Wednesday, February 21, 2018



Comment: Yet another waste of taxpayer's money? Pima & Santa Cruz counties ineffective at best.

Pima County Board of Supervisors reverses decision on Stonegarden grant
Tuesday, February 20th 2018, 5:40 pm MST
Tuesday, February 20th 2018, 6:26 pm MST
By Bud Foster, Reporter

Pima County changes vote on grant
00:00 / 02:35

PIMA COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Pima County Board of Supervisors reversed a decision made two weeks ago and has decided to accept a federal Stonegarden federal grant
from the Department of Homeland Security for $1.4 million.

The money will be used by the Pima County Sheriff's Department as part of its border strategy with federal agencies.

The county will use the money to purchase new vehicles, pay overtime, and buy other equipment which it feels is needed to enforce laws in remote, hard to get to, rural areas.

Pima County has been accepting the grants since 2004 but questions have arisen about the latest grant proposal relating to immigration issues.

Deputies are not supposed to initiate measures to enforce immigration law along the border.
That's a federal responsibility but charges have been made that county deputies have crossed the line.

The ACLU says the department routinely violates the 4th Amendment by conducting road checkpoints, accuses the sheriff's department of possible incidents of racial profiling
and says the department should not accept any more funding until it establishes protocols for the money.

Even federal reviews, have in the past, acknowledged the lack of oversight of some Stonegarden grants.

In its decision to reject the grant, the county board said it was concerned because it appeared the grants actually cost local taxpayers because the end result led to expenditures
which would not have been incurred in the first place or were not sufficiently reimbursed, such as jail costs and mileage costs.

Stone Garden by Tucson News Now on Scribd

It was pointed out by the ACLU that most of the stops by the sheriff's department was not for major drug or smuggling related crimes, but small misdemeanor crimes which inflated the final costs.

In his decision to reverse course, Supervisor Ramone Valadez, who cast the deciding vote to overturn his earlier decision, argued whether the county accepted the money or did not, nothing changed.

However, his decision was based on approval of a set of conditions which will lead to better oversight of the Stonegarden monies and set up a 10 member board to investigate the issues of racial profiling.
"I have obtained additional information that leads me to believe this investment is appropriate and in the best interest of the County," Valadez said.

Even though Valadez may feel that way, some of his constituents who left the meeting were not happy, with one saying she will begin a recall.
But Valadez pointed out he's been with community activists on border wall and Dreamer issues even though he may have broken on this one.
He told fellow Democrat Richard Elias, who did not change his vote "look we may disagree but it's not a disrespect."
He added "it's not that we accept this grant that we like the broken policy, that we like the immigration policy."

He blamed the politicians in Washington D.C. for not fixing the problem.

Under his proposal, Valadez would also ask the sheriff's department and county finance department to determine whether employee related expenses are proper.

Sheriff Napier told the board "we are not in the business of pro-active immigration enforcement, that is not the role of my department and never will be."

However he said he was troubled by the accusations from several of the 54 speakers at Tuesday's hearing who told stories about being racially profiled or of friends and family who were.
Napier said he would accept the five conditions offered by Valadez including the ten member board which will oversee accusations of profiling.


Monday, February 19, 2018



Note: "we're going to turn to the United Nations to defend the rights of Mexicans," Obrador.

Comment: AMLO would bring a Venezuela style economic disaster to Mexico, and yes, the USA would be significantly affected.
For decades Mexico has exported people to avert another revolution. The reason also for the severe gun control laws.
Mexico exports drugs and people to boost the economy. Mexicans citizens in the USA send a whole lot of money back home.

Mexican opposition candidates slam Trump wall ahead of campaign
Michael O'Boyle

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Two Mexican opposition candidates on Sunday vowed to take a tougher line against U.S. President Donald Trump's border wall, at events where they were selected by their parties to seek the presidency in a July 1 election.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador delivers a speech after being sworn-in as presidential candidate of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) during the party's convention at a hotel in Mexico City, Mexico February 18, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, 64, of the leftist Morena party holds a double-digit lead in recent polls although right-left coalition leader Ricardo Anaya has recently gained traction.

Former finance minister Jose Antonio Meade, 48, nominated on Sunday by the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), trails behind Lopez Obrador by as much as 20 points.

Lopez Obrador told several hundred Morena supporters gathered at a Mexico City hotel that Trump's plan for a U.S.-Mexico border wall is unnecessary and bound to leave problems unresolved.
"If he insists on building the wall, we're going to turn to the United Nations to defend the rights of Mexicans," he said. "I'm conscious of my historic responsibility."

