Tuesday, September 27, 2016

AZMEX UPDATE 27-9-16

AZMEX UPDATE 27 SEP 2016



Authorities: Arizona border strike task force succeeding so far
BY KATHY CLINE |
September 26, 2016 @ 8:37 am

http://ktar.com/story/1289522/arizona-border-strike-task-force-succeeding-so-far/

PHOEINX — Arizona's border strike task force is doing well, said authorities.

The specialized unit that combats border crime, human trafficking and drug cartels, recently added more manpower, thanks to state support.

"We've added 36 positions to the unit, and we are … out making traffic stops on suspicious activity," Col. Frank Milstead, who heads the Department of Public Safety, said.

The team debuted a year ago. Between September 2015 and June 2016, it seized 17,070 pounds of marijuana, 92 pounds of heroin and 667 pounds of methamphetamine.

From July 1 to Aug. 31 of this year, seized marijuana was 1,665 pounds. The team snagged 28 pounds of heroin and 135 pounds of methamphetamine.

"If we can't get the federal government to do the things we would like them to do, [Gov. Doug Ducey] wanted to make sure he was able to do something that he could control," Milstead said.

Recently, the state approved thousands of dollars for deputies from Cochise and Pima counties to join the force.

Cochise received $375,000 and Pima $225,000.

Santa Cruz and Yuma counties are not sending deputies to the force because of financial constraints.

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Note: estimated 5,000 Haitians crowd shelters in Tijuana, story in english at link:

http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/articulo/english/2016/09/24/arrival-haitians-seeking-asylum-saturates-shelters-tijuana

More:
http://www.frontera.info/Columnas/DetalleColumnas/945747-Pareceres-Rosario-Marinez.html

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Note: Meanwhile way down south.

Armed group attacks INM truck; They were 25 foreigners
The incident took place around 13:00 in the village of El Mezquite, in Santiago Ixtaltepec, Oaxaca

27/09/2016 16:59 CARLOS QUIROZ
Photo: Cuartoscuro
http://www.excelsior.com.mx/nacional/2016/09/27/1119320

MEXICO CITY.

The National Migration Institute (INM), a agency of the Ministry of the Interior (Interior Ministry), announced that on Monday September 26 in Santiago Ixtaltepec, Oaxaca, an alleged criminal group stopped with firearms an official vehicle of this organization with the purpose of taking 25 foreigners and the alleged smuggler who had been detained by federal immigration agents after an operation and Verification Control in the region.

During the operation, performed around 13:00 hours on Monday in the town of El Mezquite, elements of the National Migration Institute detected a red pickup truck carrying a group of migrants, the driver with intent to evade the authority, increased speed to escape.

According to the preliminary investigation FED / OAXACA / MR / 1289/2016 initiated by these facts in the Attorney General's Office, it states that federal immigration agents overtook the truck and moved to foreigners and the driver to the INM vehicle unit; however, it was intercepted by five suspects who were traveling on five motorcycles, shooting on several occasions with guns at the official vehicle, in order to take 25 foreigners of different nationalities and the smuggler who accompanied them, resulting injured two federal immigration agents, one bullet wound in one arm and another a blow to the head with the butt of a gun, "explained the INM.

It also reported that following a request for assistance from the elements of the National Migration Institute, the Mexican Army, the Federal and State Police aided the affected staff, giving them at all times security and support for the injured were taken to a hospital.

JCP

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AZMEX EXTRA 27-9-16

AZMEX EXTRA 27 SEP 2016


ARMY SEIZES WEAPONS AND DRUGS
IN THE COLONIA EL RASTRO IN TWO ABANDONED CARS
27 / Sep / 2016
JC Vasquez

http://www.nuevodia.com.mx/Nota.aspx?p=18656

New Day / Nogales, Sonora

Drugs and weapons were located by members of the Department of Defense during surveillance patrols in various sectors of the city, including the colony El Rastro, the seizures were in two cars in an apparent state of abandonment, one had been reported stolen.

Through a press release, the Secretariat of National Defense, announced that it was long guns, handguns, magazines and several hundred rounds of ammunition and more than a hundred kilos of drugs.

In total there were 13 firearms eight rifles and five handguns, about 1,400 cartridges, 59 magazines, and 166 kilos of marijuana .

The drug was located within 16 packages in the vehicles, which were in apparent state of abandonment during yesterday morning in the El Rastro and its surroundings.

One of the cars is a Ford, F350, with a theft report from three months ago, and there was hid two rifles, a pistol, four magazines, and packets of drugs, in the other vehicle, found six guns rifles, four pistols, plus 55 magazines and more than 1,400 cartridges.

The weapons, drugs and vehicles were turned over to the Attorney General's Office to continue with the relevant legal procedures, but the assurance was conducted with the participation of police elements of other organizations.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

AZMEX SPECIAL 26-9-16

Note: Chihuahua election. for those interested:

State Legislature declares Javier Corral Governor
Sep 26, 2016 | Author: antonio_hernandez |
http://www.elfronterizo.com.mx/article/declara-congreso-javier-corral-gobernador
Monday, September 26, 2016 - 13:21

The Legislature LXIV issued the declaration of Javier Corral Jurado, who was elected as Governor of the Free and Sovereign State of Chihuahua, for the period from 4 October 2016 to September 7, 2021 ; derived from the notifications sent by the Electoral Tribunal of Judicial Power of the Federation and the State Electoral Tribunal, in relation to the statements that were issued in favor of the outcome of the electoral process against the lawsuit promoted by the PRI .

He was the deputy of the PAN, Ana Gomez Licon who read the opinion of decree of the board of policy coordination in which it informs about the electoral process from June 5 in which elected Javier Corral as governor of the state, to the relief of appeals by the PRI to the upper Chamber of the Federal Electoral Tribunal, to take protest meeting on October 4 by the 65th legislature.

Members unanimously approved the declaration of validity of the election of Javier Corral as constitutional governor of the state, that was protested legally, he will take place on 4 October at the Convention Center Chihuahua, the day has been determined the start of the work of the next legislature.

With this the electoral process in relation to the governorship is completed and formally in the constitutional decree for the start of the work of the next administration of 4 years and 8 months.

By:
antonio_hernandez

Thursday, September 22, 2016

AZMEX UPDATE 22-9-16

AZMEX UPDATE 22 SEP 2016


2 counties to get state funding for deputies for border unit

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AZ_BORDER_STRIKE_FORCE_COUNTIES_AZOL-?SITE=AZCAS&SECTION=STATE&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

PHOENIX (AP) -- The state plans to provide two counties with partial funding for sheriff's deputies to work on Arizona's new border strike force and those counties and two others would also get money to pay for costs stemming from border-related crime.

