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By Alicia Robinson | December 28, 2006
A policy that prevents Border Patrol agents from shooting at suspects unless they are directly threatened with a weapon is "about as nonsensical as anything I've ever seen in my 30 or 40 years of public awareness," Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of Huntington Beach said last week. Rohrabacher has been calling on President Bush to pardon two Border Patrol agents who were convicted earlier this year after shooting a drug smuggler who had illegally entered the country with a van full of marijuana.
NEWS
October 18, 2012
Orange County Sheriff's Department Harbor Patrol deputies intercepted a boat entering Newport Harbor Thursday afternoon and found 16 suspected illegal immigrants on board. Harbor Patrol dispatcher Brian Stanley said deputies saw the boat coming into the harbor near the "8" marker about 4:38 p.m. Five women and 11 men were found on the boat, and deputies called the Border Patrol for assistance. As of about 6:30 p.m., Stanley said, Border Patrol agents were investigating the situation.
NEWS
March 27, 2008
Assemblyman Van Tran organized 30 Republican Assemblymen to sign a letter calling on President Bush to continue funding National Guard troops assisting the Border Patrol at the state’s southern border. About 1,200 National Guard troops have assisted California agents as part of Operation Jump Start since 2006, though that program’s federal funding will expire July 1. Tran decided to organize the effort after leading a 20-person delegation from Orange County for a tour of the border, Tran’s Chief of Staff Paul Hegyi said.
NEWS
May 21, 2002
Costa Mesa police arrested two men Saturday night near the Mexico border in San Ysidro on suspicion of carjacking, armed robbery and driving under the influence, officials said Monday. Joaquin Martinez, 26, of Pasadena and Andres Andrade, 28, of Santa Ana reportedly "used force" to steal a car near the area of 19th Street and Placentia Avenue in Costa Mesa about 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Lt. Dale Birney said. The victim, a 30-year-old Costa Mesa resident, was not hurt, he said.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | June 28, 2010
Immigrant rights activists gathered in downtown Laguna Beach early today to denounce the U.S. Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. About 20 people from various community groups and religious organizations in Laguna Beach and surrounding areas held signs and handed out Spanish-language materials at the Laguna Beach Bus Depot on Broadway. The protest was organized to counter a rumored Border Patrol sting targeting employees getting off buses to work in Laguna.
NEWS
By Chris Caesar, Michael Miller and Brianna Bailey | January 24, 2008
If John McCain becomes president next year, he’ll have a solid fan base among Costa Mesa’s movers and shakers. That was the conclusion Friday at the South Coast Metro Alliance’s luncheon at the Westin South Coast Plaza, where public affairs consultant Paul Freeman conducted a mock presidential primary. Freeman, a former Laguna Beach mayor, circulated Republican, Democratic and general election ballots among more than 100 attendees — and when officials tallied the results, McCain had wiped out his Republican challengers and beaten Democrat Hillary Clinton by three votes.
FEATURES
By Jim Righeimer | March 8, 2008
Last week I was invited by Assemblyman Van Tran to go on a fact-finding tour with the California National Guard to see the work our men and women in uniform have been doing to stop the flow of illegal immigrants, cocaine and other contraband across our southern border. To say the least, I was very impressed by what was being done by our California Guards. What was really an eye opener was to realize that before the Guard was in place, there was really no substantial barrier between the U.S. and Mexico.
NEWS
June 17, 2004
Alicia Robinson Democratic congressional candidate Jim Brandt questioned the recent community sweeps by the U.S. Border Patrol in a statement he issued Monday. The border patrol, now under the aegis of the Department of Homeland Security, began searching the Inland Empire for illegal immigrants earlier this month. In Brandt's statement, the candidate called on the Bush administration to explain the sweeps, which critics have said are based on racial profiling.
LOCAL
January 14, 2009
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher and nine of his colleagues on Capitol Hill again took up the cause of two convicted Border Patrol agents Wednesday to pressure President Bush to release the men before he leaves office. Rohrabacher has long crusaded for Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who are serving decade-long sentences for shooting drug smuggler Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila as he tried to run away and then trying to cover it up. On Wednesday, he pleaded with U.S. Atty. Johnny Sutton to support a commutation of their sentences.
NEWS
January 23, 2003
June Casagrande Libraries should be places that nourish the mind. That idea guides the Newport Beach Public Library's Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series. Now in its sixth year, the lecture series continues to pursue its goal of bringing thought-provoking discussions home. "We try to raise the bar a little above just entertainment," said Melissa Adams, community services coordinator for the city. "The library is the cultural, educational and informational heart of Newport Beach, and this series really supports that."
