Friday, December 29, 2017

AZMEX I3/2 26-12-17

AZMEX I3/2 26 DEC 2017

Note: As you read this one, 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

Comment: Evidently those from Central American countries can find no asylum in Mexico or for Mexicans, in any of the other Mexican states? Your correspondent did not do the math.

More than 135 thousand Mexicans repatriated by Trump
The director of the CNDH indicated that, of that total of repatriated (deported) nationals, 123,636 are men and 11,854 are women; He expects that these figures could increase in the coming years

12/18/2017 2:14 PM NOTIMEX

Migrants from Michoacán and Guerrero displaced by violence in their place of origin arrived in Tijuana with the intention of requesting humanitarian asylum in the United States. For three days, they sleep in the pedestrian entrance of El Chaparral. Photo: Cuartoscuro


From January to October, 135,490 Mexicans have been repatriated from the United States, in the midst of a xenophobic migration policy of the US government, led by Donald Trump, informed the president of the National Commission of Human Rights (CNDH), Luis Raúl González Pérez .

When presenting the results of the National Survey of Migrants in Transit by Mexico, "The challenges of migration and shelters as an oasis," he said that of that total of repatriated nationals, 123,636 are men and 11,854 women.

When citing data from the Immigration Policy Unit of the Ministry of the Interior (Segob), he foresaw that these figures could increase in the coming years, taking into account that between 2010 and 2014, each year about 400,000 Mexicans in that nation were repatriated.

In the event held at the headquarters of the CNDH, located in the Historic Center, Gonzalez Perez highlighted that in 2016, 216,232 Mexicans were repatriated from the US, of which 197,027 were men and 22,905 were women.

It may interest you: Deported fellow citizens who had been in the US for 30 years

The national ombudsman said that the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME) reported that in 2016 there were 12 million 27 thousand 320 Mexicans living outside the country, of which 97.33% were born in the neighboring country of the north and that in 2016 they were repatriated . (?)

In the framework of the International Day of Migration that takes place every 18th of December, it spoke out against the criminalization of migrants and the xenophobic and racist behavior against them.

He made it clear that migration policy should have as its central axis the person and not see migration as a national security issue and expressed that this date allows a call for respect to the universality of human rights of people in context. of migration, respect for human dignity and the right that every person has to migrate without limitation or obstacle whatsoever.

( 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)

According to the survey of a thousand migrants in transit through Mexico aged 15 and over, the main problems they face during their passage through the country are robberies with 23.3%; kidnappings with 10.7%, and organized crime with 10.2%.

The zones that are considered most insecure are located on the route through the southern zone, from Chiapas to the State of Mexico, and in the northern zone, from Tamaulipas, Sonora and Chihuahua, to Baja California.

It may interest you: For a tattoo they deported her and she won compensation

According to the document made by the CNDH jointly with the Institute of Legal Research of the UNAM, the survey was conducted from June 11 to December 12, 2016, in shelters, dining rooms and migrant homes as along five routes nationwide.

In such a way that seven out of every 10 migrant people interviewed said they were of Honduran nationality, one in every 10 Salvadorans, as well as Guatemalans. Overall, the Central American population interviewed is equivalent to 94.4%.

The remaining 5.6% represent different nationalities: Haitian, Cuban, Russian, Congolese, among others, and although the reasons for which they decide to stay in Mexico are diverse, the hardening of the migratory operations in the United States stands out. (Chinese?)

The main causes for which they left their nation are insecurity and violence, at 46.6%, then 32% for economic reasons, while 60.6% said they had a deep-rooted migratory tradition and 13.7% commented that "it is little of all".



Thursday, December 28, 2017

AZMEX I3 26-12-17

AZMEX I3 26 DEC 2017

Note: As always, all abut illegal immigration.

Despite Trump, Peña Nieto reiterates DH protection of migrants
The president affirms that his government will continue to defend itself by going to international organizations such as the UN; endorses support with consular network of Mexico in the United States

12/24/2017 11:05 TANIA ROSAS


President Enrique Peña Nieto affirmed that he will follow the strategy of protecting the rights of Mexicans in the United States in the face of Donald Trump's discriminatory policy; therefore, the government will continue to turn to international organizations to defend human rights, freedoms and due process for the migrants.

"The government of the Republic reiterates that, in the face of any decision by the US administration to tighten immigration policy against Mexicans in that country and thereby violate international law, we will continue to make effective our access to the multilateral alternatives available for protect the human rights of migrants, both in the UN and in the Inter-American Human Rights System, "he said.

