Wednesday, November 25, 2015



Note: question remains if they really are paks? If so, which tribe, town, etc?

Men in Afghan-Pakistani migrant group allege assault
By JB Miller
The Bulletin Updated 20 hrs ago

Two men who were part of a group of six Afghan and Pakistani nationals apprehended by Border Patrol agents near Patagonia last week claimed that their guide assaulted them after they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border.

At approximately 8 p.m. on Nov. 17, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office received a report that two of the men in a group detained the day before said they were assaulted by one of the two Mexican nationals guiding them.

Sheriff's Lt. Gerardo Castillo said deputies responded to the Sonoita Border Patrol station where they documented the complaint. However, Castillo said, the men did not want to press charges against their so-called "coyote," who was only identified as a 41-year-old man from Imuris, Sonora.

Castillo said the federal government is pursuing alien smuggling charges against both of the Mexican nationals who were caught with the group of five Pakistanis and an Afghan.

As for the migrants, the Border Patrol said last week that they had their identities checked against "numerous" law enforcement and national security-related databases. "Records checks revealed no derogatory information about the individuals," the agency said.

Castillo said guides have the advantage because the undocumented migrants they are smuggling usually have no idea where they are, and he noted cases in which guides have robbed, raped and assaulted the people they are smuggling into the United States. Unfortunately, he said, the crimes are rarely reported unless the undocumented migrants happen to get caught.


Note: A credible story

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Afghan Asylum Seekers Purchase Forged Taliban Threats
Posted on Wednesday the 25th of November 2015, by Alice Greene : Guest Writer

Forged Taliban threat letter
While the small groups of Syrian refugees crossing into the US this week via Texas presented themselves to authorities legally, Afghans trying to get into Europe have resorted to Taliban threats – nearly all of which have been revealed as fake.

The Associated Press reports that of all the Taliban threat letters presented by asylum seekers to authorities, only about 1% are authentic. The photo above shows a forged letter received Friday, November 13th. The document is believed to have been written in Afghanistan's Kandahar province.

"Threatening letters from the Taliban, once tantamount to a death sentence, are now being forged and sold to Afghans who want to start a new life in Europe," AP reports. While authentic letters "were traditionally sent to those alleged to have worked with Afghan security forces or US-led troops, listing their 'crimes' and warning that a 'military commission' would decide on their punishment," the fake letters are harmless. Those selling are "doing a brisk business as tens of thousands of Afghans flee to Europe, hoping to claim asylum. Forgers say a convincing threat letter can go for up to $1,000."

"To this day I have only ever known one guy who genuinely got a threat letter from the Taliban. All the rest are fake," says Mukhamil, an Afghan who has forged and sold at least 20 false threats. The country of Afghanistan currenty faces a 24% unemployment rate. The government predicts that 160,000 Afghans will flee the country by the end of 2015.

Meanwhile, Germany continues to struggle under the crushing tide of refugees. The country has long been a supporter of Afghanistan and currently has over 900 soldiers stationed there. Germany's top security official complains that Afghans are even fleeing areas of the country that are relatively safe. The number of people coming to Germany from those areas is "unacceptable," he stated last month.

German officials aren't worried about the fake threat letters. "Such documents are assessed in the context of examining the credibility of the overall account of the applicant," says Susanne Eikemeier, spokeswoman for Germany's Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. "While they can be drawn on as evidence of a threat by the Taliban, the applicant's entire account has to be coherent, comprehensible, and credible."

Even the Taliban has admitted that most of the letters are false. "All these so-called Taliban threat letters are fake. We are trying to provide a good environment for our youth to remain in their country," says Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid. There have been no arrests associated with forged letters.


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