The former Mexico City mayor who has run twice for the presidency also promised to combat inequality, crime and corruption, key election issues for all of Mexico's main political parties.

Anaya echoed Lopez Obrador's opposition to a U.S.-Mexico border wall, refusing to pay for its construction and saying he would be tougher than the PRI to defend Mexico's independence.
"Mexico will never again be treated like a doormat for the United States, as it's been in this government," said Anaya,
who is backed by the center-right National Action Party (PAN) and the center-left Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD).
The youngest of the three candidates, Anaya, 38, said in a CEO-style presentation at an auditorium in the capital that he would fight public corruption, raise the minimum wage and improve education to support an economy based on "knowledge" rather than "manufacturing."

Jose Antonio Meade and his wife Juana Cuevas gesture after Meade was nominated as presidential candidate of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) at Foro Sol in Mexico City, Mexico February 18, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

Meade pledged in his nomination acceptance speech at a Mexico City stadium to crack down on crime and impunity, issues that have dogged the current administration and hurt the PRI's credibility.

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With six weeks to go before campaigning begins for the July 1 vote, Meade's campaign says early polls have traditionally been unreliable indicators of final results in Mexico.
"If this trend continues, the race will become more competitive between the two front runners," political risk analysts at Eurasia Group said in a note on Friday. "But voter intentions have historically shifted throughout the campaign season, so much could change."

Analysts have said Lopez Obrador could slow the pace of President Enrique Pena Nieto's opening of the state-run energy sector to private investment, but they expect he would face a divided Congress that would make any rapid shifts in policy unlikely.

Still, some international investors are concerned he could undermine decades of free-market reforms in Mexico.

The election will mark the first time independent candidates can run for the presidency. Margarita Zavala, wife of former President Felipe Calderon from the PAN, and Jaime Rodriguez Calderon, who became Mexico's first independent governor in 2015, are expected to get enough signatures to run.

Analysts doubt any of the potential independent candidates have a chance, but their supporters could be a factor in the outcome in a close race.

Reporting by Michael O'Boyle, Frank Jack Daniel and Diego Ore; Writing by Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by Phil Berlowitz and Sandra Maler

Don't forget:

Luis Videgaray: Mexico decides who enters our country
Posted on Friday March 10, 2017,
"the decisions of who enters Mexico, are made by Mexico and only Mexico"
Luis Videgaray Caso, Mexican Foreign Minister
10 March, 2017


Friday, February 16, 2018



Note: Actively aiding and abetting drug & human trafficking.
"Cronkite News" is a leftist media training op at ASU.

Court proceedings continue after arrests of No More Deaths volunteers
FEBRUARY 16, 2018 AT 4:45 AM

On the way to the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in Ajo, U.S. Border Patrol vehicles are routine sights. (Photo by Leah Goldberg/Cronkite News)

TUCSON — The humanitarian aid group No More Deaths has faced 36 misdemeanor cases in the past 15 years brought by federal authorities. It has not lost a single one.

Attorney William Walker has represented the group in all 36 cases, but a recent round of arrests have put nine volunteers in limbo at a time when the relationship between No More Deaths and Border Patrol is perhaps more tense than ever.

Eight of the nine volunteers are facing federal misdemeanor charges; Scott Daniel Warren, the ninth volunteer, is looking at a felony, accused of harboring undocumented immigrants.

"Although we have also had some strife with law enforcement, we have always gotten along more than we have fought them," Walker said. "Now, there's no way to reason with them."

Warren attended a Feb. 7 status hearing at the U.S. District Court in Tucson with his new lawyer, Gregory Kuykendall. Kuykendall declined to comment on the case.

Paige Corich-Kleim, another No More Deaths volunteer, attended Warren's status hearing with numerous other volunteers to show their support.

"It's upsetting because I think we have a really clear mission," she said, "and a lot of us have found (human) remains in that area, so it makes sense that we would put water and food out there. So for them (the volunteers) to be criminalized for that is really upsetting, and it fits into a trend of criminalization of migrants as well.

"People get felony and misdemeanor federal charges everyday for crossing the border. But this is kind of this escalation of that, where now they're also targeting the people who are trying to work with that population."

Warren's next hearing is set for Friday, March 2, for a video deposition of material witnesses.

Related: 8 Tucson volunteers arrested as group accuses agents of destroying aid

Walker said he could not disclose information on Warren's change in legal representation, citing confidentiality. But he added his legal team plans to do everything they can to assist members of No More Deaths who have been charged.

"These people have done nothing wrong except be the best of us," Walker said of the volunteers. "(They are) the type of people who want to save lives no matter whose life it is, and we have always been that way."

