Friday, September 22, 2017

AZMEX EXTRA 22-9-17

AZMEX EXTRA 22 SEP 2017

Briefs: Ammo load seized
Nogales International 13 hrs ago (0)
Police confiscate load of ammo from stolen car

http://www.nogalesinternational.com/news/briefs-ammo-load-seized-car-crash-in-tubac-smuggler-arrested/article_2413b584-9f24-11e7-b96d-437be5b3e649.html

Nogales police officers seized roughly 6,000 rounds of ammunition from a stolen vehicle parked at the Shell gas station near the Mariposa Port of Entry last week.

Shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 14, agents with the U.S. Border Patrol reported that a dark-colored Nissan Versa that had been parked at the gas station all day appeared to have a fake license plate, according to a Nogales Police Department 911 dispatch report.

Upon further investigation, an NPD officer working the Operation Stonegarden detail found that the vehicle was reported stolen in New Mexico, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a news release.

The driver, a U.S. citizen, was arrested and police seized the car.

A subsequent search of the vehicle turned up 6,000 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition hidden in the trunk, CBP said.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

AZMEX EXTRA 21-9-17

AZMEX EXTRA 21 SEP 2017


Monterrey man gets two years in firearms case

LORENZO ZAZUETA-CASTRO | STAFF WRITER
7 hrs ago

http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/article_fa9d7d66-9e6f-11e7-8ffa-cb7acc8da9e3.html

McALLEN — When federal agents found him unloading boxes in the parking lot of a hotel in Hidalgo, the Mexican man knew he had been caught red-handed.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Randy Crane sentenced 52-year-old Alejandro Cavazos-Torres to two years in federal prison. This comes months after agents found him in the parking lot of a Super 8 Hotel unloading packages containing firearm parts and accessories headed for Mexico, court records show.

According to the criminal complaint, Cavazos-Torres was arrested Oct. 14, 2016, after Homeland Security Investigations special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement interrupted him while unloading the weapons items from a vehicle he was seen driving.

What Cavazos-Torres didn't know was that agents were aware of the packages' contents before his arrest in the Hidalgo parking lot.

HSI special agents were surveilling Cavazos-Torres for some time, specifically after it was learned that he had purchased more than $100,000 worth of firearm components from internet-based dealers — including parts from AR-15 kits and unfinished AR-15 lower receivers, the release states.

More than a week before his arrest, the complaint states, agents executed a search warrant on the parcels he had ordered and found the elements necessary to build firearms, such as AR type accessories. They included 25 ammunition magazines,12 platform upper receivers, bolt carrier assemblies, pistol grips with trigger group components, charging handles and buttstocks with buffer tubes.

On the aforementioned date of arrest, agents observed Cavazos-Torres, who was in possession of a Visa Border Crossing card, entering the United States through the Anzalduas port of entry and making his way to Worldwide Parcel, a parcel business in Hidalgo.

Upon arriving at the business, records show that Cavazos-Torres was observed by agents taking possession of 13 parcels, loading them into the back of his vehicle and leaving the area.

Cavazos-Torres, after having just picked up the parcels, arrived at a hotel in Hidalgo, and while still in the parking lot, agents observed him unloading the packages onto a luggage cart, the complaint states.

The defendant admitted to agents that the packages were his and that they were headed to people in Mexico. A month after his arrest, Cavazos-Torres, who hails from Monterrey, Mexico, pleaded not guilty to one count of smuggling, only to change his mind in February, court documents show.

In exchange for his guilty plea, court records show that federal prosecutors agreed to reduce the final offense level of the charge.

Cavazos-Torres, who is not a U.S. citizen and is expected to be deported once he completes his sentence, will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined at a later date.

lzazueta@themonitor.com

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

AZMEX STINKING SPECIAL 20-9-17

AZMEX STINKING SPECIAL 20 SEP 2017

Note: Yes, another stinking special. " in an area about 300 yards"
Gracias


McSally chastises IBWC for slow response on Naco sewage spill
Sep 19, 2017 Updated 9 hrs ago (1)
Eric Petermann
Opinions Editor

http://www.myheraldreview.com/free_access/mcsally-chastises-ibwc-for-slow-response-on-naco-sewage-spill/article_249551ea-9ce8-11e7-9235-0b92cf071055.html

(Herald/Review photo by Eric Petermann) U.S. Rep. Martha McSally listens to Gerald Eberwein, left, and John Ladd at a bridge immediately west of the Naco Port of Entry. The understream flowing in a wash that connects to Greenbush Draw is raw sewage originating from a broken sewer pipe across the border in Naco, Sonora.