A Department of Public Safety plan endorsed by a legislative oversight committee Wednesday will provide Cochise County with $375,000 for five deputies and Pima County with $225,000 for three deputies.

DPS Director Frank Milstead told the committee in a Sept. 14 letter that Santa Cruz and Yuma counties aren't participating because they cannot provide the require 25 percent match.

The state also plans to provide $125,000 grants to each of the four border counties for prosecution and jail expenses stemming from drug trafficking, human smuggling, illegal immigration and other border-related crimes.

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Note: Driving south? Be Aware. Photo at link.

OBJECTS LEFT ON THE ROAD TO FORCE STOPPING AND ENABLE ASSAULT
22 / Sep / 2016
Drafting
Nuevo Dia / Imuris, Sonora

http://www.nuevodia.com.mx/Nota.aspx?p=18449

Police and Civil Protection authorities trying toprevent the presence of metal objects on federal and state highways, that are used to force stopping and expose motorists to assault.

Harmless fruits like oranges or apples can draw the attention of drivers and who try to crush them, but result in a blowout or flat tire or tires having spikes / nails inside.

So far they are seen in the region, but the objects described have been found in some other area.

"It is better to be wary of any object seen in the asphalt and avoid with great caution, but without reducing speed too much" recommend police forces at local and state level.

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Give 27 weapons to police
22 / Sep / 2016 - 7:48 a.m.
The delivery of weapons to the mayor of Navojoa was by the Secretary of Public Security in Sonora
By: Katia Lemus

http://tribuna.com.mx/nota.php?n=22299

Navojoa, Sonora.- As part of the actions taken by the Ministry of Public Security to strengthen the Municipal Police, the head of the federal agency, Adolfo Garcia Morales, gave the mayor of Navojoa, Raul Silva Vela, 27 prieto beretta weapons and ammunition.

The Municipal Commissioner of Public Safety, Valentin Gamez Granados, confirmed the delivery of weapons that have long been assigned, but were not issued.

These weapons were assigned to elements that are already trained to protect citizens and especially to reduce the factors of crime and crime in the city.

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Note: about 20 miles NE of Hermosillo

Ministry of Health confirmed three cases of Zika in Sonora
Details Published on Thursday September 22, 2016,
Written by Editorial / The Journal
http://www.eldiariodesonora.com.mx/notas.php?nota=79000

Zika three cases were confirmed in the municipality of San Miguel de Horcasitas, same found set and controlled by the Ministry of Health, where measures and intensified fumigation, the Health Secretary Gilberto Ungson Beltran said.

(rest of the story at link - in Spanish)

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AZMEX UPDATE 21-9-16

AZMEX UPDATE 21 SEP 2016

Note: the PRI also has a long history of being very anti church. Several photos, etc. at link.
A long unpleasant read.
From the good folks at Borderland Beat. http://www.borderlandbeat.com
thx



Dozens of Catholic Priests murdered under Calderon-EPN administration
by Lucio for Borderland Beat- this is a republished post from March 2015-see post of today of two priest murdered this week by using this link

Mexico is the most dangerous nation for priests in the world

http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2016/09/dozens-of-catholic-priests-murdered.html

Catholic Priests, are among the bravest drug war heroes of Mexico, and they are being killed at an escalating and appalling rate. Few are reporting the full story, or are reporting the numbers inaccurately, including the Catholic Church.

The fact that Mexico is one of the most dangerous places on earth for reporters is well known, what is far less written about is the violence perpetrated against Catholic Priests.

Mexico is officially now the most dangerous place on earth for Catholic Priests. While long in the top group of most dangerous places for priests, Mexico is now its leader. For the sixth consecutive year, Mexico tops the list in murders and disappearances of Catholic priests in Latin America.

What must be established, murders and kidnappings of priests receive little attention outside regional reporting hubs. It is a perplexing, how a story of dozens of priests being murdered by cartels during 2 administrations goes unrecognized, or for example, a story about 5 priests being killed in November–December of 2013 in Tamaulipas and Veracruz, is but a tiny blip on the media radar.

Inaccuracy of numbers
It must be pointed out, that priests are kidnapped, often from churches or rectories, but the "disappearance" never budges from being labeled as such, to being counted as "killed" or "dead", unless there is a body. Those kidnapped and not found, are not recorded on a drug war casualty list.

In fairness, neither is any other group of people, which renders summations weak and without merit.

Nonetheless, the point being, as the title of this post says; ' "dozens" of priests killed during the Calderon-Peña Administrations', astonishing in of itself, still is an accurate tally.

Then there is misreporting, much like municipalities are known to ascribe to, in attempting to lower the rate of violence.

For example, with four days remaining in 2012, in the state of Michoacán, padre Santiago Álvarez Figueroa, vanished. Although he had received dozens of death threats leading up to his disappearance, Authorities were quick to discount he had fallen prey to organized crime, instead this story was offered, "we think he was in an automobile accident", this was reported by Jesus Reyes Garcia of the governor's office, who later revised the version when the vehicle of the priest was not found and parishioners rejected the account.

What is known, Father Santiago, 27, had just finished celebrating Mass in the tiny town of Jacona, he entered his car and headed home to his hometown of Paredones. He called one of the nuns, advising he was on his way back home.
He never arrived.

Reyes is now incarcerated for collusion with organized crime, he was temporary governor while Governor Fausto Vallejo Figueroa was in the U.S. getting a new liver. Vallejo Figueroa resigned on the heels of the controversy of his son's arrest. His son known as 'El Gerber', was arrested after a Tutateca video of him with the Caballeros Templarios leader surfaced.

Santiago's body was never found. He is not listed as murdered, he is with the other priests in perpetual limbo on the "disappeared" list. His Bakersfield, California, family, has no doubt he was murdered by organized crime, most likely the culprits are Caballeros Templarios.

Torture, including rape prior to murder

Organized crime killings of priests are particularly brutal.

The recovered bodies of priests depict odious, barbaric torture and killing. Decapitation, dismemberment, incineration, strangulation, drowning, torture and rape are the methods used against priests in additional to the "conventional" killing methods of gunshot, or stabbings.