Walker is representing the other eight No More Deaths volunteers charged with misdemeanors: Natalie Renee Hoffman, Oona Meagan Holocomb, Madeline Abbe Huse, Zaachila I. Orozco-McCormick, Caitlin Persis Deighan, Zoe E. Anderson, Logan Thomas Hollarsmith and Rebecca Katie Grossman-Richeimer.

They are facing multiple charges of "driving on a wilderness area," "abandonment of property" and "entering a wildlife refuge without a permit" in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge near Ajo on Aug. 13, 2017.

A status hearing for them is set for Friday, Feb. 23.

Despite the nine recent arrests, No More Deaths has continued its humanitarian work along the U.S.-Mexico border, but not without obstacles.

Last April, Corich-Kleim met with Cabeza Prieta management and she said "they were really hesitant to grant any sort of permission" to the group.

Corich-Kleim also attended a public meeting for land managers in Ajo a few weeks ago to discuss recovered human remains along that area. She said the land managers were intrigued by her methodology and data.

"Basically, (the meeting) told me they actually don't know how many people are being found dead on the land that they manage," Corich-Kleim said. "Which I think is really shocking, and I think kind of might be why they are really hesitant to work with us — because they themselves don't actually understand the level of this crisis."

Related: Group: Border Patrol agents destroy immigrant aid in Arizona desert

Lee Sandusky, also with No More Deaths, said group members have been declined and "blocked" from receiving permits to enter the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge.

Last summer, Cabeza Prieta officials added a clause in their permitting rules prohibiting the placement of leave food, water, blankets, medical aid, or any other humanitarian aid on the refuge.

Cabeza Prieta representatives declined to comment for this story, deferring questions to the Tucson U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Justice.

Attorney Walker said No More Deaths is not conducting illegal activity by leaving humanitarian aid in the desert for crossing migrants.

"It is also not against the law to provide water, to provide food, to provide medical care to migrants," Walker said. "That's not in furtherance of their illegal presence here. That's just saving lives. It's political neutral, it's immigration law neutral, it's what the Red Cross does and nobody blames the Red Cross for doing it."




US appeals panel kicks back Arizona checkpoint protest issue
FEBRUARY 14, 2018 AT 11:15 AM

PHOENIX — The U.S. Circuit of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said it lacked the information necessary to decide if a U.S. Border Patrol enforcement zone around a highway checkpoint in southern Arizona was a nonpublic forum as argued by the District Court in Arizona in a case that arose from roadside protests.

The ruling by the federal appeals panel in San Francisco keeps the case alive and returns it to the District Court.

That lower court had thrown out the case by two protesters who sued U.S. agencies for keeping them away from an enforcement area around an immigration checkpoint near their rural homes.

Residents from the community of Arivaca have said the checkpoint promotes racial profiling and the militarization of the area about 20 miles north of the Mexico border.
(And interferes with business?)


Note: Children, drugs & weapons.

400 pounds of marijuana seized in bust at pot stash house
Posted: Feb 14, 2018 11:25 AM MST
Updated: Feb 14, 2018 11:25 AM MST
By News Staff.

Officials say 400 pounds of marijuana was seized Wednesday after a bust at a pot stash house.
The pot was hidden in the back of a truck under several blankets.

Five people were also arrested in the raid.
The house is located near Grand and 37th avenues in Phoenix.
Wednesday's bust is the result of a 14-month-long drug trafficking investigation.

Officials tell AZ Family that backpackers and scouts would go through the desert and meet up with others near I-10 and I-8 to get the marijuana up to Phoenix. Over the course of the investigation, officials confiscated more than 1,000 pounds of pot.

Several vehicles were also seized.



Note: What a surprise !

Mexico admits government spies tail candidates
By MARK STEVENSON Associated Press
Feb 14, 2018 Updated 5 hrs ago

Mexico admits government spies tail candidates
Mexico's Interior Secretary Alfonso Navarrete speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new U.S. embassy, in Mexico City, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Navarrete told local media that the federal intelligence agency sent a plainclothes agent to tail an opposition presidential candidate, even though the candidate never asked for and apparently did not want a tail. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

MEXICO CITY — Mexico's Interior Department has acknowledged that federal intelligence agency sent a plainclothes agent to tail an opposition presidential candidate, even though the candidate never asked for and apparently did not want a tail.

There have long been fears the ruling party was using the National Center for Security and Investigation for political spying. But few suspected the monitoring would be so clumsy.

Interior Secretary Alfonso Navarrete told the Televisa network late Tuesday that a man caught on tape following presidential candidate Ricardo Anaya is indeed a longtime agent of the agency, known as CISEN.

