Funding for the border wall was added to the bill in a 230-196 vote. Five Republicans defected to join all Democrats in opposition.
The broader security package then cleared on a 235-192 vote. Amazing, we've found the one form of government spending
Democrats are opposed to.
URGENT UPDATE: Since 4:30 PM Tuesday [June 15, 2017] Nogales Station Border
Patrol agents have surrounded and are actively surveilling the No More Deaths humanitarian aid camp. In a 102-degree heat
wave, Border Patrol interference with humanitarian [sic] aid is "unacceptable."
"We" demand that agents stand down from the No More Deaths camp and uphold their agreements
to not surveil or interfere with humanitarian [sic] aid in the border region.
On Thursday, June 16, 2017 US Border Patrol agents served a search warrant
at a camp in the southern Arizona desert, which was suspected of aiding illegal immigrants to enter the US illegally. Four
Mexican men have been arrested.
The camp, which is a non-profit
aid camp operation by No Mas Muertes (No More Deaths), is about 11 miles north of the US/Mexico border and offers medical
care to illegals crossing the desert. It has been functioning since 2004.
The drug cartel hitman suspected of killing
US Border Patrol agent Brian Terry has been arrested in Mexico. Terry’s death in 2010 exposed the US government’s
gunwalking operation involving Mexican drug cartels, dubbed ‘Fast and Furious.’
Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, identified as the man who fired the shots that killed Terry in December 2010, was
arrested Wednesday at a ranch on the border of Sinaloa and Chihuahua, Fox News reported, citing US and Mexican government
The US Marshals, Border Patrol, and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
reportedly took part in the operation alongside Mexican law enforcement. Osorio is currently being held in Mexico, and the
US government will seek his extradition.
A record number of illegal aliens have crossed the U.S.- Mexico border and are in U.S. Border Patrol custody in
Texas’ Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV), according to the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC). Border Patrol Agent
and NBPC President Brandon Judd spoke exclusively with Breitbart Texas and condemned the leadership of the Border Patrol’s
parent agency, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), for allegedly “keeping this information secret” ahead of
the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Southern Arizona ranchers who often encounter drug smugglers
and other dangers have a new way to get help in emergencies: sheriff-issued radios usually reserved for police that connect
them directly to 911 dispatchers.
So far 31 ranchers along the Arizona-Mexico
border have taken the new handheld radios issued by the Cochise County Sheriff's Office.
Mark Dannels obtained them through private funding in an effort to improve safety along the rural areas that often lack
strong cell phone coverage. He said the 2010 murder of rancher Rob Krentz led to increased security and more communication
between ranchers and authorities. Authorities believe Krentz was fatally shot by drug smugglers.
Not only do "these guys" cross our border like it's
not even there...they are now openly threatening, planning, and using terrorism against an American Presidential candidate
and his supporters on American soil, while waving the flags of a foreign nation, Mexico... this will soon evolve into guerrilla
warfare against America and the American people: that's the pattern. The Mexicans and their south of the border brethren
are invaders, openly backed by the government of Mexico, and supported by "Latino" citizens (not all) who are the
product of prior amnesties and the anchor baby mill. These invaders and their supporters in the U.S. must be repelled...by
both the U.S. government and Americans capable of taking up arms...and those faux "Americans" supporting this
invasion, should they not retreat with their foreign forces across the border voluntarily, need to be stripped of their
United States citizenship for treason and sedition, and either executed outright or forcefully deported...not imprisoned
and supported on the American dime for 20 years for sedition. And Mexico needs to be severely punished through the use of
military force for supporting invasion and rebellion in the United States....all the way to Mexico City...including through
the use of nuclear weapons if necessary. And then, the southern border needs to be sealed forever...
The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office says DNA collected after the knife-point
kidnapping of three people north of Nogales last fall has returned a database hit on a man being held in a Los Angeles County
Ramon Francisco Florentino, a 39-year-old undocumented immigrant and repeat
deportee, was arrested in December and is being held on a $1.1 million bond for an unrelated felony charge stemming from
an alleged attempted child kidnapping case in Los Angeles. A Sheriff’s Office detective said this week he is preparing
to travel to California to interview Florentino and collect additional DNA samples from him.
Ranchers here have been steaming over the reported kidnapping of a ranch hand in December, when drug runners allegedly hijacked
the man’s vehicle, loaded it with narcotics and drove him to Arizona. He came home “roughed up,” his employer
Tricia Elbrock said, but he survived the ordeal.
ranch hand working in New Mexico’s Bootheel stumbles upon men and two or three vehicles stranded in remote cattle country.
They turn out to be drug runners from Mexico who take him hostage, load his vehicle with narcotics and force him to drive
to Willcox, Ariz., where they leave him alive but warn him not to go to the police.
They would be watching.
alleged incident and a host of recent break-ins have ranchers across Hidalgo County and in southeastern Arizona outraged
about what they say is a decline in border security. The cattle growers associations of both states are hosting a meeting
this week in the tiny town of Animas to air their grievances to elected officials – including pleas for more boots
on the ground – and they expect to draw a crowd.
Less than half of the U.S.-Mexico border is under “operational control” at this point, the chief of
the Border Patrol agents testified to Congress Thursday, detailing the porous situation and violent conditions in the southwest.
Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, also said one out of every five illegal immigrants agents caught along
the border in 2014 had a criminal record, which helps explain some of the violence that occurs.
All told, 91,000 criminal
aliens caught by the Border Patrol were deported last year, compared to about 486,000 total illegal immigrants caught.
half of the criminal aliens deported had aggravated felonies on their records, Mr. Judd testified to the House Oversight Committee.
Breitbart Texas has learned that a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) helicopter was shot down or forced to initiate
an emergency landing in Laredo, Texas due to receiving gunfire from the Mexican side of the border. The helicopter was interdicting
a narcotics load and working alongside agents from the U.S. Border Patrol, who operate under the umbrella of the CBP. The
helicopter was operating in the Laredo Sector of Texas, immediately across the border from the Los Zetas cartel headquarters
of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.
The helicopter was in U.S. airspace and participating in the interdiction of a narcotics
load coming from Mexico into the United States.
Del Cueto tells us that because some of those M4s have not been replaced, agents are pooling their weapons, which makes
it difficult to personalize the settings on a rifle, such as the sights.
"The problem is they are now pool guns
so what happens is instead of having their individual ones they have sighted in they're having to use a pool weapon
that you don't know who used it before you," del Cueto said.
Armed militias continue to patrol the United States-Mexico border seeking to repel any migration north, but critics warn
that these self-styled ‘freedom defenders' lingering on private land represent a powder keg that could have "disastrous"
("Critics" is a code word for Mexicans, the ACLU, ADL, and La Raza)
Border Rancher Warns of Cartel Border Takeover on U.S. Soil
Texas border rancher Cuban "Rusty" Monsees describes how the Mexican drug cartels are taking over Texas border
ranches and using death threats, assault, and attempted murder to drive ranchers and their families off of their land. He
tells how some of his neighbors are fleeing their ranches, while others are standing firm with the help of volunteer patriot
He explains how the politicians and agency talking heads from Washington DC on down to corrupt
locals, are all lying to the American people and not telling how ranchers are being overrun and attacked by a foreign enemy,
on U.S. soil. He describes how the border is in fact wide open, with cartel drug and human traffic smugglers bringing anything
they want, and anyone they want, across, including multiple incidents of illegal aliens from Muslim nations, and even known
terrorists on the U.S. Terrorism Wanted list.
He also describes attacks on Border Patrol agents, on ranchers
and their employees, and abduction and attempted abduction of children who will then be sold into sex slavery. He calls
on Texans to "cowboy up" and help him and his neighbors stop the cartels and gangs from taking over the Texas
side of the border. He has had veterans from across the country come to his ranch to help him protect himself from the cartels,
but they need Texas veterans to step up and put boots on the ground to keep the cartels from murdering these brave ranchers
and their families.
=================== http://tinyurl.com/qea7jff NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas - The National Council of Border Patrol Agents
(NBPC) is responding to the increasing assaults against the agents who protect our border with the production
of a documentary movie that tells their story. While violent assaults frequently leave agents injured and even
hospitalized, U.S. Attorneys often fail to prosecute the illegal aliens who commit the assaults. As recently as
last month, charges against an accused illegal alien drug smuggler who assaulted a Border Patrol agent while attempting
to escape were dismissed. The documentary will tell the story of these agents and the outrageous behavior of the
government in not prosecuting these cases.
Breitbart Texas news contributor, Ildefonso Ortiz, reported the assault
of a Border Patrol agent by an alleged drug smuggler that resulted in the agent being rushed to the hospital where he
was admitted for his injuries. "While the court records claim that the assault was a scuffle that resulted
in the agent getting a cut lip an injured knee and elbow, in reality the agent was rushed to Starr County Medical
Center," Ortiz wrote. "There, he spent three days in the hospital and three weeks out of the job recovering
from his injuries." In a plea bargain agreement, the assault charges and the drug smuggling charge were dismissed
and the alien pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.
Agents are frequently assaulted by illegal aliens who throw large
rocks at them as they work along the border. The assaults often result in head and other bodily injuries. One
of these agents is Border Patrol Agent Christopher Harris who was violently assaulted by an illegal alien who
struck him in the head with a large rock.
"This agent is based out of the San Diego Sector and has been an agent for 17 years," said Shawn Moran, National Border Patrol Council Vice-President. "We feel that when
this mini-documentary is complete, people will better understand what an agent goes through physically and emotionally
after a rock attack. This agent still suffers from the effects of the rocking and endured years of bureaucratic
nightmares just so he could keep his job."
Breitbart Texas Managing Director, Brandon Darby, raised the alarm on this issue in 2013 when he reported the El Paso Sector of the border was declared a "High Risk Enforcement
Area" due to the increasing number of violent assaults against agents. Darby wrote, "The declaration
came in March of 2013, but the numbers have continued to rise, according to Stu Harris, Vice-President Local 1929
of the National Border Patrol Council."
The assaults continue and prosecutions are rare sending a signal to illegal aliens that there is little to no risk in assaulting agents while attempting to escape capture. The documentary
is expected to be released later this fall.
"The National Border Patrol Council encourages anyone who believes
that rocks are not deadly weapons to view this documentary and see the real world impact these assaults have,"
Bob Price is a staff writer and a member of the original Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on
Twitter @BobPriceBBTX. =====================
========================= August 20, 2014 by Brandy Baron [Watch] Globally, Only One Nation's Military
Fires Weapons At Americans - Mexico http://tinyurl.com/qcsal27 Border Patrol Agent and spokesperson Chris
Cabrera is a guest of Stuart Varney on the Neil Cavuto program on Fox, in which he shares his views of the border
situation and the impact of the National Guard deployment in Texas.
He responds to a statement issued by the Mexican
government which reads in part, "Texas deploying National Guard troops along the border ‘Deviates from
the path of dialogue and cooperation."
Cabrera, who is the Vice-President of National Border Patrol #3307, recommends that Mexico "stay out of it" and "stick to their own business" when it comes to the
Texas National Guard deployment. He says that they aren't doing their part for security and have no authority
to comment on our methods.
Varney raises the point that Mexico has similar forces deployed on their side of the
border, and questions whether or not the fact that we both have militarized forces deployed would increase the likelihood
of armed confrontations between our two countries.
Cabrera responds saying, "Yeah, well, you know we have a lot
of cross-border shooting as it is already. We've had multiple incursions from their military and their national
police crossing into our areas, they've done so in the past, they've done so recently and for some reason
they never take responsibility for their actions."
Who would be the ones to hold them accountable, Obama
and Johnson? That won't happen. Their repeated firing upon our personnel and violating our sovereignty continues
because there are no consequences, just as the invasion continues because those who engage in it are rewarded.
The Mexican military is acting in conjunction, and probably in coordination with American policies, as established
by the White House and DHS. For them impede the Mexican aggressions would be highly counter-productive to the goals.
mentions Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), the leader of the racist Hispanic Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, who characterized the illegals as "'leaving behind men with guns in Central America and then met by men with
guns in America.' He says that ‘they are children, it's not an invasion,'" and asks for Cabrera's
Cabrera says, "You know part of the crossing, we do have children crossing, however, we have a
lot of criminals that are crossing, multiple repeat offenders, we're having drug dealers, drug smugglers,
we're having a lot of bad people coming in. And unfortunately we live in a world where police forces need guns and
I think he really just doesn't know what he's talking about."
Cabrera may be being polite; Gutierrez
knows what he is talking about. He knows full well that armed Mexicans are firing onto the American side of the
border. It's common knowledge and he is intimately involved in the importation of illegals. Saying it isn't
an invasion doesn't change the reality; it's merely a diversionary tactic. He is complicit. He is working
to import as many illegals of every Hispanic stripe as he can to fulfill his racist agenda and the Mexican government
and military are his allies in that effort.
Cabrera says the Border Patrol Agents need to be returned to the border
and allowed to do their jobs.
As for the Texas National Guard deployment deviating from the path of dialogue and
cooperation, it's long since overdue. Talk is cheap and with the Obama administration, rarely honest or representative
of American interests. Cooperating in the invasion of our nation is not something we should be engaged in. The
condemnation of Texas' actions, particularly in these terms, by Mexico, signals that we are finally doing
something to benefit our own country and citizens.
The United States has troops deployed around the globe. While some
of the locations are hostile and dangerous, with insurgents firing upon our troops, including National Guardsmen,
the only nation- state at this time which engages in firing upon U.S. forces is our supposed ally, Mexico.
North Korea, not Iran, not Libya or Syria, not Russia or China. None of what are claimed to be our biggest threats and
enemies internationally engages our American personnel in direct fire with theirs. Mexico alone holds that distinction
and yet our feckless and corrupt government fails to respond, fails to recognize the threat and fails to hold
The reason Mexico is allowed to get away with attacking Americans is because they are allied
with the subversive criminals within our government whose goal is to conquer our nation. Mexico is not a friend
of the United States. They are one of our greatest threats, making it possible for undesirables to enter our country
They are only the allies of the subversive individuals and alliances who hold positions of power within
our government at this critical point in our history. They will not be held accountable until we, the people,
regain control of our government.
Rick Wells is a conservative author who recognizes that our nation, our
Constitution and our traditions are under a full scale assault from multiple threats. Please "Like" him on
Facebook, "Follow" him on Twitter or visit www.rickwells.us
Reporter: Border Patrol Told to 'Let as Many Go as Possible' http://tinyurl.com/kk2bfjj
agents are being told to be lenient on illegal immigrants, says investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson.
spoken or unspoken, there is a policy coming from the top that they're basically to be very lenient and try to let
as many people go as possible, that's what they think, that's the message they think they're receiving,"
Attkisson said Thursday on Laura Ingraham's radio show.
Agents believe "they're being told not to
do the job," said Attkisson, a former reporter for CBS News who now writes for The Daily Signal.
spoke to a member of Congress, if I understood him correctly, who said some of the court dates being given are 10 years
out," Attkisson added.
Republicans have accused the Obama administration of purposely allowing Illegal
immigrants across the Mexican border in an attempt to win more of the Hispanic vote for Democrats.
facing a tough midterm election, with fears that a low turnout of their base could put the Senate in Republican control.
EXCLUSIVE: A game warden hit in the head with a rock while trying to seize a raft. Police officers wounded in an
hours-long standoff with a gang member wanted for murder. Criminals spewing obscenities and death threats at local cops before
asking for - and receiving - medical treatment.
And that was just last week.
A weekly report distributed
by a Texas state agency to senior law enforcement officials paints a grim picture of the Mexican border, where authorities
regularly confront illegal immigrant gang members and draw automatic gunfire from across the Rio Grande, and where local,
state and federal authorities fight a never-ending battle against drug smugglers.
The most recent Border Operations
Sector Assessment report compiled by the Texas Department of Public Safety's Border Security Operations Center, dated
July 25 and obtained by FoxNews.com, details local and federal authorities encountering smugglers carrying millions of dollars'
worth of marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine, some of which was found in vehicles filled with biblical passages and religious
items; federal agents being assaulted and shot at; gang members brazenly approaching people in their homes; and ranch workers
witnessing men crossing into the U.S. wearing camouflage and carrying long guns and automatic weapons.
Racketeering funds used for wide array of purchases
Friday, July 25, 2014 7:33 am | Updated: 8:46 am, Fri Jul 25, 2014. By Curt Prendergast Nogales International
| 0 comments Nogales youngsters raced around the bases at Fleischer Field on Wednesday evening as a new scoreboard
showed them beating Idaho 11- 2 in a Little League tournament game. The $14,000 scoreboard, like many other items
and events throughout the county, was paid for with proceeds of drug trafficking busts, which have totaled $3.3
million in the past three years, according to records provided by the County Attorney's Office, which oversees the funds. The records show anti-racketeering funds being used for everything from a $4,000 donation for a basketball
game between sheriff's deputies and high school students in February, to spending $1,700 to bring a young
singer to local schools in February 2013 and putting up $3,000 for the Teacher of the Year Ceremony in August 2013.
They were even used to buy a $2,400 air conditioning unit for the Nogales Senior Center in June. The county budget
approved July 16 also included $174,000 in anti- racketeering funds for the Sheriff's Office, $137,000 for the Nogales Police Department, and $389,000 for the County Attorney's Office. "The general notion is that
people that engage in crimes ought not be allowed to enjoy the ill-gotten fruits of their crimes," said Andrew
Pacheco, criminal division chief at the Arizona Attorney General's Office. The "fruits" of those
crimes are subject to forfeiture under state statute, with the proceeds going to further investigations into gangs,
drug trafficking, and racketeering offenses, he said. Most, if not all, Arizona counties have set up racketeering funds
administered by county attorneys, Pacheco said. In Santa Cruz County, the proceeds come from auctions of vehicles,
houses, and property a judge deems to have been purchased with proceeds from drug activity, as well as cash seized
after stash houses or smugglers are busted, said County Attorney George Silva. Southbound inspections on Interstate
19 also result in cash seizures, but only some of that cash ends up in the Anti- Racketeering Fund, he said. The
Nogales Police Department monitors I-19 through a state grant and proceeds from busts are sent to the Arizona
Attorney General's Office and only a portion comes back to Santa Cruz County. However, when members of the
High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force make the bust, the money ends up in the Anti- Racketeering
Fund, he said. In a notable seizure from a few years ago, NPD seized about $700,000 from smugglers at Walmart,
while federal agents seized about $300,000 from another vehicle involved in the incident at a local port of entry,
Silva said. Using the funds The County Attorney's Office has used the funds to pay officer overtime and
training, including the Arizona Narcotics Officers Training program going on this week, Silva said. The bulk of
the expenditures included in the records obtained by the NI through a public records request are salaries, travel expenses, training, vehicle purchases and maintenance, and communications equipment. The money also has been
used to purchase vehicles, Tasers, bulletproof vests, and equipment for canine units, Silva said. And it pays
for anti-drug publicity in outlets including the Nogales International. In addition, the County Attorney's
Office spent about $40,000 in the past three years on new furniture for Silva's office and the former county
jail once it became home for the then-Metro Task Force. The furniture was purchased according to a state contract
and can be moved easily for future purposes, Silva said. But how does a new sofa help combat drugs and organized
crime? While furniture, basketball games and singers aren't necessarily tools used to fight drug use and gangs,
state statute allows the funds to be used for any purpose permitted by federal law, with the U.S. Department of
Justice's guide for equitable sharing allowing counties to purchase items or fund programs for community-based organizations. "Anything that is remotely connected to youth and drug prevention, that's how we get
to use those funds," Silva said, noting the United Way Border Shootout gave scholarships. With regard to the
purchase of the air conditioning unit at the Nogales Senior Center, Silva pointed to the importance of connecting
senior citizens with the youth as a drug prevention tool. "When I get these donation requests, I try very hard to
find a connection. I want to spread the money out as much as I can," he said. Courts While the
County Attorney's Office reaps a windfall from busting drug traffickers, the local court system is forced to shoulder
many of the costs of processing those criminal cases, even those that occur at ports of entry or checkpoints,
without any additional funding from the federal government. Due to the potential for allegations of conflict of
interest, the anti-racketeering funds cannot be used to lessen the financial burden on the courts, Silva said. "The perception that somehow now the courts owe me something, it just throws the whole justice and fairness thing
out the window, or at least the perception," he said. For example, if the Justice Court needed a new vehicle
and anti- racketeering funds were used to purchase it, judges would have to disclose a potential conflict of interest
every time the County Attorney's Office was involved in a case. Defense attorneys could object, saying the
judge would give better treatment to prosecutors than defendants, he said. "I stay away from it. I don't
give any donations or make any money available for those needs," he said, noting the only contribution to
the courts was a WiFi network that his office provided for prosecutors. ‘Four pots' In years past,
the anti-racketeering funds were put into "one pot," but when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement took
over the Metro Task Force in 2012, turning it into the HIDTA Task Force, they asked that the funds be shared,
Silva said. Now, the funds are put into "four pots," one each for the Sheriff's Office, NPD, the
County Attorney's Office, and a miscellaneous pot that goes to the Department of Public Safety, Patagonia Marshal's
Office, or any other agency involved in busting drug traffickers, he said. If NPD made a bust on I-19 and
brought the case to Silva's office, 70 percent of the proceeds would go to NPD and 30 percent to the County
Attorney's Office. However if HIDTA makes a bust, the funds are put into the four pots. If Border Patrol makes
a seizure and brings the proceeds to the County Attorney's Office, 100 percent of the proceeds stay at the county,
Silva said. However, Silva reciprocates by buying equipment such as night vision gear for the Border Patrol if agents
request it, he said. ‘Slowing down' The Anti-Racketeering Fund has been in operation since before
Silva began working there in 1999, he said. However, the revenue has "slowed down" in recent years,
he said. "During good years, it's because federal agencies have been giving us vehicles," he said. At one point, the auctions included 180 vehicles brought by Border Patrol or other agencies. Now, they struggle to
get 60 in order to have another auction, he said. While Silva said he didn't know exactly why the vehicle seizures
are going down, he mentioned the possibility of decreased smuggling activity in the county and the move last year
of the Rod Robertson auction lot from Nogales to Tucson.
====================== Rancher calls new pipeline
'super highway' for drug smugglers
Posted: Jul 24, 2014 6:11 PM Updated: Jul 24, 2014 6:11 PM By Som
Lisaius - email
SASABE, AZ (Tucson News Now) - If you've driven State Route 286 near Three Points, there's
a good chance you noticed construction crews along the side of the road.
They're working on a massive, $200
million pipeline that's going to connect Southern Arizona and Mexico for the transfer of natural gas.
as you might imagine, any project of this magnitude certainly isn't without opposition.
