Bartletti, Don –– – MARCH 19, 2009. RODEO, NEW MEXICO. Veteran U.S. Border Patrol tracker Rogelio Villa and other agents move smugglers through the desert. The marijuana backpack on his ATV has blue shoulder straps fashioned from blankets. Villa and his team tracked the suspects for 6 hours before surrounding …

Family Argues Mexican National Killed by Border Patrol Had Constitutional Rights

A Mexican family whose son was killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent told the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday that the agent violated their son’s constitutional rights by using unnecessary deadly force. A preliminary issue is whether the Constitution applies to someone who is not a citizen of the U.S. and was standing on Mexican soil at the time of the shooting.