Wednesday, January 18, 2017



Note: long overdue.

Law would cut off aid to countries that refuse to accept illegal immigrant criminals
By Malia Zimmerman
Published January 16, 2017

A proposed law that would punish countries that refuse to take back their illegal immigrant criminals is two years too late to save Casey Chadwick, but the Texas congressman behind it figures it's the least Washington can do.

Chadwick was murdered in 2015 by Jean Jacques, an illegal immigrant from Haiti and one of thousands freed onto U.S. streets each year after they serve prison time because their homelands refuse deportation. But a proposal by Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, the Criminal Alien Deportation Enforcement Act, would force such countries to take back their citizens or risk losing foreign aid and travel visa privileges.

"The problem is hundreds of Americans are being robbed, assaulted, raped or murdered every year by criminal aliens who are then released back onto the streets because their countries of origins refuse to take them back," Babin said. "I have personally met with a number of these victims, or if the victim is deceased, I have met with their families. It is heart-wrenching."

When Haiti refused to admit Jacques, ICE was forced to free him under a 2001 Supreme Court ruling.
Chadwick's case is among the most egregious, Babin said. Jacques was sentenced to 60 years in prison last year for stabbing Chadwick, 25, to death in her Norwich apartment. The killer had been in the U.S. illegally since 1992, had already spent 17 years in prison for attempted murder and possession of a firearm without a permit.

He was not deported after serving time, but it was not for lack of U.S. effort. Jacques was listed as a passenger on three charter flights to Haiti in June, August and October of 2012, but each time the Haitian government refused to repatriate him.

A 2001 Supreme Court ruling, Zadvydas v. Davis, held that illegal immigrants ticketed for deportation but unaccepted by their home countries cannot be detained indefinitely. Jacques was held for 205 days, but ultimately freed less than six months before he killed Chadwick.

Casey Chadwick was killed just over a year ago in her Norwich, Conn., apartment. (Fox 61)
"For the sake of Casey and thousands of other Americans who have been victimized, it is time we start putting the safety of our citizens first and stop this revolving door that is allowing dangerous criminals who should be deported back onto our streets," Babin said.

A House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in April documented that since 2013, 86,288 illegal immigrants have committed 231,074 crimes after being released from prison. Many of those illegal immigrants are ultimately deported, but some 2,166 who had served their time for various crimes were released last year when their home countries refused to take them back.

Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, believes his bill has a great chance of becoming law.
Babin's bill would require the Department of Homeland Security report to Congress every three months the names of uncooperative countries. The federal government would then withhold foreign aid to those countries while the State Department would suspend travel visas.

Under President-elect Donald Trump, the bill faces "renewed interest" because Trump "has voiced his strong support for punishing countries that refuse to accept deportations," Babin said.

The problem is "getting out of hand," agreed Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies.

There are now more than 20 countries that refuse to cooperate with the U.S., and more than 60 that make the process extremely difficult, Vaughan said.
"It's not just Cuba and Cambodia anymore; now it's China, Bangladesh, Nigeria and many others," she said.

The State Department has imposed visa sanctions only once, on Gambia, just a few months ago, which worked right away, Vaughan said.

"All they had to do was stop issuing visas to Gambian government officials, and they suddenly started cooperating, within weeks, which is fast in the diplomatic context," Vaughan said.

Under current law, the State Department must impose sanctions upon request of the Department of Homeland Security, but that rarely happens, said Vaughan.

Claude Arnold, a former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations, said in past administrations, DHS would raise this issue to the State Department but nothing would ever happen. He believes under this proposed bill, will be more Congressional oversight.

"The U.S. is the center of international trade. As soon as businesses are not allowed to come to the U.S. to do business internationally, that's all it would take," Arnold said. "Those countries would start accepting back their deportees immediately because they would get such pressure from their citizenry who would be hurt financially."

Neither the State Department nor the Department of Homeland Security comments on pending legislation.

But a State Department official told facilitating the removal of aliens subject to a final order of removal, particularly those who pose a danger to national security or public safety, is a "top priority."

"Stepped-up diplomatic efforts by [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] and the State Department have resulted in significant increases in cooperation among the 23 countries currently on ICE's Uncooperative list, with nearly half of these countries improving their records of issuing travel documents, accepting charter deportee flights with deportees, and agreeing on formal arrangements for future removals in recent months," the spokesman said.

