‘We Can’t Just Pull Out Our Gun’: Border Patrol Alters Training

By RON NIXON August 18, 2017 ARTESIA, N.M. — In a classroom on the campus of the Border Patrol Academy here at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Andrew Andrade, an instructor, is guiding a group of future Border Patrol agents through an...

Big Rigs, a Human Smuggling Mainstay, Often Become Rolling Traps

By MANNY FERNANDEZ, NICHOLAS KULISH and SUSAN ANASAGASTI July 30, 2017 SAN ANTONIO — In one truck, the migrants crouched in the dark in a three-foot crevice between the trailer’s ceiling and the top of medical-supply boxes. In...

Survivors of Smuggling Trip Could Gain Entry to U.S. by Becoming Witnesses

By CAITLIN DICKERSON July 26, 2017 As the authorities work to identify the immigrants who died in an overheated tractor-trailer in Texas and investigate the smuggling network that put them there, attention is now turning to another complicated question: What...

Coast Guard Faces Challenges at Sea, and at the Budget Office

By RON NIXON July 4, 2017 ALAMEDA, Calif. — Vice Adm. Fred Midgette, commander of Coast Guard operations in the Pacific Area, has a challenge almost as vast as the ocean he patrols in search of drug traffickers, with responsibilities for an area that...