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October 18, 2012
Orange County Sheriff's Department Harbor Patrol deputies intercepted a boat entering Newport Harbor Thursday afternoon and found 16 suspected illegal immigrants on board. Harbor Patrol dispatcher Brian Stanley said deputies saw the boat coming into the harbor near the "8" marker about 4:38 p.m. Five women and 11 men were found on the boat, and deputies called the Border Patrol for assistance. As of about 6:30 p.m., Stanley said, Border Patrol agents were investigating the situation.
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By Jason Bensley | March 7, 2012
*Corrected: An earlier version of the piece misspelled the writer's name. As a veteran, the security of our country is of great concern to me. I served in the United States Army in Iraq, and I understand the sacrifice that is needed to protect this great nation. That's why I believe security starts with effective protection of our borders. We must be prepared for threats from all directions in a post-9/11 world. Illegal immigration is a serious challenge for our country.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | June 28, 2010
Immigrant rights activists gathered in downtown Laguna Beach early today to denounce the U.S. Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. About 20 people from various community groups and religious organizations in Laguna Beach and surrounding areas held signs and handed out Spanish-language materials at the Laguna Beach Bus Depot on Broadway. The protest was organized to counter a rumored Border Patrol sting targeting employees getting off buses to work in Laguna.
NEWS
By Tom Ragan | May 26, 2010
Paula Renteria has been making burritos and serving scrambled eggs and hash browns for more than two decades at the Los Angeles Times' Orange County plant cafeteria in Costa Mesa. But on Friday the cafeteria will close, and she's going to bid farewell to the many reporters, editors, pressmen and advertising folks who have relied on her for meals between deadlines. Since 1988, Renteria has been an anchor behind the counter, patiently taking orders, smiling and never visibly in a bad mood — even in the presence of the hurried employees who work for the Los Angeles Times, Daily Pilot and related publications.
LOCAL
January 14, 2009
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher and nine of his colleagues on Capitol Hill again took up the cause of two convicted Border Patrol agents Wednesday to pressure President Bush to release the men before he leaves office. Rohrabacher has long crusaded for Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who are serving decade-long sentences for shooting drug smuggler Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila as he tried to run away and then trying to cover it up. On Wednesday, he pleaded with U.S. Atty. Johnny Sutton to support a commutation of their sentences.
NEWS
August 6, 2008
The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans recently upheld most of the convictions against two U.S. Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting an unarmed illegal immigrant. The decision angered some GOP House members, prompting them to call on President Bush to pardon Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean. Do you think they should be pardoned?   The decision by U.S. Atty. Johnny Sutton to give every benefit of the doubt to an illegal alien drug smuggler that he wasn’t armed over our Border Patrol officers is one of the worst miscarriages of justice I’ve ever seen.
NEWS
March 27, 2008
Assemblyman Van Tran organized 30 Republican Assemblymen to sign a letter calling on President Bush to continue funding National Guard troops assisting the Border Patrol at the state’s southern border. About 1,200 National Guard troops have assisted California agents as part of Operation Jump Start since 2006, though that program’s federal funding will expire July 1. Tran decided to organize the effort after leading a 20-person delegation from Orange County for a tour of the border, Tran’s Chief of Staff Paul Hegyi said.
FEATURES
By Jim Righeimer | March 8, 2008
Last week I was invited by Assemblyman Van Tran to go on a fact-finding tour with the California National Guard to see the work our men and women in uniform have been doing to stop the flow of illegal immigrants, cocaine and other contraband across our southern border. To say the least, I was very impressed by what was being done by our California Guards. What was really an eye opener was to realize that before the Guard was in place, there was really no substantial barrier between the U.S. and Mexico.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | February 29, 2008
IMPERIAL BEACH BORDER PATROL STATION — California National Guard troops man a darkened room filled with flat-screen computer monitors that looks like the control room of a television studio. The screens, part of a high-tech remote imaging system, monitor miles of fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. It takes little more than a minute for troops to spot potential fence jumpers and notify Border Patrol agents, who speed to the exact spot in their green-and-white SUVs. California National Troops have manned the station for nearly two years, but their mission at the border will end July 1 when its federal funding runs out, leaving the Border Patrol understaffed.
NEWS
By Chris Caesar, Michael Miller and Brianna Bailey | January 24, 2008
If John McCain becomes president next year, he’ll have a solid fan base among Costa Mesa’s movers and shakers. That was the conclusion Friday at the South Coast Metro Alliance’s luncheon at the Westin South Coast Plaza, where public affairs consultant Paul Freeman conducted a mock presidential primary. Freeman, a former Laguna Beach mayor, circulated Republican, Democratic and general election ballots among more than 100 attendees — and when officials tallied the results, McCain had wiped out his Republican challengers and beaten Democrat Hillary Clinton by three votes.
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