Tuesday, November 25, 2014

AZMEX Fwd: Press Release National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers



Begin forwarded message:

Subject: FW: Press Release National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers
Date: November 23, 2014 4:14:13 PM MST


Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2014 10:57 PM
Subject: Press Release National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers
 
Attached is a PRESS RELEASE from the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers.
Please distribute as widely as possible.
 
As ever,
 
Zack Taylor, Chairman and Border Security Expert
NAFBPO.org

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

AZMEX UPDATE 19-11-14

AZMEX UPDATE 19 NOV 2014

Note: no info yet on amount of bond

Immigrants granted bail after latest court ruling

http://www.kvoa.com/news/immigrants-granted-bail-after-latest-court-ruling/

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -
A Tucson judge has granted bail to two immigrants suspected of drug crimes and believed to be in the country illegally.

Miguel Angel Valenzuela and Juan Angel-Carmona Pineda are among the defendants now allowed to seek bail after a 2006 law barring immigrants lacking legal status was overturned. They were granted high, cash-only bonds Wednesday.

A federal appeals court ruled the law was unconstitutional, and the U.S. Supreme Court so far has let that decision stand.

The law denied bail to immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally and of committing a certain felonies. The two men are likely not getting out of jail because of their high bail amounts.

The state says it will appeal the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision to the Supreme Court.

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Note: Following a sample of a couple business days on the border.
No, seldom to never any reports of IA's taken in.


CBP officers seize nearly 1.5 tons of marijuana from tractor-trailer
Posted: Nov 19, 2014 1:01 PM MST
Updated: Nov 19, 2014 1:01 PM MST
By Elizabeth WaltonCONNECT

http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/27429908/cbp-officers-seize-nearly-15-tons-of-marijuana-from-tractor-trailer

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Customs and Border Protection officers arrest man as he attempts to smuggle nearly two tons of drugs across border into the U.S.

The incident happened on Nov. 17, at the Port of Nogales Mariposa crossing. According to CBP officials, the truck, driven by Jose Enriquez-Anzar was pulled for a non-intrusive inspection, when officers reported an anomaly in an x-ray of the trailer. A drug sniffing canine was brought in and alerted to possible drugs in the 'empty' trailer.

CBP officers searched the trailer and discovered 139 bundles of marijuana hidden behind a false wall. According to CBP officers the drugs weighed 2,946 pounds and were worth an estimated $1,473,000.

Both the drugs and the tractor-trailer were seized and Enriquez-Anzar was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations for processing.

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275 pounds of marijuana seized, 3 women arrested
Posted: Nov 19, 2014 5:24 PM MST
Updated: Nov 19, 2014 5:28 PM MST
By Phil BensonCONNECT

DOUGLAS, AZ (CBS5) -
Three women were arrested at the Port of Douglas on Monday after they allegedly tried to smuggle more than 275 pounds of marijuana into Arizona.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred the woman's vehicle for a secondary inspection. A CBP narcotics detection dog alerted to the interior of the car, where officers said they discovered 171 packages of marijuana worth an estimated $137,500.

Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and turned the women over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

Read more: http://www.kpho.com/story/27432740/275-pounds-of-marijuana-seized-3-women-arrested#ixzz3JZQ1rFQ5




Note: no info as to amount of bond

Police: woman arrested for smuggling pot
Posted: Nov 18, 2014 4:23 PM MST
Updated: Nov 18, 2014 10:40 PM MST
By Marc Martinez, FOX 10 NewsCONNECT

http://www.fox10phoenix.com/story/27420734/2014/11/18/police-woman-arrested-for-smuggling-pot

PHOENIX - Phoenix Police arrested a woman at Sky Harbor International Airport after TSA agents found marijuana in her suitcases.

Officers arrested 39-year-old Lauretta Blanton for possession of marijuana for transport and/or sale.
They removed her bags from the aircraft and took her into custody after TSA agents screening her bag found the drugs.

A police report says that they found 92 pounds of pot, with a street value of $40,000-50,000, inside heat sealed bags. The bags were placed inside of three suitcases and surrounded by mothballs on the flight bound for Pittsburgh.

Police say that Blanton told them she was taking the pot to Pittsburgh to a man she knew only as "Q" who was to pay her. Blanton was released on bond. No word whether police are searching for any other suspects.