A spokesperson for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement said the agency is working through "diplomatic channels" to ensure that other countries accept the timely return of their nationals in accordance with international law.

But Babin said he will fight for tougher restrictions.
"Many of these countries are getting millions and millions of dollars from the American taxpayer, and then not taking their criminals back," Babin said.

Malia Zimmerman is an award-winning investigative reporter for focused on crime, homeland security, illegal immigration crime, terrorism and political corruption. Follow her on twitter at @MaliaMZimmerman


Tuesday, January 17, 2017



Note: photos, video at link.

Former Mexican president signs deal in Tucson for business partnership
By Gabriela Rico Arizona Daily Star 13 hrs ago

Mamta Popat / Arizona Daily Star
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox, left, talks with Justin Williams, director of Innovate UA, as they walk across the University of Arizona campus on Friday January 13, 2017. Fox was in Tucson to finalize his partnership with Startup Tucson.

In a whirlwind visit to Tucson, former Mexican President Vicente Fox signed an agreement to partner with the city on a project to incubate startup businesses and replicate a community college program south of the border.

The partnership was first proposed to Fox during a visit in Guanajuato, Mexico, in October, in which Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Startup Tucson CEO Justin Williams led a delegation to ask for his assistance and extend an invitation to visit.

On Friday, Fox made good on the promise to visit and spent about 25 hours in town, touring Pima Community College, the University of Arizona, Visit Tucson and the spaceport, and he met with some startup tech companies in the area.

"I foresee Mexican companies setting up in Tucson and the city being a trampoline to the rest of the world," Fox said during an interview before flying home Friday afternoon. "Tucson will be the platform to launch startups from Mexico who will come here to incubate and learn how to enter the world market."

The aim of the pilot program is to identify Mexican companies poised to grow and export and mentor them in Tucson for up to two years on how to enter the global market.

The benefit to Tucson is it becomes the U.S. headquarters for these companies, and the benefit to Mexican businesses is the access to the experience of entrepreneurs who have come up through Startup Tucson.

Fox, who was Mexico's president from 2000 to 2006, said it was a first-of-its kind partnership between the two countries.

He also plans to launch a two-year community college program at his foundation Centro Fox, with the guidance of PCC.

"This is a movement of hope," he said. "We want to return optimism to the country."

Fox lauded the mayor for his efforts to push the partnership.

"I've never met a mayor so involved on a personal level," he said. "I am returning home very pleased and full of hope now that I've seen the many people who will be navigating this effort."


The first step in the Startup Tucson Thrive Latin America program will be to identify potential entrepreneurs in Mexico and host a pitch event to select those who will come to Tucson for incubation.

The event will be held at Centro Fox in Guanajuato.

Now that the partnership is official, Tucson organizers will get to work on the logistics of hosting the Mexican entrepreneurs, Williams said. "It was everything I hoped for," he said of the visit with Fox, "it really was."

The creation of a binational venture accelerator program will bring much attention to Tucson, Williams said.
"It's unique because it gives us the opportunity to grow U.S. jobs," he said. "This will get people's attention and increase our ability to be more competitive."

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During the visit, Williams said, it became obvious that Fox shares Tucson's desire to promote the similarities in the two regions. "He genuinely believes in it," he said. "This is an emotional investment for him, and I was happy to see that."

Fox has also asked that Pima Community College send professors to Guanajuato to help replicate the two-year college certification.

Mexico does not have a community college system, which Fox said can serve a larger population and students who cannot afford university tuition.

"I was extremely pleased by President Fox's visit to Tucson, and we accomplished the goals that we had hoped we would accomplish," Rothschild said. "We set the foundation for staying the course of excellent international business relations with Arizona and Mexico."


Since leaving public office, Fox and his wife, Martha, have dedicated their efforts to the Centro Fox foundation and supporting efforts to create educational and entrepreneurial opportunities for disadvantaged youth in southern Mexico.

"This is what we do," he said. "We want to construct bridges, not create distance between our two countries."

Fox was impressed with the relationship Tucson has fostered in northern Mexico.
"I want to duplicate that relationship in southern Mexico," he said. "We are friends, we are neighbors, we are partners."

A vocal critic of the U.S. president-elect, Fox deliberately avoided the topic during his visit in order, he said, to focus on the positive Startup Tucson-Centro Fox partnership.