Anaya posted a video of himself confronting the agent, who identified himself as a CISEN employee when asked why he had been following the candidate in an SUV.

"Instead of pursuing criminals, they spy on opponents," Anaya wrote, claiming other agents in other cars had also been following him.

Navarrete, who oversees the agency, claimed the tails "do not imply any interference in the private lives (of opposition candidates), nor of course any violation of the law."

He acknowledged agents were "following, keeping an eye on the campaigns," something he said was perfectly legal. "This isn't spying, nor spying on opponents, nor are they clandestine measures," Navarrete said. "Does authorization exist to keep an eye on relevant activities in this country? Of course it does."

Navarrete pledged that CISEN would carry out an internal investigation, but critics questioned the justification for monitoring political opponents in a country that has struggled to carry out successful intelligence operations against its main security threat, the drug cartels.

Mexico has been unable to locate nearly 30,000 people who disappeared during the country's drug war, has had to rely heavily on U.S. intelligence to capture key drug capos and has left large swaths of the country under the de-facto rule of the cartels.

In that context, security analyst and former CISEN employee Alejandro Hope wrote in a column in the newspaper El Universal that tailing candidates was "stupid" and "wasteful."

Hope said that the National Security Law gives the agency overly broad and vague discretion. The law says CISEN can "carry out intelligence as part of the national security system to aid in preserving the integrity, stability and continuance of the Mexican government, to sustain governability."
"That says nothing and can allow anything," Hope wrote. "It should be reviewed as quickly as possible."

The intelligence agency already was under fire due to the January appointment of former Mexico State prosecutor Alberto Bazbaz as its new chief, despite the fact he is best known nationally for failing to find a missing girl who lay dead in her own bed for nine days.

Bazbaz resigned as state prosecutor in 2010 following his announcement that 4-year-old Paulette Gebara had accidentally smothered and her body had been found in her own bed after police had been searching for her for nine days. Agents working under Bazbaz apparently found her only after the body began to smell.

The scandal also comes amid a crisis for Mexican law enforcement.

A chilling video emerged earlier this month showing two kneeling, bound Mexican prosecution agents confessing supposed rights violations while surrounded by five masked gunmen, apparently from the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, pointing machine pistols and assault rifles at them.

The two agents of the federal Attorney General's Office went missing Feb. 5. The office said they were on vacation and attending a family event, but the cartel claimed they were conducting undercover operations.


Thursday, February 15, 2018

AZMEX I3 12-2-18

AZMEX I3 12 FEB 2018

Phoenix church offers sanctuary to man about to be deported
BY KTAR.COM | FEBRUARY 12, 2018 AT 8:30 AM

PHOENIX — A Phoenix church has given sanctuary to a man facing deportation for the third time, so he can remain with his sick child and pregnant wife.

CBS News reported Monday that undocumented immigrant Jesus Berrones and his family were staying at the Shadow Rock United Church of Christ.

Berrones, 30, told the news program "CBS This Morning" that "I will fight to stay here."
Berrones' 5-year-old son has leukemia, he said, and since his five-months pregnant wife can't touch the medication, Berrones gives the boy his medicine.

Related: Relationship between ICE, immigrants at sanctuaries

His lawyer, Garrett Wilkes, told KTAR News 92.3 FM that Berrones had been granted a yearlong stay of removal in 2016 by the federal government but the next application was denied.

Berrones checked in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement in December and was informed he would be deported in 30 days.

Court documents showed Berrones had been arrested as a teenager in 2006 for having a fake ID. He voluntarily went back to Mexico but came back illegally a short time later.
He was arrested on illegal re-entry charges in 2016. Wilkes said that conviction was set aside.

"We not asking ICE to stay his removal … we're wanting ICE to give him a notice to appear, which means he has to start fighting his deportation in a court.
"… We're just asking for an opportunity to allow the judicial process to take place."

Related: Arizona churches offer immigrants sanctuary

CBS News reported that Berrones was brought to Arizona as a toddler by his parents and attended Phoenix schools. His 24-year-old wife is an American citizen.

Berrones' voluntary removal as an adult disqualified him for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Wilkes said. Now, Berrones and his family will be at the church for the foreseeable future.

According to the ICE website, churches, schools and hospitals were considered "sensitive locations" and to avoid making arrests at those places. Arrests can be made under three circumstances: imminent danger to life and/or property, other law enforcement actions led ICE to the location or ICE had received prior approval from a designated supervisory official.


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


AZMEX I3 13-2-18

AZMEX I3 13 FEB 2018

Previously Removed Convicted Rapist Apprehended by Border Patrol Agents
Release Date: February 12, 2018

TUCSON, Ariz. –Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson Station arrested a Honduran national on Friday morning and discovered his 2001 felony conviction for rape in California.