Take the case of Padre John Ssenyondo of Chilapa, Guerrero. The Ugandan priest loved his adopted country of Mexico, and wanted better for its people. He had lived in Guerrero for 5 years, preaching to the most impoverished if Mexican populous. And by all accounts his parishioners loved the outgoing priest with the quick wide smile.

But they also worried about his safety. For his sermons had become strong and firm against organized crime. Many think that was his downfall.

In April of 2014, Padre John disappeared while traveling back from conducting mass (service) in the mountains of Guerrero. His disappearance went almost without notice, if not for the discovery of a mass grave.

The Catholic Church was quiet about the case, the regional rector of the cathedral, Javier Casarrubias Carballido, never commented on the missing Priest.

Parishioners spoke among themselves, a persistent rumor was that a cartel leader asked the priest to baptize his child, and the request was denied. That scenario seems unlikely, since in the Catholic religion, the sins of the father would be deemed irrelevant to the child.

The other scenario is the more likely of the two, the priest would not heed to warnings to halt sermons against organized crime. He had begun drawing the link of local officials and organized crime.

A mass grave was discovered in the outskirts of Chilapa, Chilapa is about 30 miles east of Chilpancingo, the state capital.

The remains of Padre John were among the 13 bodies buried in a mass narco fosa. The bodies were decapitated and dismembered, and incomplete. Padre John's skull and various other bones were discovered, he was identified by dental records.

Why are priest targeted?

Long held rumors of priests ingratiating themselves towards organized crime groups for financial gain, benefiting their parishes, is persistent, but inaccurate. That would be the exception not the norm. Organized crime regards priests as the enemy. The following lists a few of the reasons why.

Sermons: outspoken priests, who preaching against organized crime, and the collusion of government officials and police. Organized crime groups prefer to remain under the radar, and feel threatened by those who may encourage an organized backlash against their activities. Same can be said about municipal governments and police.

Assisting Economic Migrants: Migrants, mostly from Central America, are highly exploited by cartels, and are at the core of narco occupational diversification. For example the sex trade, kidnapping, extortion, human trafficking, and forcible recruitment into cartel work including becoming sicarios (hitmen). Those who shelter migrants and advocate for migrant issues, interrupt business, resulting in bottom line impact. Catholic clergy are the operators of 95% of migrant shelters. They are also their greatest advocacy group, in and out of Mexico.

Who can ever forget the images of 72 migrants slaughtered in Tamaulipas in 2010? 72 human beings, executed for the crime of refusing recruitment into the Los Zetas cartel.

Throughout Mexico Catholic Priests create a safe haven for migrants. Priests provide migrants shelter, assistance, medical care and other forms of care. Cartels consider this an intrusion into their source of revenue. Priests who run the migrant shelters such as Casa Migrante's are constantly being threatened.

Catholic based Rehab Centers:Alcohol and drug rehab centers have become fewer in number than two years ago. There were a string of attacks by cartels, resulting in the destruction of centers or mass killings of inhabitants. 19 killed in a Chihuahua rehab in photo at left.

Cartels exploit the centers, extorting and forcibly recruit sicarios and drug traffickers, often death threats are realized when a rehab group resists. Others are killed for failing to pay for drugs or betraying a dealer.

Supporting Autodefensa Movements: Autodefensa groups are organized as a union consisting of 13 states. Some priests are targeted because of their support of these groups, or direct involvement.
Refusing requests: In the narco world, it is notable that there are large groups of Santería followers. Although the religious based cult is syncretized with Catholicism and Mesoamerican, it is strictly condemned by the religion. Small "Santeria Chapels" are erected that seem to pop up overnight, that "honor" the Santeria offshoot Nuestra Señora de la Santa Muerte.

While there are millions of good people, often the marginalized people of society, which practice the "religion", with no intention to harm others. It is organized crime that have taken it to a sinister level, thinking that Santa Muerte will protect them from harm or imprisonment while they conduct criminality, including murder.

This Santa Muerte chapel was bulldozed in Allende

This Acuña chapel was destroyed in 2013

In 2013, Tamaulipas and Veracruz priests began receiving demands that Catholic altars in churches feature statues of Santa Muerte. Going further that masses be said in honor of Santa Muerte. Parishioners say It is because of the refusals that some priests disappeared.

Extortion: Cartels treat priests/churches no differently than any other business in Mexico, they too are victims of extortion.

Three padres in the cross-hairs
Mexican priests are as a group vulnerable to attack, but there are priests that are standouts in the field of danger.

Gregorio Lopez, better known as 'Padre Goyo' Michoacán

Padre Goyo, is arguably the most outspoken priest in Mexico today. Of the 7 Apatzingán Michoacán priests whose life have been threaten in 2014, he tops the list of most reviled by organized crime, and corrupt government, both municipal, state and federal.

A champion of the autodefensa movement, he was directly involved with the group. The bullet proof vest wearing priest is a close friend and ally to the imprisoned autodefensa leader and social activist, Dr Manuel Mireles.

In 2014, Goyo's brother, "Luis Jerónimo", was kidnapped by the Caballeros Templarios, with a message for his priest brother….. CT kidnappers sent a warning to Goyo, to back off his involvement in the AD movement, and foremost, no further complaints about their activity and conflicts to the press and on the pulpit. For his part, if anything Goyo stepped up his game, on speech tours of the US and contacting U.S. government officials about the run-away violence and corruption.

Recently, Padre Goyo appeared before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and met with New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, on the last leg of his US tour,
"We in Mexico, are terrorized and are governed by organized crime," he charged.
Luis Jerónimo, 39, was released after a few days of captivity and then decided to leave Mexico and appeared before the immigration authorities at the border crossing of San Ysidro, California to seek asylum.

However, instead, the immigrant was sent to a detention center , where he remained for nearly a year without being granted bail and exposed to immediate deportation.

"It is inhuman what they did with this immigrant is a clear example of what happens when it is not well known law that confers asylum. He was a perfect candidate for his release in a few weeks and with a minimum bond "said Alex Galvez, immigration attorney who secured the release of Jerome.

Bishop Raul Vera López -Coahuila
Vera López is an avowed advocate for human rights and social justice. He is another priest who sets aside his personal safety in favor of expressing his views against abuse of power, corruption, absence of the rule of law and violations of human rights. He is an advocate for the marginalized people of Mexico, bucking the Vatican, he publicly welcomed gays into the parish.

