Wednesday, April 11, 2012



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.


Note: As many of these, it was probably more that 200 pesos robbed.
Continues to be a rare event if SCCSO catches anyone.

Border-crosser says he was robbed at gunpointAZMEX
Posted: Friday, March 23, 2012 6:30 am
By JB Miller
For the Nogales International

Borderland bandits have hit once again in the canyonlands west of
On March 20 at approximately 3:03 p.m., the U.S. Border Patrol
requested the assistance of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office
after agents received information that a group of undocumented
migrants were robbed in an area southeast of Bartola Canyon.
Bartola Canyon is located southwest of Arivaca Lake.

Sheriff's deputies were able to interview one alleged victim,
Santiago Xalitzintla of Puebla, Mexico who reportedly said that on
March 18 at approximately 5 a.m., he was accosted by three men armed
with a pair of assault rifles and a handgun who stole 200 pesos ($16)
from him.
"The victim was not injured nor were any shots fired," said sheriff's
spokesman Lt. Raoul Rodriguez.

Border Patrol agents apprehended Xalitzintla sometime after the
alleged assault.
The remote canyon and mountain areas of west Santa Cruz County have
now been the site of close to a dozen reports of such incidents since
the Dec. 14, 2010 killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
Terry was gunned down in Peck Canyon west of Rio Rico while he and
his special BORTAC tactical team attempted to apprehend a group of
suspected border bandits following another spate of robberies and
On Nov. 21, 2011 the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office investigated
a triple homicide after Border Patrol agents discovered three men who
had been shot execution style in the Tumacacori Mountains east of
Arivaca and west of I-19. That case remains unsolved, but Rodriguez
said the sheriff's office is "still working on some leads."

Note: Update

Borderland Bandits rob 3 undocumented migrants
CREATED MAR. 24, 2012
Web Producer: Samantha Esquivel

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Santa Cruz County Sheriff tells 9 On Your
Side that a group of illegal immigrants crossing last weekend were

According to authorities, undocumented migrants were robbed by the
Borderland Bandits southeast of Bartola Canyon at approximately 3:30
p.m. Border Patrol arrived at the scene and requested assistance
from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office after agents received
information about robbery.

At the scene agents interviewed alleged victim, Santiago Xalitzintla
of Mexico. He was later released by agents.
"The victim was not injured nor were any shots fired," says,
sheriff's spokesman Lt. Raoul Rodriguez.

Xalitzintla said that two days earlier he was approached by three men
armed with a pair of assault riffles and and a hand gun around 5 a.m.
The men stole 200 pesos ($16) from Xalitzintla.

The remote canyon and mountain area have now been the site of close
to a dozen reports of such incidents since the Dec. 14, 2010 killing
of Border Patrol Agent, Brian Terry.

Note: "The people who left all this trash were probably picked up in
this area and taken to Tucson or Phoenix." Not.

9OYS Border Watch
Cleaning up the border: The messy side of illegal immigration
CREATED MAR. 24, 2012
Volunteers cleanup trash left by illegal immigrants & smugglers
Reporter: Marcelino Benito

AMADO, Ariz (KGUN9-TV) - At least once a year Arizona's Game and Fish
Department takes spring cleaning to a whole new level. Crews are
dispatched to remote areas along the border to pick up garbage. Often
times, crews are surprised with what they find.

"There was socks, hats, backpacks, pants, even anti-perspirant, that
really surprised me," James Mattioda said.

Saturday's cleanup effort was Mattioda's first. He, alongside 40 to
50 volunteers hiked up the remote, rocky stretch of terrain near
Amado. It's a rough walk, tough to do all on foot. It's even a bumpy
ride for the sturdiest of vehicles. When Mattioda finally arrived at
Lobo Peak, he was shocked at what he saw.
"I didn't understand the scale until I saw it," Mattioda said. "The
whole path was littered with backpacks or water bottles. It was huge."

Crews collected bag after bag of garbage, trash left behind in the
desert by illegal immigrants.
"This is where the traffic is," Arizona Game and Fish spokesperson
Mark Hart said. "The people who left all this trash were probably
picked up in this area and taken to Tucson or Phoenix."

Hart tells 9OYS all the trash collected helps shine a new light on
the immigration debate.
"It's easy to talk about numbers," Hart said. "But when you see the
volume of human beings out there, it really hits home."

9OYS reporter Marcelino Benito saw truck after truck come down the
ridge loaded with bags full of debris. It's debris that used to
litter the landscape and cause major problems for Arizona wildlife.
"It's hard on pasture land," Hart said. "We're really concerned about
all the plastics and even the personal hygiene items."

Arizona Game and Fish officials tell 9OYS they collected close to 10
tons in one day's work. If you missed today's cleanup, crews will be
out in the same area tomorrow. Contact Wildlife Manager Karen Klima
to RSVP.

Note: have to wonder where all that trash came from? Given dubious
sets of numbers, but 330k to 560k illegals in a population of 6
million and have to think not much impact? Roughly about 1 of every
11 residents to 1 of 18.

Report: Number of illegal immigrants in AZ dropped
by Associated Press
(March 24th, 2012 @ 2:38pm) Policy >>

PHOENIX — A new report by the federal government estimates that the
number of illegal immigrants living in Arizona has fallen by 200,000
since 2008.

Experts say the primary factor behind the exodus was a lack of jobs
during the recession, but also noted that tighter border enforcement
and tough immigration laws were contributing factors.

The Arizona Republic reports that the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security's report had estimated that there were 360,000 illegal
immigrants in the state as of January 2011.

That's down 110,000 from a year earlier and down 200,000 from the
peak in 2008.

In 2008, there were an estimated 560,000 illegal immigrants living in

The report suggests that the number of illegal immigrants in Arizona
is at its lowest level since 2000, when an earlier DHS report
estimated that there were 330,000 illegal immigrants in the state.

The latest report is based on 2010 census data, while the earlier
figures came from 2000 census data.

A Homeland Security official cautioned against making direct
comparisons between the estimates released Friday and earlier
estimates by the agency because they are based on census data a
decade apart.

Although there is no question Arizona's illegal immigrant population
has decreased sharply, it's difficult to say by how much, said
Jeffrey Passel, senior demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center, which
studies the nation's immigrant population.

That is because the 2010 census counted fewer Latinos in Arizona than
previously estimated. As a result, the number of illegal immigrants
in the state may not have been as large as once thought, Passel said.

Lisa Magana, a political science professor and immigration expert at
Arizona State University's School of Transborder Studies, said the
illegal immigrant population in Arizona has decreased primarily
because of the economy. Fewer jobs in construction and the tourism
industry spurred many illegal immigrants to leave and fewer to
arrive, she said.

Magana said tighter border security and a series of state immigration-
enforcement laws, such as Arizona's 2010 immigration enforcement law,
aimed at driving illegal immigrants out of Arizona also played a role.

Republican state Sen. Steve Smith from the community of Maricopa said
illegal immigration remains a major problem in the state.

This year, he introduced two bills that would have required schools
and hospitals in Arizona to keep track of illegal immigrants. Both
bills died.

Smith said he has no plans to back off from sponsoring illegal-
immigration-enforcement bills, despite the decrease in the state's
illegal immigrant population. He said that as the economy rebounds so
will illegal immigration.

"I will continue to introduce any legislation that will help us get a
handle on this problem," he said.

Arizona now ranks ninth out of the 10 states with the largest number
of illegal immigrants.

California ranks first with the most illegal immigrants in a state,
followed by Texas, Florida and Illinois.

Information from: The Arizona Republic,

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