Wednesday, April 11, 2012

AZMEX I3 10-4-12


Much of the info collected does not always get distributed through
the email list. These can be found for research at two of the
following sites:

The following is a collection of the more recent AZMEX postings to date:

The following is a collection of AZMEX posting from 2006 through,
currently April 2009.
Will continue to add originals as time permits.
These should also include the original Spanish language sources.

AZMEX I3 10 APR 2012

BP nabs 26 sex offenders in March
Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 8:35 am
Nogales International |

The U.S. Border Patrol says its agents working in the Tucson Sector
arrested 26 illegal border-crossers in March who were later
identified as sex offenders during processing.
Of the 26 suspects apprehended, all men, 21 were Mexicans, three were
Guatemalan, one was from Honduras and one was from Ecuador, the
Border Patrol said.

Record checks generated by the agency's Integrated Automated
Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) showed various charges,
including child fondling, sexual abuse, sexual battery, lewd and
lascivious acts against a child, and rape.
"Agents continue to enhance the quality of life in the United States
by preventing these sex offenders from entering our communities," the
Border Patrol said.

Wreck kills 1, injures 17 immigrants near La Joya
April 10, 2012 7:23 AM
Gail Burkhardt
The Monitor

WEST OF LA JOYA — Emergency crews carried stretcher after stretcher
out of the brush and to ambulances Monday morning, but the last
passenger to leave the scene did not make it out alive.

One man died and 17 more were sent to the hospital following a
rollover crash about 10 a.m. Monday on Expressway 83 near Farm-to-
Market Road 2221, just west of the La Joya city limits. At least one
of the injured passengers was sent to the hospital in a helicopter.
The passengers' conditions were not readily available at press time

Nineteen people were traveling in a Ford Aerostar minivan when it
rolled over, said Trooper Johnny Hernandez, spokesman for the Texas
Department of Public Safety.

The driver, a male wearing a blue shirt and blue jeans, ran away from
scene and then got into a Chevy Malibu or Impala. He remained at
large Monday afternoon.

Cesar Alanis, a maintenance worker for the City of La Joya, said he
was cutting the grass in the median of Expressway 83 when he saw the
driver run away.

No chase took place and the cause of the crash remains unknown,
Hernandez said.

Authorities suspect the passengers are illegal immigrants, Hernandez
said. U.S. Border Patrol agents were on the scene, but Immigration
and Customs Enforcement has since taken over the investigation.

"We are working every investigative lead to determine if these people
are in the country illegally and if so, how they got here," said Nina
Pruneda, a spokeswoman for ICE.

Pruneda noted that the minivan's driver might not be the one who is
responsible for bringing the passengers into the United States.

"We understand that everyone that was involved in the accident was
taken to local hospitals," she said. "We're waiting for them be
medically released and then we're interviewing them (and trying) to
attain as many details as we can so we can put the pieces together."

Vehicle crashes involving illegal smuggling operations are not new in
the Rio Grande Valley.

In 2010, 16 immigrants who had been crammed into a pickup truck all
went to the hospital after the vehicle rolled over about 20 miles
south of the Falfurrias Border Patrol checkpoint. In 2004, nine
people, eight of whom were illegal immigrants, died when the Ford
sedan they were riding in crashed into a drainage canal. The
passengers and driver were unable to escape and they drowned.

More than 20 bystanders came out to watch emergency crews work after
Monday's crash. Some lived in the Las Tranquitas subdivision next to
the crash site, and others came all the way from Peñitas after
hearing the sirens and seeing the life-flight helicopter.

Tello Morales, who lives in Las Tranquitas, said he came after his
daughter told him she could not turn into the neighborhood.

Eastbound traffic was backed up into the community of La Havana as
far as the eye could see. Westbound vehicles could not turn left near
the accident site.

"There's a lot of illegal activity going on in through there," he
said, indicating the field where the minivan crashed.

Morales said he worries about safety in the neighborhood, especially
because the gated community's outer gate does not close. He said he
wants to work to get that fixed.

Former City Alderwoman Angie Garza also came to the scene to check on
things. She agreed that illegal immigrants often pass through the area.

"It's a lot of brush and the area goes directly through to the river
and the border fence is not there," she said.


US agents now call Latin America media to detail border risk
Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times | Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2012
12:00 am | Comments

LOS ANGELES - The federal government has tried just about everything
to stop the flow of migrants crossing the border illegally. It
boosted the number of Border Patrol agents, made punishment harsher,
deployed drones and motion sensors, built and rebuilt fences. For
years it has even quietly funded the dissemination in Mexico of songs
and mini-documentaries about dangers at the border.
Now it is using a more proactive tactic: Since last year, agents in
Arizona have called Mexican and Central American television and radio
stations and newspapers, asking for the opportunity to tell of the
dangers of crossing illegally, particularly through the Sonoran Desert.
The outreach, which was initially greeted with skepticism, is being
Newspapers in the Mexican states of Chiapas and Michoacan have run
stories based on their accounts. Outlets in El Salvador and Guatemala
have followed suit. Some ran photos provided by the Border Patrol of
packed safe houses and emergency rescues.
"Immigrants are mistreated, assaulted, lied to, made fun of and women
are often raped," was the lead to one story in El Diario de Hoy, a
daily newspaper in El Salvador.
The efforts are considered successful enough that this year the
agents expanded them to U.S. cities with large immigrant communities,
including Los Angeles, Phoenix, Chicago, Seattle and Atlanta.
The goal on this side of the border is to persuade residents to warn
family members back home about treacherous conditions, particularly
along the Arizona border, agents said.
"Our message is: If you do decide to come, don't come through
Arizona," said Border Patrol spokesman Andy Adame.
"We're seeing a big increase in smuggler abuse; robberies with AK-47s
and pistols, knives; rapes of women, more physical abuses - not only
in the desert but in safe houses where people are tied up with duct
What effect the public relations effort will have on migrants is
unclear. The number of apprehensions at the border is already down
dramatically. There were 340,000 last year, compared with 1.6 million
in 2000, a drop many experts attribute to fewer migrants attempting
to cross.
And many of the threats are already well-known. For years, the
Mexican government and media have warned migrants about the danger
posed by extreme temperatures, crime and U.S. enforcement.
Since 2004 the Border Patrol has spent about $1.1 million annually to
anonymously fund the dissemination of musical corridos, mini-
documentaries and other public service announcements depicting
tragedies at the border.
On StarNet: Find extensive coverage of immigration issues at
By the numbers
Apprehensions made by the Border Patrol at the U.S.-Mexican border in
1.6 million
Apprehensions in 2000
Source: U.S. Border Patrol

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