To give you some idea
how big this project is, we're talking about 60 miles of underground pipeline from the Mexico border all the way
north to the southern tip of Tucson Mountain Park.
That's a lot of land. And a lot of impact. And nobody's
feeling that impact more than property owners in between.
Melissa Owen is owner of Rancho Sierra Vista de Sasabe,
a sprawling 640-acre ranch that's been part of the Southern Arizona landscape since 1929.
is where I want to live for the rest of my life...and this is where I hope I'll die," she says.
four and half miles north of the border, near Sasabe -- the ranch has seen its share of illegal activity through the
But Owen feels the worst is yet to come, now that a new pipeline and service road are being carved, quite
literally, through her property.
"No longer just migrants, " she says. "It's drug smugglers
coming across from the border. That's going to simply supply them with a 150-foot-wide super highway from
the border to Tucson."
We attempted to contact Border Patrol officials Thursday about the area in question
and how, if any, this might affect their patrols near Sasabe, the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge and other private/public lands impacted by the new pipeline.
They never answered our questions directly.
Owen is not surprised.
Border Patrol used to by sympathetic," she says. "Then suddenly agents weren't allowed to talk to us about
the project. And then the new patter from the Border Patrol was well...'We've got it handled -- everything
will be just fine.'"
Over the last three years, conservationists have fought the project valiantly, but
ultimately lost the battle when it was approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
"It will come
with it a swath of 150-foot road, cutting through pristine desert and ranch lands of Altar Valley," says Carolyn
Campbell, executive director of the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection. "That most definitely will be
affected...and ecologically, it may never be the same."
This is why Owen bought the ranch 12 years ago.
is so much wildlife here. But it's also very serene, very isolated," she says.
But as bulldozers and
trenchers get closer to Owen's front gate...
"I've been hearing it in my nightmares," she says, shaking
her head -- it's now unclear if Owen will stay in the place she wanted to spend the rest of her years.
day people are going to look back and say the Altar Valley was home to eight endangered species, including the jaguar
-- and we allowed this pipeline to go through it. What a horrible mistake."
The entity responsible for the
massive pipeline project is Texas- based energy company Kinder Morgan Inc.
Earlier this year, the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission required Kinder Morgan to employ mitigation efforts to limit adverse effects on the desert,
its plants, wildlife and the surrounding area.
The commission acknowledged that re-establishing vegetation along
the pipeline route could take years, perhaps even decades.
The commission further concluded, with the exception
of a few native plants, building and operating the pipeline poses no significant environmental impacts.
http://tinyurl.com/n22fbwl Altar Valley Residents Fear Proposed Pipeline Will Facilitate Border
Crime UPDATE: 4/24/12
Platts.com Pipeline news story 4/30/12
Tucson, AZ March 30, 2012-Concerned and fearful
citizens packed a public hearing March 30 held by the Pima Natural Resources Conservation District (PNRCD). El
Paso Natural Gas Corporation presented its plan to construct the first natural methane gas pipeline to run the
length of southern Arizona's Altar Valley. The company, recently acquired by Kinder Morgan, intends to connect the
pipeline at Sasabe to a customer's new pipeline coming from Puerto Libertad, Sonora.
Alternative" would bury the pipeline nominally 30" deep through State and private lands between Three Points
and Sasabe, two miles west of Highway 286 according to Mr. John Jermyn, an engineer with El Paso Western Pipelines
headquartered in Colorado Springs and Mr. Loren Locher, the Stakeholder Outreach Coordinator from the company's
Houston office. Construction would begin by third quarter of 2014 and take six months to complete.
is a broad open landscape of large family-owned ranches. In 1995 the ranching families in the valley formed the non- profit Altar Valley Conservation Alliance to scientifically steward the valley's 610,000 acre watershed, part
of which includes the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge (BANWR), now a partner. More recently Pima County,
now also a partner, purchased several ranches as part of the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan. The Alliance has received more than one noteworthy environmental stewardship award for their successful efforts to restore the watershed,
reverse erosion, and improve forage and wildlife habitat on working cattle ranches.
The greatest concern
among the meeting attendees, however, is their personal safety. The prospect of the El Paso Gas company purchasing or condemning State and private easements, leveling a 36-mile swath of ground 300 feet wide and removing all vegetation
including the endangered Pima Pineapple Cactus, foreshadows a permanent new road-a virtual beeline from the Sea
of Cortez into the valley- that will be controlled by drug and human smugglers.
The repeated suggestion by Mr.
Jermyn that, "we'll just have to put our heads together to keep that from becoming a road," only inflamed
the prevailing fear and distrust. Security in the valley is bad enough already. Armed scouts control the hilltops, guiding
groups of illegal immigrants and drug mules using cell phones, night vision goggles and GPS. In December 2010
Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was murdered by bandits armed with ATF "walked" weapons in the Atascosas.
Many more violent incidents have occurred in the same area since then. Last week the Border Patrol apprehended an alleged "rip crew" there. Recently a hunter and his pre-teen daughter were held at gunpoint by smugglers.
Another hunter and his family were shot at, followed home and threatened by smugglers. Likewise, Arizona Game
and Fish employees have dodged bullets.
One obstacle to obtaining a permit to cross the BANWR with a pipeline
is that the US Government, in response to cartel activity, prohibits citizen access to its southernmost 3,500 acres.
That inconvenient truth debunks any claim that the border is safe or secure. To make matters worse, illegal immigrants
started dozens of border wildfires last summer, including two that joined and displaced up to 100% of the livestock
off five ranches in the Atascosa Mountains.
Mr. Jermyn, seemingly misinformed, mentioned that border crossings
have declined from 2,000 a day to 100 a day, "now that you have the wall." By this time Chairman Drew
McGibbon had ordered civility be maintained. PNRCD Supervisor Jim Chilton replied that a great portion of that
"wall" is nothing more than a rickety four-strand barbed wire fence. Chairman Drew McGibbon pointed out that
numerous people in the room had been close personal friends of rancher Robert Krentz who was gunned down on his
own property by a suspected illegal immigrant two years earlier, almost to the day. Krentz had been serving as
Chairman of the Whitewater Draw NRCD until the day he was murdered.
The proposed pipeline would purportedly transport
natural gas to Mexican customers, although other foreign countries obviously could be supplied via Puerto Libertad.
company spokesmen stated that if there is sufficient customer demand north of the border then natural gas could be sold
on the US side as well. El Paso's natural gas pipelines in Tucson, however, are running nowhere near capacity.
That is inefficient and costs customers extra, Mr. Jermyn said. He further stated that El Paso Gas currently pays
$1.2 million in annual property taxes to the State of Arizona. The completed project would more than double that revenue in addition to the revenues derived from the utility easement crossing State School Trust lands.
alternative is to bury the pipeline alongside State Highway 286, eliminating the creation of any new road. That would
require an easement on federal land inside the BANWR-a location the company fears would preclude them from obtaining
permits. The route, were it not for the permitting issues, would cost less than the Preferred Alternative.
co-chair Mary Miller suggested burying the pipeline along Interstate 19 to Nogales. The environmental impact would be
minimized along that route and it would not require crossing the National Wildlife Refuge. Mr. Jermyn replied
that such a plan would require El Paso's customer to install an additional 30 miles of pipeline south of the
border so the suggestion is uninteresting to the planners. Oddly, nobody mentioned that an interstate natural gas
pipeline is already operating in Nogales, but related questions can be raised in a future meeting.
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), requires a "No Action" alternative be considered. A local activist from a
litigious environmentalist nonprofit corporation told this author that she predicts "the No Action alternative
NEPA further requires federal agencies to coordinate land use planning on an equal footing
with local governments to avoid running roughshod over local plans and policies. The PNRCD Board of Supervisors
voted to retain an attorney to discuss possible coordination with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other
agencies regarding the proposed pipeline.
UPDATE: 4/24/12 ============================= Ex-employee of Mexican
consulate arrested for alleged drug smuggling
http://tinyurl.com/mb9kw48 A former employee of the Mexican Consulate
in Yuma is facing prosecution for allegedly smuggling cocaine into the United States at a time when he was serving
in the consular post.
Jose Luis Moreno Serrano was arrested April 25 after a traffic stop by federal officers
near Yuma led to the discovery of 101 pounds of cocaine in the vehicle he was driving, according to documents filed
in U.S. District Court in Phoenix.
Moreno Serrano is charged in that court with one count of importation
of a controlled substance and one of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.
Calls by Bajo
El Sol to the Mexican Consuate in Yuma were referred to the Mexican Embassy in the United States, which said that at
the time of his arrest, Moreno Serrano was a temporary employee for the consulate who did not enjoy diplomatic
immunity. The embassy said he was terminated from that post on the same day as his arrest.
According to court
documents, the Homeland Security Investigations directorate of the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement
was able to identify Moreno Serrano as a consular employee whose duties included assisting Mexican citizens involved
in the U.S. criminal justice system.
While serving with the consulate, Moreno Serrano routinely commuted between
Mexico and Yuma, crossing the border at the U.S. Port of Entry at San Luis, Ariz., through a SENTRI expedited crossing
lane, according to court documents.
Moreno Serrano's arrest came after HSI officers obtained a search warrant enabling them to use a Global Positioning Satellite tracking device on the burgundy Dodge Journey that he
drove between the two countries. While installing and maintaining the device, according to court records, officers
noticed what appeared to be a hidden compartment built onto the undercarriage of the vehicle.
Crossing the border
on April 25, Moreno Serrano was followed by HSI officers, who stopped him on Highway 195 south of 32nd Street.
search of the vehicle led to the discovery of 40 packages containing cocaine in two hidden compartments, one under the
driver's seat and the second under the seat of the front passenger, according to court records. The drugs
were valued at $2.7 million.
Moreno Serrano told investigators he had been paid $4,000 to drive the drugs to a
Yuma residence, although he did not know the type or quantity of the drugs he was carrying, according to court records.
said he was making his second delivery of drugs to the home at the time of his arrest, according to court records. The
address of the home was not disclosed.
============================== http://tinyurl.com/p7lqrdj A flood
of families crossing the southwestern U.S. border illegally is prompting the Obama administration to revive a much-criticized
detention program that previously led to children and their parents being held for extended periods of time in
harsh prison-like conditions.
Figures released last week by Customs and Border Protection show more than
55,000 "family units" - at least one adult relative traveling with one or more children-- were apprehended
crossing the border in fiscal 2014. That figure is an increase of nearly 500 percent from the previous year and
dwarfs the 106 percent spike in unaccompanied children -- to more than 57,000 --- that has received so much attention
in recent months.
Now the Obama administration is rushing to open up detention centers to hold the families --
mostly women with children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras -- and is working out streamlined procedures
to quickly send them back to their homelands, a turnabout in policy that is being widely panned by immigrant advocates.
fact that these mothers have fled violence to protect their children, to protect their own lives, to protect their families'
lives is not being heard by the federal government," Royce Bernstein Murray, director of policy at National
Immigrant Justice Center, said Thursday. Family detention has for years been one of the most controversial parts of the American immigrant detention system, the world's largest.
Unaccompanied immigrant teens and
children, who are routed to a network of shelters run by non-profit and religious groups and overseen by the Department
of Health and Human Services pending immigration court hearings. But families apprehended along the border are
increasingly being treated like single adult immigrants: locked up in secure facilities to await what is intended to
be expedited deportation back to their home countries.
The U.S. has tried large-scale family detention before.
That operation sparked a lawsuit after it was discovered that children and their parents were being held in a
former prison for long periods in punitive conditions.
In 2007, advocates sued the Department of Homeland Security,
alleging it was keeping families at the 512-bed T. Don Hutto Residential Center near Austin, Texas, under virtual
24-hour lockdown and denying them privacy, educational opportunities and adequate health care. The lawsuit, filed
by the American Civil Liberties Union and other immigrant advocates, said toddlers in prison garb spent most of
the day locked in their cells at the private facility run by the Corrections Corporation of America, waiting for
head counts. When the ACLU investigated in December 2006, it said some children had not stepped outside in a month.
"The conditions were truly horrible," said Vanita Gupta deputy legal director of the ACLU, who helped
bring the lawsuit.
The suit was settled and the government agreed to changes at what was then the nation's
largest family detention facility. Then in 2009, the Obama administration announced a widespread overhaul of its
detention system that included shuttering Hutto. ICE kept open only one small family detention facility in Pennsylvania,
releasing most families with an order to appear in court when notified of immigration proceedings.
number of families apprehended at the border in the last year has led to a reversal of that policy. The Obama administration
is in the process of ramping up operations at two new federal detention centers to house immigrant families - in Artesia, New Mexico, and Karnes City, Texas - adding about 1,100 beds. That's only the beginning of what could
be a far larger family detention system if President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency funding request
to address the border crisis is approved. It includes $879 million to track, detain, prosecute and remove those
families. It also would pay for additional 6,350 family detention beds, which cost the government an average of $119
a day, to house them and open 23,000 daily slots for alternatives to detention, including electronic ankle bracelets
to track those released.
The move is part of the administration's effort to quash rumors in Central
America that families who make it to the across the Rio Grande can stay.
"Our message is clear to those who
try to illegally cross our borders: You will be sent back home," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson
testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee on July 10.
Detention is one part of a broad effort by the
Obama administration to facilitate "expedited removal" of these families, which generally reduces opportunities
to go before a judge and explain their cases. While the U.S. has for years had the authority to speed removal
of families apprehended within 100 miles of the border and in the country for less than two weeks, the procedure has been little used. Instead, they were generally released and told to report to immigration court.
are alternatives to detention that are far less costly, and far more appropriate, for kids and their parents fleeing
persecution in their home states."
"I have very little confidence that DHS will be able
to scale up family detention in a way that ensures that conditions are safe, humane and appropriate for kids and
their parents," said Ruthie Epstein, a policy analyst with the ACLU. "There are alternatives to detention
that are far less costly, and far more appropriate, for kids and their parents fleeing persecution in their home states."
ICE resumes widespread family detention, the facilities chosen thus far suggest the lessons of Hutto have not entirely
The first, a 672-bed center in Artesia, New Mexico, is located on federal law enforcement
training campus. Families sleep in rooms with bunk beds and are allowed outside, though they remain overseen by
guards and the secure facility. By August there will also be schooling for the kids, as state law requires.
federal employee is seen walking past cribs inside of the barracks for law enforcement trainees turned into immigrant
detention center at the Federal Law Enforcement Center (FLETC) in Artesia, N.M., on June 26. Federal officials
say this federal training center that is home to the Border Patrol Academy that will become a 672-bed detention
center for adult immigrants who entered the country illegally and are accompanied by children.
Opening on federal
land circumvented many roadblocks that have stymied the opening of facilities for unaccompanied minors elsewhere.
But immigrant advocates say the rush to open may compromise Homeland Security Secretary Johnson pledge that detention
and expedited deportation proceedings for families will be "consistent with all existing legal and procedural standards."
at Artesia were still scrambling this week to put up signs detailing people's rights, and even then, many were only
in English, said Madhuri Grewal of Detention Watch Network, who toured the facility on Tuesday. Parents interviewed
there described being confused about the process and their rights, and expressed concern their children were losing
weight and becoming depressed or suicidal, advocates said.
Grewal is also concerned that families there may not
know those with "credible fear" of persecution or torture if returned to their countries have a right
to apply for asylum.
A stroller is seen inside a room of Border Patrol's Federal Law Enforcement Center in
Artesia, New Mexico, which has been turned into a 672-bed detention center for immigrant families.
of these women do have a fear of returning but they are not being afforded to process that we do have in place,"
said Grewal. "It's a total circumvention of the law."
According to the DHS, 100 adults and children
have been removed in both expedited and traditional proceedings since Artesia opened, and the administration has
pledged to continue the swift removals, which it says are legal.
About 600 more family beds will soon open up
at the Karnes County Civil Detention Center in Karnes City, Texas. The center, run by the private GEO Group, was
built to serve as a model of less punitive immigration detention, with a soccer field and eight-bed rooms rather
ICE modified its contract with GEO on July11 to switch Karnes from a men-only facility to one for
families, slated to open within weeks. GEO, which earned $240 million last year through its contracts with ICE,
according to its annual filing declined a request for comment on the facility and the contract modification, referring
NBC News to ICE. The Department of Homeland Security, ICE's parent agency, did not respond to repeated requests
for comment on the amount or length of the contract.
GEO, which owns a subsidiary company with a five-year, $372.8
million contract to perform electronic monitoring for ICE, may also benefit if Obama's request to have 23,000
family members placed on alternatives to detention, which would likely include ankle monitors, is approved.
HUNTING AZ http://www.outdoorlife.com/photos/gallery/guns/rifles/centerfire/201 1/11/20-best-semi-automatic-rifles-big-game-hunting
other reasons for choosing/not choosing an AR-style or other autoloader for hunting, let me run another reason by you
guys.Living in Az, I can tell you that we can sometimes face "problems" the average hunter in let's
say Montana or Kansas wouldn't dream of. I am not claiming that this happens to everyone but it does happen,
especially to those of us that hunt southern Az. Once, while deer hunting south of Tucson with a Ruger No1 (singleshot
rifle), I saw and was seen by 3 Mexican gentlemen. One was carrying a rifle, the other two carried heavy backpacks (drug
mules). The guy pulling security began firing at me, forcing me to fire back but even though I enjoyed the advantage
of owning the high ground, it was kind of hard to gain fire superiority with a single shot versus a semiauto AK
variant.Another time, I was followed by 3 to 4 men during a night varmint hunt. Luckily, I had night vision and
they did not,so I was able to go dark and let them walk past me, speaking spanish about the gringo they were going to
shoot. Needless to say, I now hunt with an AR chambered in 223 and 6.5 depending on what I am offered and carry
spare hi-cap mags, just in case along with a Glock 19 and a fully stocked blow-out kit. Mostly hunting alone,
I have learned not to go out unprepared. Unfortunately, between the president, the media, and people in denial,
most of the country doesn't know how bad things can get around the border. So, in other words, until you've
taken a stroll around Patagonia Lake in southern Az,looking for Coues whitetails or quail hunting on the east-side
of the Catalina Mountains, alone, don't criticize my selection of long guns. Adios amigo! ===================== When Visiting Southern Arizona: BLM Cautions Public of Illegal Activities Occurring in Southern Arizona http://ironwoodforest.org/visit/activities-and-safety/ Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands in southern Arizona continue to experience illegal activities, including
drug and human smuggling. Visitors to public lands are encouraged to be aware of their surroundings while in southern
Arizona. In the past, encounters with drug smugglers have typically been non-violent in nature; however, recent
BLM law enforcement reports indicate smugglers may be armed and have displayed aggressive behavior toward people
working or recreating on public lands in southern Arizona.
Visitors to BLM public lands in southern Arizona, including
the Sonoran Desert and Ironwood Forest National Monuments, need to be aware of these activities. Remember the
following safety tips:
Cell phone service is out of range in many remote areas. Know where you are at all
times, follow good safety procedures and use common sense when making decisions. Do not pick-up hitch hikers. Keep valuables, including spare change, out of sight and lock your vehicle. Avoid traveling outside of
well-marked roads and routes. People in distress may ask for food, water or other assistance. Do not make
contact. Report the location of the distressed people to the nearest BLM or other law enforcement authority.
Report ANY suspicious behavior to the nearest BLM office or contact Law Enforcement Dispatch.
The BLM is alerting
the public to be aware of their surroundings when visiting public lands in southern Arizona, and to follow the safety
tips above. Your safety is important. If you see anything that looks illegal, suspicious or out of place, do not intervene.
Note your location and call 911, or report it to the BLM Law Enforcement Dispatch at (623) 580-5515(623) 580-5515,
as quickly as possible. =====================
http://tinyurl.com/oh8wulu MORE AT URL Not Up the Creek...Yet As Arizona faces potential water shortages, experts
on divided on the solutions, though many remain optimistic. by Kyle Mittan click to flip through (3) PHOTO
BY KYLE MITTAN.
Photo by Kyle Mittan.
Karl Flessa will tell you that it's not that hard to collect seashells.
All it takes is a bucket.
But the average beachcomber isn't bringing the specimens back to a lab to study
population densities, reconstruct the salinity levels of the ecosystem and figure out how long ago the creatures that
inhabited the shells were alive.
Flessa, the founding director of the University of Arizona's School of
Earth and Environmental Sciences, has focused on the Colorado River delta since 1992. During his first trip there two
decades ago, he found beaches made up almost entirely of mollusk shells-a result of the dry delta, which hadn't
seen water from the river in years.
"The puzzle was that we couldn't find very many live individuals
of the species that made those shells, and it was at that point we realized the environment had changed,"
he said. "What we were looking at ... was the remains of the former living community. That was a record of
what the delta used to look like before upstream dams and diversions used up most of the water before it got to the
gulf." ============================= Drought among the worst in Texas in past 500 years
ANTONIO - Will record-breaking droughts become the "new normal" for South Texas?
That question was posed
by the state Climatologist John Nielsen- Gammon at a meeting of the Edwards Aquifer Authority board Tuesday.
current drought, which started four years ago, is among the five worst in the past 500 years, he said. If it continues
to be as dry as it is has been, the drought could be the third worst.
El Niño conditions "definitely
seem to be on the way," he said, which could usher in a cool, wet winter and up to 5 inches of additional
In the long term, because of changes in the global climate, South Texas "could see both worse droughts
and worse floods," Nielsen- Gammon said. ================================== 32 Texas water suppliers face
UBBOCK, Texas (AP) - More than 30 small Texas public suppliers could run out of drinking water
in 45 to 90 days as the state's drought worsens.
No residents will go without water, the Texas Commission
on Environmental Quality said Wednesday, and if a supplier runs out, then water will be trucked in.
of the suppliers are located in rural areas or outside of large metropolitan areas, with the worst situations in West
Texas - the driest of the areas affected by a yearslong drought. The commission estimates 11 water suppliers could
run out in 45 days - affecting a total of about 8,600 business and residential connections. Another 21 suppliers
could run dry in 90 days.
"The TCEQ takes an active role in assisting these water systems, from helping to
secure new water supplies, reuse and conserve existing supplies, and working with other funding agencies in seeking
resources for new alternative water supplies, treatment and infrastructure," spokesman Terry Clawson said in an
The Texas Department of Agriculture and the Texas Water Development Board have provided grants or low-interest
loans to communities needing to fund projects such as drilling wells, moving intakes, or interconnecting with
Statewide, 387 public suppliers have imposed voluntary restrictions on users while 778 have announced
A lack of rainfall is to blame for most suppliers' situations as Texas wades through
a fourth year of drought. The situation is worst in West Texas, where some areas are now drier than the 1930s Dust
January through April in Texas was the fifth driest on record, with just 45 percent of the normal 7.1 inches
of rainfall, National Weather Service meteorologist Victor Murphy said Wednesday. Those four months were just
slightly wetter than the same time period in 2011, which ended up being the state's driest year ever.
across Texas are 64 percent full, the lowest amount for this time of year since 1990. Normal for this time of year is
84 percent full.