He opposes the fact that, although Mexico is not really a poor country, more than half of its 110 million people live below the poverty line. He stresses they also increasingly live in fear. Waves of murders and violence have followed in the wake of criminal cartels' brutal warfare to control the cartel drug trade.

He has traveled to D.C. to speak about cartel violence, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and corruption of Mexico. He has also demanded investigations into the thousands of migrants who have gone missing while passing through the state of Coahuila and clamored for a DNA database to identify bodies.

He and Padre Goyo traveled to D.C. to the Human Rights Commission to report of the Iguala abuses and murders, a year before the now famous attacks in September on students by police.

He operates one of the largest migrant shelters in Mexico. It is located in his home base of Saltillo, the capital of Coahuila. Borderland Beat administrator Chivis Martinez has assisted the shelter since the murder of 72 migrants of Tamaulipas. She reports the shelter is exceptional, temporarily housing over 100 migrants.

While padre Goyo toured the U.S. his friend Bishop Vera traveled to Berlin. In Berlin, outspoken bishop of Saltillo, presented a petition of 7,500 names to the German interior minister, asking for the suspension of negotiations over a security accord between Germany and Mexico.

The accord would facilitate collaboration in the fight against organized crime. The bishop says that any additional force given to Mexican police would be used against citizens.
"It won't be used against organized crime because organized crime and the government are very good friends. They have an understanding between them. Ayotzinapa demonstrated that."
The heavily awarded priest was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012.


Padre Alejandro Solalinde Guerra
In 2007 Solalinde founded the shelter "Hermanos en el Camino" in Ciudad Ixtepec, Oaxaca, whose mission is to provide a safe shelter for migrants and to offer them food, medical and and legal aid.

Since then he has been a target of both corrupt local government and cartels.

Padre Solalinde has been arrested and imprisoned for his work with migrants. Cartels send death threats to him on a regular basis, ordering him to cease speaking about migrant abuses and sheltering migrants. Solalinde says there are over 100,000 migrants that have disappeared since the beginning of the Mexican drug war.

"Ma'am, tell the governor that it shall only be over my dead body…"

The priest recalls the harassment during the government of PRI governor, Ulises Ruiz, and how he resisted the persecution:
"Ulises Ruiz was behind a mega business using migrants. Two municipal presidents in Ixtepec wanted to make a business with the arrival of the immigrants through kidnappings, extortion, etc.
But I was in their way. I was and am a hindrance for the PRI. I have not allowed it, nor am I going to allow it, even at the cost of them doing a number of things to me, they even were going to kill me.
"I confronted Ulises Ruiz, not personally, because I don't have the displeasure of knowing him, but in Washington he sent a spokesperson and there in the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights on March 20th, 2010. I said to the rapporteur, 'The governor Ulises Ruiz, the only thing he asks for is the closing of the shelter or, failing that, he asks that it is placed on the other side of the bridge."
At the moment Solalinde intervened and asked some key questions:
"Why are they want to get rid of it? Perhaps it is a problem for the businesses that the governor wants so he can exploit the migrants, to kidnap them and do all of that to them? Ma'am, tell the governor that it shall only be over my dead body. I explained to Rodrigo Escobar, the rapporteur, about the ruthless zone of exploitation and slavery and human trafficking they want to set up. That's why the situation is getting worse. Now Ixtepec has changed parties. It is with the PRD, it no longer attacks us and it has had goodwill while approaching us."
In May of 2012 Padre Solalinde left Mexico in exile for two months, this after a near kidnapping and an undisclosed specific threat.

He is also a supporter of Dr. Mireles and is a co-member of "Yo soy autodefensa".

Padre Solalinde visits abandoned migrants deported from the U.S. but far from Central American homes.
The U.S. mostly deports central Americans just over the south border and orders them to walk into Mexico, Tijuana is filled with displaced
migrants. With no resources, constant threats, they are sitting ducks, men and women lost in limbo.

Tamaulipas and Veracruz 5-6 priests kidnapped/killed in 2 months

In the last months of 2013, at least 5 priests were taken and all presumed dead in southern Tamaulipas.

Carlos Ornelas Puga, (left) was kidnapped on November 3rd. He was taken at gunpoint, from a parish in the municipality of Jiménez, although he belonged to the diocese of Ciudad Victoria. The Catholic Church did not confirm this for over a week.

On November 29, 2013 priests Hipólito Villalobos Lima and Nicolas de la Cruz Martinez were executed in the parish of San Cristóbal de Ixhuatlán de Madero, Veracruz.

In December two additional priests vanished in Tamaulipas, "In recent days two other priests disappeared from Ciudad Victoria," said the church source who asked to remain anonymous.

The murdered victim was identified as Guillermo Amaro Caésar, who died from a beating by suspected members of organized crime using bats. However, state authorities downplayed version, says the priest was victim of an 'assault".

Also in December 2013 another priest beating, who belongs to the parish of the Good Shepherd was also reported. It is presumed that he refused to officiate a Mass requested by organized crime to be held in the church and dedicated to Santa Muerte.

The authorities of the Catholic Church and the state government are dilatory or have not given information regarding the attacks against priests.


Also in 2013.

February: Bishop José Flores Preciado, in the Temple of Christ del Rey, in the city of Colima, Colima. The 83 year old was beaten to death.The day after the killing, Bishop Jose Luis Amezcua Melgoza revealed that 30 of the of the 123 priests of Colima, had been the victims of attempted extortion, including himself.

July: Father Ignacio Cortés Álvarez, "Nachito" was the priest in charge of the parish, "María Auxiliadora" in Ensenada, Baja California. The priest had suffered over 2 dozen stab wounds. His killers found the priest in the rectory living room, where the murder took place. Ensenada is one of the most violent cities in BC.

In 2014 Guerrero lost three priests

September- José Ascensión Acuña Osorio
November-John Ssenyondo
December- Gregorio López Gorostieta

The not so solid numbers in the cartel war against Mexican Catholic priests

Numbers are all over the place. To achieve the greatest accuracy in numbers requires researching

regional newspapers and media. Often it is only there that a story will appear. Then there is the issue of kidnapped priests whose body are never found, of never making the killed list.

In effect, if the skull of padre John Ssenyondo had not been found in October, he would still be on the missing list. The fact that the Church has been reluctant to confirm or report kidnappings of priests only compounds the problem, and gives greater protection to cartels.

For the record, this is more or less the 'Official' accounting for the Calderon and EPN administrations. On face value it is horrific enough, but nowhere near depicting the factual numbers or the complete story of, the cartel war against Mexican Catholic priests.