During a visit to the UA campus, he met with several students from Mexico who spoke to him about their work in robotics and medical technology projects.
"Good for you for uplifting the Mexican flag," Fox told them.

One of the students, Antonio Dias de Leon, was giddy after the visit.
"It was an honor," he said. "He is a public figure that was the face of our country. Meeting him was impressive."

The visit to Tucson was not his first to the city, but Fox said it had been many years.

"I was very surprised by the growth, especially downtown," Fox, 75, said. "I look forward to returning on a regular basis now that this partnership has been formalized.
"But, next time I want to stay longer."

Contact reporter Gabriela Rico at


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Monday, January 16, 2017



Note: a update from last week. Being juveniles, they will not be ID'd.

Teenage boys charged with shooting Border Patrol vehicle
Posted: Jan 14, 2017 2:05 PM MST
Updated: Jan 14, 2017 2:05 PM MST
Written By Hannah Palaniuk

SIERRA VISTA – Cochise County Sheriff's deputies have identified two teenage boys accused of shooting a Border Patrol vehicle in December.

The suspects, from Hereford, are ages 15 and 16.

Their parent's turned them in on Jan. 12 after seeing their photos on Cochise County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page.

Two boys are charged with endangerment and felony criminal damages.
They were released on their own recognizance, according to the Cochise County Sheriff's Office.

"We appreciate the families coming forward in this incident," said the Cochise County Sheriff's Office in a Facebook post.


More: In response to several questions. Some AZ laws on the subject. At the links.
Several provisions.
H. A person who is adjudicated delinquent under section 8-341 for a felony does not have the right to carry or possess a gun or firearm.
Several provisions including:
7. "Prohibited possessor" means any person:
(b) Who has been convicted within or without this state of a felony or who has been adjudicated delinquent for a felony and whose civil right to possess or carry a gun or firearm has not been restored.
4. Any felony offense involving the use or threatening exhibition of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.

Depending on many factors, they could also just get probation.

Saturday, January 14, 2017



Note: another update, more to come?

Sheriff: Hunting party members fired on each other
By Lauren Villagran / Journal Staff Writer
Published: Friday, January 13th, 2017 at 9:22am
Updated: Friday, January 13th, 2017 at 10:29pm

A Texas sheriff says that a New Mexico hunting guide and his client who were wounded by gunfire on a hunting trip near the Mexican border last week may have shot each other — countering an account that "illegals" attacked them.

The wounded hunting guide's father says that "friendly fire" may have injured the hunter but that someone else shot his son.

In a statement to the Journal based on the accounts of the guides and hunters, Bob Daugherty said his son, guide Walker Daugherty, interrupted an attempted armed robbery, possibly by un‐ documented immigrants. The hunter may have been wounded by "friendly fire" amid a confusing scene, Daugherty said, "but the shot that wounded Walker was not."

So who shot Walker Daugherty?

Daugherty, 26, remains hospitalized in El Paso with a bullet wound to his chest and can't talk, according to the family and Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez. Edwin Roberts — a 59-year-old chiropractor from Pensacola, Fla., who contracted with the Daugherty family's Redwing Outfitters for an exotic big game hunting expedition — returned home after being treated for a bullet wound to the arm without speaking to law enforcement.

Dominguez said bullet shells recovered at the scene came from weapons belonging to the hunting party and there was no sign of human traffic to or from the ranch the night of the shoot‐ ing, Jan. 6.

As many as a dozen shots were fired, Dominguez said; shell casings recovered at the ranch have been sent to an El Paso crime lab for testing. But the bullet that hit Daugherty — which could tell what weapon shot him — is lodged dangerously behind his heart and cannot be recovered, according to the family.

The group was hunting aoudad, or Barbary sheep, on the 15,000-acre Circle Dug Ranch near Candelaria, Texas, west of Big Bend National Park and just a few miles from the Mexican border.

The family had called Border Patrol several times in the past month to report illegal traffic across the property, including a previous robbery, Daugherty said.

"There is no evidence that suggests 'cross-border violence,'" the sheriff's chief deputy in charge of the investigation, Joel Nuñez, said in an emailed statement. "This incident was a result of friendly fire among the hunting party, with contributing factors."