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Agents arrest 9, seize 228 pounds of pot

Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 2:51 pm | Updated: 2:58 pm, Tue Nov 18, 2014.
From staff reports
http://www.yumasun.com/news/agents-arrest-seize-pounds-of-pot/article_eb87e62e-6f6d-11e4-9376-1740c6378f5f.html

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested nine suspected smugglers and seized just over 228 pounds of marijuana worth about $114,000 Monday.
The nine individuals, who were reportedly carrrying backpacks full of pot, were tracked and arrested by agents patrolling near Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. Agents transported the suspected smugglers and marijuana to Wellton Station for further processing.

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Note: busy to the south also
These from Nogales, Son. only 5 rounds each?

Catch four with drugs and weapons in stolen car
Details posted on Wednesday November 19, 2014,
Written by Staff / The Journal
http://www.eldiariodesonora.com.mx/nota.php?nota=40902

Result of citizen participation and operating the State Police for Public Safety in coordination with the Navy, arrest 3 people and 1 minor in possession of drugs, firearms and stolen vehicle.
In the reports said it was in response to citizen complaints about the sale and distribution of drugs in the town of Empalme, so 9 kilograms of drugs and 2 firearms were secured.
Detainees are Leobardo Torres Verduzco 50; Jesus Donaldo Torres Lopez and Francisco Javier Verdi Badillo 20 and 60 years old respectively.
The arrest occurred in the modern colony when subjects boarded a Nissan Versa line, model 2012, which was driving the vehicle without license plates and was reported as stolen in Baja California 10 May 2013.
Leobardo Torres Verduzco was driving the car, carrying a pistol, .9mm caliber and 5 cartridges. Furthermore, carrying between 200 wrappings containing granulated white substance similar to "crystal".
The passenger was identified as Jesus Donaldo Torres Lopez, who with a long gun, AK-47 type with 5 cartridges, plus 6 bags with similar drug known as "crystal" substance.
Francisco Javier Verdi Badillo in the rear of the vehicle with a package wrapped in tape package containing green and dry grass with physical marijuana characteristics., Weighing 9 kilos 800 grams, which could make around 19,000 doses above 300 thousand pesos of value if have been distributed on the black market.

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Note: chemicals from our friends in China?

Authorities seize 20 tons of precursor chemicals
Details posted on Tuesday November 18, 2014,
Written by Special
Mexico, DF.

http://www.eldiariodesonora.com.mx/nota.php?nota=40835

The PGR reported the securing of the substances used to manufacture drugs.
The Attorney General's Office (PGR), through its delegation in Michoacan, disabled 20 tons 260 kilos 994 grams and 26 milligrams; and 56,000 liters, 892 milliliters of various chemicals used to manufacture synthetic drugs.

The PGR said in a statement that the above was carried out in compliance with the Program and Disabling Narcotics Destruction and the provisions of the Federal Code of Criminal Procedure.
The federal agency stated that these actions are a result of the operations performed by the Mexican Army, the Navy of Mexico, the National Security and Criminal Investigation Agency.

Also by the Attorney General of the State of Michoacán, the State Department of Public Safety, local police, besides the participation of the population through "citizen complaints" to combat drug trafficking.
Invalidation of solid and liquid chemical precursors, was conducted by a Mexican company dedicated to integrated waste management, which made the collection, transportation and disabling of the substances.
The PGR said that these actions were carried out under the supervision of a representative of the Internal Control Body of the federal agency, who found the weight and authenticity of chemicals and delegation staff and security personnel of the entity.

It was explained that the prohibition of chemical precursors derived from the seizure of 61 laboratories conducted from January to October this year.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

AZMEX EXTRA RIFLEGATE 15-11-14

AZMEX EXTRA RIFLEGATE 15 NOV 2014

Note: As stated before, there is something very very wrong here.

Believe this situation needs an immediate Congressional investigation.

