caller News Foundation. Field agents are routinely exposed to positive COVID-19 cases and expected to return to work immediately after if they aren’t showing symptoms.  Border officials work 50-hour weeks and are required to work 10-hour overtime shifts due to a lack of manpower. Border officials in south Texas consistently face exposure to COVID-19, don’t have the resources to do their job and are regularly called in for overtime shifts, two active agents told the Daily Caller News Foundation. Many Customs and Border Protection (CBP) field agents work 50-hour weeks and now are required to report for 10-hour long overtime shifts even after they are exposed to migrants who test positive for COVID-19, an active CBP agent told the DCNF. The agents spoke on the condition of anonymity since they were not authorized to speak with members of the media. “CBP gives us a job, but they seem more concerned with getting the job...
                      by Kaylee Greenlee  RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS — Illegal migrants are repeatedly held outside overnight, sometimes in the rain and cold, without cover for them or law enforcement officials working to process them after they arrive in the Rio Grande Valley sector of southern Texas. The Daily Caller News Foundation saw hundreds of illegal migrants held overnight where a handful of law enforcement officials, including a few Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents worked on gathering biographical data while waiting hours for transportation near La Joya, Texas, on March 24 and March 27. CBP officials repeatedly refused to confirm or deny the situation in the Rio Grande Valley. CBP agents are occupied with field processing groups of hundreds of illegal migrants mostly made up of family units and unaccompanied minors, who frequently wait up to 10 hours before moving to facilities due to a lack of available transportation, two active CBP agents told the DCNF. Officials typically encounter the illegal migrants in poorly lit and unsecured areas where migrants are held...
    Customs and Border Protection agents who encounter groups of hundreds of illegal migrants usually have to wait several hours for them to be transported to processing facilities, agents told the Daily Caller News Foundation.  The agents and illegal migrants are exposed to the harsh weather, left without access to bathrooms and are only provided with water while they wait for transportation to become available, CBP agents told the DCNF. A CBP spokesperson said the agency is deploying additional agents to the region, though they did not say how the agency is addressing the problems reported with transportation. RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS — Illegal migrants are repeatedly held outside overnight, sometimes in the rain and cold, without cover for them or law enforcement officials working to process them after they arrive in the Rio Grande Valley sector of southern Texas. The Daily Caller News Foundation saw hundreds of illegal migrants held overnight where a handful of law enforcement officials, including a few Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents worked on gathering biographical data while waiting hours for...
    A Tucson Air Branch Air and Marine Operations (AMO) helicopter aircrew teamed up with U.S. Border Patrol agents to rescue two migrants in the Boboquivari Wilderness Peak area. One became injured after falling in a steep canyon. A Tucson Air Branch UH-50 Black Hawk aircrew responded to a 911 call from a woman who said she became injured after falling in a canyon in the Baboquivari Wilderness Peak area. The woman, a migrant who entered the U.S. illegally from Mexico, fell from a 10-foot cliff, according to information obtained from U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. RESCUED! AMO agents & a USBP EMT rescued two illegal entrants in the Baboquivari Wilderness Peak area on December 22. One individual had fallen off of a 10-foot cliff, suffering numerous abrasions & bleeding from her head. https://t.co/MeCovh3ZRJ @USBPChiefTCA @CBPAMORegDirSW pic.twitter.com/hD7R0NL6uU — CBP AMO (@CBPAMO) December 23, 2020 A quick aerial search by the Black Hawk aircrew led to the discovery of the woman and a male companion. The steep terrain did not allow the helicopter to land forcing the aircrew to lower a...
    (CNN)Two American citizens have reached a settlement in a lawsuit they filed against US Customs and Border Protection after an agent asked them for IDs because he heard them speaking Spanish. Ana Suda and Martha "Mimi" Hernandez, who live in the small town of Havre, Montana, say they were detained by a border patrol agent while waiting to pay for groceries at a local convenience store in May 2018. Border agent demands ID from woman in Montana after hearing her speak SpanishThe agent, Paul O'Neill, approached them, commented on their accent, and asked where they were born, according to the ACLU. When they responded -- Suda is from Texas and Hernandez is from California -- he asked to see identification and questioned them for 40 minutes, they say. O'Neal eventually returned their licenses and told them they could go, the court document says.The lawsuit, filed in 2019, claims O'Neal violated the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches, and the women's rights to equal protection.Read MoreThe settlement involves a monetary sum, the ACLU said."We stood up to the government because speaking...