During the Felipe Calderon administration:

12 priests murdered
162 recorded threats against priests in one year
1000 extortion crimes against priests
During the Enrique Peña Nieto administration there have been 10 priests murdered
Noticeably missing are numbers of missing or disappeared priests.

States with the greatest number of crime against priests

Most of these states are in southern Mexico, where the most marginalized peoples live. The impoverished, indigenous, darker skinned Mexicans who are prejudiced against, including the government who traditionally suppresses people of the south, and denies southern inhabitants basic resources afforded citizens in other regions.

Guerrero
Jalisco
Oaxaca
Veracruz
Michoacán
Hidalgo
Puebla
Aguascalientes
Federal District (DF/Mexico City)
Chihuahua
Coahuila
Borderland Beat Reporter Lucio Posted at 2:01 PM

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AN BANDERAZO A FUERZA RURAL
NUEVA CORPORACIÓN EN NL
21/Sep/2016
Reforma

http://www.nuevodia.com.mx/Nota.aspx?p=18399

Miércoles 21 | Monterrey, NL

El gobernador Jaime Rodríguez dio en Montemorelos el banderazo de salida a la nueva Policía Rural.

Con el nombre de Fuerza Rural, la nueva corporación está integrada por 280 elementos que estarán desplegados en siete grupos por diferentes regiones del estado.

El secretario de Seguridad Pública, Cuauhtémoc Antúnez, dijo que la dependencia tiene una capacitación especial y combatirán delitos propios de la zona rural, como robo de ganado, tala ilegal y caza furtiva.

"Esta corporación brindará seguridad pública, vigilancia y protección regional en caminos y carreteras estatales, vías primarias vecinales y municipales, zonas rurales, áreas de recreo y turísticas, así como las instalaciones estratégicas del Gobierno del Estado", expuso.

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Cero tolerancia a 'coyotes': Infonavit
Detalles Publicado el Miercoles 21 de Septiembre de 2016,
Escrito por Redacción

http://www.eldiariodesonora.com.mx/notas.php?nota=78939

Cd. de México.

Trabajan Infonavit y PGR para prevenir malas prácticas y castigar "coyotaje"..
Con el objetivo de proteger a los derechohabientes, el Infonavit informó que trabaja con la Unidad Especializada en la Investigación de Delitos en contra de Derechos de Autor y de la Propiedad Industrial, de la Procuraduría General de la República, para prevenir y combatir cualquier intento de "coyotaje" de supuestos asesores financieros, en el programa Mejoravit.
Si bien, a menos de dos meses de haber relanzado el programa de Mejoravit, no existen denuncias por prácticas indebidas, el Infonavit ha emprendido una estrategia proactiva de investigación, con la PGR, para combatir de raíz el fenómeno del "coyotaje".
Es importante mencionar que cada anuncio no autorizado y publicado en redes sociales respecto a la supuesta "asesoría financiera" para la obtención del crédito Mejoravit, está siendo investigado; hasta el momento, hay 18 casos identificados en Facebook y Twitter, en los que se ha usado el signo distintivo "Infonavit", los cuáles han arrojado ya direcciones y números telefónicos.

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Teme por su vida tercera víctima de secuestradores
Detalles Publicado el Miercoles 21 de Septiembre de 2016,
Escrito por Cesar Barragan / El Diario
http://www.eldiariodesonora.com.mx/notas.php?nota=78938

Nogales.

Una tercera víctima de la banda de secuestradores puestos en libertad por un juez penal teme por su seguridad y desconfía del proceder de las autoridades.
Uno de los afectados, de 30 años de edad, y quien interpuso en su momento su denuncia, señaló conocer a un tercer afectado por estos sujetos que se dedicaban a privar de la libertad a sus víctimas para luego despojarlas de sus pertenencias, pero éste no ha interpuesto su denuncia pues teme por su seguridad y hasta ya abandonó su trabajo, además de desconfiar del actuar de las autoridades.
El joven declarante manifestó sentirse indignado con el proceder del titular del Juzgado Oral de lo Penal por haber liberado a los dos sujetos que identifica como quienes lo privaron de su libertad.
"Cuando me enteré que habían sido detenidos vine, identifiqué el auto y a los delincuentes y me recomendaron poner denuncia en la Agencia Primera del Ministerio Público.
"No me trataron muy bien al llegar, una mujer se notaba molesta y me decía que me apurara porque no tenía tiempo, pero ya que me pasaron con las autoridades ya fueron amables, sin embargo no sirvió de nada pues a las horas me enteré que un juez los había dejado en libertad", expresó. La víctima señaló sentir temor por su persona y su familia ya que los secuestradores tienen sus pertenencias con credenciales donde aparece su dirección.
"No puedo comprender porqué los dejaron libres, cómo una decisión del juez solo sirva para proteger a los delincuentes y sirva para poner más en peligro a quienes fuimos víctimas.
"Siento temor y ahora no tengo tranquilidad, ni puedo andar solo por las calles, pero también necesito que se haga justicia y por eso estoy aquí ratificando la denuncia", indicó
Otra víctima, de 23 años de edad, señaló que fue citado ante el MP para ser orientado sobre la impugnación que se hará a la resolución que dictó el Juez Ramón Cordova Barraza, quien negó en dos ocasiones la orden de aprehensión a los inculpados y derivó en la libertad de éstos.
Se dio a conocer que entre las pertenencias que traían los secuestradores hoy libres, se encontraban algunos objetos propiedad de sus víctimas, mismos que fueron identificados plenamente por ellos.
Los afectados señalaron que están haciendo todo lo posible por la vía legal, ahora se suman otras denuncias contra los mismos secuestradores y esperan que ahora sí el juez actúe en favor de los afectados y no de los criminales que andan causando terror en las calles.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

AZMEX UPDATE2 17-9-16

AZMEX UPDATE2 17 SEP 2016

Note: Chart at link. Unknown as to how many are actually "children".


Unaccompanied children apprehensions reach highest point of 2016
KRISTIAN HERNANDEZ | STAFF WRITER 22 hrs ago (0)

http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/unaccompanied-children-apprehensions-reach-highest-point-of/article_0677b25e-7c30-11e6-8b3c-2f3875b8be4e.html

UAC Table August 2016
Courtesy of cbp.gov
Immigration Overload

Detainees walk in a line at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Brownsville. More than 60,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally this past year.