Some questions for our congressional staffers:

1. How many rounds (bullets) have gone through each rifle?
2. Does the agency have the records for each rifle?
3. If not, why not?
4. What is the average round count for M4's used by the U.S. Army and USMC?
5. What is the average MTBR (mean time between repairs) for these weapons?
6. Why are we hearing that it takes a "specialist" to do such simple tasks such as replacing a firing pin?
7. When it was a very basic part of cleaning / field stripping?
8. Have the "pool" weapons actually been "sighted in" by competent personnel?
9. If so, with the exact same ammunition as the agents carry in the field?
10. Or has the "sighting in" been just "pencil whipped" as so often happens with govt. agencies?
11. Has Colt and/or FN Herstal been contacted as to why so many M4's are "unserviceable"?
12. If indeed true, why have the weapons have become "unserviceable" with so little use?
13. Is there a detailed list of the alleged defects, part by part?
14. Have the end users (BP Agents) been adequately trained with the M4?
15. If not, why not?
16. Training & maintenance These are rifles, not ICBMs.
They were designed from the very start to be easily maintained. What happened?


THE INVESTIGATORS
Nov 14, 2014 5:41 PM
by Michel Marizco and Lupita Murillo

http://www.kvoa.com/news/bp-union-says-2-000-m4-rifles-taken-out-of-service/

BP Union says 2,000 M4 rifles taken out of service

Border Patrol Union spokesman Shawn Moran says the Border Patrol inspected nearly 5,000 of its agent's M4 rifles and found 2,000 needed to be replaced.

News 4 Tucson Investigators first brought you the story about agents' M4 rifles being taken away, forcing agents to go without a rifle, or share with other agents.

Moran says the issue has been going on for at least a month.

The agency has 1a6,300 rifles in its armories.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

AZMEX UPDATE 14-11-14

AZMEX UPDATE 14 NOV 2014

Note: As with surveillance cameras everywhere, just watch them going past.


Ever present observers: Drones now patrol half of US-Mexico border
Matt York/Associated Press
Border Drone
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection drone lifts off Sept. 24 at Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista. The U.S. government now patrols nearly half the Mexican border by drones alone in a largely unheralded shift to control desolate stretches where there are no agents, camera towers, ground sensors or fences. There are plans to expand the strategy to the Canadian border.

Posted: Friday, November 14, 2014 8:24 am
Associated Press

http://www.trivalleycentral.com/casa_grande_dispatch/arizona_news/ever-present-observers-drones-now-patrol-half-of-us-mexico/article_52dcf81e-6c12-11e4-b4c3-a78b1f7d0e3a.html

SIERRA VISTA, The U.S. government now patrols nearly half the Mexican border by drones alone in a largely unheralded shift to control desolate stretches where there are no agents, camera towers, ground sensors or fences, and it plans to expand the strategy to the Canadian border.

It represents a significant departure from a decades-old approach that emphasizes boots on the ground and fences. Since 2000, the number of Border Patrol agents on the 1,954-mile border more than doubled to surpass 18,000 and fencing multiplied nine times to 700 miles.

Under the new approach, Predator Bs sweep remote mountains, canyons and rivers with a high-resolution video camera and return within three days for another video in the same spot, two officials with direct knowledge of the effort said on condition of anonymity because details have not been made public.
The two videos are then overlaid for analysts who use sophisticated software to identify tiny changes — perhaps the tracks of a farmer or cows, perhaps those of immigrants who entered the country illegally or a drug-laden Hummer, they said.


About 92 percent of drone missions have shown no change in terrain, but the others raised enough questions to dispatch agents to determine if someone got away, sometimes by helicopter because the area is so remote. The agents look for any sign of human activity — footprints, broken twigs, trash.


About 4 percent of missions have been false alarms, like tracks of livestock or farmers, and about 2 percent are inconclusive. The remaining 2 percent offer evidence of illegal crossings from Mexico, which typically results in ground sensors being planted for closer monitoring.

The government has operated about 10,000 drone flights under the strategy, known internally as "change detection," since it began in March 2013. The flights currently cover about 900 miles, much of it in Texas, and are expected to expand to the Canadian border by the end of 2015.

The purpose is to assign agents where illegal activity is highest, said R. Gil Kerlikowske, commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, the Border Patrol's parent agency, which operates nine unmanned aircraft across the country. "You have finite resources," he said in an interview. "If you can look at some very rugged terrain (and) you can see there's not traffic, whether it's tire tracks or clothing being abandoned or anything else, you want to deploy your resources to where you have a greater risk, a greater threat."

If the video shows the terrain unchanged, Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher calls it "proving the negative" — showing there isn't anything illegal happening there and therefore no need for agents and fences.