You may be interested: More than 135 thousand Mexicans repatriated by Trump

He made known to the Chamber of Deputies, through the answers to the parliamentary questions on the occasion of the Fifth Government Report, that the Mexican consular network in the United States is working, in accordance with international law.

He added that this year, the work of consular protection was strengthened with support of the one thousand 70 million pesos received by the support of Congress, which increased the visits to prisons and detention centers and meetings with strategic allies. (Try to guess who?)


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



Mexico's presidential front-runner a wildcard for US ties
Christopher Sherman and Mark Stevenson, Associated Press
Updated 3:34 pm, Saturday, December 23, 2017

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's leftist presidential front-runner is combative and unbending, and his personality-based campaign proclaiming honesty and fiery nationalism could set up a unique and combustible relationship with his northern counterpart should he win.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has long preached a Mexico-first stance, accusing its government of servility to Washington and lambasting the free trade that he says has devastated his country's farms and workers. President Donald Trump's call to reduce U.S. economic ties with Mexico meshes with his demand to make Mexico less reliant on America.
Some have speculated that if Trump threatens to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement, Lopez Obrador as president would simply say "go ahead" with a smile. While the candidate has toned down his criticism of the trade pact ahead of Mexico's July 1 presidential election, and even expressed some support for it, how he would handle the renegotiation of NAFTA by the U.S., Mexico and Canada is a great unknown.
Adding to the potential combustibility of U.S.-Mexico ties, Lopez Obrador like Trump doesn't shy from an insult or from Twitter. And both have campaigned as outsiders, Trump talking of "draining the swamp" in Washington, while Lopez Obrador rails against "the mafia of power" that rules Mexico.
"It would be a strange relationship, one never seen before," said Jose Fernandez Santillan, a political science professor at the Technological Institute of Monterrey, a leading Mexican university. "It would be two completely different nationalisms: the right-wing nationalism of Trump and the left-wing nationalism of Lopez Obrador."
It is Lopez Obrador's third bid for Mexico's presidency and his supporters still claim he lost the first time through vote fraud, fuelling the divisiveness of his current campaign. After that loss in 2006, his supporters blocked streets in Mexico City during months of protests and Lopez Obrador referred to himself as the country's "legitimate president."
Now 64, the Morena party candidate has moderated his policy proposals, saying he wants to make friends not enemies, but he still insists he is the same as before.
"I am never going to change. That is what is most important to me in my life: my honesty, my authenticity," Lopez Obrador says.
In a country obsessed with government corruption and unfulfilled promises, he is widely believed to be the least compromised candidate and his vows to never change feed his popularity, analysts say. Add to this his irascible manner, folksy campaign phrases, stiff-necked refusal to negotiate and insistence in his own personal honesty, and the result is an almost cult-like following among his supporters.
When he was mayor of Mexico City in the early 2000s, he fed this straight-talking, man-of-the-people image by flying tourist class and driving a Nissan compact.
"He remains the same. He is a person with humility and he will stay that way, even if he wins the presidency," said Silvia Rodriguez, a homemaker with three children who travelled in from the Mexico City's poor suburbs to attend one of Lopez Obrador's rallies. "He is a man of the people and he will fight for the people."
However heroic, it is a stance that often leaves him looking vaguely alone and self-obsessed, with some critics even calling him messianic.
In the introduction to a new documentary about his life, Lopez Obrador is accompanied on a trip back to his hometown by old friends and supporters. But they never speak in the documentary and his former neighbors are barely allowed a phrase. There are photos of his brothers but he is estranged from most of them. The title of the documentary? — "This is me."
Lopez Obrador has a strong lead so far in polls, but the election is still more than six months away and the campaign is shaping up as a first-past-the-post race involving at least three and perhaps five prominent candidates. And he can be prone to campaign gaffes. He recently generated a spasm of press ridicule by suggesting the possibility of an amnesty for drug cartel leaders.
Despite Lopez Obrador's penchant for verbal combat with his opponents, he has so far been remarkably restrained when speaking of Trump, whose reference to Mexicans as rapists and criminals has made him an easy target here. Immediately after the Republican candidate's victory, Lopez Obrador called it "this uncomfortable reality," but added: "There is nothing to fear. Let's go forward."
His platform, too, steps away from confrontation. "We want to be friends. We will ask for a new dialogue, starting from a standpoint of cordiality and mutual respect, as good neighbors," it says.
But Lopez Obrador is touchy about efforts to label him a left-wing Trump. He narrowly lost the presidential elections in 2006 and 2012 after rivals compared him to another leader unpopular in Mexico, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez.
"They are trying to scare people by calling us populists, or comparing us to (current Venezuelan President Nicolas) Maduro or Trump," Lopez Obrador said in a videotaped message in June. "Tell them to take a walk, don't be afraid. Change is going to be peaceful and orderly. The only thing we want is to end corruption, for people to have jobs, to have public safety, to have well-being for everyone."
While he often speaks as a firebrand, Lopez Obrador governed as a moderate as mayor of Mexico City, keeping good relations with the private sector and the Roman Catholic Church.
"In power, Lopez Obrador certainly looked more like a pragmatic, left-of-center politician than Hugo Chavez," said Federico Estevez, a political science professor at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico. "He was not particularly ideological in most of his policy. You could do business with him."
Where Trump and Lopez Obrador most agree is on skepticism about NAFTA. Both have called for renegotiating a deal they say has harmed the working class in their countries.
Trump wants to increase U.S. content in automobiles under NAFTA rules and stem the migration of auto plants to Mexico. Lopez Obrador would ban foreign ownership of oil and energy resources and try to make Mexico more self-reliant — in part by pushing for greater reinvestment in the state oil company in order to cut fuel imports from the U.S.
Still, while he blames the treaty for devastating Mexican farmers, Lopez Obrador now says that "NAFTA, with all its defects — and it has them — has proved to be a useful instrument for developing commercial and economic relations."
Historian Lorenzo Meyer noted Lopez Obrador is campaigning to solve the very problems that have made Mexico such an easy target for Trump — "its corruption and inefficiency, for having sent millions of Mexicans abroad."
Lopez Obrador's foremost promise is to combat corruption, which is a popular rallying cry in country where graft, kickbacks and outright theft by politicians is a huge problem.
"Given that our business and political elite have nothing to offer but more of the same, that is, what they've been doing for 25 years ... Lopez Obrador doesn't have to offer much," Estevez said. "He just has to sit back and let things unravel and say that he is the only one out there that would be able to stop the unraveling, put things back in order."
Associated Press writer Peter Orsi contributed to this report


