Immigration Law

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Border Patrol Agent Indicted for Cross-Border Shooting Death of Mexican Teen
Posted on 25 Sep 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tucson Sentinel, Sept. 24, 2015 - "Nearly three years after a 2012 shooting in Nogales, the U.S. Border Patrol agent who fired through the border fence and killed 16-year old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand... Read More

CA5 on Bivens, 5th Amendment: Hernandez v. Mesa (Cross-Border Killing by Border Patrol)
Posted on 2 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"We therefore hold that a noncitizen injured outside the United States as a result of arbitrary official conduct by a law enforcement officer located in the United States may invoke the protections provided by the Fifth Amendment. ... we extend a... Read More

FBI: Friendly Fire Likely in Border Shootings
Posted on 6 Oct 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A preliminary investigation has found friendly fire likely was to blame in a shooting that killed one federal agent and wounded another along the Arizona-Mexico border, the FBI said Friday, shaking up the probe into an incident that reignited the... Read More

Another Cross-Border Shooting Death by U.S. Border Patrol?
Posted on 8 Sep 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Guillermo Arévalo Pedroza was on the bank of the Rio Grande with his youngest daughter when the bullets started flying Monday night, his wife said. After he was hit, the 9-year-old girl wrapped her arms around him. Nora Isabel Lam Gallegos... Read More

Cross-Border Killings Raise Questions
Posted on 13 Oct 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The unlikely scenario of Border Patrol agents in the United States gunning down Mexican rock throwers in Mexico has played out several times in the last two years, outraging the Mexican government, raising questions about the Border Patrol’s... Read More

Border Patrol Agent Called for Non-Lethal Weapon Before Fatal Shooting
Posted on 22 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Border Patrol agent who shot and killed 17-year-old Ramses Barron Torres in 2011 made a last-minute call for non-lethal weapons prior to shooting through the border fence into Mexico, according to a new account of the shooting. The 10-page final... Read More

Border Patrol account of deadly Nogales shooting is disputed
Posted on 30 Mar 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A Nogales teenager was simply walking down the street and not throwing rocks at U.S. Border Patrol agents the night he was shot and killed, a new witness says, contradicting the agency's initial statement." - Perla Trevizo, Arizona Daily... Read More

Another Cross-Border Shooting Death on Arizona - Mexico Border
Posted on 12 Oct 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A Border Patrol agent shot and killed a teenager in Nogales, Sonora, late Wednesday night after being shelled with rocks near the border fence. The Sonora State Investigative Police identified the fallen suspect as 16-year-old José Antonio... Read More

Lawsuits Challenge Border Patrol Shootings, Secrecy
Posted on 15 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Bob Hilliard didn't become an attorney to take on civil rights cases. He's a big-time personal injury trial lawyer in Corpus Christi who sues companies like GM and Coca-Cola. His nickname is "The Bulldog." Today, Hilliard represents... Read More

Mother of Slain Mexican Teen Sues Border Patrol, Seeks Trial in Shooting Death of Her Son
Posted on 29 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Araceli Rodriguez, the mother of slain Mexican teen Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, filed a federal lawsuit today in Arizona to pursue justice for her son, who was killed nearly two years ago by U.S. Border Patrol agents, identified only as John Does... Read More