The strategy was launched without fanfare and expanded at a time when President Barack Obama prepares to issue an executive order by the end of this year to reduce deportations and enhance border security.
Rep. Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, applauded the approach while saying that surveillance gaps still remain. "We can no longer focus only on static defenses such as fences and fixed (camera) towers," he said.

Sen. Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican who co-authored legislation last year to add 20,000 Border Patrol agents and 350 miles of fencing to the southwest border, said, "If there are better ways of ensuring the border is secure, I am certainly open to considering those options."

Border missions fly out of Sierra Vista, home of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center at Fort Huachuca, or Corpus Christi, Texas. They patrol at altitudes between 19,000 at 28,000 feet and between 25 and 60 miles of the border.

The first step is for Border Patrol sector chiefs to identify areas that are least likely to attract smugglers, typically far from towns and roads. Analysts scour the drone videos at operations centers in Grand Forks, North Dakota; Riverside, California; and Sierra Vista. After an initial survey, the drones return within a week for another sweep.

Privacy advocates have raised concerns about drones since Customs and Border Protection introduced them in 2006, saying there is potential to monitor innocent people under no suspicion. Lothar Eckardt, the agency's executive director of national air security operations, said law-abiding people shouldn't worry and that cameras are unable to capture details like license plate numbers and faces on the ground.

Eckardt looked on one September morning as a drone taxied down a runway in Sierra Vista, lifted off with a muffled buzz, and disappeared over a rocky mountain range into a blue Arizona sky. About a dozen computer screens line the wall of their trailer, showing the weather, maps and real-time images of the ground below.
Eckardt said there is "no silver bullet" to border security but that using drones in highly remote areas is part of the overall effort. If there's nothing there, he said, "Let's not waste the manpower here. Let's focus our efforts someplace else, where they're needed."

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AZMEX UPDATE 15-11-14

AZMEX UPDATE 15 NOV 2014


San Luis RC (just south of Yuma, AZ)
First dengue death

In many parts of the city brigades of fumigators are observed. Health officials claimed to have registered only 20 confirmed cases of dengue.
Tribune San Luis
November 13, 2014
By Joel Galindo Olea
http://www.oem.com.mx/tribunadesanluis/notas/n3604727.htm

San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora.-A male individual originally from the state of Sinaloa; He became the first person dies of dengue in San Luis Rio Colorado; so health officials are still analyzing lab tests of some samples and autopsy to determine the cause so far unknown, these that contributed to the complication of the epidemiological situation and accelerating damage to health , resulting in the fatal outcome; it General Hospital director of the Health Department of the state government of Sonora, Dr. Sergio Kelly Barraza said.

Explained the state official; last weekend entered a 35-year-old who had symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting and fever; section where intensive care was provided through hydration and seeing he had improved, he was discharged on Sunday.

Continued Dr. Sergio Kelly Barraza; that was yesterday; around 7:30 pm when this person again went to the General Hospital, who already had deteriorated in the digestive tract where the laboratory results confirmed the diagnosis of dengue.

"The unfortunate thing is that despite all the efforts made by specialists, this person had no response to treatment, for an analysis of platelets in just a few hours spent in 35-7000 platelets so already presented deterioration in his health derived from kidney and liver "failure; said the director of the General Hospital.

also; Kelly Barraza said that before this unfortunate death of the person, it is possible that there could be other more contagion that could aggravate the patient, together with the dengue.

"We are going to learn later from the laboratories of the Department of Health from the state capital, Hermosillo, Sonora, where the causes that contributed to the complication of dengue epidemiological picture presented and accelerating deterioration is determined resulting in the fatal outcome "; the doctor explained in a press conference.

Finally; Dr. Sergio Barraza Kelly shared with the media that are officially 20 dengue cases in San Luis Rio Colorado that have been confirmed; of which ten have been by the laboratories of the Ministry of Health, while the remaining ten by the Epidemiological Association have coordinated their work with health authorities.

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AZMEX UPDATE 9 NOV 2014

Note: SLRC is just south of Yuma, AZ

Dengue concerns prompt county to issue mosquito prevention tips
A health worker in San Luis Rio Colorado, Son., sprays against mosquitoes in efforts to prevent an outbreak of dengue fever in the city.