Dominguez told the Journal that neither he nor his deputies had interviewed the wounded victims.
Efforts to reach Roberts at his practice and by email were unsuccessful.

Daugherty said the sheriff's conclusion "doesn't seem to tell the whole story or take into ac‐ count what the hunters saw and heard, and what Walker and the others saw and heard."

The hunters heard a rattling at their RV door and voices threatening to steal the RV, accord‐ ing to the elder Daugherty's written account.

They began screaming for help, and Walker Daugherty, staying in a nearby hunting lodge, responded with a double-barrel shotgun, believing his clients were being taken hostage. Another hunting guide began firing, as well.

"Our boys responded to what they believed was a possible hostage situation," said Jennafer Daugherty, Walker's mother. "They are brave and, in the eyes of our hunters, they are heroes."

"We do not deny that friendly fire is what injured the hunter, but the shot that wounded Walker was not," Bob Daugherty wrote. "That shot came after the shooting had stopped and it came from a different direction."

Local dispatchers received a 911 call around 9:30 p.m. Nuñez arrived at the scene first. More than 30 Border Patrol agents and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations officers also responded.

"There were no bullet casings or projectiles from weapons other than those belonging to the individuals hunting on the ranch, nor in the RV belonging to the hunting party," Nuñez said in the emailed statement.

Border Patrol expert trackers and CBP officers using an aircraft with night-vision capability "concluded that there was no sign of human pedestrian traffic leading to or from the ranch that night," he said.

The Circle Dug Ranch is situated in a known smuggling corridor, according to Border Patrol and the Presidio County Sheriff's Office.

The Daugherty family has leased the Circle Dug Ranch for hunting expeditions for eight years. Border Patrol confirmed that, in the past month, occupants at the ranch had called at least twice to report illegal activity.

Redwing Outfitters charges $4,900 for four-to-six-day hunts in the area, according to its web‐ site.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017



Note: "the United States should make a commitment to work in a responsible way to stop illegal arms trafficking to Mexico, as well as curb illicit money received by criminal organizations."

Mexico will not pay for the Trump wall: Peña Nieto
Rosa Elvira Vargas and Georgina Saldierna
Wednesday, 11 Jan 2017 16:31


President Enrique Peña Nieto, in the meeting with ambassadors and consuls. Image taken from Twitter account @PresidenciaMX

Mexico City. President Enrique Peña Nieto said that Mexico will not pay for the wall that the next US government intends to build.

Before ambassadors and consuls he emphasized that in the negotiation with the American administration will not accept anything that goes against the interests of the country nor of the dignity of the Mexicans.

At a luncheon with diplomats, he rejected threats by US President-elect Donald Trump against private capital.

Peña Nieto admitted that the world is aware of how Mexico reacts to two new challenges: leaving behind the old scheme to fix the price of gasoline and start a new stage in the bilateral relationship with the United States.

In the first case, he said, we observed how we made a difficult and unpopular decision but also an urgent decision and for which many countries have already moved, and there is understanding towards the measure adopted.

Regarding the new stage in the ties with the United States, he assured that the world sees Mexico as a country that with boldness and pragmatism will with dialogue and understanding to reach agreements, to achieve concrete benefits for Mexicans.

We will promote an open and complete negotiation. All issues of the bilateral relationship are on the table: security, migration and trade.

"We will never accept anything against our dignity as a country or our dignity as Mexicans. Basic principles such as our sovereignty, national interest and the protection of our nationals are not negotiable, "Peña said after the press conference given by the president-elect of the United States.

And he continued: it is clear that we have some differences with the next US government, as the subject of a wall that of course Mexico will not pay.

He assured ambassadors and consuls that they will work to have a good relationship with the United States and its president.

For Mexico any negotiation with that country should include these goals: that the United States should make a commitment to work in a responsible way to stop illegal arms trafficking to Mexico, as well as curb illicit money received by criminal organizations.

The second objective is to ensure that any repatriation of undocumented persons continues in an orderly and coordinated manner, guaranteeing human treatment and respect for the rights of Mexican migrants.

The chief executive said that the free flow of remittances from the nationals in the United States, which totaled more than 24 billion dollars by November of last year, should be maintained. The livelihood of millions of Mexican families depends on these resources.

Regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement, he said he would seek agreements that would give certainty to investment between Mexico, the United States and Canada, and that it extend to companies that have chosen Mexico as an investment destination, a productive platform and for exportation.

