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Mar 19, 2014 8:03 PM by Associated Press

Border Patrol chief: Agents unfairly criticized

PHOENIX (AP) - The chief of the U.S. Border Patrol has defended his agency against criticism that agents use deadly force too often.

Chief Michael Fisher says there's been a mischaracterization that his employees "indiscriminately" open fire on immigrants.

Fisher spoke at the annual Border Security Expo in Phoenix on Wednesday. He said that use of a force is a difficult topic but that there are standards and policies that address it.

Immigrant rights groups say that Border patrol agents are "trigger-happy" in responding to people who throw rocks at them along the border with Mexico.

In a directive issued earlier this month, Fisher reiterated that agents shouldn't fire their weapons unless absolutely necessary. He said he stands by his agents and that he takes use of force very seriously.

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