McALLEN—More unaccompanied children were apprehended in the Rio Grande Valley than any other month this year, according to data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

In August CBP agents apprehended 5,198 unaccompanied children in the RGV sector, which encompasses more than 34,000 square miles in South Texas.

This area continues to be the busiest border crossing for unaccompanied children with about 63 percent of the total apprehensions across the entire southwest border, according to CBP data.

These sector numbers are 18 percent lower than at the same time in 2014, when the surge of unaccompanied minors in this region drew nationwide attention.

Total apprehensions across the U.S.-Mexico border are also the highest this August than they've been in the last five years with more than 37,000 people caught.


An average of 200 migrants have been arriving to the Sacred Heart Immigrant Respite Center each day after they are released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the downtown McAllen area. The city sent out a news release Thursday asking for donations and volunteers.

Check back for more details.
khernandez@themonitor.com
(News Release in its entirety)

For Immediate Release
September 15, 2016
Contact: Xochitl Mora, Director, Public Information Office
O: (956) 681-1202 / M: (956) 662-9269 / E: xmora@mcallen.net
Sacred Heart Respite Center seeks donations
McAllen- With more than 200 people arriving each day, the Sacred Heart Respite Center is in need of donations and volunteers.

Donations needed include: deodorant for both male and female, towels, men's pants sizes 28-34, shoes of all sizes, toothbrushes and toothpaste. Volunteers are needed on a daily basis for a variety of tasks.

Who: Respite Center at Sacred Heart Church
What: Volunteers and donations needed
When: Open from: 8 am to 8 pm-- need volunteers today and all this week
Where: 306 South 16th Street, McAllen, Texas 78501

Park in fenced area - look for tan tents and enter through red double doors
For additional information, please call: (956) 897-3949.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

AZMEX SPECIAL 20-9-16

AZMEX SPECIAL 20 SEP 2016

Comment: Many are questioning the "mistakenly".
thx


More than 800 immigrants mistakenly granted citizenship

ALICIA A. CALDWELL September 19, 2016

https://www.yahoo.com/news/more-800-immigrants-mistakenly-granted-citizenship-130452164--politics.html

FILE - In this June 5, 2015 file photo, a view of the Homeland Security Department headquarters in Washington. The U.S. government has mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 immigrants who had pending deportation orders from countries of concern to national security or with high rates of immigration fraud, according to an internal Homeland Security audit released Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. The Homeland Security Department's inspector general found that the immigrants used different names or birthdates to apply for citizenship with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and such discrepancies weren't caught because their fingerprints were missing from government databases. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)


WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government has mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 immigrants from countries of concern to national security or with high rates of immigration fraud who had pending deportation orders, according to an internal Homeland Security audit released Monday.

The Homeland Security Department's inspector general found that the immigrants used different names or birthdates to apply for citizenship with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and such discrepancies weren't caught because their fingerprints were missing from government databases.

The report does not identify any of the immigrants by name, but Inspector General John Roth's auditors said they were all from "special interest countries" — those that present a national security concern for the United States — or neighboring countries with high rates of immigration fraud. The report did not identify those countries.

In an emailed statement, the Department of Homeland Security said the findings reflect what has long been a problem for immigration officials — old paper-based records containing fingerprint information that can't be searched electronically. DHS says immigration officials are in the process of uploading these files and that officials will review "every file" identified as a case of possible fraud.

Roth's report said fingerprints are missing from federal databases for as many as 315,000 immigrants with final deportation orders or who are fugitive criminals. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has not reviewed about 148,000 of those immigrants' files to add fingerprints to the digital record.

The gap was created because older, paper records were never added to fingerprint databases created by both the now-defunct Immigration and Naturalization Service and the FBI in the 1990s. ICE, the DHS agency responsible for finding and deporting immigrants living in the country illegally, didn't consistently add digital fingerprint records of immigrants whom agents encountered until 2010.

The government has known about the information gap and its impact on naturalization decisions since at least 2008 when a Customs and Border Protection official identified 206 immigrants who used a different name or other biographical information to gain citizenship or other immigration benefits, though few cases have been investigated.

Roth's report said federal prosecutors have accepted two criminal cases that led to the immigrants being stripped of their citizenship. But prosecutors declined another 26 cases. ICE is investigating 32 other cases after closing 90 investigations.

ICE officials told auditors that the agency hadn't pursued many of these cases in the past because federal prosecutors "generally did not accept immigration benefits fraud cases." ICE said the Justice Department has now agreed to focus on cases involving people who have acquired security clearances, jobs of public trust or other security credentials.


Mistakenly awarding citizenship to someone ordered deported can have serious consequences because U.S. citizens can typically apply for and receive security clearances or take security-sensitive jobs.

At least three of the immigrants-turned-citizens were able to acquire aviation or transportation worker credentials, granting them access to secure areas in airports or maritime facilities and vessels. Their credentials were revoked after they were identified as having been granted citizenship improperly, Roth said in his report.

A fourth person is now a law enforcement officer.


Roth recommended that all of the outstanding cases be reviewed and fingerprints in those cases be added to the government's database and that immigration enforcement officials create a system to evaluate each of the cases of immigrants who were improperly granted citizenship. DHS officials agreed with the recommendations and said the agency is working to implement the changes.

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Note: Despite the disinformation of the media and politicians, it is about illegal immigration.
Bringing in "refugees" from islamic areas is another separate issue. Mostly computer "english".
Mexico "multicultural"?
thx


Peña Nieto defends the need to protect migrants
Speaking at the summit on refugees and migrants said 'no barriers to stop the movement of people'
EFE 09/19/2016 11:21

http://www.excelsior.com.mx/nacional/2016/09/19/1117686

Speaking at the summit on refugees and migrants said 'no barriers to stop the movement of people'. Notimex Photo Archive

President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, today defended the need to protect migrants and recalled that "history shows that there are no barriers to stop the movement of people".

Not natural nor artificial. For each river there has always been a bridge, for each obstacle has always been a way, "Pena Nieto said in his speech at the summit on refugees and migrants held at the United Nations.

The Mexican president defended the positive role of migrants in the cultures of the countries they come and stressed that the international community must improve their situation.

We have a slope with them that we must all take commitment, because migration represents not only the past and present of mankind, but also its future, "he said.

Peña Nieto focused his speech on migration and stressed the positive nature of population movements, which throughout history have spread traditions, ideas, knowledge, technological advances and values ​​around the world.

Migrants will symbolize the force that has advanced humanity "defended, stressing that" the movement is an essential part of the human being ".