NACO, Ariz. — If weather conditions stay dry, it could be another week before a stream of raw sewage flowing from Naco, Sonora and threatening Bisbee's water supply is "fixed," U.S. Rep. Martha McSally said Monday.

The congresswoman appeared unhappy with the timetable, calling for more oversight of the International Boundary and Water Commission and more investment in infrastructure at the border.

"It's taking way too long. Bureaucracies can be slow, but when you're talking about impacts on a community's health, clean drinking water and other environmental impacts, they need to react much more quickly than this," she said.


A broken sewer main in Naco, Sonora, located close to the fence, west of the Naco Port of Entry, releases a fast-flowing stream of raw sewage that crosses the international border and enters a wash that drains into Greenbush Draw and onto the Ladd Family Ranch in Palominas.


Overflows of the Naco, Sonora sewage treatment system have created the stream each rainy season as far back as the mid-1980s, border property owner Gerald Eberwein said Monday. He said his past experiences working with the IBWC to try and fix the sewage flow "...have not been good."

This year, the sewage flow started in May, Eberwein said, after an early season rainfall caused an overflow. He said the stream has continued without stopping due, in part, to a broken sewer main in Naco, Sonora.


The sewage flow is ponding in an area about 300 yards from Arizona Water Company, which pumps most of Bisbee's water supply from its well and storage operation on W. Zepeda Street, just west of Willson Road.


McSally said she spoke Monday to IBWC Commissioner Edward Drusina who reported a pump has been supplied by the agency to officials in Naco, Sonora. The congresswoman said even with an additional pump and a redirected sewage flow, it could be up to a week before the stream stops flowing into the United States.

"Look, speed is very important when it comes to addressing some of these issues, for the very real health and safety concerns in a community like this," McSally said.

More support is needed for communities on the border dealing with these kinds of problems, she said. "We need greater oversight, greater preventive maintenance, infrastructure investment and immediate responses when we see breaches like this," she added.


Rancher John Ladd criticized the IBWC for failing to address the issue and pointed at the agency's handling of sewage problems in Nogales as another example of its lack of effectiveness.
"This is their jurisdiction but they have their hands full with their problems in Nogales," Ladd said.


Nogales in the U.S. and the IBWC have a longstanding dispute on costs related to repairing and replacing a sewage main that crosses the international border and feeds into a treatment plant operated by the IBWC. In July, the cross-border sewer main ruptured, causing untreated wastewater to pour into Potrero Creek, north of Nogales on the U.S side of the border. In August, Gov. Doug Ducey declared the situation a state of emergency and dispatched the Arizona National Guard to assist state and federal authorities in stopping the sewage flow. Whether the repaired main is the responsibility of the city or the IBWC continues to be in question.


Ladd said the longstanding problem with raw sewage from Naco, Sonora streaming onto his family's ranch angers him. "It's a breakdown in our federal system because we're being binational with it," Ladd said. "We end up, we're going to foot the bill. Whatever happens over there we're going to pay for it."

He said the problem has existed as long as Naco, Sonora has existed, noting that water and sewage from the community flows down hill, referring to the nearby San Jose mountain range on the Mexico side of the border. "I don't care how broke you are," Ladd said. "You're still responsible for your sewage."

He questioned the effectiveness of state and federal environmental efforts.
"We're very hypocritical in our stance where we're spending millions of dollars on clean water projects to have clean water in Arizona and then we got 50 gallons a minute of raw sewage coming in from Mexico," Ladd said.

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AZMEX I3 SPECIAL 20-9-17

AZMEX I3 SPECIAL 20 SEP 2017

Note: Thanks to the good folks at Borderland Beat. China is not our friend. There has been a fairly significant Chinese presence in NW Mexico for over a hundred years. Photos at link.
Thx


A paradigm shift in illegal border crossings-those aren't Latinos coming across.
by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2017/09/a-paradigm-shift-in-illegal-border.html#more

In this tunnel, Border Patrol agents discovered 30 illegal immigrants, including 23 Chinese nationals. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)

Undocumented Chinese immigrants take the lead in apprehension numbers

At around 1 a.m on Saturday August 26, California Border Patrol agents made a surprising discovery; a crudely constructed tunnel that was being facilitated to smuggle illegal immigrants in to the United States.

And the overwhelming majority of the immigrant group were not Mexican, or even Latino, 23 of the group of 30 were Chinese. There were 21 Chinese males and 2 females. There exists a new human smuggling trend that is setting records, as it did in 2016, when the number of undocumented Chinese migrants, surpassed the number of Mexicans. The steep price tag that Chinese migrants must pay to be smuggled into the U.S. is 50 to 75 thousand USD, making it a very lucrative industry.

