Q&A: Ex-agent says Border Patrol has grown, but dangers remain

Narcotics smuggling has risen alongside the agency's growth


By Maggie Ybarra
El Paso Times

EL PASO — Border Patrol agents are receiving heavy national attention this month. The spotlight is on them because of a confrontation in which an agent in El Paso allegedly shot and killed a 15-year-old Mexican boy.

The agent said rocks were thrown at him before he fired. Investigations of the shooting are underway in the United States and Mexico.

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