    CBP agents admitted that they were racially profiling non-white people in the Havre sector of Montana. Photo: Drew Angerer / . LOS ANGELES – Two American women who were detained by agents of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) For speaking Spanish while shopping at a store in Montana, they reached a monetary compensation agreement in their lawsuit against the Donald Trump Administration, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Ana Suda and Martha “Mimi” Hernández They were waiting in line to pay at a store in the town of Havre when CBP Agent Paul O’Neill approached them, commented on Hernandez’s accent, and asked where they were born. They answered that in Texas and California, respectively. The agent then ordered them to show him their IDs, and they immediately presented their valid Montana driver’s licenses, the ACLU, which represented the plaintiffs along with Crowley Fleck law firm, said in a statement. According to the bulletin, there was no reason to assume the women had broken the law, but O’Neill arrested them in the...
    A Customs and Border Protection agent who became a viral star last year, earning the nickname #ICEbae after being photographed with Vice President Mike Pence, revealed she has quit over alleged sexual harassment.  Kiara de Leon posted her resignation letter to Twitter on Friday claiming that she made attempts to report the harassment and cyber-bullying from her co-workers to management but the CBP failed to act.  Among her claims is that a male co-worker asked her whether she'd had a boob job, while others posted memes about her on social media and made lewd comments to her at work.   The mother of two also claims to have been demoted without reason as management and coworkers 'looked down on me' since she hit headlines with her Pence photo last year.   Kiara de Leon posted her resignation letter to Twitter on Friday claiming that she made attempts to report the harassment and cyber-bullying but the CBP failed to act The mother of two says she now needs a break from the job for her mental health She became a...
    A Customs and Border Protection officer said to be a believer in the QAnon conspiracy theory allegedly threatened a superior by claiming he would bring ‘Donald Trump and the US military’ to get him for his involvement in a child sex trafficking ring. Alberto Almeida was indicted by federal prosecutors in New Jersey last week for sending threatening text messages and social media posts to Edward Fox, CBP’s assistant port director for Newark, The Daily Beast reported. Almeida is alleged to have sent several menacing messages to Fox over a nine-month period. The threats accused Fox of all sorts of bizarre crimes that are in line with the far-right conspiracy theory that has often been repeated online by supporters of President Trump and other Republican politicians. Followers of QAnon believe that Trump is secretly waging a war to dismantle a Satan-worshipping cabal of pedophiles in the government, the business world, and the media. A Customs and Border Protection officer has been indicted in federal court in New Jersey after allegedly sending QAnon-themed texts and social media posts to a...
    An officer with U.S. Customs and Border Protection was charged in federal court in New Jersey last week after allegedly threatening the life of his superior, while also appearing to voice beliefs aligned with the QAnon conspiracy theory, Fox News confirmed Wednesday. Since February 2020, CBP Officer Alberto Almeida allegedly sent numerous messages via text and online platforms containing threats against Edward Fox, the Newark assistant port director for the U.S. Department of Customs and Border Protection, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey on Sept. 28. In one profanity-laced Facebook post published as recently as Sept. 28, Almeida named Fox before threatening to come to Newark airport to use the power of President Trump and the U.S. military to punish him for his alleged involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and a child sex trafficking ring orchestrated by Hillary Clinton, Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein. 'ANTI-GOVERNMENT' MOM FROM UTAH ALLEGEDLY KIDNAPPED SON BEFORE GOING OFF THE GRID: POLICE  He also named the late John F. Kennedy Jr. and...
    A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer who apparently embraced the pro-Trump conspiracy movement QAnon has been arrested after allegedly threatening an agency higher-up over a litany of imaginary crimes. The charges against CBP officer Alberto Almeida, which were filed in New Jersey federal court last week and have not been previously reported, is the latest example of the traction QAnon’s dangerous brand of right-wing disinformation seems to be gaining within the ranks of law enforcement. According to the criminal complaint, Almeida sent “numerous” menacing messages via text and social media to Edward Fox, CBP’s assistant port director for Newark, New Jersey, over the past nine months. The messages, which came via text and social media, referenced deranged tropes pushed by QAnon, which pushes the baseless idea that the world is controlled by a cabal of cannibal-pedophiles in the Democratic Party, who, in an echo of earlier anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, drink childrens' blood to stay alive. QAnon fans believe that President Trump, along with members of the military and federal law enforcement, will soon carry out mass arrests and executions...
    An attack that left a Border Patrol agent with several stab wounds earlier this week is "not uncommon," acting Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Mark Morgan said Wednesday.  "(In the) last year alone, 855 CBP personnel have been assaulted, 36 by vehicles and 184 direct assaults," Morgan told Fox News "Fox and Friends." "This is happening every single day." The agent, who has not been named, shot and killed a man Monday night during a struggle near Nogales, Arizona, reports The Tuscon Sentinel. According to officials, the agent tried to stop a group of people suspected of being in the United States illegally, and one of the men in the group attacked the agent, stabbing him several times before the agent shot and killed him.  The agent was treated and released at a Tuscon hospital, the newspaper reported.  "That agent is lucky," said Morgan. "It could have easily gone the other way." There is a "false narrative" about immigrants, as most of those who are being seen are single adult males, and they "are not giving up," he added. Morgan also...