Far apart from the sophisticated drug tunnels of El Chapo, the newly discovered tunnel is a simplistic, rudimentary, system that utilized a ladder in place of an elevator, found in many Mexican Cartel tunnels.

Using tunnels to transport migrants into the U.S., is not new or unheard of, but it is atypical and the tunnels used are the throw away tunnels, tunnel projects abandoned for whatever reason. What is new is who they are finding using the tunnels.

Unfinished tunnel projects can present problems. An example is a few years ago when a migrant got stuck in a narrow passage, trapping himself and four others behind him. They were rescued by BP.

Migrants were "stuck" in this narrow tunnel
Joaquin "el chapo" Guzmán, the master and originator of drug tunnels, has perfected tunnel construction projects to include rail car transport, ventilation and lighting systems. The entry is on the Mexico side of the border, and terminates on the U.S. side, typically popping up through the floor of a California warehouse, or single family home purchased specifically for its location.

Not all tunnels are alike. It is dependent on its intended usage of how superior it must be developed. If it is to be an ultra-long tunnel to transport drugs or a prison escapee, it will require all the bells and whistles. In 2016 a record breaking tunnel was discovered in San Diego. It stretched for half a mile and included electric lights, rail and ventilation systems. The tunnel initiated in a house in Tijuana, where an elevator was installed in a closet expediting the entry/exit, and then exiting through a pallet business on the California side. It measured 775 meters in length.

Things became chaotic when agents approached the group. Some ran back into the tunnel, others attempted to run off. They were detained and taken to the Chula Vista Border Station for questioning.
The tunnel was approximately one mile in length.

While illegal border crossings by Mexicans and other Latinos has diminished to record breaking lows, attributed by many to the "Trump effect", [Trump IS the wall], the number of undocumented Chinese immigrants coming to California's south order, has climb sharply in recent years.

Between the months of October to May nearly 700 Chinese nationals were apprehended, compared to 5 in 2014, and 48 in 2015. Before 2014 a spokesperson for Border Patrol said "we just were not getting any Chinese nationals."

The Chinese surge, with the premiums charged them for border crossing, is capitalized on for cartel profits, maximizing revenue derived from a "diversification" apart from a drug trafficking.

Trafficking humans, requires is a much less elaborate method of earning profits, than trafficking drugs, with little loss even if plans end unfavorably.

"Factank" from the PEW Research Center

The number of Mexican immigrants living in the U.S. illegally has declined by more than 1 million since 2007. In 2014, 5.8 million unauthorized immigrants from Mexico lived in the U.S., down from a peak of 6.9 million in 2007. Despite the drop, Mexicans still make up about half of the nation's 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants (52% in 2014).

In 2016, a total of 192,696 Mexicans were apprehended in illegal border crossings opposed to 222,847 non-Mexicans.

On the Mexican side of the southern border, some Chinese nationals are electing to stay in Mexico, resulting in a whole different set of issues, mostly social.

Borderland Beat Reporter Chivis Posted at 7:10 AM

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Don't forget.
MEXICO: "the decisions of who enters Mexico, are made by Mexico and only Mexico"
Luis Videgaray Caso, Mexican Foreign Minister
10 March, 2017

CANADA: "Our rules, our principles and our laws apply to everyone."
Justin Trudeau, boy PM of Canada. 20 Aug. 2017

So, Canada and Mexico can decide who enters their countries, but it is only the USA that cannot control who enters our country?
Gracias, Merci, Thx

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

AZMEX UPDATE2 19-9-17

AZMEX UPDATE2 19 SEP 2017


Litigation could stall government's plan for border wall construction
LORENZO ZAZUETA-CASTRO | STAFF WRITER Follow @lorenzozazueta 5 hrs ago (3)
Border Wall Reality Check

http://www.themonitor.com/news/article_f9cec6fc-9cde-11e7-9ca8-abfd50d9e77a.html

A constitutional challenge to the government's border wall waivers in California could impact its construction in the Rio Grande Valley, according to a local environmentalist.

Last week, the Center for Biological Diversity expanded its lawsuit against the federal government's border wall and prototype projects in San Diego, challenging the Trump administration's authority to waive environmental laws and calling for an end to the unconstitutional strategy, according to a news release.

The new filing, made Sept. 6, is the second amendment and expands on the original lawsuit filed by the center in June against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The suit states that former DHS Chief John Kelly did not have authority to waive dozens of laws to rush construction of the border wall and prototypes, according to court records.

The waivers for the construction of the wall and prototype projects the government submitted Aug. 2 would waive more than 30 laws, according the center's release.