Posted: Saturday, November 8, 2014 6:20 pm | Updated: 11:41 pm, Sat Nov 8, 2014.
FROM BAJO EL SOL
Posted on Nov 8, 2014by Amy Crawford

http://www.yumasun.com/news/dengue-concerns-prompt-county-to-issue-mosquito-prevention-tips/article_60641736-67af-11e4-ae16-2753187fff27.html

The appearance in San Luis, Ariz., of a mosquito that can carry dengue plus confirmed cases of the illness in Mexico has prompted the Yuma County Health Department to issue tips to the public for preventing the spread of the insects.
Mosquitoes breed in standing water, say health officials, and residents can go a long way to curb them by emptying or removing receptacles in their yards that can trap water.
Eggs of Aedes aegypti, a mosquito variety that can carry dengue, were found in mosquito samples collected last month in San Luis, Ariz., by the Yuma County Pest Abatement District.
There have been at least four confirmed cases of humans contracting dengue in San Luis Rio Colorado, Son., although county health department officials say no cases so far have been reported on this side of the border. Humans contract dengue from bites by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that got it from biting from other, already infected humans.
"San Luis (Rio Colorado) has identified cases of dengue, so we're just trying to be proactive," said Maria Nunez, deputy director of the health department.
Whether they are dengue carriers or of other varieties, mosquitoes need standing water to lay their eggs, health officials say, and even a small puddle is sufficient for breeding.
The arrival of cooler temperatures does not necessarily make concerns about mosquitoes a moot point, said Joey Martinez, a vector control specialist for the health department.
"There can still be a risk," he said. "As long as standing water doesn't freeze, mosquitoes can still breed."
He added that mosquitoes also can breed indoors, in drinking glasses and plant and flower vases filled with water, pet water dishes, and puddles from plumbing leaks

The department is offering these tips to the public for eliminating mosquitoes:
• Empty, remove or cover any receptacle in the yard that can contain water, particular discarded cans or bottles.
• Discard or move old tires that can trap water.
• Change the water in flower or plant vases twice a week.
• Screen or cover rain barrels and openings to water tanks.
• Repair leaky plumbing and outside faucets.
• Clean clogged rain gutters.
• Change the water in bird baths twice a week.
• Stock ornamental ponds with mosquito fish.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

AZMEX POLICY 13-11-14

AZMEX POLICY 13 NOV 2014


Lawsuit by Career ICE Attorney Exposes Obama Anti-Enforcement Campaign
By Jessica Vaughan, November 11, 2014

http://cis.org/vaughan/lawsuit-career-ice-attorney-exposes-obama-anti-enforcement-campaign

Last week Patricia Vroom, an attorney with an exemplary 26-year career at ICE filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Arizona that depicts in shocking detail how a tightly-knit band of her superiors apparently bullied her and other career lawyers to force compliance with the Obama administration's immigration enforcement suppression scheme. In addition to describing a hostile work environment spoiled by sexual harassment, threats, insults, and other deplorable behavior of these top managers, Vroom's complaint provides alarming examples of how personnel were told to ignore the law and routinely release and dismiss charges on entire categories of criminal aliens, including certain convicted felons, drunk drivers, DACA applicants, and illegal juveniles from the border surge.

The complaint has enough juicy scenes for a night-time television drama, but what it reveals about the Obama administration's reckless disdain for immigration enforcement is especially troubling. It is the latest in a series of lawsuits that demonstrate a disturbing pattern of abuse of authority among favored and ideologically driven senior staff in DHS agencies.Vroom describes some specific examples of how the so-called prosecutorial discretion policies have been implemented, and of the effort to destroy professional integrity in ICE's legal division:


Beginning in May 2009, this clique of top supervisors launched a "purge" of senior chief counsels, targeting them for "harassment, reassignment of duties to much less desirable ones, public humiliation, and brutal scapegoating" in order to place cronies in those key positions to carry out administration policy changes. Like other senior ICE attorneys, Vroom says she was targeted after the now-disgraced acting head of ICE, John Sandweg, "screamed" to her supervisor that the Phoenix office, which she ran, was "all f***ed up" for not implementing "prosecutorial discretion" to their satisfaction.


Morale in ICE's legal division is tied for lowest among all the DHS agencies, along with ERO, the division that is responsible for identifying and removing aliens. ICE lawyers report in the annual morale survey that they lack trust in ICE senior leadership.