Agents patrolling near Arivaca, Arizona found and arrested 44-year-old Wilmer Avila-Gamez, a Honduran national, for being illegally present in the United States. During processing, agents conducted a records check on Avila and discovered a April 2001 felony conviction in Santa Ana, California for "Rape by Force."

Avila will remain in federal custody pending prosecution for criminal immigration violations involving re-entry of an aggravated felon.

All persons apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal immigrants with criminal histories are positively identified.


Note: as usual, it is about illegal migrants.

Migrant deaths still high, despite decrease in border apprehensions
FEBRUARY 13, 2018 AT 5:10 AM

PHOENIX — The number of migrants who died trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border rose last year despite a significant drop in border apprehensions, a new report by the United Nation's migration agency found.

The report by the International Organization for Migration showed 412 migrant deaths were reported along the southern border in 2017.

Of the migrant deaths reported last year, five were children, 22 were women, 269 were men and 116 have not been identified.

The number rose slightly from the previous year, when 398 migrant deaths were reported.

"Migrant deaths are up by a small percentage – 3 to 4 percent by my calculation – over the previous year," Joel Millman, a spokesman for the organization, told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

"Nonetheless, to have apprehensions be so much lower and still have deaths be much of the same, in fact a little higher, is worth noting, which is why we put the report out."

Last year, U.S. Border Patrol saw a 44 percent drop in apprehensions. The agency detained 341,084 migrants trying to cross the southwest border in 2017, compared to 611,689 in 2016.

Millman said Texas saw the biggest increase in migrant deaths. A total of 191 migrant deaths were reported last year, up 26 percent from 2016.

He said the increase is mainly due to heavy rainfall last year, which made crossing the Rio Grande in Texas more dangerous.

"We believe that people who trafficked migrants would go back to places that they always regarded as shallow and safe and easy to cross," he said. "Instead, they weren't and people were carried off and drowned."

In Arizona, the number of migrants who died trying to cross the border stayed about the same. According to the IOM report, 160 migrant deaths were reported in the Sonoran desert last year and 163 the previous year.

Millman said the main causes of death for migrants trying to cross the border through Arizona include dehydration and hyperthermia.

"Conditions across the desert have always been deadly," he said.

The report's count of migrant deaths was determined using data from various sources, including coroners, medical examiners, and sheriff's offices in U.S. border counties. Media reports from the Mexico side of the border were also used.


Don't forget:
Luis Videgaray: Mexico decides who enters our country
Detalles Publicado el Viernes 10 de marzo de 2017

"the decisions of who enters Mexico, are made by Mexico and only Mexico"
Luis Videgaray Caso, Mexican Foreign Minister


Tuesday, February 13, 2018



Note: This in southern Mexico. They are not believed to be with BATFE.


Army detains 2 Americans in Tenosique with AR15's
Miguel 'N' and Jeremy 'N were traveling in an Acura RDX-type truck ( SUV ) with Texas license plates when they were intercepted in the Sueño de Oro ejido; they had three rifles and a pistol.



Elements of the Mexican Army stopped this morning in a review post of the Sueño de Oro ejido, Tenosique, in Tabasco, -distance to about 10 kilometers from the border between Guatemala and Mexico-, to two foreigners of American origin who were transporting four large-caliber weapons. a truck: three AR-15 rifles and a pistol.

According to a police report, Miguel 'N' and Jeremy 'N were traveling in an Acura RDX-type truck, with license plates from Texas, and when they passed the Sueño de Oro checkpoint around 7:00 am, the military directed him to the side, to which the drivers refused so the chase began.

The occupants of the van stopped a few kilometers in front of the customs post.

When making an inspection inside the car, the soldiers located three assault rifles known as AR-15 and a
.40 cal. Pistol. (From the photo, a .40 cal. Pistol, two AR-15 type pistols, and a AR-15 rifle.)

Both drivers identified themselves and said they were originally from the United States.

SEDENA presumes that the two men arrested are part of a band of arms traffickers in the Mexican southeast, who transport them from Guatemala to the interior of the country, via Tenosique, so both, along with the arms, were made available of the Prosecutor of the Public Ministry of the Federation.




Mexican consulate, state court officials discuss collaboration
By Terri Jo Neff /For the Herald/Review Feb 9, 2018

Mexican consulate, state court officials discuss collaboration
Cochise County District 1 Supervisor Ann English interacts with Counsul of Mexico member Jorge Ernesto Espejel Montes and Director General of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Relations Jacob Prado (right) at Thursday's visit to Douglas.