"The waiver highlights the Trump administration's dangerous disregard for our environment and the rule of law," Brian Segee, a senior attorney with the center said. "Trump is willing to throw environmental protections out the window to fulfill his divisive and destructive campaign promise. What's to stop him from using this lawless approach to wreck wildlife refuges and beautiful public lands all along the border? We need to halt these unconstitutional waivers once and for all, here in San Diego."

Scott Nicol, executive member of the Sierra Club, also confirmed that his group, along with the Defender's of Wildlife, and the Animal Legal Defense Fund, filed a similar lawsuit Sept. 14 against the acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and DHS.

Like the suit filed by the center, the lawsuit filed by Sierra Club, the Defenders of Wildlife and the Animal Legal Defense Fund, is based on a challenge to the constitutionality of the government's waivers.

Nicol, whose groups have been at the forefront of the debate locally, said he believes U.S. Customs and Border Protection have been operating with impunity with regard to laws surrounding the purported border wall construction.

He said the outcome of these legal challenges could have an impact on the Valley if and when federal government officials begin their plans for border wall construction.

"It's likely that if they are going to go forward with border walls in Santa Ana (wildlife refuge) they will waive laws the same way they have in California," Nicol said. "It's just easier from their perspective … they don't care about the damage that they do, then why should they have to suffer legal consequences for doing it. I think that's pretty irresponsible. It's pretty absurd to say, 'We need to enforce one set of laws, and we're just going to go ahead and sweep aside another set of laws.' It's not what the whole legal structure should be about."

Nicol said if the Supreme Court were to decide that the waivers are unconstitutional it could be a game-changer for purported talk of border wall construction throughout the country.

"(If) the (U.S.) Supreme Court says, that yes, this waiver power is unconstitutional, then that completely changes the playing-field for border walls everywhere, South Texas included," Nicol said. "They would no longer be able to waive all of these laws."

He said if the government were forced to abide by the laws they tried to circumvent through the waivers, it might be a while before any construction begins.

"If they don't have the ability to waive the national environmental policy act, they're going to have to prepare an environmental impact statement — that's going to take them probably a year, Nicol said. "…All these laws that were waived the last time walls were built in South Texas, they would have to start obeying those laws."

Paulo Lopes, a public lands policy specialist with the Center for Biological Diversity, said the government is utilizing an old law as their basis for the waivers.

"Over a decade ago, Congress granted waiver authority under the REAL ID Act to expedite the construction of a border fence, which has already been completed," Lopes said. "Congress did not grant DHS perpetual unchecked authority to cast aside dozens of laws."

"The 2005 REAL ID Act amended the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to give unprecedented and sweeping authority to the Homeland Security secretary to waive federal, state and local laws to expedite construction of the double- and triple-layer border fencing in San Diego," according to the center's release.

The waiver would speed construction of replacement walls, 30-foot-high prototypes, roads, lighting, and other infrastructure without any analysis of the environmental impacts or any public input. This coastal area of south San Diego is surrounded by communities and contains critical habitat for several endangered species, the center's release states.

Lopes said the government has until October to respond to their amended complaint. The center would then respond in November to the government's motion, with a tentative hearing on the government's motion for dismissal set for Dec. 15.

lzazueta@themonitor.com

AZMEX UPDATE 19-9-17

AZMEX UPDATE 19 SEP 2017

Note: So why don't they cross legally and get together? As do so many others. Guess?
Photos at link.
Thx



BP installs mesh at popular border fence meeting spot
By Arielle Zionts
Nogales International Sep 19, 2017 Updated 5 hrs ago (1)

http://www.nogalesinternational.com/news/bp-installs-mesh-at-popular-border-fence-meeting-spot/article_6eb462e6-9cc2-11e7-8f72-0bb9b381c9a5.html

Border mesh
Julio Santiago, 27, who works in Phoenix but is originally from Nogales, Sonora, visits Nogales, Ariz. on Saturday to talk with his extended family in Mexico, including his nieces and nephews, pictured here. The mesh that now separates them at their usual meeting spot was recently added by the Border Patrol.
Photo by Arielle Zionts
Fence reunion
A family separated by the U.S.-Mexico border gathers at the fence along West International Street for a picnic and get-together on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. The section of fence seen here has now been covered with metal mesh.
File photo by Jonathan Clark
Border mesh
The new mesh along International Street is placed in an area where Ambos Nogales families and friends frequently meet to chat or even share a meal. Border Patrol said the mesh was intalled to prevent contraband from passing through the fence.
Photo by Arielle Zionts
Border mesh
The mesh extends east to a fenced-off area posed with "U.S. Property, no trespassing" signs.
Photo by Arielle Zionts


On Saturday afternoon, Julio Santiago stood up against the border fence on West International Street in Nogales, speaking to his extended family inches away in Nogales, Sonora through the gaps between the barrier's steel tubes.

