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PHOENIX -- The Border Patrol released guidelines on how agents are instructed to use deadly force in dealing with immigrants along the border.

Border Patrol Chief Mike Fisher issued a directive Friday about techniques agents should use in dealing with rock throwers and other threats.

The directive suggested that agents obtain a tactical advantage in rock-throwing scenarios such as seeking cover or distancing themselves from the situation.

The Border Patrol has faced growing criticism in recent months for not being transparent enough about how it responds to immigrants who throw rocks at agents. Critics believed agents were too trigger-happy in those situations.

The Department of Homeland Security also released use-of-force policies that were written in 2004 and 2010 for Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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