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

AZMEX UPDATE2 27-12-17


UPDATE: Accused human smuggler shot at agents before crashing vehicle
Sunday, December 24th 2017, 7:07 pm MST
Wednesday, December 27th 2017, 4:01 pm MST
By Tucson News Now Staff

The driver crashed after refusing to stop at the checkpoint on Interstate 19 (Source: CBP Arizona).
The driver and two passengers wound up in the hospital Sunday (Source: CBP Arizona).

PIMA COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
A man accused of human smuggling allegedly shot at agents during a high-speed chase near Green Valley on Sunday, Dec. 24, federal authorities said.

U.S. Border Patrol said the 21-year-old man is facing several felony charges while two people, both from Mexico, in his vehicle will be charged with immigration violations.

The incident began at a immigration checkpoint on Interstate 19 near Amado.
Border Patrol said the suspect tried to drive away from the checkpoint after his vehicle was selected for a secondary inspection.

While fleeing on I-19, the suspect allegedly fired multiple shots at agents.

The chase ended near Canoa Ranch Road, which is just south of Green Valley, when the suspect lost control of his vehicle. One of the passengers was ejected from the vehicle.



Border Patrol: Smuggler shoots at agents on Christmas Eve
Phil Villarreal
3:06 PM, Dec 27, 2017
52 mins ago

U.S. Border Patrol

TUCSON, AZ - U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested an alleged smuggler after he shot at agents on Sunday.

According to Border Patrol officials, the unnamed 21-year-old suspect had two Mexican illegal immigrants in his Ford Escape when he was stopped near Amado.

The suspect drove away from the immigration checkpoint, firing at agents before losing control of the vehicle and rolling over near kilometer post 56 on Interstate 19. A passenger was ejected.

Agents arrested the driver and two illegal immigrants. The driver faces multiple felony charges and the immigrants will be processed for immigration violations.




US border agent is shot from the Mexican side
The incident occurred in Brownsville, Texas, on Tuesday
12/27/2017 | 12:03 AM

The United States Border Patrol confirmed that one of its agents is wounded by a bullet, by a shot that was from the bank of the Rio Grande, from the Mexican side.