"We will defend domestic and foreign investments in Mexico. We are going to make sure that Mexico remains a reliable and attractive destination to invest, "he said.
There he rejected any attempt "to influence the investment decisions of companies based on fear or threats."


Peña Nieto responds to Trump: 'Mexico will not pay the wall'
The President said that closer ties would be sought with countries such as Argentina and Brazil; Special attention will be given to Europe, he mentioned
11/01/2017 16:24 EDITORIAL



President Enrique Peña Nieto responded to US President-elect Donald Trump: Mexico will not pay for the wall.

We have differences with the US, such as the wall that we will not pay ... but we will have a good relationship, "said the President in the framework of the 28th Meeting with Ambassadors and Consuls of Mexico.

The chief executive said:

We will seek agreements that give certainty to investment and trade between Mexico, Canada and the United States. "

He said: "We will negotiate with confidence in our strengths and with practicality", adding that the North American Free Trade Agreement will seek agreements that give certainty to trade and investment between the countries that comprise it

We will defend national and foreign investments in Mexico. "

We are going to make sure that Mexico remains a reliable and attractive destination to invest. "

He outlined the four axis that should be established in any relationship with the new US government.

Among them he pointed out that we must work in a responsible way to curb the trafficking of arms and resources of the United States to criminal organizations in Mexico and the protection of the compatriots in the American Union.


Also: (Spanish)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017



Note: Look like a lot more to come from this story. Thanks to the good folks over at Borderland Beat

Monday, January 9, 2017
US Citizen arrested in shooting of consular official in Mexico
Original article available at Siglo De Torreon
Translated by El Wachito

Mexican authorities in coordination with the FBI, arrested Zia Zafar, a US citizen of 32 years of age and who according to recent investigations, had recently converted to Islam. He is responsible for shooting a US Embassy employee, last Saturday January 6, in Guadalajara, Jalisco.

The location of Zafar was discovered through the information obtained through a credit card payment in a coffee shop of Colonia Arcos Vallarta, in Guadalajara.

Zia Zafar was arrested at his home, were the sunglasses and the wig that were used during the aggression were also found.

After the attack, investigators reviewed the images captured by the security cameras of the area, and from there they tracked Zia Zafar till the moment of the attack.

The cameras revealed that he was at a Starbucks moments before the attack. According to images obtained from security cameras of Starbucks, he was wearing the same wig and the sunglasses , that he was wearing when he attacked Christopher Nolan Ashcraft, who was identified as the victim by the British newspaper The Guardian.

According to investigations, Zia Zafar arrived to Guadalajara on the 25th of November of 2016, flight 5939 of the American Eagle Airline from Phoenix, Arizona.

This Sunday afternoon, during a press release, the PGR and the Secretary of Foreign Relations informed that the arrested individual would be sent back to the United States.

Zia Zafar was born on January 1st of 1985 and it was confirmed that he recently converted to Islam.

Nolan Ashcraft received a single gunshot to the chest; therefore the authorities believe that Zafar has training in firearms.

The FBI is participating in the investigations and offered 20 thousand dollars in exchange of information involved with the case.

Law enforcement personnel of Jalisco, Eduargo Almaguer Ramirez, claimed that the victim was in charge of immigration visa interviews.

Borderland Beat Reporter El Wachito Posted at 1:38 AM




Note: A update from Albuquerque Journal, adding to the "confusion"?
Will the narrative change on the 21st?

NM hunting guide wounded in gunfight near border
By Lauren Villagran / Journal Staff Writer
Published: Monday, January 9th, 2017 at 12:50pm
Updated: Monday, January 9th, 2017 at 10:32pm

Walker Daugherty, 26, in an undated photo from an elk hunt. He was guiding a hunt in West Texas on Friday for his family's New Mexico-based business when the group was allegedly attacked.(Courtesy of Gila Livestock Growers Association)

No one knows for sure what happened, and the people who do aren't talking about it.

Five miles north of the Mexican border on a remote West Texas ranch, a New Mexico hunting guide and his client were wounded over the weekend in an alleged gunfight that a family friend described as an attack by "illegal aliens" and an attempted kidnapping.

The Presidio County Sheriff's Office appeared to question that account in a statement Monday, saying "there is no evidence to support allegations of 'cross-border violence.'" A Border Patrol spokesman called the alleged incident "highly unusual for our part of the border."