Mexican consulate, state court officials discuss collaboration
Director General of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Relations Jacob Prado addresses the Arizona Association of Court Administrators during their annual meeting in Douglas.

DOUGLAS – A Feb. 1 discussion between two Mexican consulate officials and several Arizona court administrators addressed ways to collaborate in safeguarding the rights of Mexican nationals who appear in Cochise County Superior Court and other state courts.

Jacob Prado Gonzalez and Jorge Ernesto Espejel Montes spoke with members of the Arizona Association of Superior Court Administrators who were in Douglas for a quarterly meeting.

Prado is director general of the Consular Protection for Mexicans Abroad which is part of Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while Espejel is consul for the Consulate of Mexico in Douglas.

"One of the primary functions of the Mexican State is to guarantee the integrity of the people under its territory and to protect its nationals wherever they may be," Prado explained to the group.

Assistance from the Consular Protection for Mexicans Abroad is available for nationals, organizations, and corporations who request help with a variety of issues that arise while they are in the U.S.

Last year, Consular Protection received nearly 190,000 requests for assistance, said Prado. Of that, more than 38,000 were handled by the four consulates in Arizona within the consulates in Douglas, Nogales, Tucson and Phoenix.

Consular Protection assistance often involves the U.S. legal system, whether it be immigration, criminal, civil, family, or labor matters. Consulate personnel have contact with court staff across the U.S. on a daily basis, said Prado.

Such involvement, he explained, is mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the Vienna Convention, and various bilateral treaties, and that Americans involved with the Mexican court system are provided the same assistance from U.S. officials.


The discussion included the need to ensure the courts provide "culturally competent" legal representation and that competent interpreters are used so that parties understand what is taking place in court.

"We must provide language interpretation but sometimes we have difficulty arranging for interpreters of indigenous languages," said Bob James of the Maricopa County Superior Court.

Prado acknowledged that complications may arise with those Mexicans who speak native dialects instead of Spanish.

"As a result of the meeting, the Consul's office agreed to provide us assistance in finding qualified interpreters," said Eric Silverberg, administrator of the Cochise County Superior Court who coordinated the discussion.

The discussion also touched on ways to collaborate when state court officials need help locating an American child's relatives who live in Mexico and how to coordinate placement of a child with a family member in Mexico.

"Many Arizona families have family members who live on both sides of the border," said Silverberg, "The consular officials offered to provide documents and information and facilitate access to other Mexican authorities that would help resolve cases that cross the border."

Consulate notification

Prado also provided information on U.S. State Department rules related to the arrest or detention of a foreign national.

"If a foreign national is arrested, law enforcement must inform them that they may have their consular officer notified of the arrest or detention," Prado said, pointing out that if notification is requested, it is to occur within 24 to 72 hours of the initial arrest. "Law enforcement should document the response and the notification in the event that there are any questions later."

Consular Protection is also involved when a Mexican national is ordered deported from the U.S.

"We have local reparation arrangements in place between our consulates and U.S. officials," Prado said. "These ensure individuals are deported to areas where the Mexican government can provide assistance."


Monday, February 12, 2018



Note: should he get elected, we can look forward to a Venezuela type disaster on our border.
BTW, word is that both Brazil and Columbia are possibly closing their borders to those fleeing Venezuela.

AMLO: intolerance to criticism
February 07, 2018

I do not believe in the AMLove versions because Morena's. ( new socialist political party )
candidate has been demonstrating for too many years that he is an irascible and intolerant man.
His inability to accept criticism is known by all those who have worked with him:
Andrés Manuel orders, he does not ask,
he never accepts an interview with a critic because the mere fact of being so turns him into an enemy;
if he comes to an agreement with a medium, for example, and a columnist or communicator criticizes him,
he claims to the owners that they violated the agreements they had reached
(and more than once, he has asked, I do not know if achieved, that his critics will leave that means).

He can admit among his own all those he accused in the past of being corrupt (and many were and are) simply because they approached him,
but he can not accept a fluid dialogue with someone who contradicts him.

He does not usually accept, either, conversations with someone who has not been previously "filtered" by one of his children, especially Andrés.
Even one of the main dissidents of the PRD that went for a candidacy to Morena privately recognizes that for many months he could not see Andrés Manuel
because he did not receive it and that the only contact with the leader was via Andrés.