Peña Nieto recalled that his country is "origin, transit, destination and return of people" and is "proud mestizo, multicultural and diverse" result of multiple migrations throughout history.

The Mexicans firmly believe that miscegenation is the future and destiny of humanity, "he said.

Peña Nieto, the "historic" meeting on refugees and migrants who now hosts the UN demonstrates that "attitudes" are changing.

We must put migrants with their rights, dignity and well-being in the center of the global dialogue, "he said.

Looking ahead to the negotiation of global agreements on migrants and refugees to take place in the coming years, Peña Nieto argued that it should be considered a focus on human rights established obligations for States and responsibility between countries of origin, transit and destination.

He also said that those documents should recognize the contributions of migrants to help eradicate intolerance, prejudice and racism and strengthen the capacities of States to assist those who arrive at their borders, among other things.

As anticipated, Mexico has offered to host a preparatory international meeting in 2017 and "will continue to work for migrants as agents of change and development is recognized".

* bb
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EPN calls to banish hate speech against migrants
By: Taken Network | 09.19.2016 9:34
MEXICO CITY (Posta)

http://www.elimparcial.com/EdicionEnLinea/Notas/Nacional/19092016/1129366-EPN-pide-desterrar-discursos-de-odio-contra-migrantes.html

President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, today made a call from the UN headquarters in New York, to banish hate speech and discrimination against migrants and asked to be the subject of migration the center of the global dialogue.

Mexico is actively participating in multilateral fora to finalize in 2018 the Global Pact for safe and orderly migration and refugee Global Compact.

During the plenary session to address movements of migrants and refugees, Peña Nieto listed seven points which, in consideration of Mexico said should be considered as the beginning of such agreements, the main "human rights approach".

He said other points is the existence of shared responsibility between countries of origin, transit, destination and return to ensure the safety of migrants.

Peña Nieto also requested to address social inclusion approach that eradicates intolerance and hate speech; - also there must be greater international cooperation, governance frameworks that provide transit alternatives and consider climate change and natural phenomena as causes of migration.

He recalled that "migration does not represent only the past and present of mankind, but also its future."

Therefore he reiterated the importance of migrants as agents of change and development, which demanded that human rights are guaranteed and hate speech and discrimination against banished.

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House of Migrant Women in Agua Prieta receives donations
Details Published on Monday September 19, 2016,
Written by Robin Beltran

http://www.eldiariodesonora.com.mx/notas.php?nota=78806

Agua Prieta.

Every two months a US foundation supports a shelter administered by the DIF.
The charity organization Fundación de Corazones Bendecidos gave support to local DIF shelter known as the House of Migrant Women, which was received by Mrs. Luz Aideé Llanes Rodriguez de Rubalcava .

In addition, this group of altruists made a valuable donation of material for cleaning the Municipal Velatorio, in what is the first time to extend its support to other institutions.

The president of DIF reported that this time the Blessed Heart Foundation gave the House of Migrant Women a swing set, where the children of women attending can play and have fun.
He stressed that also made donations of food, clothing and hygiene kits to be delivered to the people who are there.

"The DIF of Agua Prieta want to thank the Blessing Heart Foundation for the support every two months gives the House Migrant Women" said Mrs. Aideé de Rubalcava.
In all things delivered she added, a series of articles intended for cleaning Municipal Velatorio.
"We are very grateful to you because in addition to support the needs of the House of Migrant Women also support us with cleaning materials for the Velatorio of DIF" he said.

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AZMEX UPDATE 18-9-16

AZMEX UPDATE 18 SEP 2016



Free border forum in Tucson aims to dig beneath surface issues
Arizona Daily Star Updated 4 hrs ago

http://tucson.com/news/local/border/free-border-forum-in-tucson-aims-to-dig-beneath-surface/article_6dbbb137-5aca-55a4-88df-752b05b54a39.html

Mamta Popat / Arizona Daily Star

Four journalists who work along the border will be part of the Voices from the Border forum at Fox Tucson Theatre on Sept. 29.

A free forum later this month will focus on life along the U.S.–Mexico border.

The Sept. 29 event, sponsored by Arizona Public Media and the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, is designed to be a live, interactive event and will feature four journalists who work along the border.

Organizers aim to take the discussion beyond the often-debated topics of drug violence and illegal immigration. For example, panelists will discuss such issues as U.S.-Mexico trade relations and initiatives, as well as the ways political and cultural perceptions vary north and south of the border.

The journalists also will discuss Donald Trump's and Hillary Clinton's positions on border and immigration issues — and how those positions could impact business, trade and life along the border.


Panelists include:

Javier Garza: The longtime Mexican journalist has worked extensively to protect reporters working in Mexico, who are often targeted by drug cartels. Garza is a Knight International Journalism Fellow in Mexico.

Nancy Montoya: Arizona Public Media's border reporter has 35 years experience in broadcast news in the United States and Latin America. With the Gadsden Purchase in 1854, her family's ranch went from being in Mexico to being in the United States almost overnight.

Curt Prendergast: The Arizona Daily Star's border reporter has lived in South America and covered the border for the residents of Santa Cruz County from 2012 to 2015 as a reporter for the Nogales International.

Fernanda Santos: The Phoenix bureau chief for The New York Times hails from Brazil and is the author of "Latinos in the United States: A Resource Guide for Journalists."

Moderating the panel will be Maria Hinojosa, anchor and executive producer of the long-running weekly NPR show, "Latino USA."

The event is free, but tickets must be reserved in advance. (See accompanying box.)


If you go
Voices from the Border forum
When: Sep. 29, 6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Fox Tucson Theatre
Price: Free
How to get tickets: Advance tickets are required. Reserve yours at http://tucne.ws/d1f
For more information, call Arizona Public Media at 520-621-5828.



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Friday, September 16, 2016

AZMEX EXTRA 16-9-16

AZMEX EXTRA 16 SEP 2016

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY


Authorities looking for armed narcotics smugglers
Seth Pines
2:07 PM, Sep 16, 2016

http://www.kgun9.com/news/local-news/deputies-looking-for-armed-narcotics-smugglers

COCHISE COUNTY, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Authorities are searching for armed narcotics smugglers in the Brown Canyon area of the Huachuca Mountains, according to a news release from the Cochise County Sheriff's Office.

Border Patrol agents assigned to the Brian A. Terry Patrol Station intercepted armed narcotics smugglers in the area.