Through Tuesday, many large cities also were well behind normal in rainfall for the year:
Dallas is behind by 9.53 inches, Houston by 5.12 inches, San Antonio by 5.3 inches and Austin by 4.44 inches.
could be on the way, though, as weather officials monitor an El Nino system in the Pacific Ocean that could bring wetter
conditions later this year. http://tinyurl.com/opwdlon ====================== THE WAR ON AMERICA,JUST
WHO IS THE ENEMY
Las Cruces Organ Mountains are officially a National Monument
El Paso, TX (KTSM) - With the stroke of President Barack Obama's pen, the Organ Mountains in Las Cruces are now
a national monument.
The region includes, among other attractions, Billy the Kid's Outlaw Rock, Apache Chief
Geronimo's Cave, and the Butterfield Stagecoach Trail.
The president used his executive authority to sign
In a speech he gave early Wednesday he said, "I'm using my executive authority
to protect more of our pristine landscapes by designating the organ mountains desert peaks region a national monument."
strong advocate is happy see the 10 year battle finally won and protecting the landmark from being developed.
will always be public land," said Lucas Herndon, Executive Director of Friends of Organ Mountains- Desert Peaks.
"From here on out, we can always count on the lands included in this monument as being public and open to
He's not the only one to show support.
One local business owner said this new designation
is going to drive tourism back to the region.
"The tour industry of that kind has kind of evaporated for
the southern New Mexico region we'd like to see it come back this might be that catalyst," said owner
of the food truck Happy Dog, Russ Smith.
In fact, New Mexico Senator Tom Udall said more than 7 million dollars
are expected to be generated.
"People will be coming in from all over the world," he said. "It's
going to help tourism it's going to help local people who like to go out and like to hike and hunt."
a few miles away you'll find another national monument.
Officials said the tourist attraction, White sands National
Monument tourist attraction has brought in millions of dollars to the economy over the years.
were able to generate economically $21.8 million for the local region within a 60 mile radius," said Superintendent
of the White Sands National Monument Marie Sauter.
But some people are still not convinced; one man said he could
be out of a job.
"That will block me off from being able to collect most of the stones I carry. About
25 percent of what I have comes from Las Uvas and Kilbourne Hole," said Dodds Cupit, owner of Naturally Found New
Aside from not being able to collect and sale rocks, Sheriff Todd Garrison said safety is also an
"When we take so much land so close to the border that's been proven in other areas to be used
for illegal and criminal activity, for who know who to come across," he said. "I believe that is putting
our country at risk, it's putting our county at risk and its putting our state at risk."
But Udall insists
that will not happen.
"All of the law enforcement people, the sheriff, the border patrol can do everything
they've been doing in the past we didn't make any changes on that and any future legislation will work with
them," said Udall.
Herndon welcomes the public to contact their organization for any questions you
may have regarding the Organ Mountains.
You can reach them at 575-323-1423575-323-1423
or on their website www.organmtnfriends.org
========================= http://tinyurl.com/mhp83yo NEW CREATIVE SMUGGLING ========================
=========================== Illegal Immigrants Allowed to Go Free http://www.krgv.com/news/illegal-immigrants-allowed-to-go-free/
- Federal officials are releasing women and children who enter the country illegally, a CHANNEL 5 NEWS investigation
CHANNEL 5 NEWS reported in 2013 that the feds were releasing anyone deemed a low threat to national
Border Patrol officials on Friday confirmed a spike in illegal crossings in the Rio Grande Valley. The
agency reassigned agents to the region to deal with the increase in crossings.
A CHANNEL 5 NEWS crew on Monday
found a group of women and children at a bus station in Harlingen. The group had just been released from Border
"I feel very happy, because other mothers can't do this," said Mari Jimenez, a Guatemalan
Jimenez and her 2-year-old daughter, Marlifer, prepared to board a bus. The single mother said she carried
her baby from Guatemala to the border.
Federal officials gave the woman documents that allow her to travel anywhere in the United States.
"Thanks to the authorities who gave us this chance to see our families,"
Hermilia Maria Ortiz Moran, a Guatemalan national, said detention centers are overcrowded.
Patrol officials said most of the immigrants crossing the border come from countries other than Mexico. They said some
of those immigrants are sent to Laredo or Del Rio for processing. Still, many are being released.
get documents that indicate what they can and can't do during their stay in the United States.
Ortiz and her
three children are scheduled to appear before a deportation officer on May 27, in Hartford, Conn.
and foremost, I have to thank God and ask him if there are any opportunities for work, I will work. Just as long as
the permission allows us to," Ortiz said.
The papers she got from officers prohibit her from working. They
also must not commit any crimes. They must report any change of address to federal officials.
NEWS reported in July, 2013, about the flaws in the deportation system.
Dina Turcios was released at a Brownsville
bus station in April, 2013. She was supposed to report to the feds in Dallas, but that didn't happen. Turcios
skipped town and moved to New York City.
It's unclear if federal officials ever found Turcios. It's also unclear how many others have disappeared into U.S. cities after their release.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS contacted Border
Patrol officials about the group at the Harlingen bus station. They confirmed the women and children were all
The agency issued the following statement about the releases:
"In an effort to maximize
resources and focus on the uptick in apprehensions, RGV Border Patrol Sector has begun implementing several steps.
These efforts include, transporting detainees to other sectors within the South Texas Campaign AOR, temporary reassignment
of agents from other sectors into RGV and temporarily issuing a notice to appear for immigration hearings to family
units posing no threat to national security," the statement read.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS reached out to legislators
for comment about the releases. Congressman Henry Cuellar issued the following statement:
"As a Congressman
representing the border, and someone who has breathed the air and drank the water of the region for his whole life,
I will be the first one to say that we need to do everything we can to secure the border in a smart way and enforce
our immigration laws. Law enforcement prioritizes the removal of criminal aliens and law enforcement agents are
doing their best to detain criminals that pose a risk to our communities. Agents are doing their best to keep
our border secure with limited resources and I commend law enforcement agents for their commitment to keeping
our families safe."
http://www.kvoa.com/news/illegal-immigrant-deported-once-before-is- caught-again-on-weapons-charge/ Illegal immigrant
deported once before is caught again on weapons charge
COOLIDGE - A previously deported illegal immigrant has been
arrested on weapons charges and using a fake identity.
On Tuesday, March 25th at 3:25 p.m., a deputy assigned
to the Pinal County Sheriff's K-9 Unit stopped a 1992 Toyota Corolla on Highway 87 at Skousen Road in Coolidge
for several traffic violations. The driver of the vehicle, 25-year old Jesus Angulo-Palafox of Mexico, gave the
deputy a fraudulent Arizona Identification Card, which contained his picture and a different name. Angulo admitted to
purchasing the fake id for $300 from a vendor at a Phoenix-area swap meet. Angulo was arrested for Taking the
Identity of Another and Possession of a Forged Instrument.
A search of the vehicle revealed a loaded .40 caliber
Smith and Wesson handgun concealed between the rear seat and the trunk of the vehicle. A check of Angulo's
fingerprints revealed in 2012 he was deported by the United States Border Patrol on a Weapons Offense and for
Transportation of Narcotics. Since he is a prohibited possessor due to the prior felony convictions, he was also booked
into the Pinal County Jail for Misconduct Involving a Weapon.
The front seat passenger, 23-year old Miguel Luna,
also from Mexico, admitted to being in the United States illegally. Luna was turned over to the custody of the
United States Border Patrol.
Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, "Pinal County is in the middle of one of the most
active drug and human smuggling corridors in our country. As a result, our deputies and citizens continue to deal with
these types of cases on a daily basis. We have invited the president and other elected officials to come to Pinal
County to see the activity firsthand. It would be hard for anyone to argue the border doesn't need to be secured
if they truly spent time looking at the issue from those who are forced to deal with the problem firsthand." ============================================== Police Bust Stash House in Edinburg http://www.krgv.com/news/police-bust-stash-house-in-edinburg/
- Police busted a stash house in the 300 block of San Pedro Drive in Edinburg. They arrested 18 men and 6 women from
Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.
Edinburg police said they got a tip about the stash house. They called Border Patrol after they found the illegal immigrants.
The immigrants were not injured.
================================= Drug Raid in Roma
ROMA - Three men and a woman are being detained following a drug raid in Roma. The South Texas
HIDTA Task Force raided a home on the 2500 block of Mark Street Thursday morning.
Officers said two men were quickly
caught after trying to flee from the scene. Sixty bundles of marijuana were found in the home. The drugs weighed
in at about 680 pounds.
The owner of the home and his wife were also taken into custody. This investigation continues.
========================== A Border Patrol Agent Will Soon Face an Unwarranted Media Attack A Border Patrol Agent Will Soon Face an Unwarranted
Category: Immigration Published on Monday, 31 March 2014 12:34 Written by Mike
In a post I wrote on March 8, I lamented the media's mischaracterization of Border Patrol Chief Michael
Fisher's use of force memorandum to agency personnel. The national media was positively giddy about the compulsory
"limitations" and "restrictions" on the use of deadly force against attackers using "only"
rocks in their endeavor to kill a Border Patrol Agent. The media has persisted with their erroneous reporting to such
an extent that much of the general public may now believe Border Patrol Agents will not resort to deadly force
when faced with a potentially lethal rock assault.
As I wrote in my previous post, Chief Fisher did not expand
the historical limitations on the use of deadly force in any way. When attacked with any instrument likely to
cause death or great bodily harm, a Border Patrol Agent is authorized to use sufficient force, up to and including
deadly force, to neutralize the threat. The horribly inaccurate reporting regarding the Border Patrol's use of force policy will have real consequences.
In the not-too-distant future, a Border Patrol Agent will find it necessary
to use deadly force in order to survive a rock assault. The media, having incorrectly convinced themselves and the public
that responding to a rock assault with deadly force is prohibited, will publicly crucify the agent. There will
be demands for firing and prosecuting the agent who intentionally disobeyed a nonexistent policy that was wholly
contrived by media hype. Chief Fisher will be raked over the coals for not providing sufficient oversight to ensure
adherence to a policy he never wrote.
The Border Patrol will be wrongly identified as a rogue, out-of- control
law enforcement organization in dire need of increased oversight. Illegal alien support groups like the ACLU and La
Raza will clamor for congressional hearings and there will be a determined effort to link stalled immigration
reform legislation to border violence.
There are some unearned troubles bearing down on the U.S. Border Patrol. Category: Immigration Published on Monday, 31 March 2014 12:34 Written by Mike Nicely
a post I wrote on March 8, I lamented the media's mischaracterization of Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher's
use of force memorandum to agency personnel. The national media was positively giddy about the compulsory "limitations"
and "restrictions" on the use of deadly force against attackers using "only" rocks in their
endeavor to kill a Border Patrol Agent. The media has persisted with their erroneous reporting to such an extent
that much of the general public may now believe Border Patrol Agents will not resort to deadly force when faced with
a potentially lethal rock assault.
As I wrote in my previous post, Chief Fisher did not expand the historical
limitations on the use of deadly force in any way. When attacked with any instrument likely to cause death or great
bodily harm, a Border Patrol Agent is authorized to use sufficient force, up to and including deadly force, to
neutralize the threat. The horribly inaccurate reporting regarding the Border Patrol's use of force policy
will have real consequences.
In the not-too-distant future, a Border Patrol Agent will find it necessary to use
deadly force in order to survive a rock assault. The media, having incorrectly convinced themselves and the public that responding to a rock assault with deadly force is prohibited, will publicly crucify the agent. There will be
demands for firing and prosecuting the agent who intentionally disobeyed a nonexistent policy that was wholly
contrived by media hype. Chief Fisher will be raked over the coals for not providing sufficient oversight to ensure
adherence to a policy he never wrote.
The Border Patrol will be wrongly identified as a rogue, out-of- control
law enforcement organization in dire need of increased oversight. Illegal alien support groups like the ACLU and La
Raza will clamor for congressional hearings and there will be a determined effort to link stalled immigration
reform legislation to border violence.
There are some unearned troubles bearing down on the U.S. Border Patrol. ============================= Operation Crackdown Hits Laredo
EL PASO - In an
unusual partnership, the South Texas city of Laredo is teaming with the U.S. Border Patrol and the Texas National Guard
to help rid itself of abandoned structures that have been labeled eyesores and havens for criminal activity.
guard's project, known as Operation Crackdown, is well-known across the state, having demolished 1,350 structures
by the end of 2013, many of which had been identified as stash houses for drug runners or migrant smugglers.
in Laredo, for the first time, the Border Patrol has joined the guard's effort. Laredo officials announced this
month that they were working with the Border Patrol to submit a list of abandoned buildings - including houses,
sheds and commercial properties - for possible demolition.
The Border Patrol officials said the project was a
way to help control crime along the border.
"We can join forces so we can do something about these substandard
properties that we come across during our regular patrols," Greg Salinas, a Border Patrol agent and agency
spokesman, said, adding that the buildings were used as stash houses for illegal immigrants or narcotics. "They
will just use it as a temporary holding place where they can come across, hide and leave, or jump into a vehicle."
Border Patrol and the Laredo Police Department have already identified about 77 structures in the city; 28 of those
have been given final approval after meeting certain requirements, and demolition will begin in May.
officials said that the project did not involve law enforcement inquiries or Border Patrol apprehension operations.
is just to knock down these homes," a city spokeswoman, Xochitl Mora Garcia, said.
If property owners do
not consent, many of the buildings could be condemned because of their condition, which would require property owners
to fight condemnations in court, or have the buildings brought up to code. Mora Garcia said both options would cost
the city and the owner.
"The city will continue to follow up and fight them for not meeting compliance
for whatever violations that they have," she said. "The city does have a mechanism to do a forced condemnation.
That's a different process where we'd have to go through the courts and there are other costs involved
to the city."
In speaking of the effort, the city, citing a National Guard presentation, said 83 percent
of abandoned dwellings showed signs that drug abuse, prostitution or other criminal activity had taken place.
rates are twice as high on blocks with abandoned or open buildings than on controlled buildings blocks," the city
said in a statement when the program was announced.
Mora Garcia said property owners who chose to participate
would not pay for the demolition, and they would not be held liable for whatever illegal activity has occurred
on the abandoned properties either.
"It's not so much homeowners; it's the drug activity," she
Salinas said the National Guard pays for the bulk of the project, including equipment and personnel costs.
The National Guard could not provide a per-unit price for demolition, but said a two-week mission costs about
The city pays for the debris removal, asbestos testing and abatement, landfill use and permit costs,
while the Border Patrol incurs no cost.
The city must also clear the demolitions with the Texas Historical Commission, and the National Guard needs to obtain additional permission and documents.
Though the Laredo initiative
is the first such partnership with the Border Patrol, Operation Crackdown has visited the Texas-Mexico border
In December, guard members demolished what the Harlingen police said was a stash house less than a mile
from a school. That was part of an operation that targeted about 30 structures in Harlingen. It came after trips
to the city in 2011 and 2012 in which 55 dwellings were torn down, according to the Texas National Guard website.
National Guard tries to complete four Operation Crackdown missions every fiscal year.
This article originally
appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/2014/03/31/operation-crackdown-hits- laredo/. =================== What Should Investors Know About Security Issues On Mexico's Other Border?
watched Hugo Rivera, a broad shouldered state police trooper, steer his patrol truck over the bumpy road along the border
between Mexico and Guatemala. Two border patrol officers in military gear carrying machine guns sat in the back
of the truck. Rivera looked out through the windshield, eyeing the lush green trees that line the river that marks
the border. His AR-15 rifle bounced against the seat next to him as he pulled the truck towards the section of the
river where migrants cross on inner tubes en-route towards Mexico's northern border and eventually, the United States.
see a lot of cases of Central Americans coming up to rob the migrants. The ones with the tattoos stand out. MS-13, [Barrio]
18 - there are a lot of bad guys coming out of El Salvador," Rivera told me.
The area was once a major
crossing point for migrants leaving Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. In 2005, however, Hurricane Stan destroyed
the railway that crossed through Ciudad Hidalgo.
"You used to see the whole top of the train covered with people,
but now it's fewer [migrants] since the train stopped [running through here]," Rivera told me. Mexican
border patrol agents stand watch at an informal crossing along the river that marks the border with Guatemala. Photo
by N. Parish Flannery @LatAmLENS
Mexican border patrol agents stand watch at an informal crossing along
the river that marks the border with Guatemala. Photo by N. Parish Flannery @LatAmLENS
In an article I wrote for
March issue of Monocle magazine I explained, "A combination of security problems and the struggle to boost
economic growth has seen the numbers of migrants crossing into Mexico increase substantially."
in countries south of Mexico's border continues to be a driving force for north-bound migration.
In my article
for Fox News Latino I explained:
During a shootout in early 2013, Guatemalan soldiers killed four men riding
in a bulletproof truck. At the time, local media quoted Guatemala's Interior Minister as confirming that Sinaloa
cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán was killed in the firefight. It turned out to be an unconfirmed
Members of the Zetas, another powerful Mexican cartel, have pushed southward and are now working alongside
Mara Salvatrucha gang members and other criminal organizations in Guatemala and the rest of Central America.
Sierra-Rubia, a political risk analyst specializing in Latin America at Red 24, a global security consultancy based
in London, told me, "[Former Mexican president Felipe] Calderón's war on cartels placed pressure
on Mexican cartels, and control over Central American routes for narcotics transportation became increasingly
important to the organizations." As Mexican cartels pushed south, violence in many Central American countries increased.
country in this region, to a greater or lesser degree, suffers from drug-related violence," Sierra-Rubia added.
my Fox News Latino article I explained, "Starting in 2008, the Zetas pushed into Guatemala in an attempt to seize
control of this increasingly important crossing point. Most violence in Guatemala occurs in the country's
capital city and along the Pacific coast near the country's southeastern border with Honduras and El Salvador."
Beltran, a researcher at the Washington Office on Latin America, a think tank, told me, "In Guatemala, El Salvador
and Honduras we've seen an increase insecurity and violence over the last few years due to the growing presence
of drug trafficking."
Chiapas is Mexico's poorest state, but it serves as a magnet for migrant laborers
who cross the river from Guatemala. Chiapas is home to major coffee growing operations run by companies such as Starbucks and Nestle, corporations that reported, $14.9 billion and $104 billion in revenues last year, respectively.
While Latin America's economy continues to evolve (Nestle reported double digit sales growth in the region
in 2013) Guatemala continues to lag behind other countries in the region.
In Guatemala, foreign direct investment
accounts for barely 2 percent of GDP. In the late nineties, Guatemala emerged from near four decades of civil
war, but has struggled to implement meaningful economic development initiatives. Nearly forty percent of Guatemala's
labor force works in agriculture, and the country's major exports include coffee and bananas. About half of the
country's population lives below the poverty line.
Chiquita Brands International, the current manifestation
of The United Fruit Company, continues to operate in Guatemala. Dole Foods and Fresh Del Monte Produce also operate
banana plantations in Guatemala. Del Monte owns more than 8,800 acres of land in Guatemala and leases an additional
Dole's 10-K report for fiscal 2013 explains, "In Latin America, we source our bananas primarily
in Honduras, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala and Peru, growing on approximately 32,300 acres of Dole-owned
farms and approximately 65,500 acres of independent producers' farms."
Although the country continues
to produce and export bananas and other agricultural products, in recent years street organized crime activity
in Guatemala has created new problems for residents.
However, as Guatemalan and Mexican authorities have arrested and
killed a number of Zetas leaders, the group's presence in Guatemala has been weakened. Still, street crime
and gang violence continue to affect the lives of many Central Americans.
In my Fox News Latino article I explained:
The triangle of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras is now considered to be the most violent non-war zone on the
planet. San Pedro Sula, Honduras, was the most violent city in the world in 2012, recording more than three murders
Guatemala City has also emerged as one of the region's most violent. Between 2008 and 2012, more
than 24,000 murders took place there. A similar dynamic of street violence and homicides has taken root in El
Salvador, the home base of the Maras.
By contrast, in Chiapas during 2010 and 2011 fewer than 200 murders
a year were reported. The number nearly doubled in 2012 to 392, but that's still much lower per capita than the
number reported in Mexican cities such as Ciudad Juarez and Acapulco, or even U.S. cities such as Chicago and
"There was a shootout a few years ago but now it's pretty peaceful," Rivera, the Mexican
border agent, told me, as he looked out at the rippled surface of the river.
"Mexico's northern border
is more problematic," Rivera said. "Here, it's pretty peaceful," he added. ======================================= Author shares views on US border issues presented by Center for Latin American and Border Studies
firstname.lastname@example.org LAS CRUCES, N.M.>> New Mexico State University's Center for Latin American
and Border Studies will host a presentation on the book "Border Patrol Nations: Dispatches from the Front Lines
of Homeland Security" by Todd Miller at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday at the Nason House, 1070 University Ave.
a journalist with experience writing about U.S.-Mexican border issues, tells the story of the U.S. Border Patrol and
Homeland Security's reach into lives of U.S. citizens, legal immigrants and undocumented immigrants in his
"I read an advance copy of "Border Patrol Nation" a few months ago," said Molly
Molloy, library professor. "It is an excellent piece of reporting and research about the militarization of the
border, not just at the geographic borders of the U.S., but inside the country as well.
Patrol now operates anywhere and everywhere in the country where the undocumented, or people who look like they might
be undocumented, live and work. The current administration has deported more than 2 million people in recent years,
leaving broken families in communities all over the country. Todd Miller talks to immigrant families, workers,
employers and members of the U.S. security apparatus and tells us how it really works."
book will be available for purchase at the talk.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information visit clabs.nmsu.edu.
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http://www.facebook.com/NMSUNews ============================== Ariz. County Loses Appeal Over Marijuana Seizure
Court has refused to overturn Arizona court rulings ordering the Yuma County sheriff to return marijuana that was seized from a woman with a California medical marijuana authorization honored by Arizona.
order was issued without comment Monday in the case of Valerie Okun, who had marijuana in her car when a Border Patrol
agent stopped her and her husband in Yuma County, Ariz., in 2011. She was charged with marijuana possession crimes,
but the charges were dropped when she provided proof she was authorized to possess marijuana under California's
medical marijuana program. Arizona's medical marijuana law allows people with authorizations from other states
to have marijuana in Arizona.