According to the US federal agency, the facts were recorded on Tuesday near the city of Brownsville, Texas. According to the authorities, the border agent involved was assigned to the riparian unit and the bullet wound he received was not serious.

The incident is under investigation and the US Border Patrol is expected to know more details soon.

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times newspaper announced that during 2017 the aggressions against immigration agents increased by 76 percent, compared to 2016.

The Border Patrol has less than 20,000 agents, which is why President Donald Trump plans to hire 5,000 new agents.

However, during the last three years, only 523 agents have been hired, while in the same period 904 agents left their positions, according to the newspaper from Los Angles.

-With information from local media.





Migrant attacks BP agent
POSTED ON 12/24/2017
Omar Chiquete

New Day / Nogales, Arizona
A 20-year-old Guatemalan was charged with assaulting a federal official after he wrestled with two Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents south of Sells, Arizona.
Two federal agents patrolling in an all-terrain motorcycle tracked two alleged undocumented immigrants, a few miles north of the US border.
An agent located and arrested a Mexican, 34 years old. The other agent located and tried to arrest a Guatemalan who was nearby but was knocked down from the motorcycle and physically assaulted by the subject.
The agent's partner helped subdue the migrant.
The Guatemalan man will be charged with assault charges against a federal official by the United States Attorney's Office and will be prosecuted for immigration violations, in accordance with the Tucson sector guidelines. The Mexican man will also be prosecuted for immigration violations.


Border Patrol pursuit ends after car crashes
Posted: Dec 24, 2017 8:51 PM MST
Updated: Dec 24, 2017 8:51 PM MST
Written By Hannah Palaniuk

GREEN VALLEY - Three people are in the hospital tonight after their vehicle crashed following a pursuit with Border Patrol agents.

A vehicle fled from the Amado Border Patrol checkpoint, according to a spokesperson with the U.S. Custom and Border Patrol. The vehicle was pursued by Border Patrol agents on northbound Interstate-19.

The driver of the vehicle crashed and rolled over near kilometer 58 in Green Valley, according to Border Patrol. The driver of the vehicle and two passengers were transported to a hospital.

The driver is now in custody.
The investigation into what happened is ongoing.

Anyone can report suspicious activity toll-free and anonymously at 1-877-872-7435/ U.S. Border Patrol


Comment: Must also be remembered that many people north of the border are involved in the drug & human trafficking business. Separate families? Enter illegally? Be deported together. Also, illegal immigrants drive down wages for citizens and legal immigrants. Exploited by far too many local business people. SCCSO seems to catch very few offenders.

Sheriff Tony Estrada, another kind of Arizona lawman

In this Dec. 5, 2017, photo, Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada poses in his office in Nogales, Ariz. Estrada is a different kind of Arizona sheriff, one whose sensibility and opinions on immigration were shaped by being born in Mexico and immigrating with his family to the United States as a toddler. (AP Photo/Anita Snow)

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — Sheriff Tony Estrada is a different kind of Arizona lawman.

Born in Nogales, Mexico, Marco Antonio Estrada was raised just north of the U.S. border, giving him a unique perspective on issues related to it and strong opinions about treatment of immigrants.

Pointedly, the white-haired, 74-year-old Spanish-speaker has said he's "not a fan" of President Donald Trump, his proposed border wall or his hardline immigration policies.

Estrada has become an even harsher critic during the president's first months in office as detentions of migrants away from the border have soared. Arrests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, whose officers pick up people for deportation, surged 40 percent from the same period a year earlier.

As a lawman, Estrada said he opposes illegal immigration and has long ensured his deputies turn over to federal authorities those people they find to be in the country illegally. At the Santa Cruz County Jail he runs, immigrants who have been charged with or convicted of crimes are regularly held overnight or over the weekend for federal agencies.

But Estrada said the Obama administration treated immigrants more humanely than the current one by largely ignoring people whose violations were limited to illegal entry or re-entry into the United States, and focusing on deporting people who committed serious crimes. "There are ways to enforce the law with more compassion," he insisted. "And they really need to focus on the truly bad guys, more on illegal drugs."

First elected in 1992, Estrada is in his seventh term and says he probably won't run again. He marks 50 years in law enforcement on New Year's Eve — half of that time with the Nogales, Arizona, Police Department, the other half as county sheriff.

Estrada was a toddler in 1944 when his mother brought him and three brothers across the border to Arizona to join their father, who had received approval to bring them into America. In subsequent decades, he said, he witnessed many other families torn apart by U.S. immigration policies.

