March 17, 2004

Homeland Security Official Found Dead
Agent Was En Route to Hutchinson Press Conference

Arizona Republic -- Phoenix
The special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Phoenix was found dead Tuesday in his government car north of Tucson, an apparent suicide victim. -- Thomas DeRouchey, interim special agent charged with dismantling violent criminal operations associated with immigrant smuggling, was on his way to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.... MORE... [American Patrol received and posted a rumor on this story just after 2 pm on Tuesday]

Special Agent DeRouchey

Border Patrol Targets Arizona Border
New Push to Curtail Invasion Likened to 1994 Effort

Copley News Service -- March 17, 2004
In one of the largest crackdowns of its kind along the border, the Bush administration plans to shift hundreds of Border Patrol agents to the Arizona border with Mexico to stem the flow of illegal immigration and reduce migrant deaths. -- Federal officials also said they are planning to introduce unmanned aerial drones over the border to increase their ability to stop drug trafficking throughout the Southwest. -- More

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