Vroom was instructed by a superior to implement a program known as the Arizona Identity Theft Initiative, whose purpose was to drop and release hundreds of cases of illegal aliens convicted of felony identity theft in Arizona, even those whose crimes were so serious that they served several years in state prison and who under the law are subject to mandatory ICE detention before removal. The justification from ICE headquarters was that such aliens "had simply been using a fake ID to get and keep employment." I have reported previously on this dubious initiative, and have been told by other ICE sources that some of the beneficiaries were immigration activists in Arizona.


Vroom reports that she was criticized by superiors for too carefully scrutinizing cases and giving too much "pushback" on the 2013 order to release criminal aliens under the infamous "Criminal Alien File Review Project", in which 2,200 ICE detainees were released, ostensibly due to ICE budget mismanagement. It was later reported that administration officials misled Congress and the public regarding the criminal records of those released.

The complaint describes how the same supervisory attorneys forced Vroom to drop a slam-dunk removal case against an alien who had been convicted of falsely claiming U.S. citizenship on two occasions in order to register to vote. One supervisor derided her for not understanding the prosecutorial discretion and "efficiency" goals of the administration.

After an applicant was found to be ineligible for the DACA legalization (the executive amnesty for the so-called "Dreamers") due to a conviction for identity theft in Arizona, Vroom was ordered to "threaten" her local ICE colleagues to drop the deportation charges, apparently so that top officials in Washington who wanted the alien to stay could keep their hands clean of the case.

Vroom states that in September 2014 ICE attorneys were ordered to begin exercising "prosecutorial discretion" in cases of aliens convicted of DUI if they were "old" cases and if the alien had U.S. family members. When a number of attorneys objected to a particular example of such a criminal alien, the supervisor said, "We [ICE leadership] don't give a s*** about that. Let it go."

This account is corroborated by what I have been told on separate occasions by several other ICE sources, that juveniles who arrived in the recent border surge are not to be considered for removal, despite the administration's claims that they are "in deportation proceedings", It confirms reports from my sources who have said that this directive came from the White House early in 2014, before the magnitude of the surge became widely known. According to a recent disclosure, only 13 percent of the surge juveniles who have had court dates in recent months were ordered removed, and most of those were because the juvenile did not show up for the hearing.
The senior ICE managers named in Vroom's lawsuit who are responsible for imposing these policies and intimidating the career ICE personnel who resisted the policies are:

Peter Vincent, ICE's principal legal advisor and senior counselor for international policy, supervising 1,000 ICE attorneys, until he resigned in late October. In the complaint he is accused of numerous instances of sexual harassment, among other allegations;

Riah Ramlogan, deputy principal legal advisor;

Jim Stolley, field legal operations manager;

Sarah Hartnett, field legal operations manager;

Matt Downer, field legal operations manager.


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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

AZMEX EXTRA2 11-11-14

AZMEX EXTRA2 11 NOV 2014

Note: Updated. In a confrontation with cartel associates armed with rifles, a pistol is of very limited value, leaving the Border Patrol Agents essentially defenseless.


1 hour 56 minutes ago by Michel Marizco and Lupita Murillo
N4T Investigators: Are border agents being disarmed?

http://www.kvoa.com/news/n4t-investigators-are-border-agents-being-disarmed-/

That's one of the questions being asked after the News 4 Tucson Investigators broke the story earlier this week that U.S. Customs and Border Protection is taking rifles away from some of its agents.

The U.S.-Mexico border consistently proves to be a passionate issue for viewers and readers, alike, especially in Southern Arizona, long an unsecured slice of the 2,000 mile boundary with Mexico.

Our story showed that Customs and Border Protection removed some M4 rifles, citing safety concerns with the weapons. But agents and people within the law enforcement community told us those rifles are not being replaced.

That leaves agents, even senior agents, having to share their weapons. They told us that having to personalize settings on a rifle, like the sights, for example, takes time to do correctly and a poorly sighted weapon can cause an agent their life in a gunbattle.

The question is raised, why is the Border Patrol taking these M4s now?

This year marks a shift in policies for the agency. After several cross-border shootings, like the killing of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez in Nogales, Sonora, in October 2012, the agency reviewed its use-of-force policies.