Santiago, a 27-year-old Phoenix-based construction worker originally from Nogales, Sonora, said he makes the trip to visit with his family through the fence every two or three weeks.

During past visits, Santiago and his family were separated by the fence's "bollards" – interconnected metal tubes that extend up to 30 feet above a concrete footer – but they had an unobstructed view of each other and could hold hands through the four-inch gaps between the tubes.

But now, Santiago and anyone else who meets at this popular visiting spot is also separated by metal mesh that's been attached to the fence. The U.S. Border Patrol, which had adopted a generally tolerant attitude toward gatherings at the fence after the barrier was installed in 2011, says it installed the mesh about two months ago to prevent people from exchanging contraband.

Intended or not, the change has also put a damper on the intimacy of the border fence meetings. Visibility has been diminished and hand-holding is out of the question.

"It gives you a chance to see your family if you behave well," Santiago said of the bollard fence. "But now, you can't even see (through it)."

Interruption

The meeting spot on West International Street, about 150 feet west of the intersection with West Street, is popular in large part due to its accessibility. The street runs right up against the fence there, offering a smooth, paved surface as opposed to the rock-strewn, 10-foot wide buffer zone just to the east that's posted with signs reading: "U.S. property, no trespassing." Just to the west, the street and fence rise up a hill on the U.S. side, separating the street levels in the U.S. and Mexico and making cross-border meetings impractical.

Especially on weekends, it's not uncommon to see people camped out in plastic chairs on the U.S. side, while loved ones in Mexico set up tables and lay out a family meal on the other. For unlike the busy area of East International Street near the Morley Avenue pedestrian crossing, where eye-level, steel mesh-covered windows allow communication and limited visibility through a concrete border wall, the spot on West International has allowed unobstructed views and physical contact in a relatively quiet area of downtown – until now.

The approximately 75-foot-long segment of new mesh covers the entire meeting area, stretching from the "no trespassing" zone to a spot on the hill where the ground levels on either side of the fence are too far apart for face-to-face meetings.

The Border Patrol's Tucson Sector headquarters did not respond specifically to a question about whether the passing of contraband had become a problem at the location. Instead, a statement from the sector's public information office said: "Smuggling has always been an issue along the U.S.-Mexico border. As with any enforcement effort there are lessons learned and modifications made to address the ever-changing enforcement challenges."

Emilio Gomez, a 54-year-old retiree who lives near the new mesh on West International Street, said he still sees families gather there. Even so, he said: "It's very bad because the people want to be talking with their family and many times they can't. It interrupts."

Priorities

While the Border Patrol has taken a hands-off approach to people talking and touching through the fence, it has made it clear that people cannot exchange items through the barrier.

"The Border Patrol is primarily concerned with individuals or contraband illegally crossing the international boundary," spokeswoman Colleen Agle told the NI in June 2011 in response to questions about gatherings at the fence, though she added that "no items or people may pass over, under or through the fence."

The Tucson Sector's public information office reiterated that stance in an email last week, noting that passing items through the fence is prohibited. "Although individuals may have innocent intentions, the criminal element may take advantage of the innocence to smuggle or pass contraband across the border," it said.

Technically, hand-holding is also prohibited, though it's not an enforcement priority, the agency suggested in the email.

Santiago, the construction worker from Phoenix, acknowledged that his meetings with family have also included the exchange of food. "Yes, they bring me food as well," he said. "They say you can't, but sometimes I eat, I don't care."

And while the meetings themselves have been tolerated, the Border Patrol said last week that the practice is only allowed with prior permission. That's because all U.S. land within 60 feet of the border is federal property known as the Roosevelt Reservation, an off-limits area established in 1907 through a proclamation by President Theodore Roosevelt.

Back at the fence, Santiago, who did not specify why he doesn't wish to cross into Mexico to visit loved ones, said the new mesh isn't a big problem for him since he's still pleased to be able to see his family. Even so, he said, it's sad that the material prohibits them from touching during their reunions at the popular meeting spot.

Gomez, the neighbor, reiterated his assessment of the mesh as a "very bad" development.
"It's not enough to put up a wall, they have to put up mesh as well," he said.

SIDEBAR: Prior approval

Jesus Maldonado, a supervisor at the Nogales Border Patrol Station, said that if people want to submit a request to gather at the fence, they can contact Supervisor George Schmid at (520) 761-2400 or Steve Passement, the sector's Border Community Liaison, at steven.passement@cbp.dhs.gov.

