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U.S. Border Patrol Agents Disciplined for Crossing Into Mexico

October 6, 1990

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Two U.S. Border Patrol agents have been placed on administrative leave for crossing into Mexican territory in an attempt to apprehend an illegal alien, it was reported today.

The names of the two were not released.

The disciplinary action came after The San Diego Union presented several photographs to Border Patrol officials showing the agents trying to catch the illegal alien on the Mexican side of a fence dividing San Diego and Tijuana.

When the agents noticed they were being photographed, they let the man go, the newspaper said.

The pictures were taken by Sergio Ochoa, a San Diego-area college instructor, who witnessed the incident Sept. 23.

Enrique Loaeza Tovar, the Mexican consul general in San Diego, called the case a ″violation of international law,″ and said the Mexican government likely would file a formal protest.

Gustavo de la Vina, chief of the Border Patrol’s San Diego sector, called the incident regrettable.

″Our policy is quite specific that we don’t operate in Mexico,″ he said.

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