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Border Patrol arrests down 17 percent
SAN DIEGO | Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday a 17 percent drop in Border Patrol arrests this year shows heightened enforcement is slowing illegal immigration.
The Border Patrol made about 463,000 arrests during the federal government’s fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, down from 556,032 the previous 12 months. It marks the fifth straight year of declines.
Border Patrol arrests are down 72 percent from nearly 1.7 million in 2000. The agency typically makes about 97 percent of its arrests along the 1,952-mile border with Mexico, with nearly all the rest coming along the Canadian border.
Ms. Napolitano credited, among other measures, enforcement under President Obama — including bringing the Border Patrol to an all-time high of 20,500 agents and dispatching 1,200 National Guard troops.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Trial begins in Chandra Levy’s slaying
Jury selection began Monday in the murder trial of a man accused of killing federal intern Chandra Levy nearly a decade ago, a case that derailed a congressman’s career and generated headlines around the world.
Ingmar Guandique, 29, is charged with murder, kidnapping, attempted sexual assault and other counts. Authorities say he attacked Miss Levy while she was jogging alone in Rock Creek Park in May 2001.
Miss Levy’s disappearance — her body was not discovered until more than a year after she went missing — caused a national sensation when she was linked romantically to Rep. Gary A. Condit, California Democrat. Authorities once considered Mr. Condit a prime suspect but no longer think he had anything to do with her death.
Miss Levy, 24, had just completed an internship with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons when she disappeared. When Guandique was charged last year with killing her, the illegal immigrant from El Salvador had been serving a 10-year sentence for separate assaults in Rock Creek Park.
In court Monday, jurors filled out an 11-page questionnaire that sought to determine their exposure to pretrial publicity and whether they can sit as jurors on a case that could stretch six weeks. Their answers to the questions about their exposure to the case were not disclosed.
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