More: http://www.nogalesinternational.com/news/families-worry-reunions-at-border-fence-won-t-last/article_9164a4c4-0aa8-11e7-80cb-bb0d71d52b03.html

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Note: photo at link.

Agents seize fake FBI ID cards during human smuggling attempt near Tucson
Seth Pines
10:11 AM, Sep 19, 2017
2 hours ago
http://www.kgun9.com/news/agents-seize-fake-fbi-badges-during-human-smuggling-attempt-near-tucson

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. - Border Patrol agents seized several fraudulent FBI identification cards as they helped thwart a human smuggling attempt near Tucson on Sunday.

According to Customs and Border Protection, Fort Huachuca officials came into contact with a vehicle being driven by a U.S. citizen near an entrance of the Army post.

As agents arrived, they learned that the driver's two adult male passengers were Mexican nationals who were illegally present in the U.S. The two Mexican nationals were placed under arrest for immigration violations and the driver was taken into custody for human smuggling, according to CBP.

During a search of the vehicle, agents located fake law enforcement equipment, including a realistic-looking handgun that fired BB's and fraudulent federal identification cards that showed the driver's photo and information with the FBI logo.

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Reminder:

MEXICO: "the decisions of who enters Mexico, are made by Mexico and only Mexico"
Luis Videgaray Caso, Mexican Foreign Minister
10 March, 2017

CANADA: "Our rules, our principles and our laws apply to everyone."
Justin Trudeau, boy PM of Canada. 20 Aug. 2017

So, Canada and Mexico can decide who enters their countries, but it is only the USA that cannot control who enters our country?
Gracias, Merci, Thx

Monday, September 18, 2017

AZMEX DOPER SPECIAL 18-9-17

AZMEX DOPER SPECIAL 18 SEP 2017

Note: No, did not make this up. Some may appreciate the irony of Fox's participation.
More details at the link.
Thx



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And:

Policy change bars Arizona troopers from field-testing drugs
Posted: Sep 18, 2017 10:59 AM MST
Updated: Sep 18, 2017 10:59 AM MST

http://www.kvoa.com/story/36393268/policy-change-bars-arizona-troopers-from-field-testing-drugs

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Department of Public Safety changed its policy on field-testing suspected narcotics due to fears that troopers could overdose from contact with the potent opioid fentanyl.

The Arizona Republic reported (http://bit.ly/2xsPfPh ) on Saturday that troopers are barred from conducting the tests, so the samples are sent to the department's laboratory.

The newspaper reviewed data from August that indicates the policy change has caused a backlog of more than 2,000 controlled substance cases that still require testing.

Officials say that if the delay is left unchecked, it could hinder prosecutors from filing formal criminal charges.

Because of the controlled substance testing backlog, the department's backlog of all other pending tests has increased.

Some medical professionals question if such a testing precaution is necessary.

Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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Friday, September 15, 2017

AZMEX I3-2 15-9-17

AZMEX I3-2 15 SEP 2017


CPLC and General Consulate of Mexico in Phoenix will host 3 free DACA renewal events
Ozzy Mora, KPNX
3:42 PM. MST September 15, 2017

http://www.12news.com/opinion/go-ask-ozzy/cplc-and-general-consulate-of-mexico-in-phoenix-will-host-3-free-daca-renewal-events/475332978

Chicanos Por La Causa and the General Consulate of Mexico in Phoenix will be hosting three free DACA renewal events at the CPLC Community Center.

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, no initial request for DACA will be accepted.

Only DACA renewals will be accepted starting Oct. 5,2017.

CPLC and the General Consulate of Mexico in Phoenix will assist those in need of DACA renewals by providing; an information session and two application sessions.

Look at the information below for the times and dates of the sessions:

1. Information Session - DACA
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 21 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WHERE: CPLC Community Center 3216 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ 85009

2. Application Clinic
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 22 from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
WHERE: CPLC Community Center 3216 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ 85009

3. Application Clinic
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
WHERE: CPLC Community Center 3216 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ 85009


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AZMEX I3 15-9-17

AZMEX I3 15 SEP 2017



Phoenix Motel 6 tipped off ICE on undocumented guests
Posted: Sep 13, 2017 9:49 PM MST
Updated: Sep 14, 2017 3:15 PM MST
By Lauren Reimer

http://www.azfamily.com/story/36362705/phoenix-motel-6-tipped-off-ice-on-undocumented-guests?autostart=true

There are accusations that a Motel 6 in the Maryvale area was giving its guest list to the Feds for immigration enforcement. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Guests' privacy is up to the discretion of the hotel. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

Robert McWhirter said ICE showed up at his clients Motel 6 room because they had been notified by the hotel. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -
A man is facing deportation after his attorney says a hotel tipped off Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents he was staying there.