An internal report last year revealed that some agents fired their weapons out of frustration, not out of fear. The agency's clarification of its use-of-force policies also specified that agents should not place themself in harm's way in order to justify firing their weapon.

Then Customs and Border Protection decreed that it will try out body cameras on agents following allegations of abuse.

These preceded the news that the agency has removed some M4s from its arsenal. This morning, Reason.com wrote, "Hmmm...Amid concerns that Border Patrol is dangerous and out of control, the government may be quietly taking guns away from agents. Interesting."

http://reason.com/blog/2014/11/11/is-the-dangerous-scandal-ridden-border-p

Over at the Local 2544 website, the site for the union representing Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector, this headline appeared: "Anybody have an M-4 we can borrow?"

The union criticized the Office of Border Patrol, stating, "Border Patrol M-4 rifles are being deadlined at an alarming rate and not all are being replaced ... How is it the a Border Patrol Agent can't get an M-4 that is "sighted in" for him or her? Every LE Agency we talk too, scoff at the idea of officers sharing weapons, especially a weapon that needs to be "sighted in".

http://www.local2544.org/anybody-have-an-m4-we-can-barrow/

For its part, the agency has not given much information about how many rifles were taken, what problems were found with those removed, or whether they'll all be replaced.

In fact, it took the Border Patrol four days to email a four-sentence statement. The KVOA News 4 Investigators asked the agency about the deadlining of its rifles on Monday, Nov. 3. The agency responded near the end of the business day Thursday, Nov. 6, with this statement:

"CBP's Offices of Border Patrol and Training and Development are jointly inspecting the serviceability of M4 carbines throughout Border Patrol Sectors nationwide. Some of inspected M4 carbines were deemed unserviceable and removed from inventory to alleviate safety concerns. Inspections will continue to ensure the unserviceable M4 carbines are repaired or replaced for reintroduction into the field. No further information is available at this time."

We'll continue pressing the agency for answers into the rifle deadlining and report on our findings.

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AZMEX EXTRA 11-11-14

AZMEX EXTRA 11 NOV 2014

Note: This puts the BP agents at a very serious, possibly fatal disadvantage in any confrontation with drug cartel escorts, enforcers or scouts. A rifle not sighted by the person employing it is likely to miss the target. Consequences can be crippling or fatal. The "deadlining" the M4's and not replacing them is very suspect .


From BP Local 2544, AZ

Anybody have an M-4 we can borrow?
Everyday we are reminded of how mismanaged our Agency is but this takes the cake.

Imagine you are at work. Your company only has limited amount a pens. Some people use them, some don't. But as the years pass, some pens become broken and some run out of ink. The managers at your company act surprised "We didn't know that they would get broken we didn't know they would run out of ink!". To remedy the problem, they replace half as many pens that were thrown away.

Now imagine your a Border Patrol Agent and it is not a pen but a M-4 rifle! Imagine it's not about some report your doing but about protecting your life!

Border Patrol M-4 rifles are being deadlined at an alarming rate and not all are being replaced. Again we have to ask "HOW DID THESE PEOPLE GET IN CHARGE?" Did they honestly think that these rifles would last for ever and they wouldn't need to be replaced. How is it that managers didn't see this coming?

How is it the a Border Patrol Agent can't get an M-4 that is "sighted in" for him or her? Every LE Agency we talk too, scoff at the idea of officers sharing weapons, especially a weapon that needs to be "sighted in".

Millions of dollars are spent on "feel good" programs ran by good ole boy managers and sending managers to foreign countries to do who knows what while the Agent on patrol gets the shaft. This is a slap in the face to every Agent who does the day to day job of patrolling the border and protecting our nation.

Disclaimer: The Border Patrol will not accept donated weapons but thank you to the Gun Shops and citizens who have offered.

http://www.local2544.org/anybody-have-an-m4-we-can-barrow/


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Monday, November 10, 2014

AZMEX EXTRA 10-11-14

AZMEX EXTRA 10 NOV 2014

Note: does not come even close to passing the smell test. Something very, very wrong here.
For all those not familiar or competent with firearms, it is difficult to express how serious this is.
Nothing from BP Local 2544 yet. http://www.local2544.org


N4T Investigators: Border Patrol stripping agents of their rifles

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The News 4 Tucson Investigators have uncovered that some U.S. Border Patrol agents have lost a key part of their arsenal. And that has agents who patrol along the border here, extremely worried.