For nobody is a secret that I have important differences with López Obrador for years, but it was not always like this:
when Andrés Manuel was president of the PRD I had, like many others, an intense and public professional relationship with him.
When he won the Head of Government of Mexico City, he granted me (I worked, then, in MVS and Milenio) one of the first, perhaps the first, interviews since he had taken office.
It was very cordial, of more than an hour, it was transmitted by MVS without any cut. All, apparently, we were very satisfied.
But Andrés Manuel did not like it. I never knew why, I do not remember if it was César Yáñez who communicated it to me, more as a comment than as a warning.
But since that day, which must have been on December 8 or 9, 2000, López Obrador has never given me an interview again, which I have asked countless times.

I was very critical during his tenure, especially when he betrayed Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas
(a man with whom you can have disagreements, but who is a paradigm of verticality and respect)
and Rosario Robles, and when they finished exhibiting the corrupt acts of their closest collaborators,
such as René Bejarano and Gustavo Ponce Meléndez.
All of us who asked then what the head of government knew about the activities of two of his closest collaborators became part of the mafia of power.

A few years later I published a text that I continue to consider, absolutely legitimate, that was entitled De qué vive López Obrador.
He ended up circulating for years in the network and half the world has added things of his harvest,
but in the original, we simply wondered how he lived, a legitimate question for who for five years had not had any paid productive activity
(and that since the end of the 1980s until now, except for his period at the head of the capital government, he had not had one either).
The wrath of Andrés Manuel and his friends was unleashed for having dared to ask that question that anyone could have answered calmly.
We said, then, that you could not have an active and active political life, keep your children in private universities and abroad,
have formed another family, have a small child, without income.

We asked where they came from, because Andrés Manuel insisted that he never earned more than 60,000 pesos a month from his party.
No one has ever seen his tax return, his declaration of assets says nothing.
He assured, many years later, that he lived on the royalties of his books, something that we have published and we know that it can not be true in Mexico.
Knowing what a candidate lives for, a politician, is a question as legitimate as asking now what Marcelo Ebrard lived for the past five years in Paris, New York and Houston,
since he did not work during that entire period.

So we arrive today where Lopez Obrador willingly accepts Alfonso Durazo, Gaby Cuevas, the family of Elba Esther, Greg Sánchez and his family, Cuauhtémoc Blanco
and many others who until a few days ago were part of the mafia of power.
But it was enough that Jesús Silva-Herzog Márquez, who no one can qualify as a defender of the current government,
criticized in a text, absolutely respectful those incorporations saying that they had led Morena to "opportunism", to get the sentence from the heights
and Lopez Obrador placed Jesus and Enrique Krauze in the car of the corrupt and mafiosi of power.
Impossible to have a debate with him, impossible to have a difference.
There, when he loses control, it is when he shows his true face.
The one that scares and worries.
And that will not change until Andrés Manuel agrees to talk with his critics, not only his unconditional ones.

And let's not talk about the supreme idiocy of one of his ideologues, John Ackerman, insulting everyone who saw the Super Bowl on Sunday, a "capitalist sport" (sic).


Thursday, February 8, 2018



Note: Local interest

U. S. Customs and Border Protection Announces New Hours of Operation for the Port of Sasabe
Release Date: February 8, 2018

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in conjunction with Mexican Border Service Agencies, wish to inform the public of the new hours of operation
for the Port of Sasabe starting February 26, 2018.

Acting Director of Field Operations Guadalupe Ramirez met with the local community Wednesday to announce the new hours of operation
and to address any stakeholder concerns.

Starting February 26, new hours for the Port of Sasabe will be:

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tuesday

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Wednesday

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Thursday

8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Friday

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday

8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sunday

The new hours are based on current and historical vehicle data crossing.




Mexican national wanted for child molestation in Seattle arrested in Arizona
Posted: Feb 08, 2018 10:45 AM MST
Updated: Feb 08, 2018 10:54 AM MST
By The Associated Press

Rey Guzman-Vidals (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

A Mexican man wanted in Washington state for child molestation has been arrested at the border in Arizona.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say 44-year-old Rey Guzman-Vidals was found entering the country illegally Monday near the city of Ajo.

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents say a records check revealed Guzman had a warrant issued by the King County Sheriff's Office in Seattle.
He is being processed for immigration violations and will then be transported to Seattle for prosecution.

Border agents say this is the second arrest in this sector in the past week of a fugitive wanted for child molestation.


Note: No info on immigration status if any.

Fentanyl dealer sentenced to 3 years in prison
Posted: Feb 07, 2018 4:27 PM MST
Updated: Feb 07, 2018 4:27 PM MST

Manuel Pulido-Cebreros (Source: Arizona Attorney General's Office

Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Manuel Pulido-Cebreros was sentenced to 3 years in prison for possession of 2,000 opioid pills laced with Fentanyl.