The following is an account of the events.

Hunting guide Walker Daugherty, 26, of Chloride, N.M. – a ranching community about three hours southwest of Albuquerque near the Gila National Forest – was guiding an exotic big game hunt near Candelaria, Texas, on the border when his party was allegedly attacked by unknown assailants.

Daugherty and his fiancée, another hunting guide and his wife were staying in a lodge at the Circle Dug Ranch. Edwin Roberts, the hunter, and his wife were asleep in a rented RV nearby when gunmen attempted to take the vehicle by force.

Daugherty was shot in the abdomen when he tried to stop the assailants from taking the RV with his clients inside, according to a statement issued by the Gila Livestock Growers Association that described the attack as a kidnapping attempt. Roberts, 59, was shot in the arm.

The RV was "riddled with bullet holes," the statement said.

Daugherty and Roberts were taken to an El Paso hospital and were in stable condition Monday.

Rancher and Gila Livestock Growers Association President Laura Schneberger issued a news release about the attack, based on the Daugherty family's account. In addition to their hunting business, Redwing Outfitters, the Daugherty family runs a ranch near the Gila National Forest. The family could not be reached Monday.

"The attack has the family concerned that the attack was not just an attempt to rob the property," the growers association statement said. "They believe the assailants intended to kill all the party. The attackers were strategically placed around the lodge, and the men were fired upon from different areas."

Sheriff skeptical

The Presidio County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call around 9:30 p.m. Friday from the Circle Dug Ranch, a two-hour drive from the Presidio County seat, Marfa. Chief Sheriff's Deputy Joel Nunez responded to the scene.

"We are still investigating details of the shooting," Sheriff Danny Dominguez said in a statement. "However, there is no evidence to support allegations of 'cross-border violence' as released by some media sources."

The terrain of Presidio County, near Big Bend National Park, is rugged like New Mexico's Bootheel and notoriously difficult to patrol for both local law enforcement and the U.S. Border Patrol.

The sheriff is tasked with securing more than 3,800 square miles – New Mexico's Hidalgo County is about 3,400 square miles, by comparison – and the area is a known corridor for drug mules and smugglers leading migrants illegally over the border.

By phone, Dominguez said that despite the illegal traffic through the area, violent incidents like this one haven't happened.

"This is out of the blue," he said. "Like they say it happened, something violent like this – no."

Border Patrol Special Operations Supervisor Rush Carter said agents aided sheriff's deputies in securing the scene.

"It's highly unusual for our part of the border," Carter said. "Any kind of gun violence just doesn't happen. I wouldn't say 'at all,' but very, very few incidents. If we have gunplay in our area of operation, it's not folks coming from Mexico doing that.

"We just don't see it in people who are trying to smuggle aliens or narcotics. If you think about it, when something like that happens, you see the amount of law enforcement presence that comes into an area and the attention it gets, which is bad for them. It will make it that much tougher for them" to make their illegal crossings.

Tourism business

The Big Bend area of West Texas is a magnet for hunters and hikers. Tourism is big business from the hip, artsy town of Marfa into the wild reaches of the Big Bend National Park, which borders Mexico.

Daugherty's group was hunting aoudad, also known as Barbary sheep, a type of big-horned North African sheep introduced in West Texas. Redwing Outfitters charges $4,900 for a four- to six-day aoudad hunt, according to its website. "In our camps you will find a Christian atmosphere, fun hardworking professional guides and real homecooking," the website says.

The Circle Dug Ranch, where the party was spending the night, advertises bird-watching, cave exploration and photography workshops and promotes guided hunting packages. An email to the Circle Dug Ranch requesting comment went unanswered Monday.

"It's a tourist attraction in the Big Bend area, and nobody wants to talk about it, but a lot of ranches have seen a lot of terrible things," Schneberger said by phone. "This is personal."

A GoFundMe website account set up to provide financial support to Daugherty had raised more than $18,000 by more than 200 donors in two days. Daugherty is expected to undergo surgery and does not have medical insurance, according to the site.




Note: "Zafar, Zia"? He the guy? Or was just convenient? "California driver's license"
Immigration status if any?