We learned that U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Offices of Border Patrol and Training and Development are inspecting the quality of agents' M4 carbines throughout Border Patrol sectors nationwide. But agents tell us, some of those M4s have not been replaced. And, we've learned, agents are required to share rifles amongst each other.

"There's a lot of agents that are pretty upset over it," said Art del Cueto, president of the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector union. "We know it's a dangerous job. We know what we signed on for but we want to have as much of the equipment as we need to perform the job."

The M4 carbine is used by the U.S. military and by Border Patrol agents. It's even used by the Border Patrol's tactical unit, BORTAC. Agent Brian Terry was carrying the M4 when he was shot and killed in December 2010.

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.

Customs and Border Protection released a statement to the News 4 Tucson Investigators last week, stating: "CBP's Offices of Border Patrol and Training and Development are jointly inspecting the serviceability of M4 carbines throughout Border Patrol Sectors nationwide. Some of (the) inspected M4 carbines were deemed unserviceable and removed from inventory to alleviate safety concerns. Inspections will continue to ensure the unserviceable M4 carbines are repaired or replaced for reintroduction into the field. No further information is available at this time."

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada grew worried when told of the delay in redistributing rifles to agents.

"This is a concern for the officers and for the community as well," he said. "We want to make sure that they have all the equipment that they need to be able to provide the safest environment we possibly can."

Jeff Prather is a former drug enforcement agent who now runs the Warrior School in Tucson. He says agents have reached out to him about the rifle shortage.

He said agents stand the risk of being over-powered on the border.

"Cartels have always been better equipped, the paramilitary forces, the corrupt Mexican soldiers and federales at times," Prather said.

He says agents have contacted him and told him about their concerns about sharing the weapons.

"And now they're seriously concerned. Because if they're concerned enough to reach out and contact me and reach out so we get this message out, they are not only frustrated but they are in fear for their lives."

Prather believes removing some of the rifles maybe politically motivated. He says he was told that many of these guns are being removed for issues that are easily repaired like the firing pin and bolt.

He broke down a M4 as he spoke.

"This weapon is designed to be able to be in a battle situation, changed out rather quickly even so fast that modern weapons have areas to hold spare bolts," he said.

That makes him suspicious that the agency could be disarming its agents.

For now, union president Del Cueto says agents just want their rifles back.

"I hope they replace these weapons as soon as possible or give us some kind of answer as to how they plan on replacing them," he said.

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Arizona Border Patrol Agents Fear Shortage of Weapons
Monday, 10 Nov 2014 02:55 PM
By Andrea Billups

Some Border Patrol agents say they are becoming increasingly suspicious after their M4 carbine weapons have been taken away from them for inspection with some never returned.

An investigation by TV station News 4/KVOA

in Tucson found numerous examples of agents saying they were forced to share weapons after having to surrender theirs for inspections, raising fears that they are now not properly armed.

"I hope they replace these weapons as soon as possible or give us some kind of answer as to how they plan on replacing them," Art del Cueto, who serves as president of the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector Union, told KVOA.

Del Cueto said of the sharing arrangements: "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."

In a statement to KVOA investigators, Customs and Border Patrol officials said the inspections are a part of an ongoing program nationwide for the M4 weapons. "Some of (the) inspected M4 carbines were deemed unserviceable and removed from inventory to alleviate safety concerns. Inspections will continue to ensure the unserviceable M4 carbines are repaired or replaced for reintroduction into the field. No further information is available at this time."

While agents register concern about being properly armed, a new report has found that Arizona is no longer the deadliest place for border crossings, with deaths there falling to a 15-year low, The Christian Science Monitor reported.

Raleigh Leonard, the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector Division chief, credits 10 new rescue beacons placed in high immigrant traffic areas for helping to reduce deaths among those trying to come into the U.S, the Monitor noted.

"I think we can all agree that crossing the border is an illegal act, but nothing that should be assigned the penalty of death," Leonard told the Monitor.

The area remains dangerous, however. One Mexican man was killed by a Border Patrol agent late last month, the third such shooting in a year, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

The man, who was part of a group traveling a known drug smuggling corridor, was wearing a bulletproof vest, carpet booties to disguise footprints and carrying a pistol.

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