But the Yuma County sheriff refused to return Okun's marijuana, even after Arizona
courts ruled in her favor. ============================= Parents Wanted in Amber Alert Turn Themselves In: Police
http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/SD-San-Diego-Border- Amber-Alert-Parents-of-Four-Abducted-Children- 253227941.html#ixzz2xb5GLDHE Follow us: @nbcsandiego on Twitter | NBCSanDiego on Facebook
Two parents who allegedly took their four children by
force from their grandmother's home in the Los Angeles area last week have turned themselves into authorities
at the U.S.-Mexico border south of San Diego.
Enrique Felix and Rosa Chairez were detained by Border Patrol agents before being taken into custody by the Los Angeles Police Department.
An Amber Alert was issued for the
children on March 14. The
children were found safe by authorities
last week near the border, officials said.
father, Felix, is described as a Hispanic man, 28 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall with black hair and brown eyes. The
mother, Chaidez, is described as a Hispanic woman, 5 feet 2 inches tall with red hair and brown eyes.
children were identified as 7-year-old Enrique Felix, 5-year- old Justin Felix and 1-year-old twins Veronica Felix and
Felix and Chaidez face kidnapping charges, according to a tweet from LAPD.
http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/SD-San-Diego-Border- Amber-Alert-Parents-of-Four-Abducted-Children- 253227941.html#ixzz2xb5W6gbv Follow us: @nbcsandiego on Twitter | NBCSanDiego on Facebook =======================================
Alleged Mexican Military Incursion Into Arizona May Point To Cartel Collusion
"Anytime individuals in
military uniforms cross a border that's obviously cause for concern. This incident deserves a close look,"
Sen. Tom Coburn said.
WASHINGTON - Just before 8:30 a.m. January 26, two figures dressed in
camouflage and carrying military assault rifles crossed an international border, making their way on foot through the
quiet desert terrain, unaware that they were under the constant watch of authorities in the country they had just
Within minutes a border patrol agent confronted the two men. Weapons were drawn. Asked for identification,
the two men provided their names - which didn't correspond with the names on their uniforms. After a brief,
tense standoff, the two men retreated back across the border just as reinforcements were arriving.
No, this isn't
the opening scene to the next season of Homeland, or some harrowing special-forces mission gone wrong in a distant corner of the world.
The armed incursion occurred on United States soil, outside Sasabe, Arizona, just north
of the U.S. Mexico border. Drug dealers and migrants use a large wildlife preserve to the east and the empty desert
to the west of Sasabe as trafficking corridors.
Both Mexican and U.S. border agents have crossed over the border in
this area, pursuing suspects. But according to officials familiar with the situation, border crossings by members
of either military are rare. In a January letter to the head of Customs and Border Protection about the incident,
Sen. Tom Coburn asked if the agency has "concerns that some members of the Mexican Military could be providing
security and/or intelligence to Drug Trafficking Organizations." The Sinaloa Cartel, widely considered one of the
world's most powerful drug syndicates, operates along the Sasabe stretch of the border.
individuals in military uniforms cross a border that's obviously cause for concern," the Oklahoma Republican
told BuzzFeed Friday. "This incident deserves a close look."
An internal CBP "Foreign Military
Incursion" incident report was provided by a confidential informant to BuzzFeed and verified by Sen. Coburn.
It makes for riveting reading.
At about 8:53 a.m. Mountain Standard Time, an official monitoring video
surveillance "had a visual of two subjects entering the United States approximately 2.5 miles west of the Sasabe
Port of Entry." Border Patrol Agent David Olaya "reported subjects appear to be Mexican Military personnel
approximately 50 yards north of the International Border. At 0920 hours, BPA Olaya stated he positively identified
the two individuals."
According to the report, "both parties drew their weapons." The two men in
camouflage had H&K G3 long arms, a type of assault rifle commonly used by the Mexican military.
the two men identified themselves as members of the Mexican Military's 80th Battalion. But the names they gave didn't
match the names on their uniforms. Additionally, the men informed Olaya "that they had been pursing [sic]
three subjects that were seen in the area." The incident report does not indicate that the video surveillance
system had seen any other individuals in the area.
By this time, according to the incident report, officials at
the border patrol were trying to contact Mexican military officials. "At approximately 0926 Supervisory Border
Patrol Agent (SBPA) George Serrano ... was contacted and apprised of the situation. SBPA Serrano attempted to
make contact with the headquarters of SEDENA 45th Military Zone," which covers the area around Sasabe. "A
voice message was left at the office," the incident report says.
Two minutes later, "both Mexican Military
personnel turned southbound after they saw other [Border Patrol] units westbound toward BPA Olaya." Within
seven minutes, the two men had crossed back into Mexico.
Although CPB Acting Watch Commander Eduardo Fuentes was
alerted, it does not appear he took much action beyond reviewing the incident report. Additionally an agent with
the Border Patrol's Critical Incident Team - which investigates shootings and other incidents involving agents
- "stated they will not be responding to this incident," according to the report.
Olaya could not be
reached for comment, and CBP spokeswoman Jenny Burke did not respond to repeated requests for comment. The Mexican embassy in Washington also did not respond to a request for comment.
Congressional investigators have had no better
luck in getting answers from CBP, which has a history of ignoring information requests from lawmakers in both
For instance, Sen. Robert Menendez has filed multiple requests with CBP for its policies regarding the
use of deadly force. Although CBP has conducted a review of the practice, it has yet to provide the New Jersey
Democrat or congressional investigators with the policies behind its use of force, particularly against Mexican nationals. Similarly, CBP has been accused of stonewalling congressional investigators and outside watchdog groups
over conditions in its detention centers.
In his January letter, Sen. Coburn asked CBP Acting Commissioner Thomas Winkowski a series of questions about the incursion into U.S. territory, including whether top CBP officials
were informed of the incursion and whether CBP has verified the two men were in fact military personnel.
the ranking minority member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, asked CBP to respond
by February 3. He told BuzzFeed this week that he has yet to hear back. ================================= Mexico
govt says it's slain capo 'killed' in 2010
Read more here: http://www.modbee.com/2014/03/09/3230472/mexico- govt-may-have-slain-capo.html#storylink=cpy
MEXICO CITY - Forensic evidence indicates a man killed in
an early morning shootout with marines in western Mexico was a leader of the Knights Templar Cartel who the government
reported slain in 2010, Mexican officials said Sunday.
Authorities were awaiting DNA tests for final confirmation
that they had the body of Nazario Moreno Gonzalez, said an official in the federal government and one with the
Attorney General's Office. Both agreed to discuss the case only if not quoted by name because they were not
authorized to talk publicly about the investigation.
Moreno's death would be one of the more bizarre twists in Mexico's
assault on drug cartels, in which two others of the country's most powerful capos have been captured in the
last year without a shot fired.
One of the officials said Sunday's shootout happened near the farming
hub of Apaztingan in the heart of western Michoacan state, where the Knights Templar have ruled through stealing, killing
Moreno, nicknamed "The Craziest One," would have turned 44 on Saturday, according
to a government birthdate. He led the La Familia cartel when he supposedly perished in a two-day gunbattle with
federal police in December 2010 in Michoacan, his home state.
No corpse was found then, however. The government of then-President
Felipe Calderon officially declared him dead, saying it had proof, but some residents of Michoacan had reported
seeing Moreno since then.
Since the earlier death report, his former cartel, La Familia Michoacana, morphed
into the more vicious and powerful Knights Templar. The cartel under both names preached Moreno's quasi- religious
doctrine and moral code even as it became a major trafficker of methamphetamine to the U.S.
When federal Attorney
General Jesus Murillo Karam was recently asked about the rumor that Moreno was still alive, he said: "We can't
confirm or deny it officially as long as we have no concrete evidence, and I can tell you that we have nothing."
the 2010 death report, Moreno reportedly helped build himself up as folk hero, erecting shrines to himself and to the
Knights Templar, which adopted the Maltese cross as a symbol.
The hunt for him spiked last year as vigilantes,
tired of the cartel's control of the state and government inaction, took up arms against the Knights Templar,
saying they wanted to get the cartel kingpins. All of the civilian "self-defense" group leaders said Moreno
His reported killing comes on the heels of the Feb. 22 capture of Mexico's most powerful drug lord,
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who surrendered peacefully after 13 years on the lam when marines raided
his condo in the Pacific resort city of Mazatlan. Another other top drug capo, Zetas chief Miguel Angel Trevino, was
captured last summer, also by the Mexican navy's elite troops.
Though Guzman's capture leaked to the press,
Mexican authorities waited several hours before announcing it so they could solidly confirm they held the leader
of the Sinaloa cartel, Mexico's largest. They later gave a detailed explanation of how they fingerprinted
him and measured his facial features against photographs as well as analyzed genetic markers from a DNA swab. ===================== Mexican marines confiscate six planes in drug bust
Mexico City: Mexican marines detained three armed individuals and confiscated
six small planes, weapons and vehicles in a drug bust at a ranch in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, authorities said.
a joint statement, the government, military, the federal attorney general's office and the National Security Commission
said these actions were part of a coordinated strategy by federal forces in Sinaloa.
The operation took
place in two communities in the municipality of Culiacan and began when Mexican marines "surprised an individual
with a rifle, which he used to threaten the security forces".
In his attempt to flee, this person went to
a ranch to alert two other armed individuals, the statement said, adding that the soldiers subsequently found
what appeared to be marijuana and crack cocaine at the site.
The security forces detained the three suspects at
the ranch and also confiscated six light aircraft and four vehicles, as well as two rifles, a grenade launcher
and four ammunition clips containing 118 rounds of ammunition.
The detainees, weapons and apparent drugs were
turned over to organised crime prosecutors in Mexico City.
On Feb 22, members of an elite marine unit captured
Sinaloa drug cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" (Shorty) Guzman, Mexico's most- wanted fugitive, in
Mazatlan, a resort city in Sinaloa. ============================= Mexican marines confiscate six planes in drug
bust DIFFERENT TUNE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Indo-Asian News Service
Mexico City, 9 March: Mexican marines
detained three armed individuals and confiscated six small planes, weapons and vehicles in a drug bust at a ranch
in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, authorities said.
In a joint statement, the government, military, the federal
attorney general's office and the national security commission said these actions were part of a coordinated
strategy by federal forces in Sinaloa. http://tinyurl.com/kr583ys
The operation took place in two communities
in the municipality of Culiacan and began when Mexican marines "surprised an individual with a rifle, which
he used to threaten the security forces".
In his attempt to flee, this person went to a ranch to alert two other armed individuals, the statement said, adding that the soldiers subsequently found what appeared to be marijuana
and crack cocaine at the site.
The security forces detained the three suspects at the ranch and also confiscated
six light aircraft and four vehicles, as well as two rifles, a grenade launcher and four ammunition clips containing
118 rounds of ammunition.
The detainees, weapons and apparent drugs were turned over to organised crime
prosecutors in Mexico city.
On 22 February, members of an elite marine unit captured Sinaloa drug cartel kingpin
Joaquin "El Chapo" (Shorty) Guzman, Mexico's most-wanted fugitive, in Mazatlan, a resort city in Sinaloa. =========================== Immigration detainees continue hunger strike
TACOMA. Wash. (AP) - A hunger
strike at the Northwest Detention Center entered a third day as hundreds of detainees protested their treatment
and called for an end to deportations.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Sunday that about 400 detainees
refused to eat Saturday dinner. That morning, ICE said 750 wouldn't eat.
Meanwhile, immigrant-rights activists
say a group of more than 20 detainees had been segregated in a small room. They believe it is in retaliation for
leading the hunger strike that started Friday.
Attorney Sandy Restrepo says the wife of a detainee talked briefly with her husband Sunday. That detainee said he and others were confined to one cell without bathroom breaks and couldn't
ICE spokesman Andrew Munoz says he couldn't immediately comment on those reports.
center houses nearly 1,300 people being investigated for possible deportation.
"Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn't even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters,
and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring
the others back."
- Hundreds of armed men belonging to community self-defense groups occupied eight small towns near Chilpancingo, capital of the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, and detained a dozen suspected extortionists, a spokesperson for
the vigilantes said.
The action was taken due to the "federal government's poor response"
in ensuring the security of the state's inhabitants, Gonzalo Torres, a coordinator of the Citizen Safety and Justice
System, or SSyJC, organization, said Friday.
The vigilantes said they seized control of the towns, all part of
the municipality of Chilpancingo, because their residents are the victims of criminal gangs that extort and kidnap
The SSyJC was founded in Jan. 4, 2013, in the town of Ayutla de los Libres to combat the criminal
outfits and has since extended its reach to communities located near the cities of Acapulco and Chilpancingo.
presence here is because citizens in this area asked us to come, because they're tired of there being extortions,
payment of protection money and kidnappings every day," Torres said.
Roughly 500 inhabitants of the town
of Ocotito gathered Friday in the main square to express their support for the community self- defense groups in
their struggle against the Los Rojos gang, the former armed wing of the now-defunct Beltran Leyva cartel.
vigilantes are patrolling the streets and also maintaining checkpoints on the federal highway linking Chilpancingo and
Chilpancingo Mayor Mario Moreno acknowledged that the community self-defense groups already control
the towns of Cajeles, Buena Vista, El Rincon, Mohoneras, Dos Caminos, Carrizal, La Haciendita and Ocotito, local
But he said his government was in talks with their leaders and hoped an agreement could be reached
Community self-defense groups and community police forces have also been formed in more than a dozen
of the 113 municipalities in the neighboring state of Michoacan.
A federal offensive in that western state began
Jan. 13 with an attempt to forcibly disarm militias that arose to defend communities from the Caballeros Templarios
(Knights Templar) cartel, but after four people died in a confrontation with soldiers, the Mexican government
changed tack in favor of cooperation with the vigilantes.
Mistrust persists, however, and the militias, who get
financial backing from business owners tired of paying protection money to the Templarios, say they will hand
over their weapons and stand down only after the entire cartel leadership is behind bars.
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140117065151-03-mexican-vigilantes-restricted-horizontal-gallery Self-defense groups head to the village of Nueva Italia in Michoacan state on Tuesday, January 14, to face the Knights
140117ccccc065204-05-mexican-vigilantes-horizontal-gallery Armed members of a citizens'
group stand guard in Paracuaro in Michoacan state on January 14. Mexican authorities say they have gained control
of 20 municipalities in the region so far. http://tinyurl.com/m6382md
140117065223-08-mexican-vigilantes-horizontal-gallery Men from a self-defense group engage in a firefight to flush out alleged members of the Knights Templar drug cartel
from Nueva Italia on January 12. Critics suggest the vigilante groups contain some criminals from rival gangs
who are using them as a means to win more territory.
(CNN) - The vigilantes came to violence-torn towns with a
simple pitch: Join us and fight back before the cartel kills you.
For some in the western state of Michoacan,
long a flashpoint in Mexico's drug war, it was an offer they couldn't refuse.
They toted guns and called
themselves self-defense groups as they patrolled the streets, claiming they were forced to fight the Knights Templar
cartel themselves because the state had failed to protect them.
They took over several communities and sent a
clear message to cartel members and authorities: Keep out.
But this week, the Mexican government stepped in, sending
federal forces to the region and ordering the vigilante groups to lay down their weapons.
situation has become a major problem for President Enrique Peña Nieto's government, which has vowed to reduce
In some areas, it hasn't gone smoothly, with both sides refusing to back down in tense
Mexican soldiers clashed with self-defense group members Tuesday in the town of Antunez, killing at
least one person. And even as federal troops patrolled the city of Apatzingan, tensions ran high after a pharmacy
burned down in a suspected arson attack just blocks away from City Hall on Wednesday.
By Thursday, Mexican authorities
said they'd gained control of 20 municipalities in the region. But a top security official said he couldn't
set a date guaranteeing when the state would be safe.
Some vigilante groups have vowed not to hand over their guns until
cartel leaders are captured.
"We want them to go rescue the towns where the people are still being
massacred by organized crime," said Estanislao Beltran, a spokesman for the self-defense groups. "When there
is peace and security in our state, we will give up our weapons."
Residents, meanwhile, told CNNMexico they're
caught in the middle of spiraling violence that shows no sign of slowing. And some observers say it's not
clear the government crackdown is working.
"Federal authorities, instead of imposing order, instead of rescuing
the cities, they are more like referees," Jose Antonio Ortega, president of the Citizens Council for Public Safety
and Criminal Justice, told CNNMexico this week. "They are watching the civil war in Michoacan."
the situation could have consequences beyond the state's borders, security analyst Alejandro Hope said. It's
possible, he said, that the phenomenon of vigilante groups could spread.
"It is a real risk," he told
CNN en Español. "It is a scenario that should worry the people in charge of the country's security policies."
Resident: ‘We do not know who to believe'
One Michoacan resident, who asked not to
be identified out of concern for his safety, said a self-defense group gave residents few options but to support
them when they swooped into the town of Tancitaro, where much of the local economy depends on avocado orchards.
words of the self-defense groups were very clear: ‘If you do not arm yourselves, you could be killed by the Knights
Templar.' This was the central point," he recalled in an interview with CNNMexico this week.
even with an increase in government forces in the area, he said, it's a situation that isn't likely to stop
any time soon, with so many decentralized groups spread across so many parts of the region.
that this is going to last for months, because there is not just one person who says, ‘We are going to hand over
our weapons to the Army,'" he said. "People are very afraid. We do not know who to believe. The
self-defense groups tell us one thing, and the military tells us something else."
But in the meantime, he
said, vigilantes have set up roadblocks around the town.
And the town's church bells have become a signal,
he said, summoning vigilantes to stop cartel members from entering.
Analyst: Problems paved the way for vigilantes
groups have also surged in parts of the neighboring state of Guerrero, where government troops have struggled to put
a stop to cartel violence.
"We think the government is very timid, very slow," Sergio Mejia, the
head of an association of restaurant and business owners in Acapulco, told CNN last year. "If there is no immediate
response, it leaves us no choice but to join the fight."
Several factors in Michoacan have paved the way
for vigilante groups, Hope said - especially the nature of the primary cartel operating there, the Knights Templar.
a group with a great focus on territory, Hope said.
"And they tend to be much more involved in extortion, in robbery,
and in different kinds of kidnapping, so they generate a lot more resistance than a traditional group dedicated
to international drug trafficking," Hope said.
Today's problems started in the state at least a decade
ago, said Julio Hernandez Granados, a former Michoacan government spokesman.
"There were many years of abandonment
in many communities," he told CNN en Español.
That allowed drug cartels to infiltrate, strengthening
their grip on daily life and threatening those who didn't obey.
"These criminal organizations would not
subsist if these circumstances did not exist," Granados said. "With many young people lacking education,
lacking employment opportunities, they find the only path ... is to work for criminal groups."
could have a darker aim
Some locals view the vigilantes as heroes. Others see them as villains and have responded
to their arrival by destroying property and setting vehicles ablaze to create fiery road blockades to stop them.
the past year, Hope said, even federal officials have been "schizophrenic" about how they approach the groups,
sometimes cracking down on them and other times describing them as allies.
Critics suggest the vigilante groups
contain some criminals from rival gangs who are using them as a means to win more territory.
Leaders of the groups
have consistently denied such accusations, saying their only aim is to fight cartels and protect public safety.
Alfredo Castillo, appointed by the federal government this week to be a new commissioner heading up security in the
state, offered an ominous warning Thursday. Keep reading
The Cochise County
Sheriff's Office be able to duck and cover faster or make it t0 I-10 QUICKER
http://tinyurl.com/n3g8m3y The Cochise County Sheriff's Office is hoping a new communications system will make it much safer for its deputies
patrolling one of the most dangerous parts of the Arizona border.
The department is using an $11 million dollar
grant to change the radio deputies are using.
"It will allow us to communicate with other agencies, it will
have service in remote areas that are considered a dead zone under the current radio system," said Sheriff
Mark Dannels with Cochise County.
Sheriff Dannels says this upgrade will make sure they know and can communicate
with their deputies while they are tracking cartel members who are pushing drugs into Arizona.
office has already started upgrading the system and is hoping the recent visit from the Department of Homeland Security
Secretary will bring more technology to rural areas.
================= Van with 20 undocumented immigrants
rolls over Here we go again
A van carrying as many as 20 undocumented immigrants rolled over on Interstate
40 near Flagstaff Friday night after the vehicle swerved to avoid another car changing lanes, according to the Arizona
Department of Public Safety.
Officials say that 15 passengers were taken to the Flagstaff Medical Center
and six were admitted for treatment at about 7:30 p.m.
The other occupants of the 1979 Ford van fled on foot.
DPS officers remained on the scene near the Winona exit until 9 a.m. Saturday. A spokesperson said that officers
wanted to make sure anyone who ran off did not need help.
"We don't know how many fled, but a number
of them took off on foot," said Sgt. Gary Phelps.
It's not clear who was driving the vehicle at the time.
and Customs Enforcement is now involved.
Three children were handed over into the custody of Child Protective
Phelps said that some of the passengers were Guatemalan and contact has been made with that country's
January 24, 2014- At only 24 days of starting the new year, in the state of Mexico there has
been at least 51 murders, mainly occurring in the metropolitan area of Mexico City. The fires that occurred on
Sunday in the municipality of Tecámac, apparently, were not related to the "cockroach effect" of Michoacán.
to a count from Revolución 3.0 based on newspaper articles, the violence of this entity, governed by Eruviel
Ávila and in the past, Enrique Peña Nieto, has its own war which this month, would only be the tip
of the iceberg.
Almost all of the murders that they've recovered have had ominous marks as other entities
have recorded before.
This trend, moreover, seems to confirm the findings made a few weeks ago by the Citizen
Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice AC (Consejo Ciudadano para la Seguridad Pública y Justicia Penal A.C.), which warned that it was possible that some municipalities of the State of Mexico are in an imminent
danger of being a "failed state".
"Municipalities of the State of Mexico, and its suburbs, which
have had an increasingly widespread rate of extortions by organized crime and homicides on the rise: Neza, Los
Reyes La Paz, Chalco and Valle de Chalco, among others", read the document "Municipalities of Mexico
under the condition of a "failed state".