"The cruelest thing a government can do is separate families– children from parents, wives from husbands," Estrada said. He said it makes more sense to monitor immigrants who are living productive lives in the U.S., rather than deport them and split up relatives.

Estrada is unapologetically liberal in a state where lawmen are often known for being politically conservative, a Democrat who proudly displays in his office a photograph of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' March 2016 border visit. Metro Phoenix Sheriff Paul Penzone, who defeated longtime incumbent Joe Arpaio in 2016, is a Democrat, but most of Arizona's other sheriffs are Republicans.

Fellow Arizona border Sheriff Leon N. Wilmot of Yuma County said Estrada is simply responding to his constituency, which in Santa Cruz County is more than 80 percent Hispanic.
"Every sheriff has to tailor their enforcement and policies to their community," said Wilmot, who described Estrada as gracious and professional. "He's an iconic border sheriff and will leave a big legacy."

Arpaio gained national attention with his anti-immigrant policies before he lost his re-election bid in Maricopa County. "As sheriffs, we got along, even though I disagreed a lot with his policies," Estrada said of Arpaio.

Arpaio, who became sheriff the same year Estrada did, said that despite their differences, he always respected his Santa Cruz County colleague as a "real gentleman."
"He has a right to his opinion, and he really does know the border," the 85-year-old Arpaio said. "Still, as a law enforcement guy, he should be thanking the president. Since Trump took office, there are a lot fewer people crossing over."

Estrada acknowledged his views are unpopular among some, "but I only answer to my voters."

At the international line one recent morning, Estrada greeted a Border Patrol agent then peered through the metal bars at his hometown in Mexico, noting he hadn't traveled there in years.

He criticized Trump's border wall idea as a waste of money, calling it "impossible" to build an effective structure with complicated geography that includes canyons and other hard-to-get-to places, and insisting "desperate people will still find a way to get across." "There are pockets of poverty in our own nation, and we're thinking about building a 'big, beautiful wall,'" Estrada said, shaking his head. "Our priorities are all screwed up."


Tuesday, December 26, 2017



Note: From the good folks at Borderland Beat

Comment: Play in the sewer and you going to get dirty. Karma is no fun.
Como Romanos 6:23 - Porque la paga del pecado es muerte . . .
As the old saying goes, "the wages of sin is death". . . Romans 6:23

Drug Use Explodes in Mexico as More Narcotics Stay Home
Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: SantaFeNewMx

By: Joshua Partlow for WaPo
Dec 24, 2017 Tijuana BC, Mexico:

In one of her earliest memories, she is crouched under leafy green stalks, hiding from Mexican soldiers. By the time she was in grammar school, she was driving a four-wheeler through those marijuana fields.

By 15, Mildred Barreras Godoy lived along the border, with a boyfriend who each morning disguised himself in an orange construction vest and work boots and drove truckloads of methamphetamine into California, while she waited for his text message: "I scored the goal."

That was how the habit started for this green-eyed, vivacious daughter of Mexico's drug-war generation: by proximity. Drugs were always around — someone planting or tending or buying or selling or injecting or inhaling — until she began herself, first snorting lines of crystal meth at parties and then smoking it with such obsession she tore her eyebrows out.
"In my world , everyone uses," Mildred says.

The drug abuse that has become a defining feature of American life is increasingly emerging in Mexico as well, posing a daunting challenge for health officials and feeding the country's soaring violence.

For decades, Mexico regarded addiction as an American problem, even as the flow of drugs through this country sharply escalated — and narcotics began seeping into the domestic market. Police and politicians routinely helped the drug cartels in exchange for bribes.

One More Clandestine Drug "Manufacturing Facility "
or Narco Lab
"We produce it in Mexico, that is a problem, and we export it, but every year more stays here, and people begin to consume it," said Manuel Mondragón y Kalb, the head of Mexico's National Commission Against Addictions, part of the Health Ministry.

Now Mexican officials must reckon with rising heroin use in the border town of Ciudad Juárez; cocaine circulating in Acapulco's beach scene; and meth addicts filling rehab centers in the western Jalisco state.

While rates of drug use here remain far below those of the United States, the percentage of Mexican men between 12 and 65 who have used illegal drugs nearly doubled over the past decade (to 15.8 percent), while the percentage of women more than doubled (to 4.3 percent), according to the latest national survey.