Last June, a man named Jose Renteria Alvarado was staying in the Motel 6 at 51st Ave and McDowell Rd when he had a knock on his door.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were there looking for him.
How they found him? His attorney, Robert McWhirter, believes the hotel was sending its guest list to the federal agency.

"I imagine what went on here is they probably took a look at the names on the guest registry and compared that to a database of people that have been deported," said McWhirter.
Alvarado had been deported once before.
Before that, he had only a minor criminal record, but back in the country, he was now considered a higher priority in the eyes of ICE.

But it turns out his privacy, and everyone else's, is up to the discretion of the hotel.
"The hotel may have a policy that they won't give out their registry without a valid warrant. But if they don't have that policy and they agree that police can search their registries, you don't have any right as a guest to say, 'Wait, I don't want people to know,'" explained McWhirter.


Motel 6 sent us a statement saying:
"Over the past several days, it was brought to our attention that certain local Motel 6 properties in the Phoenix-area were voluntarily providing daily guest lists to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). As previously stated, this was undertaken at the local level without the knowledge of senior management. When we became aware of it, it was discontinued.

Moving forward, to help ensure that this does not occur again, we will be issuing a directive to every one of our more than 1,400 locations nationwide, making clear that they are prohibited from voluntarily providing daily guest lists to ICE.

Additionally, to help ensure that our broader engagement with law enforcement is done in a manner that is respectful of our guests' rights, we will be undertaking a comprehensive review of our current practices and then issue updated, company-wide guidelines.

Protecting the privacy and security of our guests are core values of our company. Motel 6 apologizes for this incident and will continue to work to earn the trust and patronage of our millions of loyal guests."
The company has not shared how long they think this may have gone on for.


When asked about the practice, ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice sent the following statement:

"Due to operational security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) does not typically disclose or discuss specific information related to the source of its enforcement leads. The agency receives viable enforcement tips from a host of sources, including other law enforcement agencies, relevant databases, crime victims, and the general public via the agency's tip line and online tip form. Private citizens who provide enforcement leads to ICE are not compensated for the information.

In carrying out their immigration enforcement mission, ICE deportation officers make arrests nationwide every day as part of the agency's ongoing efforts to ensure domestic security, public safety, and the integrity of our nation's borders. The agency's immigration enforcement actions are targeted and lead driven, prioritizing individuals who pose a risk to our communities.

It's worth noting that hotels and motels, including those in the Phoenix area, have frequently been exploited by criminal organizations engaged in highly dangerous illegal enterprises, including human trafficking and human smuggling."

Alvarado will be sentenced Thursday to six months in a federal prison, then deported.

"I'll tell you one thing, I won't stay at a [M]otel 6 now," said McWhirter.

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Motel 6 says Phoenix policy working with ICE discontinued
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BY ASSOCIATED PRESS | SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 AT 3:22 PM
UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 AT 4:10 PM

http://ktar.com/story/1736663/motel-6-says-phoenix-policy-working-ice-discontinued/

PHOENIX — Motel 6 said its employees in Phoenix will no longer work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents following reports its workers were apparently turning in guests they believed were in the United States illegally.

The hotel chain responded to the reports, first published in the Phoenix New Times, in a Wednesday tweet.

The chain followed its first tweet with a Thursday statement that said it would order all of its more than 1,400 nationwide locations to stop voluntarily providing guest lists to ICE.
"Protecting the privacy and security of our guests are core values of our company," the statement read. "Motel 6 apologizes for this incident and will continue to work to earn the trust and patronage of millions of loyal guests."

The news that Motel 6 workers in Phoenix were tipping off ICE agents thrust the chain into the national immigration debate.

The weekly newspaper reported ICE had arrested at least 20 people at two Motel 6 locations in heavily Hispanic areas of Phoenix, and quoted workers as saying they gave guest lists to agents.

"We send a report every morning to ICE — all the names of everybody that comes in," a front-desk clerk told the New Times. "Every morning at about 5 o'clock, we do the audit and we push a button and it sends it to ICE."

Phoenix Police Department spokesman Sgt. Jonathan Howard told the New Times in an email that his agency had also received guest lists from hotels and motels on certain occasions.

The KTAR Newsroom contributed to this report.