Here is the list of murders within the said precinct in recent days:
January 1- 2 men in Tlalnepantla (executed) January 3- 1 male and female in Chalco (executed) January 5- 1 male
in Chalco (executed and burned) January 5 - 4 men in Chalco (executed) January 6- 1 male in Chalco
(tortured and executed) January 6- 1 male in Nezahualcóyotl( tortured , executed and left on the street
) January 6- 1 male in Toluca (confrontation with Army and Navy, allegedly belonged to La Familia Michoacana) January 9 - 1 male in Nezahualcóyotl (murdered inside his vehicle) January 9 - 2 men in Chalco (shot) January
9 - 2 men Acolman (tortured and executed) January 9 - 2 men in Cuautitlán Izcalli (executed and abandoned on the street) January 9 - 1 male in Tultitlán (executed and left with a message from the Sinaloa Cartel) January 9 - 1 police officer in Naucalpan (assault and crossfire) January 10 - 1 male in Nezahualcóyotl (executed,
wrapped and left with a message) January 10 - 5 men in Cuautitlán (4 executed and 1 man found dead) January
10 - 3 men in Coacalco (killed inside a vehicle) January 10 - 1 male in Nezahualcoyotl (executed) January 10 - 1
male in Nicolás Guerrero (throat slit inside a vehicle) January 13- 1 female Nezahualcóyotl in (executed
and thrown in a dumpster) January 13- 1 male in Nezahualcóyotl (executed, leader of a carrier) January
13 - 1 male in Nezahualcóyotl (executed and tied with wire) January 13- 1 male in Nezahualcóyotl (murdered
inside a taxi) January 13- 1 male in Chalco (executed and tied by the hands and feet) January 14- 1 male in
Chimalhuacán (executed on his scooter) January 14- 1 male in Los Reyes La Paz (beaten and stabbed to death) January 16- 1 male in Atizapán (persecuted and executed) January 18- 1 male in San Juan Ixhuatepec (executed) January 18- 1 female in San Miguel Xalostoc (shot at her business) January 18- 1 female Nezahualcóyotl man (executed) January 18- 1 male in Zumpango (killed in a shootout with police) January 19- 1 male in Naucalpan (burned to death) January 20- 2 women in Cuautitlan Izcalli (stabbed to death) January 20- 1 female in Ecatepec (found dead floating
in a sewage canal) January 21- 3 men in Texcoco (burned to death) January 22- 1 female in Chalco (tortured
Source: Revolución 3.0 ========== Violence in Michoacan has not yet reached the levels
attained in Chihuahua Friday, January 24, 2014 | Borderland Beat Reporter un vato http://tinyurl.com/2crwoad Diario de Juarez (1-21-2014) By Martin Orquiz Translated for Borderland Beat by un vato In reading the following
article, there are certain facts one must keep in mind:
The State of Chihuahua measures 95,543 square miles and
has a population of 3,470,783 (2012).
The State of Michoacan measures 22,625 square miles, with a population
of 4,412,767 (2012).
The State of Mexico (Edomex) is 1,800 square miles, with a population of 15,680,766 (2013).
As reported here in the Borderland Beat, there have been 51 executions so far this year in Edomex.
I include these statistics is that, calculated on a per capita basis, or using the standard index of instances per 100,000
population, the numbers in Chihuahua are actually much worse than the report indicates. I must also point out
that the government officials and public representatives that the reporter quotes assume that the decrease in
the number of homicides in Juarez was the result of the policies that these officials and representatives describe.---
Although the state of Michoacan is now the focus of national and international attention due to the violence
generated by crime and the rise of citizen self defense groups, it has not yet reached the levels of violence
attained in Chihuahua.
In fact, during the eight year period between 2006 and 2013, the number of murder victims
in the central state (Michoacan) amount to about a third of the number reported here, according to comparisons carried
out using information from the National Criminal Index (Incidencia Delictiva Nacional) published by the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (Secretariado Ejecutivo del Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Publica).
in 2013 alone, as reported by the organization, an office within the Secretariat of Governance (Segob; Secretaria de
Gobernacion), 961 murders were reported to the Public Ministry in that state, while the same source indicates
that 1,443 persons were murdered in Chihuahua.
Meanwhile, information from the State General Prosecutor (FGE;
Fiscalia General del Estado) in the northern zone indicates that there were 485 murders in Juarez last year.
with the deployment of the Federal Police and the Mexican Army in an attempt to control the situation in Michoacan,
the Federal Government is considering the implementation there of the strategy of citizen participation established
here which, according to government officials and public representatives, helped decrease the level of crime,
above all in the border city.
During his visit to the border area last week, the Segob's Deputy Secretary
of Prevention and Citizen Participation, Roberto Campa Cifrian, met with members of the Juarez Board of Security and
Justice (MSJ; Mesa de Seguridad y Justicia), members of the Trust for Competitiveness and Citizen Safety (Ficosec;
Fideicomiso para la Competividad y Seguridad Ciudadana), the Chihuahua Citizen Observatory for Prevention, Security
and Justice, and other civic entities to convey that intent.
The main objective, said members of the Juarez groups,
is to permeate Michoacan society with the need to face public safety problems from a perspective of citizen cooperation
without the use of firearms, as is happening today.
"What has been done here in Juarez has drawn the Federal
government's attention, and they want to take this model and use it in places like Michoacan and Tamaulipas",
explained the director of MSJ, Jorge Contreras Fornelli. The citizen representative pointed out that public participation
in the resolution of public safety problems is basic, which is why it is important for for people to participate
in the process of fighting crime.
Although the circumstances in Michoacan are somewhat different than those that
prevailed in Chihuahua, the members of the local social groups agreed that it is possible, by means of several adaptations,
to begin to work in that state towards a decrease in crime.
Data from Federal entities establishes that, between
2006 and 2013, there were 5,631 murders in the central Mexican state.
During that same period, there were 16,824
murders committed in Chihuahua, according to those same entities.
Using those numbers as a base, it can be stated
that the number of persons murdered during that eight year period in Michoacan represents 33.4% of the victims
reported in Chihuahua.
====================== WHILE THEY WERE HIDING UNDER THE BED
COCHISE COUNTY 1
COP PER 100,000 PEOPLE
POE officials reported that the sounds lasted until just after 1 a.m. and there were no
request for medical personnel or ambulances to respond to the POE.
Makes me feel warm and fuzzy.
http://tinyurl.com/lfuv7s8 The Cochise County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) has issued a statement on the violence in Agua Prieta, Mexico.
to the statement, on Saturday, Jan. 18 the CCSO was contacted by officials from the Douglas Port of Entry regarding
a gun battle with automatic weapons and possible hand grenades in Agua Prieta.
POE officials reported that
the sounds lasted until just after 1 a.m. and there were no request for medical personnel or ambulances to respond
to the POE.
CCSO received information throughout the indicating that a gun/weapons fight did occur in Agua Prieta
and there were several fatalities in two separate incidents, stated the press release.
It is indicated that this
is most likely a cartel related incident in which they are using massive amounts of ammunition that includes automatic
weapons, 50 caliber weapons and hand grenades. It was also reported in the statement that the death toll range from
eight to 13 people, none of whom are reported to be U.S. citizens.
"Our information indicates that this is
an internal fight within the confines of the country of Mexico and will most likely stay there," CCSO Sheriff
Mark Dannels said Saturday.
As a proactive and precautionary measure, the CCSO has placed personnel on a heightened
state of alert which will allow for the deployment of additional personnel should the violence spill over into
the United States via Cochise County international boundaries.
"We remain vigilant in our duty to protect our citizens
at all cost. If in fact there are criminals factions that intend to bring their issues to the United States,"
the Sheriff said. "We want to assure them that we are working closely with local, state and federal agencies
to be prepared as necessary and be successful in our mission to stop any violence from occurring in our country."
and Border Protection released a statement on Jan. 20, in regards to the violence in Agua Prieta.
They are aware
and have been monitoring the reports of violence in Agua Prieta.
Although CBP has heightened security measures
as a precaution at the Douglas POE, there has been no impact on port operations, the statement said. =================== Border Patrol finds 18 illegal immigrants in stash house http://tinyurl.com/l5pl4t3
SAN BENITO - Eighteen illegal
immigrants are in United States Border Patrol custody after they were found in an illegal stash house on the outskirts
of San Benito, authorities said.
U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, the Cameron County Sheriffs Department
and Border Patrol agents raided a home Thursday afternoon located on the 2800 block of Calle Maguey where the 18 illegal immigrants had been living, authorities said.
According to U.S. Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley sector spokesman
Danny Tirado, the raid was part of an ongoing investigation.
The immigrants are made up of Mexican and Honduran
nationalities. Tirado said the group could not be broken down by age or gender at this time.
He also said
it is hard to say exactly where they are now because all of them are at different stages of being processed.
18 immigrants are currently in border patrol custody while they are being processed, he said.
Tirado said two
possible smugglers are being held in custody.
Names are not being disclosed regarding the illegal immigrants or the potential smugglers at this time. The government agencies will continue to investigate the case.
================= 381 pounds of marijuana seized at Bridge of the Americas http://.tinyurl.com/meq8qwc
El Paso, TX (KTSM)
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations Officers located 381 pounds of marijuana in the floor and bed of a truck at the Bridge of the Americas international crossing on Thursday.
CBP Officers made
the seizure just after 10:00 a.m. Thursday morning at the Bridge of the Americas when a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado
driven by 30-year-old Mauricio Rojo-Mares of Cuahtemoc, Chihuahua, Mexico entered the northbound port.
Patrol and CBP Officers initiated a discussion with Rojo- Mares and selected his vehicle for additional screening. CBP
scanned the truck using a "Buster" density meter and determined that the truck had high readings consistent
A CBP Officer then noticed a bump in the floor of the truck and pulled back the carpeting revealing
a wrapped bundle of marijuana. Additional inspection revealed 195 marijuana-filled bundled hidden in the floor
and bed of the truck. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $304,800.
"The discovery was initiated
during a sweep of vehicles waiting to arrive at the primary inspection station," said Hector Mancha, CBP El
Paso Port Director. "These operations are useful because officers and agents can quickly scan numerous vehicles
in a short period of time."
Rojo-Mares was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
special agents to face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.
Border Patrol agents vilified as killers by AZ Republic
Sunday's edition of the Periódico
de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) newspaper has outdone itself in demonizing law enforcement
as it elevates criminals with Hispanic surnames. The latest in the agendized news coverage is a series referred to
as an "investigative report." Hustling with front page coverage that meanders for three additional full
pages, it begins with the saga of Antonio Elena Rodriguez whose image, the daily tells its dwindling readers,
is on posters, murals and graffiti plastered on walls in the Mexican border town of Nogales, Sonora. He was shot by
border agents as he was with a pack of thugs hurling deadly rocks at them. His family contends he was merely walking
to the store.
The República article titled, "Wall of silence surrounds killings by border agents,"
contends similar victims dot the landscape of border towns. In this saga, the border agents are the heavies. No notice is given to those who have been killed in the line of duty. Click on this link and check the officers who "have
lost their lives serving and protecting the citizens of this great nation," going back to 1919. Many are
Hispanic. The complete history of Theodore Newton and George Azrak, BP agents who were abducted and executed by
drug dealers, can be read here http://tinyurl.com/krvh8kp
During Christmas week in 2007, Seeing Red AZ wrote
that George W. Bush's White House spokesman shut down questions from a reporter inquiring about a year-end
pardon for imprisoned BP agents, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean.
December 2008, just before he left office, we
noted that as president, George W. Bush pardoned or commuted sentences of 32 drug dealers, 12 thieves, seven embezzlers,
an arsonist, an armed bank robber and eight Thanksgiving turkeys, among many others - but U.S. Border Patrol agents
Ramos and Compean remained in prison for Christmas - serving disproportionately harsh 11- and 12-year prison sentences,
respectively, for shooting at a fleeing illegal alien drug dealer smuggling nearly 750 pounds of marijuana across the
U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton gave the smuggler, Osbaldo Aldrete- Davila, full immunity from prosecution
for agreeing to serve as the government's star witness and testify against the border agents.
who began his erstwhile political career as Chief of Staff for John McCain is a former AZ Attorney General and dedicated
RINO, who is invariably on the wrong side of issues. Woods prosecuted U.S. Border Patrol agent Nicholas Corbett
charging him with second-degree murder, manslaughter and negligent homicide in the fatal shooting of an illegal
alien during a border altercation. Corbett, who said he acted in self-defense, was tried twice, with both cases
resulting in a hung jury as Woods did not prove the case. Debbie Schlussel got it right as she wrote about the "doctrine
of prosecuting border agents."
As to charges in the death of Arizona Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, we
turn to Breitbart News. Relying on much emanating from the Periódico de la República de Arizona regarding
that horrific murder-- committed with a weapon from the Obama Justice Department's botched AZ gun-running
scheme known as "Operation Fast and Furious" -- qualifies as a fool's errand.
================ Bond was set at $5 million Suspect charged in stash house killing http://tinyurl.com/mfwyu5b
- An alleged gunman was formally charged Sunday after police say he fled to Mexico after killing a human stash house
operator amid a botched effort to abduct "a load of illegal aliens."
Bond was set at $5 million for
26-year-old Ricardo Navaete "El Negro" Lozano - who was arraigned on one count of capital murder - because
he was a "flight risk," having fled to Mexico before being caught about 2 a.m. Saturday as he tried to re-enter
the U.S. at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge, said Alton police Chief Enrique Sotelo.
Lozano is accused
of firing the shot Nov. 26 that killed Jose Luis Gonzalez, 31, as he sat in his pickup truck at a gas station on West Main Avenue in Alton.
Lozano was the sixth person arrested in connection to the killing. Authorities say
those six, and possibly more, planned to follow Gonzalez to a human stash house, where he was keeping immigrants who'd entered the country illegally.
Sotelo told The Monitor that he believed their plan was to "rob a load of illegal aliens."
When Gonzalez realized he was being followed, he pulled into the parking lot of
an Aziz gas station, Sotelo said. The suspects then blocked Gonzalez from leaving. One man approached the driver's
side of the vehicle, pointed an assault rifle at him and fired a single shot.
Police say it was Lozano who
pulled the trigger.
Afterward, Gonzalez tried to drive south on Conway Avenue toward the Alton Police Department,
but he succumbed to his wound before reaching it. ============== Bust of stash house nets 10 arrests, marijuana
County authorities arrested 10 people and seized 17 bundles containing 358 pounds of marijuana after raiding a stash
house in Phoenix over the weekend.
The Sheriff's Office says detectives obtained a search warrant for the house after a detective saw bales of marijuana in the backseat of a vehicle that was then followed to the home.
of the people arrested Saturday night were taken into custody while they were at a nearby store.
The other six
were apprehended after they ran from the home and tried to hide in the neighborhood as officers executed the search
warrant. ============= Phoenix police: Heroin addict used fake coupons, earning $300,000 yearly to support
A woman who told Phoenix police she was a heroin addict has been arrested
on suspicion of making and using fake store coupons, earning up to $1 million in redemptions, officials said.
Valley Target department stores suspected Terry Darcy, 51, of using fake, homemade coupons, allowing her to get large
quantities of product for free.
A six-week investigation showed business losses of more than $175,000. Detectives
from the Phoenix Police Business and Economic Stability Team also reported that Darcy may have been operating since
2008, earning more than $300,000 per year.
On Dec. 13, Phoenix police searched Darcy's hotel room near 19th and Dunlap avenues. Authorities found master copies of coupons, stacks of homemade coupons and recently "stolen"
products with values of up to $500, according to police.
Darcy told detectives she had been running her operation
for five years. She also said her heroin addiction costs her $145 a day, according to police.
arrested on suspicion of several felonies, including possession of forged instruments and trafficking in stolen property.
=============== Search Continues for Immigrants after Chase in Edinburg
EDINBURG - Police continue
searching for approximately 20 people who fled after a chase Monday morning in Edinburg.
Edinburg police detained
six after the SUV they were riding rolled into a drainage ditch.
The incident happened in the 1700 block of Raul
Longoria Road. Police said an officer tried to pull over a vehicle that was speeding through a school zone. The
driver refused to stop and the chase ensued. =================== WIDOW OF MURDERED RANCHER SEEKS HALT TO CCSO
RELEASE OF PUBLIC RECORDS, INVESTIGATIVE MATERIALS
by David M Morgan
Vista, AZ - Sue Krentz, widow of rancher Rob Krentz [murdered near Douglas, AZ March 2010], has the assistance of Arizona Voice for Crime Victims attorney Colleen Clase in efforts to stop the Cochise County Sheriff's Office
from complying with Arizona Public Records law and releasing additional information from the incomplete investigation
of the unsolved murder.
The murder has been repeatedly referred to as an act of one or more illegal aliens.
also objects to cameras and recording devices in the courtroom for the hearing on the question of release of records,
saying her concerns of personal well-being and safety outweigh any benefit that the public would receive from
electronic coverage of the
The Cochise County Attorneys Office, on behalf of the Sheriff's Office,
has not joined Ms Krentz' application but takes the position of neutral guardian of the documents, willing to do
as the court requires.
The Cochise County Record and CochiseTV.com plan to record and take photos during
the hearing [Tuesday, Dec 17 10am] in the Sierra Vista Div I courtroom of Superior Court Judge Charles Irwin and made the required formal request last week.
Attorneys for the Arizona Republic and the Arizona Daily Star have entered appearances in the underlying public records case and argue [see Motion to Dismiss here] that the Sheriff's
Office has a legal obligation to produce the records, has already produced 300 pages and 400 photographs without
known harm to Mrs Krentz, and that her complaint does not "specifically demonstrate" how disclosure would
cause harm - "specific risks" associated with "specific disclosure". Clase, Colleen - attorney
Colleen Clase, associated with Arizona Voice for Crime Victims, representing Sue Krentz
Attorney Clase, for Susan
Krentz, filed today an objection to electronic coverage. Judge Irwin is expected to address that question before
the hearing starts.
Reporter Michael Marizco of Fronteras Desk reported [http://tinyurl.com/kuwz8ua ] on Nov 7
of Krentz' action and noted that in an interview with Sheriff Mark Dannels a Cochise County resident, Manuel
Corona, was identified as a "person of interest" in the murder investigation.
that "Corona's son was arrested in August after the driver of the car he was in rammed a Sierra Vista police
officer's vehicle. He was arrested again with a second man in September on charges of attempted murder and
aggravated assault after allegedly shooting three people in Elfrida, Ariz" [see AZ Daily Star article]
Arizona Dept of Corrections website indicates a Manuel Corona, born 1991, was admitted into the prison system in July
2009 after sentencing in Cochise County [Case #CR2008-0547] for Burglary in the 1st Degree with a scheduled release
date of December 20, 2013.
Despite 16 disciplinary infractions while in prison Corona was evidently released early
[perhaps on July 24, 2013]. On supervised probation, the website indicates young Corona as having absconded on
or about September 17, 2013.
Two days later Gadiell Valenzuela-Buitimea, 18, of Sonora, Mexico, and Manuel Corona,
21, of Sierra Vista, were arrested in connection with the September 19 shootings in Elfrida. Both men are shown on
Current Inmate Lists as in the CCSO jail at Bisbee, AZ since Sept 20.
Krentz, in her objection to electronic
coverage of the hearing on the public records matter, says that among her concerns is possible retaliation by
persons whose names may be mentioned during the proceedings. Krentz says she does not know what information has already been released by the CCSO as the result of public records requests by multiple media outlets. ===========
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Border Patrol agents will be allowed to continue using deadly force against rock-throwers, the chief
of the agency said, despite the recommendation of a government-commissioned review to end the practice.
The Police Executive
Research Forum, a nonprofit group that advises law enforcement agencies, recommended that the Border Patrol and its parent
agency, Customs and Border Protection, stop the use of deadly force against rock throwers and assailants in vehicles, Border
Patrol Chief Mike Fisher said.
CBP rejected both recommendations, which were part of a broader internal review of the
agency's use-of-force policies and practices that began last year. The measures were not included in a revised policy
announced on Sept. 25 that calls for more training and better record-keeping.
CBP considered the proposed curbs "very
restrictive," Fisher told The Associated Press.
Under current policy, agents can use deadly force if they have
a reasonable belief that their lives or the lives of others are in danger.
"We shouldn't have carve-outs in
our policy and say, except for this, except for that," Fisher said. "Just to say that you shouldn't shoot at
rock-throwers or vehicles for us, in our environment, was very problematic and could potentially put Border Patrol agents
NIF Needs to Drop Amnesty Push and Stand Up for American Kids Board Member Reconfirms that Illegal Aliens Commit
Child Identity Theft
By Ronald W. Mortensen, November 4, 2013
Forum (NIF) board member and former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has once again acknowledged that illegal
aliens commit child identity theft.
Shurtleff's acknowledgement came in a tweet that he sent in response to
other tweets commenting on an earlier blog of mine: However, unlike in 2005 when Shurtleff said he would prosecute and
deport illegal aliens committing child identity theft, as an NIF board member he now advocates giving them legal
status and amnesty for their crimes so they will stop stealing the identities of American children.
appear that both Shurtleff and the National Immigration Forum lack compassion for the victims of illegal alien identity
theft, otherwise their focus would be on helping innocent American kids and their families undo the harm done
to them rather than sacrificing them for the benefit of illegal aliens.
The National Immigration Forum needs to
stand up for American kids. It knows that illegal aliens are committing rampant child identity theft and it knows
that innocent American children are suffering terrible harm at the hands of illegal aliens using their identities because one of its board members (Shurtleff) has said so.
The NIF should also know that it is wrong to put the interests
of illegal aliens ahead of the interests of American children and it should further know that it would be wrong
to reward illegal aliens with legal status after the harm they have done to innocent American children and their
Hopefully, the NIF will drop its push for amnesty for child identity thieves. And hopefully it will
encourage Congress to pass legislation designed to (1) protect American children from illegal alien employment-related
identity theft; (2) help American families recover their children's identities; and (3) to undo the terrible harm that illegal aliens have caused these American families.
Oh, and what about the mortgage fraud bust mentioned
in Shurtleff's tweet? Well that certainly wasn't the focus of Shurtleff's press conference in 2005.
According to the Deseret News, Shurtleff was clearly taking credit for busting illegal aliens who were using the Social Security numbers of 5,000 Utah children under age 18 to get jobs, which was just the tip of the iceberg, since
only the Social Security numbers of kids on public assistance were checked. The Deseret News story included the
But Bailey's parents, Scott and Kelly Smith, found out their daughter's identity had been
compromised after the Utah Department of Workforce Services found an Orem restaurant employee with Bailey's
Social Security number. Either someone had stolen her identity or the 5-year-old had been commuting from Ogden to Orem
every day without her parents' knowledge. ...
According to the Utah Attorney General's Office, other
victims are an 8-year-old Orem boy who appears to own a cleaning company and works as a prep cook at two upscale
Salt Lake restaurants. An 11-year-old Salt Lake boy appears to work for an express air freight company, authorities
The Social Security Administration initiated the current investigation when it alerted state officials
about a problem in Utah with compromised Social Security numbers.
