- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 24, 2020

Border Patrol agents killed two illegal immigrants in separate incidents Friday, in both cases opening fire after being attacked, Homeland Security said Saturday.

Agents in Laredo, Texas, were responding to reports of a smuggling incident underway late Friday night and arrived to find a tractor trailer loaded with illegal immigrants. Another vehicle showed up, apparently to drop off more people for the load, and when agents moved in the driver hit reverse and pinned an agent and a migrant.

Border Patrol officials say the driver didn’t respond to orders to stop, and was shot.

The agent was taken to the hospital and released Saturday morning. The agency didn’t reveal any details about the migrant who was pinned.

The second shooting occurred in San Diego, near Las Americas Premium Outlets, a mall that stands just yards inside the U.S.-Mexico border near the San Ysidro border crossing. The mall is also a frequent staging point for illegal immigrants and smugglers.

Border Patrol officials say an agent was trying to arrest a migrant who’d just jumped the border, and “an altercation ensued.”

San Diego police are leading that investigation.

Immigrant-rights activists in the city demanded the police take full control, saying they feared a federal coverup.

• Stephen Dinan can be reached at sdinan@washingtontimes.com.

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