California man charged with attempted murder of U.S. diplomat in Mexico
Published January 10, 2017

One of the surveillance photos provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The U.S. man arrested by Mexican authorities in connection with last week's shooting of a diplomat stationed at the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara made his initial appearance Tuesday after being charged with the attempted murder.

Zia Zafar, 31, from Chino Hills, California, arrived in Virginia Monday night.

According to the criminal complaint, on Jan. 6, Zafar disguised himself and followed a Vice Consul Christopher Ashcraft through a parking garage to his vehicle. Zafar allegedly shot him once in the chest as he driving towards the garage exit.

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Zafar fled but was subsequently detained by Mexican authorities.

Ashcraft is recovering at a medical facility in Guadalajara.

According to the affidavit, Ashcraft told FBI agents he had left a gym on the evening of Jan. 6 when he noticed a person he believed was waiting for him.

The person, later identified as Zafar, was wearing a wig, blue scrubs and white shoes. He was captured on surveillance video firing into the car's windshield and then fleeing.

The affidavit says Zafar was living in Guadalajara on a student visa and holds a U.S. passport as well as a California driver's license.

A search of his home uncovered a pistol as well as a pair of sunglasses and a wig similar to the ones seen on the person in the surveillance video.


For those still interested, in spanish:


Monday, January 9, 2017



Note: Local interest, numerous photos, etc.

Protests swell, turn violent in Nogales, Sonora
By Jonathan Clark
Nogales International Updated 12 hrs ago (6)

What had been a days-long peaceful protest of a gasoline price hike took a violent turn on Sunday in Nogales, Sonora after state police dislodged protesters from the railroad tracks south of the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry.

At least two policemen suffered facial lacerations during an afternoon confrontation in which demonstrators hurled rocks at officers, and law enforcement responded with rubber bullets.

That showdown followed the removal of the protesters in the morning, when six people were taken into custody and a 23-year-old woman went missing, according to the demonstrators.

A crowd began gathering after noon at the vehicle lanes south of the port to demand the release of the detainees, three of whom were allegedly beaten by police. At the same time, demonstrators a quarter-mile south of the port blocked the path of a Union Pacific train headed north toward the United States.

Nogales, Sonora Mayor Cuauhtemoc "Temo" Galindo arrived at the scene at around 2 p.m. as the crowd swelled from the dozens who had been blocking the train tracks since Wednesday to well over 1,000. He told the protesters that his government has been working to confront the gas price hike, and pleaded with them not to express their anger by disrupting commerce at the port and hindering the city's economic activity.

"I need to ask you that we all move in the same direction," he said amid jeers.

Galindo also told the protesters that state officials had promised him that the detained demonstrators would be released Monday.

Unappeased, the crowd shouted "Today! Today!"

"We want to believe in the word of the mayor, that they're going to liberate the political prisoners – and they are political prisoners," said a man who identified himself only as "Juan Pueblo," and who served a spokesman for the protesters during the appearance by Galindo.

"If the mayor keeps his word, we're going to stop … but we're not going to abandon the movement," he told the NI. "We're going to stop so that the train can pass, but we're going to (continue protesting)."

Asked why the protesters had decided to focus their efforts at the port of entry, the spokesman said it was meant to attract the attention of the international media. In addition, he said, they hoped that powerful figures and governments would take notice.

"We know that the blockade here will affect the pockets of big businessmen like Carlos Slim (Mexico's richest man), the government of the United States, the government of Canada … they have the power to pressure (Mexican President) Enrique Peña Nieto," he said.

After Galindo departed, a segment of the crowd began moving toward the DeConcini port, with a group of youths toppling concrete barriers that separate the SENTRI expedited-access vehicle lane with the others.

When a team of police in riot gear appeared and began advancing toward the group from the north, some demonstrators began to hurl rocks. The protesters then crossed back to the railroad tracks, where they were met by more police who chased them away with gunfire. A state policeman who paused to take cover next to this reporter said the officers were firing rubber bullets.

A tense standoff ensued back at the Plaza de las Banderas, a few hundred feet south of the port. Meanwhile, when engine noise picked up from the stalled train, protesters climbed into the lead engine and began bashing at its machinery.

Through it all, some members of the crowd tried to urge the rock-throwers to refrain from violence. One man stepped forward and used a p.a. system on a police vehicle to urge calm while waving a white flag.