In November 2017, Manuel Pulido-Cebreros was arrested during an opioid drug seizure operation by Arizona's High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force or HIDTA.
Pulido-Cebreros was reportedly carrying approximately 1,000 pills laced with Fentanyl. The pills were blue and stamped with "M" and "30."
Police also searched Pulido-Cebreros' car, where they found an additional 1,000 pills of the drug.

In January 2018, Pulido-Cebreros pleaded guilty to possessing the narcotic drug, and admitted that he was trying to sell the pills.

Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid drug approximately 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin.
In recent years, Fentanyl has become more widely available in the United States and grown as a threat to public safety.
It only takes a very small amount of Fentanyl, which can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin, to result in serious adverse reactions and even death.


Navolato is the tenth 'most violent' municipality in Mexico, says ong
The cities that have a higher rate of violence are Manzanillo, Chilapa, Acapulco and Tijuana
02/07/2018 | 4:21 PM

Navolato, in Sinaloa, is the tenth most violent municipality in the country, according to the "Municipal Violence Index 2017", of the Citizen Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice (CCSPJP),
a non-governmental organization that since 2012 has been carrying out this type of listings, which measure the homicides that occur in 250 Mexican cities with more than 100 thousand inhabitants.

In the ranking of the civil association, the municipality of Tecomán, in the state of Colima, obtained 103.83 points, the highest municipal index in all of Mexico, equivalent to four times the national average of violence.

"It should be noted that in 2015, Tecomán was ranked 85th in the Municipal Violence Index, with 20.46 points,"
said José Antonio Ortega Sánchez, president of the association, when presenting the Index, which indicated that Mexico's second most violent city is Manzanillo, also in Colima,
followed by Chilapa de Álvarez, Guerrero.

To the first three sites, they are followed by the municipalities of
Acapulco, Guerrero; Tijuana and Playas de Rosarito, in Baja California; Los Cabos, in Baja California Sura; Apatzingán, in Michoacán; Chilpancingo, in Guerrero;
Navolato, in Sinaloa; Zihuatanejo, also in Guerrero; and Colima, capital of the homonymous state.

They complete the list of the 20 most violent cities in the country: Iguala, in Guerrero; Tlalnepantla, in the State of Mexico; Zacatecas, in the same state; La Paz, in BCS;
Fresnillo, also in Zacatecas; Guadalupe, in Nuevo León; Center (Villahermosa), in Tabasco; and Victoria, in Tamaulipas.

In order to elaborate the Index, the Citizen Council took into account the municipal rates of the crimes of intentional homicide, kidnapping, rape, malicious injuries, robberies with violence and extortion.

Ortega Sánchez affirmed that the criminal statistics show not only the absence of forceful strategies against crime, but the lack of political will and strong local police.

Ortega Sánchez also indicated that the "most dramatic" change in the reconfiguration of violence is the inclusion of three municipalities of Colima
(Tecomán, Manzanillo, and the city of the same name) among the 20 most violent localities.

"In the case of Colima we see a very clear dispute between two groups, Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación [CJNG] and the Sinaloa Group, which are fighting for control and that's where the violence is taking place,"
said the president of the CCSPJP.

"Today the authority is not doing what it should do, something is missing, political will, and that political will must be reflected in lowering these horrific figures of violence," said Ortega Sánchez.

"We Mexicans do not deserve this Country, we do not want this Country,
we want a Country in peace for our families, for our people with whom we work, for all of society, we need and need peace to live peacefully," said the president of the CCSPJP .


Note: Navolato ?

Homicides given a rest in January; indicator went from red to yellow
There are 90 murders in Sinaloa in the first month of the year, a figure below the 103 that Semáforo Delictivo marks as average
José Abraham Sanz
02/07/2018 | 09:07 AM

Although the year began with fewer murders in Sinaloa, Culiacán remains one of the red hot spots in this crime.

For the first time in 18 months, Sinaloa reached the yellow color in the crime of homicide, according to the Traffic Light.

The murders registered in January, 90 in total, are below the 103 that this tool indicates as an average and was placed at 13 units below the target.

To make matters better, most of the municipalities of Sinaloa changed from yellow to green; Culiacán and El Fuerte are the only ones in red, with 52 and 5 crimes this month; Ahome with seven and Salvador Alvarado with two, are in yellow; and all the others in green.

Another of the most prominent movements was Mazatlan, which went from yellow to green, with nine incidents.

"To continue improving we need to have one of the best police forces in Mexico and that is what we are working on together with society and government," said Javier Llausás Magaña, who is part of the State Public Safety Council.

The other reported crimes that are in yellow in Sinaloa are extortion, with seven incidents in the state; family violence, with 126 incidents, and business theft with 74.