The ensuing investigation by the Identity
Theft Task Force's Operation Protect the Children turned up at least 1,800 forged Social Security numbers
assigned to Utah children 12 or under. Lt. Kevin Pepper, an investigator with the task force, said 3,200 victims
fell between the ages of 13 and 18 years old.
Ninety percent of the cases involve illegal aliens who use the identities to find work, Ingleby [Office of the Inspector General, Social Security Administration] said.
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http://tinyurl.com/ldxuvlg Immigration protest planned for Monday in Phoenix Posted: Oct 14, 2013
4:48 AM Updated: Oct 14, 2013 1:14 PM Posted by Rachel Fleming - email Posted by Steve Stout - email Posted
by Phil Benson - email PHOENIX (AP) -
Immigration rights activists are hoping to attract hundreds of people to
a protest at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Phoenix.
Carlos Garcia of Puente Arizona says
the Monday protest is aimed at stopping deportations for the day.
Most immigration proceedings are on hold during
the partial federal government shutdown. However, the government continues to deport people.
that protesters could be arrested.
However, the ICE office where the protest is planned is closed Monday. Many
federal offices are closed due to the federal Columbus Day holiday.
ICE could not be reached for comment due to
================== BREAKING: Protestors Chain Together in Entrance to Eloy Detention Center
now, protestors chained themselves in front of the Eloy Detention Center. Their action calls on the President to stop
deportations and the criminalization of immigrants. Through civil disobedience they say they're exposing the
inhumane imprisonment at the center of current immigration policy and the needless warehousing of the undocumented
who could benefit from reform.
Many of those inside Eloy have committed no major offense and instead are victims
of Congress' 34,000 minimum detention bed mandate and the profiling of Sheriffs like Arpaio and Border Patrol required to fulfill the arbitrary quota.
One of the protestors, 16 year old Sandy Estrada of Phoenix, AZ, whose
brother has been detained in Eloy for nearly a year after being arrested on work-related charges, says, "I'm
doing this to show my brother and all the other people inside that we support them and we will do what it takes
to get them out. I want the President to know that everyone deserves to be with their families and that he can
stop our pain."
"Behind these walls are thousands taken far away from their families and the better
lives they came here for." explains Tomas Martinez of GLAHR in Atlanta, GA. "For Washington, detainees are
just a number, but for us the people inside Eloy are our sisters and brothers. We want our families at home with
us not behind bars just so some politician can look tough."
Specifically, the Eloy Detention Center, is one
of the largest in the country. The Corrections Corporation of America (CCA)-owned facility has the capacity to
jail 1,600 workers, fathers, and daughters in what has become notoriously horrendous conditions. It has recently
made headlines after two detainees committed suicide last March and more recently when the company placed dream-eligible
youth who reentered the country as an act of protest, into solitary confinement before their release.
morning action is part of the #Not1More Deportation campaign that urges the President to be more than a bystander in
the immigration debate and use his authority to provide immediate relief by stopping deportations. Event organizers
say that more protests of the kind should be expected until the President grants relief.
On Friday, campaign
participants closed Operation Streamline in Tucson through similar civil disobedience. Later today, the Phoenix-based
Puente Movement is planning a rally at noon Margaret T. Hance Park (3rd street and Morseland) and march to "shut
down" the district ICE office (2035 N. Central Ave).
=============================== Former Border Patrol
Agents Warn Citizens About Obama Immigration Scam - OpEd http://tinyurl.com/o9fr4qr
While the Obama administration
barricaded a World War II memorial in order to deny veterans access to its National Mall location in Washington
D.C., illegal aliens and their supporters, including several Democrat lawmakers, were permitted to hold a rally demanding rights for illegal immigrants, according to an Examiner news story on Oct. 10, 2013.
The press, the
elite political establishment and President Barack Obama and his administration are subjecting the American people to
a steady and intense diet of political deception concerning Immigration reform, officials from the National Association
of Former Border Patrol Officers said on Friday.
The group of retired law enforcement officers claim that the
purpose of the Obama minions' deception is to convince U.S. citizens that illegal aliens are not a problem
and that immigration laws are designed to provide a pathway to citizenship for aliens whose first act in the U.S.
was violating the nation's laws.
"You have even been told that the border is safer than it has ever been.
None of what the press, the political elite or the administration is telling you is true," said NAFBPO officials.
one year ago, the Naco Border Patrol Station, in eastern Arizona, was renamed for Agent Brian Terry, who was murdered
by weapons allegedly provided to drug cartels by the Obama administration. Since then, in Cochise County, Ariz.,
the law enforcement community and America lost Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivey and Sheriff Larry Dever.
this time frame there was a Congressional Border tour sponsored by our group, NAFBPO. Field agents reported to the delegation that 30% of the Border was unpatrolled on a monthly basis and they estimated that they were apprehending
less than 3% of what they knew was crossing the border illegally in the 70% of the border that they did patrol,"
said the retired border agents.
Prior to that operation, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and her
subordinates would regularly claim that Border Patrol Tucson Sector was apprehending or turning back south 3 out of 4 illegal aliens that they knew crossed the border, according to NAFBPO.
However, when the newly purchased
Vadar Radar system was used 24/7 for an extended period of time, 7533 illegal crossers were counted and 410 were
apprehended, of which 52 or 35% were drug smugglers. The actual metric was not 75% apprehended, but 5.4% apprehended.
And the Homeland Security Secretary boasted about Vadar being 100% accurate, according to the former border officers.
2006, the annual percentage of illegal aliens apprehended that were reported in Tucson Sector has varied between 15-30%
that al-ready have criminal records inside the United States. Charitably, that means that in the last 8 years
approximately 4 million criminal aliens may have come into the United States illegally through Tucson Sector alone.
The truth is that nobody knows," stated the organization's officials.
"These criminal aliens live
among us and the first step in any meaningful Immigration reform is to identify, process and remove every single
deportable alien in prison, in jail or on probation for the commission of a crime in the United States and this must
take place before any other part of the Immigration reform situation is considered," they said. About
Jim Kouri Jim Kouri, CPP, formerly Fifth Vice-President, is currently a Board Member of the National Association
of Chiefs of Police, an editor for ConservativeBase.com, and he's a columnist for Examiner.com. In addition,
he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political
advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. View all posts by Jim Kouri → ================== Water stations for border-crossers sprout in harsh S. Texas terrain http://tinyurl.com/my4uzm3 BROOKS COUNTY,
Texas - For the first time, an aid group is deploying water stations in the South Texas brush in an effort to prevent
migrant deaths, and finding creative ways to work with private ranchers who don't usually fling the gates wide for
It's a fledgling movement - only two stations are in place so far - but the rising interest
from human rights groups is another indicator of the mounting death toll.
It is also a sign of Brooks County's
emergence as a kind of new Sonoran Desert, where water stations have long been a fixture in southern Arizona.
Brooks County is southwest of Corpus Christi, Texas.
As migration patterns and U.S. border enforcement strategies
have changed, the migrant trail has shifted, too, leading them on foot through the county's barren, 944 square
miles of private ranches to avoid the Border Patrol checkpoint south of Falfurrias, Texas.
Nearly 80 bodies have
been recovered in the county in 2013, approaching the record 129 in 2012. In southern Arizona, the Pima County
Medical Examiner's Office, which records most migrant deaths in the state, lists 74 bodies recovered this year.
of undocumented immigrants near the U.S.-Mexico border have increased even as indicators of overall immigration dipped
with the U.S. recession. Most deaths are attributed to dehydration and exposure.
"We want to set up
water stations countywide so we don't have the deaths," said Eddie Canales, founder of the new South Texas
Human Rights Center and a director of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.
like Arizona, has remote terrain that's hard to navigate and hard to reach, even on four-wheel drive vehicles. But
some of the biggest obstacles for aid groups aren't physical.
"Ranchers are a little more skittish about
the politics of this than are federal and state land managers in Arizona," said Robin Hoover, a Disciples
of Christ church pastor and activist with a focus on reducing border deaths.
"They're real pro-law-enforcement,
but there's also some sentiment that, well, it doesn't matter, nobody deserves to die." PHOTO:
aside, while some ranchers still run cattle, the big moneymaker now is live game, so migration poses a number of problems for business.
Landowners worry about encounters between their guests and the brush guides who lead
migrants, who may be affiliated with transnational gangs and may be armed. Water stations could be seen as encouraging
migration, which leads to torn-down fences and escaped game and livestock. And some land managers are wary of giving
humanitarian groups free rein on their property, because it is easy to get lost, radio and cellphone reception is poor
to nonexistent, and bullets fly during hunting season.
"We're already in a position of liability. Why
do we want to add on to that?" said Susan Durham, director of the South Texans' Property Rights Association.
The group has advocated for national immigration reform with a strong border security component.
Yet Canales has
found a way to make inroads where others, including Hoover, failed: He delivers the equipment to the ranch gate, then
lets the rancher deploy it. The water station is a 55-gallon plastic barrel filled with gallon water jugs, with
a tall blue pennant to make it easy to spot above the scrub brush. Canales or another volunteer returns to the
ranch as needed to drop off more water jugs for restocking.
Durham's husband, LaVoyger Durham, who manages
the sprawling, 13,000-acre El Tule ranch, said he was the first to accept the arrangement. The remains of at least
seven people have been recovered there since 2011, according to sheriff's reports. Durham said he's seen
25 discovered in his 23 years there.
He would rather have more robust security to stem the flow of migration -
double or triple the border wall, he says - but in the meantime he doesn't want to see anyone die on the ranch.
He said other ranchers questioned him, taking a "let 'em die" stance.
"I think they were scared
I was helping these illegals become illegal," he said. "I shut them up and said, 'Look ... I'm only
a human being and for the past two years I've been trying to expose the killing fields of South Texas.'"
believes the water stations will catch on. Half of the water in his station - about three gallons - was consumed in
the first month, which for a large part was overcast and rainy. But Texas still is deep in drought.
said he is making headway. He was to meet with the owner of one of the county's largest ranches Monday.
does take relationship-building," he said. "You have to build that confidence with people. I think eventually
it will come."
He hopes to officially launch the South Texas Human Rights Center in a building near the Brooks
County Courthouse in Falfurrias in early November and is taking donations through his website.
is a reporter for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Reach him at email@example.com.)
Deportees kill five in Tijuana Three men living in river canal alleged to have murdered multiple people
A group of three men, who were deported from the United States this year after serving prison time,
have been arrested in connection with five Tijuana homicides. The men, Bricio Alberto Marroquín, Francisco
Álvarez Guerrero, and Víctor Manuel Domínguez Ramírez, were arrested on Thursday, July 11.
According to authorities, the men had been living in the Río Tijuana canal and selling methamphetamine.
The men are all from southern Mexico and are alleged to have killed four men and one woman in recent months. The
victims are all believed to have lived in the canal as well.
Local governments have pleaded with U.S. law
enforcement for years for notification when deporting dangerous criminals back to Mexico.
==================== Tijuana techie murdered for lack of skills 0 Promised and failed to deliver pirated internet
Police captured a man who reportedly confessed to murdering a TJ techie after he failed to properly
hook up the killer and his four- man crew to the red mundial (internet) in Tijuana.
The alleged killer, David
Ortiz González (aka "El Chaky Marrano”), a 36-year-old native of El Grullo, Jalisco, admitted to taking
part in the death of Luis Fernández Hidalgo, whose body was found in a vacant lot in Playas de Tijuana
on June 21.
González was a deportee from the United States and had served prison time there for armed
robbery, according to reports. Police found the him after a protracted manhunt.
The victim, Hidalgo, had
bragged of his computer prowess while smoking crystal meth with the crew and told the group he knew a lot about
computer systems and would hook them up for pirated service for a one-time 50-dollar fee, assuring them that they would
never have to pay for internet access.
Hidalgo showed up with some software at a later meeting, attempted
to install it, but failed to get it operating, much to the ire of his clients. They reportedly demanded their
money back, but Hidalgo hesitated, claiming he needed more time.
Hidalgo reportedly came back to the residence
on June 20 to do a system reboot but was knocked down and kicked repeatedly by the five men until he was unconscious.
Once he was out cold, González put a plastic bag over the Hidalgo's head until he died.
on, the group bound Hidalgo with string, wrapped him in a blanket, and dumped the body at a beachside lot in Playas,
driving the body there in Hidalgo’s white Ford Mustang.
González later attempted to spray-paint
the Mustang black, thinking the car would not be identified. Investigators found a ball of twine in the trunk
of the Mustang that matched the twine used to tie up Hidalgo.
Patrol Considers Razor Wire Fencing in Arizona
In a move that could
be viewed as further militarization of the border, the Border Patrol is considering putting concertina wire along
the fence to the east and west of downtown Nogales, Arizona.
The idea, which has generated a degree of anger from
the Arizona town’s city council, would add another sector of the border fence to be covered in the razor-sharp
wire. Currently the fence separating San Diego and Tijuana is the only section to have concertina wire covering
its top portion.
The Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector “is considering a proposed deployment of concertina
wire in the Nogales area,” spokesman Brent Cagen wrote in an email to the Nogales International newspaper. The
proposal, however, is still under review and “specifics concerning this proposal are unavailable at this
Local politicians and residents are angry with the proposal, claiming that they are concerned
with the dangers of razor wire, the injuries that might be sustained by people trying to climb it and the image
that it portrays.
“It kind of gives me an image of Hitler coming back,” said Councilman John
Doyle. “I think that it’s a little too strong. If somebody gets tangled up there, their eyes go or their
legs get cut.”
Despite the protests, the proposal to put concertina wire on Arizona’s border
fencing is nothing new. In 2010, then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords requested a border barrier in Nogales that would “incorporate
double-wall fencing, concertina wire... and vehicle ditches” from the House Subcommittee on Homeland Security.
This plan, however, was pulled off and when the fence was originally constructed in 2011 it consisted of a single-layer,
bollard-style fence without concertina wire =================== Border Patrol agents find seven dead, rescue
eight in July http://tinyurl.com/ocnkzlq EDINBURG, Texas – As summer temperatures continue to climb, so too does the number of illegal immigrants
who succumb to the elements and die. So far in July, U.S. Border agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector have
found the remains of seven illegal immigrants, who perished in the rugged ranchlands of South Texas, and rescued eight others.
The deceased individuals were found in separate incidents, five in Brooks County, one in
Kenedy County and one in Jim Wells County. Montejo 300x250 - SWAT
The rescues occurred Wednesday evening at
the Falfurrias Checkpoint on U.S. Highway 281 North, when agents saved the lives of eight illegal immigrants,
who were locked inside a refrigerated truck with no means of escape.
Immigrants are often unaware of the
extreme danger they face when attempting to illegally enter the United States. The risk of drowning while crossing
the Rio Grande or other body of water is significantly high. Additionally, extreme heat, combined with rugged
terrain, can rapidly cause an individual to become distressed and die from dehydration or another heat-related illness.
As temperatures soar, people are urged not to put their lives at risk by attempting to illegally enter the United
States or by circumventing a checkpoint. U.S. Border Patrol agents are well- trained in search-and-rescue techniques
and do their utmost to save the lives of those in need. Unfortunately, however, so far for fiscal year 2013, which
began Oct. 1, 2012, agents have found the remains of nearly 110 illegal immigrants, an increase of about 40 percent
over the same time period for the previous fiscal year. Additionally, rescues jumped from more than 170 to nearly 430
in that same time period, an increase of more than 145 percent.
To report suspicious activity, call the Rio
Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector’s toll-free telephone number at 800-863-9382. ===================== Border Patrols Agents Found More Human Remains in Brooks County
BROOKS COUNTY - Deputies in Brooks County now have information on 39 illegal immigrants who died
in the brush. The information is filed in the county's binder of bodies for 2013. U.S. Border Patrol agents
discovered the latest human remains, five of them, last week. Deputies said four of the bodies were intact and are identifiable. The skeletal remains of the fifth person will have to be sent off for DNA testing.
of dead bodies discovered in remote areas of Brooks County is on the rise compared to last year. CHANNEL 5 NEWS is keeping tabs on the count. Thirty-two bodies were discovered from January 1, 2012 to June 30, 2012. In the month of
July 2012, 25 more bodies were discovered.
U.S. Border Patrol agents said a body of an illegal immigrant
was discovered in Kenedy County and another in Jim Wells County.
Eight other illegal immigrants were rescused
Wednesday near the Falfurrias checkpoint along Highway 281. They were locked inside a refrigerated truck with
no way to escape.
To report suspicious activity, call the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector's toll-free
telephone number at 800-863-9382 To take a closer look at the body count of illegal immigrants in South Texas
during 2012, visit the Back to Brooks County Web page. -------------------- ============= Drug Smugglers Cut
Storm Drain Gate
http://tinyurl.com/qywd3gl HIDALGO - Police are keeping a close eye on the storm drain tunnels running under Hidalgo. Smugglers cut
through an iron gate covering one of the drains. HIDALGO - Police are keeping a close eye on the storm drain tunnels
running under Hidalgo. Smugglers cut through an iron gate covering one of the drains.
agents found the opening this week next to the river. The tunnel runs under the border wall and leads to a parking lot
next to a flea market.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS first reported on how smugglers used the tunnels in 2006. The
drain cover was also cut through then.
Agents welded the re-bar Monday. The next day, Border Patrol agents and Hidalgo police found 83 pounds of meth nearby.
Hidalgo Police Chief Rodolfo Espinoza said they suspect the
smugglers' Plan A was botched Monday, so they backpacked with the drugs brush instead.
when they use the storm drain, the packages are all muddied up. In this case, the packages were clean," he explained.
The police chief told us they don't know how long that tunnel was open. Border Patrol agents found
the opening this week next to the river. The tunnel runs under the border wall and leads to a parking lot next
to a flea market.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS first reported on how smugglers used the tunnels in 2006. The drain cover
was also cut through then.
Agents welded the re-bar Monday. The next day, Border Patrol agents and Hidalgo
police found 83 pounds of meth nearby.
Hidalgo Police Chief Rodolfo Espinoza said they suspect the smugglers'
Plan A was botched Monday, so they backpacked with the drugs brush instead.
"Normally, when they use
the storm drain, the packages are all muddied up. In this case, the packages were clean," he explained.
The police chief told us they don't know how long that tunnel was open.
AK-47s found near Madera Canyon
By JB Miller For the Nogales International | Posted 12 months ago http://tinyurl.com/nhumyy2
hiker in the Madera Canyon area found three assault rifles in a black trash bag one mile north of Old Baldy Trail.
receiving a report of the discovery on Wednesday, June 20, the Pima County Sheriff's Office determined that the
rifles were found in Santa Cruz County, and notified the local sheriff's office.
Santa Cruz County Sheriff's
deputies then went to the site and recovered what turned out to be a stash of AK-47 assault rifles.
Rodriguez said the rifles were "badly rusted" and had "obviously been there for quite some time."
Four rifle magazines were also recovered.
Rodriguez said the weapons were taken to the sheriff's office and
http://tinyurl.com/od924pj IRS sent $46 million in tax refunds to an Atlanta address Posted: Jun 24, 2013 4:40 PM Updated: Jun 25, 2013 4:35 AM By Jeff Chirico - email
ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA)
The Internal Revenue Service is under fire again for sending $46.3 million dollars in tax refunds to one address
in Atlanta, according to a 2012 Treasury Inspector General audit now gaining renewed attention through social
The audit report blamed IRS management for ignoring a tax loophole that allowed individuals to defraud
"It's ludicrous," said Darrell Bell of Marietta. "How do you miss something
like that? That's crazy."
Auditors reviewed how the IRS gives individual tax identification numbers (ITIN)
to individuals who are not eligible for social security numbers. ITINs are supposed to be assigned to nonresidents or residents who are not authorized to work in the United States. But the audit found the verification process for
ITIN applications was lax, tax fraud was undetectable and managers eliminated processes that weeded out successful
processes used to identify potential fraud patterns and schemes. Complaints by IRS employees alleged management
removed those processes to increase the volume of applications that can be processed.
The report reads, "there
is no assurance that ITINs are not being assigned to individuals submitting questionable applications."
ITINs allow immigrants to file tax returns. Recent reports show some immigrants have received tax refunds by fraudulently
claiming child tax credits.
In the most egregious case, the IRS sent 23,994 tax refunds totaling $46,378,040
to one address in Atlanta. The report did not reveal the address.
But the report shows Atlanta may be the hotbed
for this type of fraud.
Of the ten most frequently used addresses for ITIN tax refunds, four are in Atlanta.
to a 2012 letter written by IRS Wage and Investment Division Commissioner, Peggy Bogadi, the service is addressing the
problem and implementing new procedures.
============ Good thing for that green and white taxi
to soar across Arizona, West this week
http://tinyurl.com/omb3ook PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona is in the grips of a dangerous
heat wave that could send temperatures soaring to 118 degrees by the weekend in Phoenix, creating ripe conditions
for wildfires and forcing the Border Patrol to ramp up efforts to rescue immigrants succumbing to the stifling
heat while crossing the border.
The temperature in Phoenix is expected to climb through Saturday, when forecasters
say the heat could set a new record. The record high for the same date in June is 117 degrees set in 1994, said meteorologist Mark O'Malley of the National Weather Service in Phoenix. The forecast for this coming Saturday
currently is for 118 degrees.
"We'll certainly be challenging records this week," O'Malley said
The heat wave comes with a strong high-pressure system expected to build over the entire western
U.S. and which will be centered over northern Arizona at its peak on Friday, the weather service says.
said temperatures will soar through the week across Arizona, New Mexico, California, Nevada, Utah and into parts of
Wyoming and Idaho, where forecasters are calling for triple-digit heat in the Boise area through the weekend.
going to cover a large portion of the western United States," he said.
Officials say extra personnel have
been added to the Border Patrol's Search, Trauma, and Rescue unit to assist with increasing numbers of rescues
throughout the summer months as migrants crossing rugged terrain succumb to heat, exhaustion and dehydration.
Several bodies of immigrants have been found in the last week in Arizona, and agents in the Tucson sector rescued more
than 170 people from the desert during a 30-day stretch in May and June.
"June is the deadliest month
for migrants in Arizona. It is consistently the month where most migrants die here," said Border Patrol spokesman
Andy Adame. "Absolutely it's a crime to enter the United States illegally, but the penalty for that crime shouldn't
O'Malley said the weather system won't help with wildfires - either ones already
burning or new ones that might pop up.
"Given we're going to have low humidity and extremely hot temperatures,
and everything is already dry out there, for any fire that is ongoing or new ones that start, this could be very problematic," he said.