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AZMEX UPDATE2 14-9-17

AZMEX UPDATE2 14 SEP 2017


Note: video, photos at link.
Comment: The ESA needs to be fixed. KGUN, despite the call letters, is a Tucson TV station.
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New video released of jaguar in Chiricahua Mountains
Ina Ronquillo
10:28 AM, Sep 14, 2017
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http://www.kgun9.com/news/local-news/new-video-released-of-jaguar-in-chiricahua-mountains

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CHIRICAHUA MOUNTAINS, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - The Center for Biological Diversity released new video today of a wild jaguar in Chiricahua Mountains.

The video was captured by a remote-sensor camera and offers a glimpse of the jaguar recently named "Sombra" by students at Paulo Freire Freedom School in Tucson.

The Center for Biological Diversity Facebook page says the rosette spot patterns on the cat suggest this is the same individual photographed by the Bureau of Land Management in the Dos Cabezas Mountains in November 2016.

The sex of the jaguar remains unknown.

According to the Facebook post:

Additional footage from the same remote camera also shows bears, a mountain lion, deer and a coati sharing the same habitat with Sombra.
Since 2015, three wild jaguars have been spotted in Arizona: El Jefe, Yo'oko and Sombra.

Since 1996 wild jaguars have appeared in nine different mountain ranges in Arizona and two mountain ranges in New Mexico.
In March 2014 — as a result of legal action by the Center for Biological Diversity —
jaguars received 764,207 acres of critical habitat in Arizona and New Mexico.

Jaguars have always roamed the U.S. Southwest but were nearly driven to extinction in the 20th century.
One of the greatest single threats to jaguar recovery in the United States is the proposed expansion of the U.S.-Mexico border wall,
which would destroy the big cats' ancient migration paths.

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AZMEX UPDATE 14 SEP 2017

Note: video & photos at link. And far from the first time.
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EXCLUSIVE: Leaked Images Show Armed Mexican Cartel Smugglers Crossing into U.S., Feds Confirm
Breitbart Texas/Brandon Darby
by BRANDON DARBY, ILDEFONSO ORTIZ AND ROBERT ARCE13 Sep 20174,642

http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/09/13/exclusive-leaked-images-show-armed-mexican-cartel-smugglers-crossing-u-s-feds-confirm/

Leaked U.S. government surveillance images exclusively obtained by Breitbart Texas show armed Mexican cartel smugglers crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and entering into Arizona. Border Patrol officially confirmed the images' authenticity in an exclusive interview. Breitbart Texas agreed to redact portions of the images so that the exact locations of the secret law enforcement border cameras would not be revealed. The images were taken within the past month.

The images were taken in an area of the Tucson Sector in the Huachuca Mountains. The region is controlled by a transnational criminal organization known as Los Salazar. The regional cartel is aligned with the Sinaloa Federation. Other criminal groups in the Sinaloa Federation are warring against Los Salazar and this manifests in this portion of Arizona becoming their battleground. The other groups send "rip crews" into Los Salazar's smuggling turf in efforts to steal their drug loads on U.S. soil. The area is not only full of Mexican cartel smugglers, but other cartels' rip crews are present and U.S. prison gangs and other gangs stalk the area to steal drug loads as well. Such rip crews consist of armed criminals attempting to rip or steal cartel drug loads as they are in transit.

Tucson Sector Border Patrol Chief Rudolfo Karisch spoke with Breitbart Texas on the images and stated, "These appear to be authentic of criminal organizations coming across the border. This is not unique to Arizona, we have seen this in other parts of the country as well all along the Southwest border. Any time you have illicit commodities crossing the border, you will have criminals trying to protect those commodities — both from law enforcement and from other bad guys.

Chief Agent Karisch continued, "We acknowledge that these criminal organizations pose a threat to both U.S. and international security. Border security work is dangerous. We deal with transnational criminals, gang members, and other threats. They are trying to get their product through without encountering the public."

When asked about the threat to the general public from these armed cartel smugglers, the chief agent responded, "The border is a dangerous place, but we train and equip our agents to respond and patrol these areas. We are out there to protect Americans who want to utilize these lands. We have mountain units and air mobile units that deploy on a regular basis. I want to assure the American public we are out there to protect them."

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Brandon Darby is managing director and editor-in-chief of Breitbart Texas. He co-founded the Cartel Chronicles project with Ildefonso Ortiz and Stephen K. Bannon.
Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He can be contacted at bdarby@breitbart.com.

Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist with Breitbart Texas. He co-founded the Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and Stephen K. Bannon.
You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.

Editor's Note: Breitbart Texas decided to not publish additional photos that were leaked to us.
The images contained context that would risk revealing secret surveillance camera locations.
We determined that risking exposing such camera locations could hurt law enforcement efforts to secure the border.
( Unlike the alleged "mainstream" media. AKA the fascist media. )

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