But things turned contentious again at around 4:30 p.m., when a barrage of gunfire could be heard coming from the Plaza de las Banderas. This time, police also fired tear gas canisters at the protesters, according to local media reports.

Nogales Police Department officers blocked access to the southbound lanes at the DeConcini port immediately after the protesters moved into the vehicle lanes in Mexico after noon. As tensions heated up, U.S. Customs and Border Protection shut down the Morley Avenue pedestrian border crossing as well as all vehicle lanes and the southbound pedestrian crossing at the DeConcini facility.

"Earlier in the afternoon, gun shots were heard in Mexico," CBP said in a statement released at about 8:30 p.m., adding that the agency had stepped up the law enforcement presence at the DeConcini port "as a preventative measure."

"No CBP officers or employees were injured during this protest," the statement said.

Northbound traffic into the United States resumed at the port at approximately 6 p.m., but southbound vehicle and pedestrian lanes remained closed, and CBP recommended that travelers headed for Mexico use the Mariposa Port of Entry on the west side of town instead.

In a security message posted to its social media accounts Sunday evening, the U.S. Consulate in Nogales, Sonora warned citizens of the protests near the DeConcini port and noted "reports of police using rubber bullets to control the protesters."

"You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations," the consulate said.


The demonstrators are upset about the Mexican government's move to raise gas prices on Jan. 1. The move, known derisively as the "gasolinazo," has sparked protests and blockades of highways and ports throughout the country.

Alma Garcia, a Nogales, Sonora resident and mother of four children, said she's been protesting the gas price hike since Jan. 2.

"As a homemaker, it affects me a lot, it affects be tremendously," she said. "When the price of gasoline goes up, the price of everything goes up, and that's going to affect all of us homemakers. And the people who work who don't have a car, how much more are they going to pay for the bus?"

If working people are going to suffer economically, Garcia said, the people with power and money who make the decisions should suffer as well.

The gasoline price increase was supposed to vary between 13 and 20 percent nationwide, but a "stimulus" meant for northern border areas has yet to be applied, forcing consumers to pay closer to double at the pump. The national daily Reforma reported Sunday that government officials and gas station operators from border areas had reached an agreement with federal authorities so that the lower prices could finally be applied.

In Nogales, Sonora, the stimulus is meant to mitigate the maximum price of regular unleaded gas from the new standard of 16.23 pesos per liter (approximately $2.90 per gallon) to 13.07 pesos per liter ($2.35 per gallon). Prior to Jan. 1, it had been selling for a little more than 11 pesos per liter ($1.96 per gallon) at the pump.


Note: Local interest, from couple days ago as situation evolves. computer translation
"un mal gobierno y corrupto"

Camps protesters on train tracks
Details Posted on Saturday January 07, 2017,
Written by Marco A. Flores


They prevent for the fourth day the crossing of the railway, a few meters from the checkpoint DeConcini.

A camp consisting of several tents and camping shops dawned on Friday on the railroad tracks, a few meters from the gate to the United States, the fourth day of blockade against the increase of gasoline.
Several citizens who conform this civil resistance slept in these tents on the tracks, to avoid that the train crossed towards the American union.
Since last Tuesday they took to the railroad tracks, protesters have received food, water and other support from the citizens.
"Everything, they bring us food constantly and at different times, lots of water, food, liquids and medicines, there is even a doctor who has already made himself available to the group, a man with a rescue ambulance and thank God we have not missed" , Explained a lady who identified herself as "Juan Pueblo".
On the other hand, the citizen Ricardo Mendoza added that before this demonstration, the rest of the community of Nogal has responded with support, with the provision of water and food for people who have stayed hours and days in the place, who even slept there .

"We want and we invite the people, to join, because the union is the force, if we do not do it, it will affect the future of our children, that is why we want people to support us more, the people are tired of This increase, "he said.
He explained that the increase in gasoline not only hurts fuel, if not the basic basket, since there are low wages, calling the thousands of workers in the maquiladora industry, who invited to join the peaceful protest, For the sake of their children and their families.

"We want a Mexico where there is no crisis or anything, we must fight for the future of the country and it is the only thing we want, it is a great sacrifice while there is a bad government and corrupt, that is why we do this, we want people to understand and support us "He concluded.

It should be noted that tents and camping tents were installed since last Thursday at noon and it was until the evening that it was the first where the protesters slept in the place.