    A.C. Thompson August 7, 2020 11:30PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on ProPublica. Brian Hastings, a top Border Patrol official, stared grimly at the television cameras. It was July 1, 2019, and Hastings was facing down a scandal: News reports had revealed that Border Patrol agents were posting wildly offensive comments and memes in a secret Facebook group. : Agents had shared crudely manipulated images of men sexually assaulting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat and frequent antagonist of the Border Patrol; joked about migrants who died while trying to enter the United States; and made racist insults about Central Americans. The group called itself "I'm 10-15," Border Patrol radio code for "aliens in custody," and included some 9,500 current or former agents. Critics of the agency — already concerned about the separation of migrant families and deplorable conditions in detention facilities — saw the vulgar Facebook posts as further evidence that a culture of casual racism and misogyny was festering within the Border Patrol. On national TV that day, Hastings vowed that any agent who engaged in...
    The House Oversight Committee has released an internal document showing that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) negotiated deals to lessen the severity of punishment against agents who were part of a racist and vile Facebook group where members mocked the death of a teenaged boy in the agency’s custody last year. Following an internal investigation of the “I’m 10-15” Facebook group, only four of nearly 140 agents were fired, we found out last week. But this internal document indicates that other agents also faced serious discipline but were instead shielded: “In one case, an employee who was recommended for removal had their penalty reduced to a seven-day suspension,” chair Carolyn Maloney said in a statement. Heads should have rolled over the fact that nearly 140 CBP agents were a part of this vile group, where members also shared a doctored photo depicting the sexual assault of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by Donald Trump. In another attack on Ocasio-Cortez and colleague Veronica Escobar as they were to visit border facilities as part of their oversight responsibilities, another member, “apparently a patrol supervisor, wrote, ‘Fuck the hoes,’” ProPublica reported. The Los Angeles Times reported that the internal investigation into the Facebook group eventually grew to nearly 140 employees before they were...
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced the death of Border Patrol Agent Enrique Rositas, Jr. from COVID-19. His death is classified as a line-of-duty death, officials reported. In a Twitter post, Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan announced that Agent Rositas died after 23 years of service to the Border Patrol. “Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and colleagues. He will never be forgotten,” Commissioner Morgan wrote. It is with great sadness @USBPChief and I share the loss of Border Patrol Agent Enrique Rositas, Jr. He served the @CBP and USBP mission with honor for nearly 23 years. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues. He will never be forgotten. pic.twitter.com/T8lb7AI4u9 — CBP Mark Morgan (@CBPMarkMorgan) July 13, 2020 Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott added via Twitter that Agent Rositas “died in the line of duty on 7/11 after being hospitalized for COVID-19.” The chief added that Rositas served the Border Patrol and in the United States Air Force for a combined 35 years of public service. We are saddened to share that Agent Enrique Rositas Jr....
    A 26-year-old Border Patrol agent was found dead on a remote trail in New Mexico’s Hidalgo County last week. Fox News reported that Johan Mordan was found “unresponsive lying on a trail” after other Customs and Border Protection officials went looking for him when they lost contact with the young agent. It is unclear what caused Mordan’s death and an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death. CBP officials issued a press release Saturday regarding Mordan’s death: On Thursday, June 11, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Border Patrol Agent (BPA) Johan Mordan of the Lordsburg Station was working in the remote boot heel area of New Mexico when agents lost communications with him. A search ensued and, within minutes, responding agents found BPA Mordan unresponsive lying on a trail.  Agents immediately began CPR (chest compressions) and air support was requested for extraction. Agents worked exhaustedly trying to save him, unfortunately BPA Mordan could not be revived.  All proper notifications and investigative protocols have been initiated. BPA Mordan entered on duty with CBP and the U.S....
    A U.S. Border Patrol agent on duty in a remote part of New Mexico was found dead last week, federal authorities confirmed Saturday. The body of the agent, identified as Johan Mordan, 26, was found “unresponsive lying on a trail” during a search that was launched after Customs and Border Protection officials lost communications with him, KVIA-TV of El Paso, Texas, reported. BORDER PATROL AGENTS CATCH 2 ESCAPED COLORADO PRISONERS IN ARIZONA An autopsy will determine the cause of death, CBP officials said. Border Patrol agent Johan Mordan, 26, was found dead Thursday on a remote trail in New Mexico, authorities say. (Customs and Border Protection) Mordan was working in Hidalgo County, in an area known as the “boot heel” of New Mexico, KVIA reported. He had been with the agency since July 2019, and worked out of the Lordsburg Station, officials said in a statement. CBP Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan announced the death in a Twitter message. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP “It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss," Morgan wrote,...
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