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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

Judge Orders Attorney Access to Refugee Kids in Arizona Immigration Jail
Posted on 18 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On July 10, 2014, prompted by the government’s initial response to the large influx of unaccompanied alien children6 (“unaccompanied children” or “UAC”) and families – many from El Salvador – who have recently... Read More

10 Shots Across the Border
Posted on 7 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Mark Binelli, New York Times Magazine, Mar. 3, 2016 - "The subject who was hit was ... a 16-year-old resident of Nogales, Mexico, named José Antonio Elena Rodríguez, who was on the Mexican side of the border. He had been shot 10 times... Read More

Steel Communion
Posted on 2 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"It had been years since Maria Miranda of Tucson attended Catholic Mass with her son Jorge Lopez. Tuesday they finally did. But they were separated by the U.S.-Mexico border fence in southern Arizona. "I'm just a couple of bars, a couple... 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

Border Crossings Down, But Deaths Remain the Same: Video
Posted on 23 Mar 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Border crossings are at an all-time low but the number of recorded deaths remain the same. Since President Barack Obama took office, he's overseen at least 1.8 million deportations, a figure that has likely reached 2 million today. Fusion's... Read More

Borderline Insanity at the Fence in Nogales
Posted on 8 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The fence that separates Nogales, Ariz., from Nogales, Mexico, is a see-through wall of vertical steel rods 15 to 18 feet high, set four inches apart in a deep bed of concrete. It is a rusty ribbon that runs up and down dusty hills and streets,... Read More

American Woman Sues for 'Inhuman & Degrading' Border Search: Cervantes v. USA
Posted on 13 Jun 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jamie Ross, Courthouse News, June 10, 2016 - "Border Patrol agents subjected a teenage U.S. citizen to seven hours of abusive and degrading searches and strip searches for no reason as she tried to walk home from breakfast in Nogales — then... Read More

Did U.S. Border Patrol Agents Murder Jose Antonio Elena?
Posted on 24 Mar 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Sixteen-year-old Jose Antonio Elena got the kind of punishment that those who toss rocks at Border Patrol agents receive with startling frequency: He was shot with a .40-caliber round from an agent’s service weapon. The bullet hit Elena... Read More