Deputies say the suspects absconded but authorities seized approximately 72 pounds of marijuana, an AK-style assault rifle and a Colt handgun.

An active search for the suspects is ongoing, in collaboration with the Tucson Sector Special Operations Group and the Cochise County Sheriff's Office.

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Arsenal found in Villa Sonora
Details Published on Wednesday September 14, 2016,
Written by Arturo González

http://www.eldiariodesonora.com.mx/notas.php?nota=78613

Nogales.

Police elements of the three levels of government safeguard two domiciles in Colonia Villa Sonora, carried out the raids in both homes that are on the calle Condor number 70 and Calle Las Palomas number 55, where they found an arsenal of cartridges, magazines and drugs.

The first steps were taken around 21:30 and ended at 23:50 hours where they succeeded in securing six rifle magazines and three magazines for handguns, seizure of a 30-30 firearm was also achieved, a box of 20 cartridges 9 mm, six bags of cartridges of different calibers, about 50, two 20 round boxes of cartridges of different calibers, and about hundred rounds of 7.62x51 caliber.

In that same address also the seizure of different essential chemicals for making synthetic drug and a container of material containing a solid granular, apparently 'crystal' .

Around 23:10 hours was performed the other search at home in calle Condor, number 70, of the colony Villa Sonora, same that ended at 01:00 pm yesterday, where they managed the seizure of various chemicals, two containers containing a white powder, apparently cocaine, 71 magazines of 7.62x39 mm caliber.

Also twelve magazines for 20 gauge, fifty 22 caliber cartridges, forty cartridges of caliber 7.62x39 mm, twenty cartridges caliber 10 mm, four 308 mm caliber cartridges and five cartridges 7.62x51 caliber .

It is worth mentioning that all was taken to the offices of the Attorney General's Office (PGR), available to the First Agency of the Public Ministry of the Federation.

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Note: photo at link. If photo is accurate, a SBR before or after coming to Mex?

PEI catches pair of gunmen during operation
Details Published on Thursday September 15, 2016,
Written by Editorial Staff
http://www.eldiariodesonora.com.mx/notas.php?nota=78653

Empalme, Sonora

They confiscated an assault rifle and three firearms of various calibres and drugs.

two people were arrested in flagrante delicto, by agents of the PEI, in possession of four guns, ammunition and drugs.
Elements of Operational Base, State Police Investigator (PEI) had support staff of the Preventive State Police Public Safety (PESP).

The action was at 20:40 hours Monday on the road Guaymas-Empalme Libramiento, at the the Ladrilleras colony.
They detected , a red 2005 Volkswagen Jetta , where two men were showing nervousness.
In investigating, PEI agents observed immediately weapons with the car's occupants, so they proceeded to arrest them.
At that time members of the PESP passed by, who conduct tours of crime prevention, which supported the action.
The men were identified as Jose Luis, 32, and Peter, 34, who brought four weapons , three handguns and one long gun, supplied with rounds of ammunition.

A Bushmaster .223-caliber rifle with 23 rounds of ammunition, a pistol Pietro Beretta 9mm fourteen shots in its magazine and a 9 mm Ruger with eight cartridges.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

AZMEX POLICY 15-9-16

AZMEX POLICY 15 SEP 2016


Challengers of Arizona's controversial SB 1070 immigration law end lawsuit
ASSOCIATED PRESS | September 15, 2016 @ 2:11 pm
http://ktar.com/story/1273377/challengers-of-arizonas-controversial-sb-1070-immigration-law-end-lawsuit/

PHOENIX — A coalition of civil rights groups said Thursday it has agreed to end its challenge of Arizona's 2010 immigration law in a deal in which the state issued guidelines on how police are to enforce the statute's most contentious section.

"We have succeeded by keeping the key provisions of SB 1070 in place," Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in a press release. "Our goal while negotiating this settlement was to find a common sense solution that protects Arizona taxpayers while helping our great state move forward."

An agreement to end the last of seven challenges to the law will be filed later in the day.

The deal centers on the law's requirement that officers question the immigration status of people suspected of being in the country illegally.

While the courts barred enforcement of other sections of the law, the questioning requirement was ultimately upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, despite racial profiling concerns raised by critics.

A draft version of the guidelines includes requirement that officers document the reasons for their suspicion that a person is here illegally.

The Los Angeles Times reported the state of Arizona will also pay $1.4 million in attorneys' fees to the plaintiffs.

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Settlement Reached in SB 1070 Lawsuit
For Immediate Release: September 15, 2016
Contact: Mia Garcia (602) 339-5895 or Mia.Garcia@azag.gov
https://www.azag.gov/press-release/settlement-reached-sb-1070-lawsuit

Settlement Reached in SB 1070 Lawsuit

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today the State of Arizona has reached a settlement in a lawsuit challenging SB 1070. The settlement keeps in place a key provision of SB 1070 section 2(b) which allows Arizona law enforcement to check the immigration status of those suspected of being in the country illegally. Under the settlement, all Plaintiffs and Defendants in Valle Del Sol vs. Whiting, agreed to dismiss their appeals.

"We have succeeded by keeping the key provisions of SB 1070 in place," said Attorney General Mark Brnovich. "Our goal while negotiating this settlement was to find a common sense solution that protects Arizona taxpayers while helping our great state move forward."

In September 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Susan R. Bolton granted Arizona's request for summary judgment and dismissed six of seven of the Plaintiffs claims in Valle del Sol v. Whiting. Judge Bolton also upheld section 2(b) which allows officers, while enforcing other laws, to question the immigration status of those suspected of being in the country illegally. The ACLU and other plaintiffs appealed the U.S. District's Court decision. Both parties have agreed to dismiss their appeals.

Under the settlement, an Informal Attorney General Opinion will be issued providing guidance and clarity to Arizona law enforcement agencies and officers on how to comply with the key provision of SB 1070 section 2(b). The U.S. Supreme Court (link is external) also upheld section 2(b). The informal opinion memorializes the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Supreme Court rulings. The Plaintiffs also agreed to reduce their attorneys fees to $1.4 million dollars.

The final terms of the settlement are currently pending court approval.

https://www.azag.gov/sites/default/files/2016-09-15%20Doc%201297%20Joint%20Case%20Disposition.pdf

https://www.azag.gov/sites/default/files/2016-09-15%20Doc%201297-3%20%5BProposed%5D%20Order%20Approving%20Parties%27%20Joint%20Case%20Disposition.pdf

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