Temperatures in mountainous northern Arizona also are expected to approach all-time
highs. The forecast in Sedona calls for the temperature to hit just one degree under the June 1990 and July 1995
records of 110 degrees.
Associated Press writer Felicia Fonseca contributed to this report from Flagstaff.
============= San Luis CBP officers bust four smugglers with $1.85 million of meth, cocaine
LUIS, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) - It was a busy weekend for Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Luis Port
of Entry, who stopped $1.85 million worth of meth and cocaine from coming into the United States.
officers busted 30-year-old Ivan de Jesus Ortiz Rivas, of San Luis, R.C., Sonora, Mexico.
He had more than $1.06
million worth of meth hidden in the gas tank of his car.
Officers also busted a woman with $133,000 worth of cocaine
in her spare tire, a man with $322,000 worth of meth inside the backseat of his car, and a Somerton man with $336,000
worth of meth in his gas tank.
All four smugglers were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement. =========== Man arrested at Arizona border with cocaine in car
LUIS, Ariz. (AP) - Federal authorities say a man is in custody for allegedly trying to smuggle nearly 31 pounds of cocaine
into southern Arizona.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers say 12 packages of cocaine were
found beneath the cowl of a vehicle's windshield.
CBP officers referred the suspect's SUV for inspection
Monday at the port of entry in San Luis and they say a narcotics detection dog alerted them to the presence of
Authorities say the cocaine had an estimated street value of more than $278,000.
say 29-year-old Roberto Villareal-Suarez was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland
CBP officials say Villareal-Suarez is a U.S. citizen, but his hometown
wasn't immediately available and they didn't know if he had an attorney yet.
pounds of pot discovered by Arizona K-9 team Posted: Jun 25, 2013 3:46 PM Updated: Jun 25, 2013 3:50 PM By Phil
Benson - email
(Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) TUCSON, AZ (CBS5) -
A Border Patrol K-9 team stopped the shipment of 2,133 pounds of marijuana at a border checkpoint
south of Amado, Az.
The dogs, part of a Nogales border team, alerted to suspected narcotics in a semitrailer,
according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection authorities.
Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents referred the vehicle
for a secondary inspection.
Through the use of detection technology, agents said they discovered 88 bundles
of marijuana concealed in a false wall inside the tractor-trailer.
The driver, whose name was not released, was
arrested and faces possible prosecution.
The narcotics were worth an estimated $1,066,500. The shipment was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Residents can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol
and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. ============= Mexico raps US immigration bill on
border security http://tinyurl.com/pbgrgt4
Posted: Jun 25, 2013 3:25 PM Updated: Jun 25, 2013 3:28
MEXICO CITY (AP) - The Mexican government is objecting to an immigration bill that appears headed for
approval in the U.S. Senate, saying the initiative's heavy focus on border security is not consistent with
the relationship between the two countries.
Foreign Relations Secretary Jose Meade says that instead of expanding
a border fence, as proposed in the bill, the United States should modernize border bridges to expedite commerce.
Meade's words, "measures that could affect ties between communities move away from the principles of shared
responsibility and neighborliness."
He says that "fences are not the solution" to the problem of
Meade read a statement to reporters Tuesday and didn't take questions. It is the
first time the Mexican government has addressed the U.S. immigration bill. ============= http://tinyurl.com/o9tzvls
AZ (Tucson News Now) -
Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents discovered three evident victims of the Arizona desert
heat this weekend.
Two male victims, suspected of smuggling narcotics, were found near Quijotoa, northwest of
Sells, on June 21. Their bodies and three marijuana bundles were seen by Casa Grande Station agents via air assets.
The Tohono O'odham Police Department then responded to the scene.
On June 22, Tucson Station agents located
a deceased male near Arivaca, south of Tucson. The victim's sister tipped off the victim's location when
she was apprehended and told the agents he had fallen and was abandoned by the group. The Pima County Sheriff's
Department took over the case.
Border Patrol agents have reported nearly 100 deaths for related causes in the
past nine months across Southern Arizona. Border Patrol officials say many of the deaths in the Sonoran Desert are the result of smugglers telling immigrants they will only walk a short distance, when that is not the case.
desert is no theme park and that is the most important thing to understand," Tucson Sector's Chief Patrol Agent
Manuel Padilla, Jr. said. "The desert does not discriminate. Economic migrants and narco-smugglers alike
have all perished. Anyone thinking about crossing should simply not do it."
To anonymously report suspicious
activity to Border Patrol, call (877) 872-7435. ==========
Border Patrol: Tip leads to 69 unauthorized immigrants
in Edinburg field
The property didn't have a stash house; the "ILLEGALS" had been staying
in makeshift huts.
EDINBURG - Border Patrol agents arrested 69 immigrants after
noon Tuesday who were suspected of entering the country illegally.
Several Border Patrol SUVs and helicopters
converged on the area near the intersection of Hoehn and Chapin roads in Edinburg.
At the scene, agents rounded
up dozens of unauthorized immigrants under a tree as they waited for a bus that would take them to the processing
center, while a helicopter searched a brush-covered field for more such immigrants.
Border Patrol agents had received
a tip Monday evening from a concerned neighbor who had noticed unusual vehicles driving around at odd times, said
Border Patrol spokesman Enrique Mendiola.
Agents set up a surveillance operation Tuesday and called for backup
after finding dozens of unauthorized immigrants hiding in the brush area, Mendiola said.
The property didn't
have a stash house; the immigrants had been staying in makeshift huts.
According to preliminary information gathered
at the scene, the property was being used as a staging area, where the immigrants were being brought in groups
of about eight and spent one or two days before being transported to the Falfurrias checkpoint, Mendiola said.
immigrants appeared to be from Mexico and Central and South America, Mendiola said, and they were to be processed by
Border Patrol agents who would also begin their deportation process.
firstname.lastname@example.org ====== Border
Patrol apprehensions on the rise
Story Created: Jun 25, 2013 at 8:55 PM CDT
Updated: Jun 25, 2013
Apprehensions by border patrol are on the rise in south Texas. According to data released
by Customs and Border Protection, so far this fiscal year in the Laredo sector... They've apprehended almost 35-thousand people.
Most of those individuals are coming from El Salvador, Guatemala, and other countries in
Central America. In a statement released by Congressman Henry Cuellar in response to the numbers, he says, "These
numbers still fall under historic lows and our border communities are safe places to raise a family, build a business,
or enjoy retirement."
On Monday the Senate voted on an amendment that would double the number of border control
agents to 40,000 and guarantee the completion of a 700-mile fence along the southern border.
============ El Centro Sector Border Patrol Thwarts Two Separate Smuggling Attempts http://tinyurl.com/ocmqvb2
on Monday, 24 June 2013 20:32 Written by Border Scope
Salton City, California - On Wednesday, El Centro Sector
Border Patrol agents assigned to Indio Station intercepted two separate narcotics smuggling attempts at the Highway
86 checkpoint near Salton City, Calif. Both incidents yielded approximately 66 pounds of marijuana in the first
arrest, and 9 pounds of methamphetamine in the second.
On June 19, at approximately 4 p.m., a Border Patrol K-9
team working the checkpoint alerted to a white 2000 Ford Explorer. A further inspection of the vehicle led to
the discovery of 66.9 pounds of marijuana located inside a hidden compartment of the vehicle. The marijuana has
an estimated value of over $53,500. A 27- year-old woman, a citizen of the United States, was taken into custody
without incident. The women, vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Imperial County Sheriff's Office for
The second incident took place at approximately 9 p.m. on the same day when another
Border Patrol K-9 team alerted to a gray 1996 Toyota Tercel. Further inspection of that vehicle led to the discovery
of 9 pounds of methamphetamine inside a car battery compartment. The methamphetamine had an estimated value of over
$300,000. The 21-year old man, a citizen of the United States, was arrested. The man and narcotics were turned
over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The El Centro Sector's Community Awareness Campaign is a simple
and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats. We encourage public
and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe. Please report
any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at (800) 901-2003. ================== Texas
game wardens - working with U.S. Border Patrol, the Texas Department of Public Safety and up to three different county
sheriff's offices - seized almost 4,300 pounds of marijuana and other contraband Sunday.
and other authorities concluded operations spanning two weeks in rural areas of South Texas, according to a statement
Tuesday from Texas Parks and Wildlife spokesman Mike Cox. One operation focused on Falcon Lake, and the other,
dubbed Operation Brush Guard, took place near Kingsville and Falfurrias.
The Falcon Lake operation netted most
of the marijuana - almost 4,000 pounds - along with more than 10,000 feet of illegal gill net.
A more modest 345
pounds of pot was seized during Operation Brush Guard, along with 3.9 grams of cocaine. Four were arrested in that operation, but none was at Falcon Lake.
THE WAR SOUTH OF I-10
SUBJECT: Agency Assist - Drug Seizure (345 lbs.) - 16 Arrests LOCATION: Organ
Pipe Cactus National Monument
SYNOPSIS OF INCIDENT: On February 5, 2013, a BLM law enforcement ranger from the
Phoenix District was conducting a helicopter patrol in support of Operation Reclaim Our Arizona Monuments (ROAM). At
approximately 1400 hours, the helicopter received an emergency call for assistance from National Park Service
(NPS) law enforcement rangers at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. A single NPS ranger conducting a patrol
in a remote wilderness area, approximately 12 miles south of the NPS/BLM boundary, encountered a large group of suspected contraband smugglers. The nearest ground support was more than an hour away. The helicopter arrived at the
scene and the BLM ranger observed the NPS ranger attempting to detain three male. At least a dozen additional
persons were attempting to conceal themselves in the surrounding area. The helicopter was able to land nearby
and the BLM ranger disembarked to assist. Working together, the two rangers were able to detain 16 suspects. Four others
fled up a steep mountain side. The two rangers maintained a defensive position, with the helicopter providing
aerial support, until additional NPS units arrived at 1530 hours. The area was searched and six large packs of
suspected marijuana, five communal food packs and three cell phones were found. Darkness forced the rangers to
break off the search and begin a three-mile hike to the nearest road. The six packs of suspected marijuana were secured
as evidence. Interviews conducted with the apprehended suspects revealed they were citizens of multiple Central
American countries including Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico and were illegally in the United States. The suspects
also indicated there were as many as six additional contraband packs remaining at the scene. NPS rangers returned
to the scene the following morning and after an exhaustive search were only able to locate one additional pack of marijuana.
They also discovered that one of the communal food packs had been removed from the area. It is suspected the individuals
who were seen fleeing the area returned under cover of darkness, and removed the missing packs. Seven total packs
were seized and taken to the Border Patrol Ajo Station for processing. They were found to contain 345.35 pounds
of processed marijuana, having an estimated street value of $276,280. The suspects are being held for prosecution
and removal proceedings
SYNOPSIS OF INCIDENT: On February 6, 2013, at approximately 0300 hours, a BLM Gila
District ranger K9 team and detailed rangers assigned to Operation Reclaim our Arizona Monuments (ROAM) were on patrol in the Ironwood Forest National Monument when they were alerted to four persons carrying large bundles of suspected
marijuana in a remote area of the Monument. The rangers hiked to and searched the area the suspects were last
seen. The K9 located four large camouflaged backpacks. The packs contained approximately 200 pounds of food and
supplies, including energy drinks and propane bottles. Also found were two socks filled with 389 rounds 7.62X39
ammunition and 40 rounds of 9mm ammunition. Evidence indicates the four were transporting supplies to remote scouting
locations within the Monument. Despite an exhaustive search in the dark in remote difficult terrain, no suspects
could be located. The supplies were hiked out of the area by rangers. The ammunition was stored as evidence. This
particular area has seen a recent increase in activity involving armed suspects over the last several weeks.
SUBJECT: Operation ROAM - Drug Seizure - 69 lbs. LOCATION: Sonoran Desert National Monument
OF INCIDENT: On February 5, at 2320 hours, BLM law enforcement rangers patrolling the Sonoran Desert National Monument
in conjunction with Operation Reclaim Our Arizona Monuments (ROAM) responded to intelligence regarding suspicious
activity. BLM rangers and Pinal County Sheriff's Office (PCSO) deputies deployed on foot near Interstate 8
in an attempt to apprehend two suspects seen hiding in the brush near a milepost on the north side of the highway.
Once the officers arrived, the suspects fled on foot. Officers seized three bundles of suspected marijuana totaling
69 pounds, with an estimated street value of $55,200. An extensive search by numerous officers and a BLM K-9 was
conducted. No suspects were apprehended. The suspected marijuana was seized as evidence by PCSO. All of the agencies
are partners in the Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats (ACTT) and participate in regular planning, coordination
and cooperation for joint operations in this area.
SUBJECT: Sentencing - Operation ROAM LOCATION:
Ironwood Forest National Monument
SYNOPSIS OF INCIDENT: On January 28, 2013, Vanessa Forsythe, 35, of Tucson
was sentenced by United States District Judge David C. Bury to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons for a term
of 5 years. Forsythe pleaded guilty on October 25, 2012, to possession with the intent to distribute 189 kilograms
of marijuana. This case and prosecution were the result of an arrest and investigation by BLM Gila District and
California Desert District law enforcement rangers who were working in support of Operation Reclaim Our Arizona
Monuments (ROAM) on May 2, 2012. Forsythe was the driver of a vehicle that was transporting marijuana through the Ironwood
Forest National Monument. At the time of her arrest Forsythe had a .45-caliber handgun in her possession.
SYNOPSIS OF INCIDENT: On Jan. 28, 2013, Kenneth Brian Cobb, 46, of Scottsdale
was sentenced by United States District Judge Roslyn O. Silver to five years supervised probation with eight months
of weekend incarceration and was ordered to pay $32,000 in restitution. Cobb pleaded guilty on Sept. 10, 2012,
to theft of government property and a violation of the Endangered Species Act. Cobb admitted that between January
1 and February 28, 2010, he took eight saguaro cactuses from public land managed by the BLM near Wickenburg. He
later sold the cactuses for approximately $2,000 each. In addition, on January 21, 2011, Cobb exported two saguaro cactuses from the United States to Austria without a valid export permit. The BLM and the Fish and Wildlife Service
conducted the investigation. Seven federal search warrants were served on Cobb's commercial vehicles, business
and residence in June and July 2010. The official press release from the United States Attorney's Office for
the District of Arizona included the following statement from United States Attorney John Leonardo:
saguaro cactus is a symbol of the Sonoran Desert and Arizona. Saguaros are protected by state and federal law to avoid
their becoming threatened by the very actions of people like the defendant. The defendant stole these precious
resources from federal lands and sold them for profit. This prosecution demonstrates that such activity will not
SUBJECT: Operation ROAM - Drug Seizure - 94.5 lbs. - K9 Utilization LOCATION:
Sonoran Desert National Monument
K9 with drugsSYNOPSIS OF INCIDENT: On February 3 at approximately 1630 hours,
a BLM Phoenix District ranger and detailed rangers, including a BLM K9 Unit, assigned to Operation Reclaim Our Arizona
Monuments (ROAM) were contacted by a citizen concerning a bundle of suspected marijuana near where they were camped.
Units arrived and the area was searched. One bundle was found poorly secreted in the rocks on a hill. A K9 search
of the area revealed three more bundles hidden very well (buried) in the rocks. An exhaustive search was conducted
and no other contraband was located. Border Patrol agents continued to search for suspects. Rangers transported the suspected marijuana to a secure evidence facility. The total weight of the bundles was 94.5 pounds, with an estimated
street value of $75,600. All of the agencies are partners in the Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats (ACTT)
and participate in regular planning, coordination and cooperation for joint operations in this area.
SUBJECT: Arrest - Felon in Possession Of Firearm / PCS LOCATION: La Posa North Long Term Visitor Area - Quartzsite
SYNOPSIS OF INCIDENT: On January 23 at approximately 1500 hours, a BLM Colorado River District ranger and a
BLM El Centro Field Office ranger were on patrol in the La Posa North Long Term Visitor Area (LTVA) in Quartzsite,
Arizona, when they received report of a large amount trash at a camp on public lands. The rangers learned occupants
of the camp had previously been cited by other BLM rangers for possession of controlled substances. While speaking with the camp occupants, several admitted to possessing marijuana. Additional camp occupants were located nearby in
a vehicle. A consent search of the vehicle was conducted, which yielded several firearms and drug paraphernalia.
The camp occupant in the vehicle was checked through the Federal Law Enforcement Communication Center for previous
felony convictions. The query results showed the subject had previous felony convictions for breaking and entering
and drug trafficking, making him a "prohibited possessor" of firearms. He was placed under arrest and transported
to the La Paz County Sheriff's Office Jail where he was booked on charges of felon in possession of a firearm
and drug paraphernalia. Other occupants of the camp were cited for possession of a controlled substance - marijuana.
Camp occupants were instructed to remove all trash and debris from the campsite.
SYNOPSIS OF INCIDENT: On Jan. 23-27, BLM Colorado River District rangers assisted by BLM rangers from the El Centro Field Office participated in the annual Pow Wow Detail event in
Quartzsite, Arizona. The Pow Wow is a nationally renowned rock and gem show held annually. It draws thousands
of visitors to this part of Arizona. Rangers focused on off-highway vehicle (OHV) compliance, camping and other
recreation-related compliance checks. They also worked on visitor safety and resource protection in the La Posa Plain Closure Area.
Law enforcement statistics for the event:
Arrests: 4 1 felon in possession
of firearm 1 felon in possession drug paraphernalia 2 warrants
SYNOPSIS OF INCIDENT: On January 31, 2013, at approximately 1000 hours, a BLM ranger from the Gila District and a
BLM ranger in the Field Training and Evaluation Program were patrolling the Ironwood Forest National Monument
when they were requested by Silver Bell Initiative personnel to check an area. Eight persons who were thought
to be a possible "rip crew" had been observed. Two of the eight suspects were taken into custody. One suspect
was wearing United States Marine Corps type camouflage and the other suspect was wearing United States Border
Patrol uniform type components without insignias or patches. Rangers and a Border Patrol agent canvassed the area
and found two handguns. The first was a Smith and Wesson Sigma .40-caliber with obliterated serial numbers and a full magazine. The second was a Springfield Armory 1911 .45-caliber with a full magazine, and a round in the chamber.
Also found were three additional loaded .45-caliber magazines and five backpacks containing food and drinks. While
following foot sign north from the other handgun locations, an AK-47-style machine pistol loaded with a full magazine
along with one round in the chamber was located. This firearm appeared to have been discarded prior to this incident,
as it was covered with surface rust and had been in place for some time.
The handguns and evidence recovered
were transferred to the custody of the Tucson Border Patrol Station by BLM rangers and were turned over to the
Tucson Sector Evidence Collection Team for further processing. The AK-47 machine pistol was retained by BLM and logged
into evidence. All of the agencies are partners in the Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats (ACTT) and participate
in regular planning, coordination and cooperation for joint operations in this area.
January 9, 2013, a BLM Colorado River district ranger / K-9 handler assigned to the Lake Havasu Field Office, received
a request for assistance from Lake Havasu City Police Department (LHCPD). LHCPD officers stopped a vehicle after
learning that it was suspected of transporting heroin from California. The passengers did not consent to a search
of the vehicle. The ranger was nearby and responded to the scene. The K9 conducted a free air sniff of the suspect
vehicle and alerted to the presence of a controlled substance. Officers searched the vehicle and found black tar
heroin and heroin paraphernalia. They also found, attached to the undercarriage of the vehicle with a magnet, a hidden
compartment. The compartment was empty. The three people in the vehicle were arrested on felony drug charges by
SYNOPSIS: On January 8, 2013, a BLM Gila District law enforcement ranger and a law enforcement ranger in the
Field Training and Evaluation Program were patrolling the Ironwood Forest National Monument as part of Operation
Reclaim Our Arizona Monuments (ROAM.) The rangers conducted a follow-up investigation, based on a citizen complaint,
regarding recent resource damage. The complainant said trees and cactuses were pushed over and roads had been graded
near the south end of the Sawtooth Mountains. Rangers responded to the area and documented large amounts of ironwood,
paloverde, and mesquite trees, and cholla cactus which had been pushed into dirt berms on the side of the roads
by a large piece of machinery. During the process of using a Global Positioning System to track and document the
resource damage along the roads, rangers located a "D8" Caterpillar bulldozer in operation. The operator said
he was instructed to fix all the roads in a specific grazing allotment on the monument by a known third party.
Rangers documented over 30 miles of newly graded roads on public lands administered by the BLM. Managers at the
BLM Tucson Field Office gave an immediate cease and desist order. Due to the size, complexity and expected duration
of the investigation, a BLM special agent is conducting the ongoing investigation with assistance from resource specialists. The cost of the resource damage resulting from this trespass is anticipated to be extremely high.
SUBJECT: Employee Residential Burglary - Theft of Government Firearm LOCATION: Ranger Residence - Yuma,
SYNOPSIS OF INCIDENT: On January 27, 2013, at approximately 1000 hours, a BLM Colorado River District
ranger, assigned to the Yuma Field Office, was notified that the garage door at his residence was open. The ranger
discovered that the door to his gun locker was ajar and several firearms were missing. He immediately contacted the Yuma County Sheriff's Office (YCSO). Nine personal firearms and one government-owned, agency-issued firearm
were missing. Firearms were taken from the gun locker, from a cabinet in the garage and from the ranger's
personal vehicle which was parked in the garage. No signs of forced entry were found. The ranger's marked
patrol vehicle was parked in the driveway at the time of the burglary, which is believed to have happened between 0300
and 0800 hours. The ranger observed fresh tire tracks in his driveway from an unknown vehicle. The ranger also
located an empty gun case in a neighbor's yard later that day. The ranger has a home alarm system in his residence,
but it was not armed, due to having guests at his residence who were leaving early the following morning. YCSO entered
the stolen firearms into the National Crime Information Center database as stolen property. YCSO is investigating several
other burglaries in the vicinity which were reported during the same timeframe. Other law enforcement officers'
homes in the neighborhood have been targeted by burglars in recent months. A BLM special agent, stationed in the
Colorado River District, was assigned to assist YCSO in the investigation.
SUBJECT: OPERATION ROAM
- DRUG SEIZURE - 164 lbs LOCATION: Ironwood Forest National Monument
SYNOPSIS OF INCIDENT: On January 16,
2016, at approximately 2200 hours, a BLM Gila District ranger and detailed rangers assigned to Operation Reclaim
our Arizona Monuments (ROAM,) were on patrol in the Ironwood Forest National Monument when they were alerted to a group of four persons carrying large bundles of suspected marijuana in a remote area of the Monument. The rangers,
including a BLM K9 team, hiked to the area. Four suspects emerged from a heavily vegetated area and fled on foot.
One was immediately apprehended by the K9 team. Two others were apprehended shortly thereafter. An exhaustive
search for the fourth suspect was conducted in the dark through difficult terrain; the suspect was not located. Four
bundles of suspected marijuana were located nearby. The three suspects were transferred into the custody of the
United States Border Patrol. The suspects were determined to be unlawfully present in the United States and were
transported to the Tucson Border Patrol Station pending removal and/ or prosecution. Rangers transported the suspected
marijuana to a secure evidence facility. The total weight of the bundles was 164.5 pounds, with an estimated street
value of $131,600. All of the agencies are partners in the Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats (ACTT) and participate
in regular planning, coordination and cooperation for joint operations in this area.
ROAM - AGENCY ASSIST - DRUG SEIZURE - 179 lbs LOCATION: Ironwood Forest National Monument
SYNOPSIS OF INCIDENT:
On January 15, at approximately 2200 hours, BLM rangers assigned to Operation Reclaim our Arizona Monuments (ROAM),
were patrolling the Ironwood Forest National Monument when they received a request to assist United States Border Patrol
(USBP) agents. The USBP Agents identified a group of people believed to be "backpacking" marijuana,
just inside the Monument boundary. Three USBP agents and three detailed rangers, including a BLM K9 team, hiked
into the area. The suspects fled on foot. Four of the suspects had been carrying large backpack bundles, which they
dropped as they ran. The USBP agents secured the suspected marijuana bundles and the rangers, including the K9 team,
continued to track the suspects. Approximately 10 minutes later, the K9 team located two of the suspects. Upon
seeing the K9, the two immediately surrendered and were taken into custody without incident. The other two suspects
were tracked and eventually apprehended. The final two suspects were not located despite an exhaustive search.
The USBP took custody of the suspects and evidence. The total weight of the bundles was 179.8 pounds, with an estimated
street value of $143,840. All of the agencies are partners in the Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats (ACTT) and
participate in regular planning, coordination and cooperation for joint operations in this area.
OPERATION ROAM - DRUG SEIZURE - 176 lbs
SYNOPSIS OF INCIDENT: On January 14, at approximately 1440 hours,
BLM rangers were patrolling the Ironwood Forest National Monument in conjunction with Operation Reclaim Our Arizona
Monuments (ROAM). A United States Border Patrol (USBP) agent, assigned to the Tucson Border Patrol Station, reported
he could see four suspects believed to be carrying drugs on the Ironwood. The USBP agent maintained visual contact
of the suspects and continuously communicated their location while the rangers responded. A BLM Gila District ranger
/ K-9 Handler and two Gila District rangers responded. The four suspects fled, leaving behind four backpacks filled
with suspected marijuana. The rangers, along with additional units detailed to ROAM, conducted an extensive tracking
operation for the suspects but were unable to locate them. The total weight of the suspected marijuana was 176.8
pounds, with an estimated street value of $141,440. The evidence was transported to a secure storage facility at
the Tucson Border Patrol Station for destruction. All of the agencies are partners in the Alliance to Combat Transnational
Threats (ACTT) and participate in regular planning, coordination and cooperation for joint operations in this
SUBJECT: OPERATION ROAM - AGENCY ASSIST - FAILURE TO YIELD
LOCATION: Sonoran Desert National Monument
SYNOPSIS OF INCIDENT: On January 12, at 1836 hours, BLM law enforcement rangers patrolling the Sonoran Desert
National Monument, in conjunction with Operation Reclaim Our Arizona Monuments (ROAM), received information regarding
possible illegal smuggling activity at a public rest area along Interstate 8. The description of a suspected involved
vehicle, a black BMW sedan, was relayed to all officers in the area. Rangers and United States Border Patrol (USBP)
agents attempted to stop a Black BMW with Alabama license plates, matching the description. The vehicle failed
to yield to emergency lights and sirens, fleeing east on Interstate 8. Due to the excessive speed of the suspect vehicle
and inability to maintain sight of the vehicle rangers and the USBP agents deactivated their lights and sirens
and radioed the information to units further east near Casa Grande. The Arizona Department of Public Safety attempted
to locate the vehicle, but failed. Simultaneously, additional rangers stopped another vehicle thought to be associated
with the suspect vehicle. No evidence was found with the second vehicle and the driver and vehicle were released.
Additional USBP agents located and stopped another Black BMW further east, which was also found to be unrelated. The
driver and vehicle were released. Ultimately despite efforts of all involved agencies no suspects or evidence
were located. All of the agencies are partners in the Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats (ACTT) and participate
in regular planning, coordination and cooperation for joint operations in this area.
SUBJECT: Operation ROAM
- Agency Assist (K9) - Drug Seizure LOCATION: Tohono O'odham Nation SYNOPSIS OF INCIDENT: On January 11, 2013,
at 2206 hours, BLM law enforcement rangers patrolling the Sonoran Desert National Monument in conjunction with
Operation Reclaim Our Arizona Monuments (ROAM) received a request for a K9 to assist Border Patrol agents with a traffic stop on State Route 42 on the Tohono O'odham Nation, immediately South of BLM lands. A BLM K9 unit assigned
to Operation ROAM responded to assist the agents who are assigned to the West Desert Task Force. The BLM K9 unit
conducted a free air sniff of the exterior of the vehicle. The K9 entered the vehicle and gave a positive indication
for the presence of odor from a controlled substance on top of a tarp in the back seat of the vehicle. Underneath
the tarp were 24 bundles of suspected marijuana, weighing 363.7 pounds with an estimated street value of $290,960. Border Patrol agents arrested the three vehicle occupants. Two were United States Citizens and one was an illegal
alien. A .380-caliber handgun was found during the search of the vehicle. The agents requested federal prosecution,
which was declined. Pinal County Sheriff's Office accepted the case for state prosecution and took custody
of the suspects and evidence. All of the agencies are partners in the Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats and participate in regular planning, coordination and cooperation for joint operations in this area.
Trial and Conviction - Tracy Levi Thibodeaux LOCATION: Cochise County Superior Court - Bisbee, AZ
OF INCIDENT: On June 5, 2010, while patrolling public lands near Bowie in southeastern Arizona, BLM Gila District law
enforcement Rangers Mark Brunk and Tim Rinehart encountered Tracy Levi Thibodeaux, 69, driving on a dirt road.
Thibodeaux drove past Rangers Brunk and Rinehart, stopped his truck on the road approximately 100 yards away,
and, using a scoped .30-06 rifle, fired one shot at each ranger as they were sitting in their patrol vehicles.
One round penetrated the center of Ranger Rinehart's windshield and the other round penetrated the hood of Ranger
Brunk's vehicle. Thibodeaux fled and evaded capture, despite an exhaustive search. Five days later, he was
arrested without incident by Cochise County Sheriff's Office Deputies as he walked to the post office in Bowie,
Arizona, to retrieve his Social Security check.
On January 11, 2013, following a three-day trial in Cochise
County Superior Court in Bisbee, Arizona, a jury found Thibodeaux, now 72, guilty of two counts of attempted second
degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The two rangers and a BLM special agent
testified at the trial and were questioned by Thibodeaux who elected to represent himself. Thibodeaux contended
he had fired at the two rangers out of self-defense because he believed they were part of a government conspiracy targeting him in response to questions he had asked about power and water utilities in southern Arizona for a news
article he intended to write. Thibodeaux claimed a Federal Bureau of Investigation and a Department of Homeland
Security covert operation was tracking him using satellite surveillance in order to abduct him and remove him to
a Middle Eastern country to be tortured.. Sentencing for Thibodeaux is set for February 8, 2013.
SYNOPSIS: On January
10, 2013, a BLM Colorado River district ranger / K-9 handler assigned to the Lake Havasu Field Office pulled a vehicle
over on Route 66 (BLM backcountry byway) for speeding. The ranger approached the vehicle and saw nine subjects in the
vehicle with four males on the floor attempting to hide. After the ranger determined the driver was an illegal
alien, he was taken out of the vehicle and detained. The other occupants of the vehicle attempted to flee from
the vehicle. Two were able to get past the ranger, while he struggled with one of the other occupants of the vehicle.
The ranger handcuffed the subject he was struggling with and then popped his K-9 door popper. The ranger placed
his K-9 in the down position and gave her the bark command. All the other suspects in the vehicle complied after
the K-9 was brought out. AN Arizona Department of Public Safety officer and Mohave County Sheriff's Office
(MCSO) deputy arrived on scene and assisted in attempting to locate the two suspects who fled. The suspects were not
found. The US Border Patrol responded and took custody of the six illegal aliens. The Border Patrol was unable
to obtain enough witness information to charge the driver with a federal illegal alien smuggling case. The driver
was charged with transporting unlawful aliens. The driver was transported to the MCSO Jail and booked without
incident. The Border Patrol placed a federal immigration detainer on the driver, who will be processed for removal from
the United States following criminal proceedings. SUBJECT: Operation ROAM - Drug Seizure LOCATION: Sonoran
Desert National Monument SYNOPSIS: On January 1, 2013, at 2204 hours, BLM law enforcement rangers were patrolling
the Sonoran Desert National Monument in conjunction with Operation Reclaim Our Arizona Monuments (ROAM.) Two Phoenix
district rangers were out on foot when they saw several persons walking toward them crossing Interstate 8.The suspects
were carrying large rectangular backpacks, a technique commonly used by drug smugglers in this area. As the suspects
approached, the rangers announced themselves as law enforcement and gave verbal commands. The suspects dropped
the backpacks in the I-8 median and ran. A Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) deputy arrived on right
as the suspects were running southbound across the interstate. The rangers and the deputyy conducted an immediate search. No suspects were located. The total weight of the suspected marijuana was 241 pounds, with an estimated street
value of $192,800. The evidence was transported to a secure MCSO storage facility. All of the agencies are partners
in the Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats and participate in regular planning, coordination and cooperation
for joint operations in this area. SUBJECT: Operation ROAM - Drug Seizure 129 pounds - K9 Utilization LOCATION:
Sonoran Desert National Monument
SYNOPSIS: On January 9, 2013, at 1943 hours, BLM law enforcement rangers
patrolling the Sonoran Desert National Monument in conjunction with Operation Reclaim Our Arizona Monuments (ROAM) were checking an area south of Interstate 8.Two Phoenix district rangers saw a person suspect standing next to an
interstate culvert. The rangers announced themselves as law enforcement and gave verbal commands, but the person
ran away. Numerous suspected marijuana backpacks were observed where the suspect was standing. The rangers conducted
an immediate search of the area. While searching just off the interstate, two suspect vehicles pulled up at the
location, stopped and honked their horns, in an apparent signal to have the marijuana backpacks loaded into the vehicles.
Two suspects exited the vehicles and approached the rangers' position. The rangers utilized cover while guarding
the seized bundles awaiting the arrival of responding backup rangers. The suspects attempted to whistle and call
out to their contacts in the brush to no avail. The vehicles then sped off together heading east. A description
of the vehicles was broadcast on multiple radio frequencies by the Federal Law Enforcement Communication Center, who then also made phone calls passing the information to additional law enforcement agencies in the area. US Border
Patrol agents positioned themselves to intercept the vehicles, but the vehicles never arrived at their location.
Two additional BLM rangers on detail from Montana and two special agents on detail from Oregon assisted in the
search. A secondary search of the area with a K-9 unit from Dillon, Montana, located a male hiding in heavy brush
off the interstate. A short foot chase ensued but the suspect was able to evade officers in the thick brush. Despite
an exhaustive search in thick vegetation at night, no suspects were located or apprehended. The total weight of
the suspected marijuana was 129 pounds, with an estimated street value of $103,200. The evidence was transported
to a secure storage facility at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office pending later destruction. All of the
agencies are partners in the Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats and participate in regular planning, coordination
and cooperation for joint operations in this area.
Americans will not be intimidated from using their public land!
Take Back Our Monument-Table Top Wilderness
Area Clean-up and Restoration
When: Saturday December 1, 2012
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: Table Top Wilderness Area, Sonoran Desert National Monument
Join the Friends of the Sonoran Desert National Monument and the Bureau of Land Management to demonstrate that Americans
will not be intimated from using their public land by removing trash and restoring a portion of the Table Top
Wilderness Area damaged by illegal smugglers and undocumented aliens.
This event will involve hiking around
4-miles roundtrip in the Table Top Wilderness Area. Some hiking will be off trail over rough terrain.
Participants will meet on the Vekol Valley Road south of Exit 144 on Interstate 8 between Casa Grande and Gila Bend
(Directions are below.) From this point we will caravan to the South Lava Flow Trailhead approximately 14-miles
on a graded dirt road.
Participants should wear clothing and shoes appropriate for working outdoors, bring
lunch, a water bottle, gloves and a pack. Water, snacks and tools will be provided.
East Valley: Drive on Interstate 10 south to the exit 164 for Maricopa and continue south through Maricopa on State
Route 347 to State Route 84. Turn right (west) to Interstate 8 and drive to the Vekol Valley Road. Take exit 144
south to the Vekol Valley Road. Participants will meet at rendezvous point south of Interstate 8. This route is
approximately 58-miles from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.
West Valley: Take Interstate 10 west to Buckeye
and take exit 112 for State Route 85 south to Gila Bend. From Gila Bend take Interstate 8 east to the Vekol Valley
Road. Take exit 144 and travel south to the rendezvous point just south of Interstate 8. This route is approximately
115-miles from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.
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================================== Border Patrol Opposes Cross-Border Energy Project
TUCSON, Ariz. — An El Paso power company is trying to build a natural
gas project crossing the Arizona border to power Mexican towns. But the project is meeting some resistance, including
that of the U.S. Border Patrol.
Kinder Morgan Energy Partners wants to build a natural gas pipeline that
will extend from just north of Tucson, through a wildlife refuge, across the Mexican border, and leading into a system
in Mexico. It’s an ambitious project, among the first of its kind across the border. It's driven by
a boom in natural gas production in the U.S.
If the pipeline is approved, it will connect to a 625-mile-long
pipeline in Mexico that will fuel cities along Sonora’s Sea of Cortez, near Puerto Libertad, and the seaport
Earlier this month, Kinder Morgan reached an agreement with Mexican customers.
project would provide between 160 to 210 million cubic feet of gas per day that would fuel new gas-fired electric generation
plants in Mexico," said Tamara Young Allen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Right now those plants run on fuel oil.
Democratic Congressman Raúl Grijalva of Arizona is concerned
about the route and wrote a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
was the route. The intent of taking natural gas to Mexico was not the primary issue with me," Grijalva said.
That proposed route runs through parts of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge on the border. One Border
Patrol official in Tucson wrote a letter to the energy regulators, saying the pipeline could create a route for
drug smugglers to use once a path is cleared through the desert vegetation.
Border Patrol Tucson station
chief Roger San Martin wrote: "It is my position that creating a south-to-north road originating at the United
States-Mexico border will undoubtedly lead to a considerable increase in alien and narcotics trafficking through the
The pipeline will need the regulatory commission’s approval. Both the Border Patrol and
Grijalva have asked that the pipeline run along the highway outside the refuge instead.
Kinder Morgan declined
repeated requests to be interviewed for this story.
===================== Self-Censorship High
In Mexican Media Along Border
SAN DIEGO — Mexico’s provincial newspapers boosted their coverage
of organized crime events last year, but rarely went in depth, according to a new study.
from Fundación MEPI, an investigative journalism center based in Mexico City, analyzed crime stories published
in 14 dailies located in some the country’s most violent states. All of the states bordering the United
States were included except Baja California.
The newspapers increased their coverage of organized crime by
more than 100 percent in 2011 over the previous year. However, coverage was superficial; only two newspapers studied
— Monterrey’s El Norte and Guadalajara’s El Informador — put the crimes into context, identified
victims and followed up on the initial story, according to MEPI.
The authors concluded that the increased
reporting wasn’t “directly connected to more forceful reporting or new editorial policies,” but
rather “reflected the news media's response to a spike in more gruesome violence including gangland-style
MEPI also found that newspapers in areas dominated by one drug cartel published fewer
stories about drug violence than those in areas with warring cartels.
Fear drives the lack of in-depth coverage
of organized crime in Mexico — on Nov. 16, Adrián Silva Moreno became the country’s 55th journalist
killed as a consequence of reporting work since 2006, according to the International Press Institute.
authorities also fail to provide reliable information about criminal events, according to MEPI.
Of the newspapers
analyzed, El Mañana of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, which borders Texas, had the highest level of censorship, according
to MEPI’s analysis. Out of 8,405 police stories published, only 4 percent mentioned organized crime.
The paper officially announced it would no longer cover the drug war following the latest attack on its offices
in May. It had been targeted before, and the paper’s editorial director was killed in 2004.
Mexican newspapers have policies against in-depth coverage of organized crime in order to protect their reporters. But
one editor interviewed by MEPI said he was pushing his newsroom to build databases of crime statistics, and to
use them to give readers a big-picture understanding of the organized crime problem in the state, rather than
focusing on individual incidents, which can be deadly for those covering the story.
The report includes interactive
maps and graphs that break down MEPI’s findings.
Friday, 16 November 2012 Freelance journalist murdered in Mexico IPI and WAN-IFRA demand immediate investigation
By: Scott Griffen, Press Freedom Adviser for Latin America and
the Caribbean A photographer gets hostile environment training from Mexican Army special forces personnel
at their military training camp in Temamatla, Mexico State, Mexico on October 24, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Pedro PARDO
VIENNA and PARIS, Nov 16, 2012 – The International Press Institute (IPI) and the World Association of
Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) today demanded that Mexican federal and state authorities immediately
investigate the murder of a freelance journalist in the central Mexican state of Puebla on Wednesday.
to local media, Adrián Silva Moreno, a contibutor to the newspaper Puntual, was gunned down in his car after
having covered the discovery of a warehouse reportedly filled with stolen fuel near the city of Tehuacán,
approximately two hours southeast of the state capital.
Two vehicles, a pick-up truck and a suburban, blocked
Moreno’s path, before armed men inside opened fire, witnesses and Puntual said. Reports indicated
that the journalist was killed immediately, while a companion, who has been identified as a former municipal police
officer, was shot in the head while attempting to escape. The assailants then fled the scene in the suburban.
Silva Moreno is the 55th journalist killed as a consequence of reporting work in Mexico since 2006, according to IPI’s
Death Watch, though the first in the state of Puebla during that same time period. Last year, Mexico was
the deadliest country in the world for the media and in 2012 remains the deadliest in the Western Hemisphere with
“This latest, brazen killing, committed in broad daylight, is a testament to the mortal
threat facing journalists in Mexico,” IPI Executive Director Alison Bethel McKenzie said today. “How
many reporters need to die before the country’s stakeholders realize that the appalling violence against
the media is not only costing precious lives but also eating away at the foundations of democracy?”
She added: “Our hearts go out to the family of Adrián Silva Moreno, but we are sick of issuing condolences
and hoping for an investigation. We want action and we want Mexican president-elect Enrique Peña
Nieto to develop without delay a plan to end the impunity that is driving this vicious violence when he takes office
on Dec. 1.”
“The Mexican press is facing a critical situation that is jeopardising the
very core of the country's democracy," said Vincent Peyrègne, WAN-IFRA Chief Executive Officer. "The
incoming administration needs to urgently tackle the issue with concrete and effective measures."
IPI and WAN-IFRA publicly called on Mexico’s leading presidential candidates this summer and, later, Peña
Nieto to work to combat the cycle of violence that has engulfed the Mexican news media.
In an IPI special
feature to mark World Press Freedom Day last May, Marcela Turati of the magazine Proceso described how Mexican journalists
have become “war correspondents” in their own country. Earlier this year, a scientific study conducted
by University of Toronto Professor Dr. Anthony Feinstein concluded that Mexican journalists exhibit levels of
traumatic stress similar to that of war correspondents.
WAN-IFRA's report "A Death Threat to Freedom
- A Report on Violence Against Mexico's Press" published in September 2012 details the extent to which
violence is undermining the media's existence in certain regions, as well as highlighting the ineffective response
of authorities at federal, state and municipal levels. ==================================================
JUAREZ, Mexico — The slain bodies of 19 people have been discovered in Mexico's northern border state of Chihuahua,
officials reported Sunday, including 11 apparently long-dead men found in mass graves and eight others who were
apparently tortured and killed in recent days.
The state prosecutor's office for missing people said
11 male bodies were found in Ejido Jesus Carranza, near the U.S. border about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southeast
of Ciudad Juarez. The area of sand dunes is a popular spot for picnickers from Juarez, which is just across the
border from El Paso, Texas.
Officials say they apparently were buried two years ago at the height of battles
between drug gangs seeking to control routes across the border. Federal statistics showed more than 3,000 people were killed that year in Ciudad Juarez, a city of 1.4 million, making it one of the most dangerous places on earth.
Prosecutors also said Sunday that officials had found eight bodies tossed along a road near Rosales, about 120
miles (200 kilometers) southwest of Ojinaga, Texas. The agency said the men apparently were kidnapped on Friday
and were discovered on Saturday. It said they had been shot in the head after being tortured. Some had been burned,
beaten and had eyes carved out.
PHOENIX (AP) - A Mexican man has pleaded guilty to trafficking heroin after
being arrested at the southern Arizona border.
Prosecutors say 49-year-old Dario Alcaraz Vega pleaded guilty Wednesday to possession with intent to distribute heroin.
He's scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 17 in U.S.
District Court in Phoenix.
Authorities say Alcaraz Vega, of San Luis, Sonora, applied for admission
into the United States on Feb. 8 at the port of entry in San Luis, Ariz.
Customs officials searched his pickup
truck and found more than 22 kilograms of heroin and more than a kilogram of methamphetamine in the vehicle's
Alcaraz Vega allegedly told authorities that he was to be paid $3,000 to deliver the drugs. The
heroin alone had a street value of $1.3 million.
===================================== http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/story/20175809/suit-challenges- prosecutions-under-smuggling-law PHOENIX (AP) - Before leading the way for other states to pursue immigration
laws, Arizona passed a ban on human smuggling in 2005.
It has led to more than 2,100 arrests.
has drawn criticism for a tactic in which people who pay to be sneaked into the country are charged as conspirators
to the crime.
A lawsuit that seeks to bar such conspiracy prosecutions is intensifying.
defending the tactic recently asked a judge to throw out the case, while immigrant rights advocates seek class-action
status that would let any person charged with conspiracy under the smuggling law to join the case.
say the law was intended for smugglers, not their customers.
Attorneys defending the conspiracy prosecutions
say tactic doesn't conflict with federal law.
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