"We don't have a boom, but in some states, yes, we have a problem," Mondragón y Kalb said.

Tijuana, across the border from San Diego, is one of the problem areas.

While precise numbers are unavailable, the number of drug addicts here has surged, with some estimating it has doubled in a decade. In this year that could shatter Mexican homicide records, more than 1,400 people were killed in this city through October — more than ever before. That is more than twice as many homicides as in Chicago, which has a million more people.

Many addicts in this city use heroin or methamphetamine, or both. Cesar Corona, 27 and unemployed, calls this combination the "Belushi." On a recent day, he was injecting it into his neck as the sun set on "El Bordo," a cement expanse along the border populated by drug addicts and deportees. As the drug took hold, his eyes rolled back, his knees buckled, and he began to smile.

"Drug use has exploded here in an incredible way," said Florina Righetti Rojo, who runs a rehab center, Casa Corazon, for women in Tijuana. "What has this brought us? How many dead?"

Neighborhood in Tijuana BC were Casa Corazon is located
Casa Corazon is a Rehab Center for Women
This gritty border town of 1.7 million people has a well-worn reputation as a sin city, a place where drugs, booze and prostitutes have long been accessible to Americans and Mexicans alike.

The current drug crisis, however, extends far beyond tourist revelry, as methamphetamines have flooded the neighborhoods that house workers in the city's booming factories.

Mexico's growing consumption is partly driven by a vast supply. Long a marijuana and opium poppy producer, this country took on a bigger role when its cartels became major transporters of Colombian cocaine to the United States in the 1980s.

Over the past decade, the amount of drugs in circulation and crossing the U.S. border has soared. Between 2013 and 2016, driven by a ravenous U.S. appetite, Mexico more than tripled the amount of opium poppy it produced, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. And as U.S. authorities cracked down on American meth labs, production shifted to Mexico. The nearly 54,400 pounds of meth seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in fiscal 2017 is triple the amount captured five years earlier.

Some compare the border to a dam: As the U.S. government has tightened security in the post-9/11 era, drugs have pooled on the Mexican side. Cartels have flooded the border "with enormous amounts of meth that could not be crossed into the U.S. as quickly as it arrives, so mid- and lower-level distributors push it out into the local markets," a U.S. law enforcement official who works in the region said on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

The people dying in drug-related violence are generally not important figures in the cartels, said Victor Clark-Alfaro, a human-rights activist who teaches at San Diego State University. "They are minor players who are killing each other," he said. "But they are killing because it is an enormous market."

When Mildred was a girl, her grandmother used to serve her marijuana tea to treat colitis. But in this conservative country, using hard drugs tended to be taboo. By age 15, though, Mildred was smoking meth several times a day, enjoying the feverish intensity of the high.

The drug made Mildred's pupils dilate and the hair on her arms stand on end. She would go into frenzies of housecleaning that lasted hours. In a bout of trimming her eyebrows, she plucked herself clean.

Like many meth users, she went days without sleeping and lost her appetite. Gaunt and jaundiced, she dropped out two months before finishing middle school.

"I hardly ever bathed," she recalled. "I only wanted to do drugs."

She fought her mother's efforts to get her into rehab. Then, one day in June, Azucena Barreras Godoy invited her daughter home for a visit with some cousins. She offered the girl a vitamin capsule that she had secretly filled with the tranquilizer Clonazepam, the mother later recalled.

As Mildred relaxed, the family pounced, tying her legs with a belt.
They hustled her into the car, two cousins guarding Mildred in the back seat, and set out for a rehab center. Mildred frantically considered throwing herself out the window. But the tranquilizer was sapping her strength.
By the time Casa Corazon's metal door locked behind her, she could no longer resist.

Florina Righetti Rojo opened the center four years ago to cater to the growing population of female addicts. She wants to open another facility for adolescents but hasn't been able to raise the money.
"Drug use starts in middle school now," she said.

Mexico is woefully ill-equipped to handle the intensifying addiction problem. As part of a retooling of narcotics laws in 2009, the country planned a major expansion of drug treatment services. That has failed to materialize because of a lack of funding and shifting political priorities, according to public health experts.

In Baja California, the state where Tijuana is located, the majority of the roughly 200 treatment centers are private, which means they are beyond the means of many poor Mexicans. Some facilities have faced accusations of abuse. Casa Corazon costs $300 per month but treats some women free.

Mexican officials say they are working hard to raise awareness about the drug problem. The National Commission Against Addictions has developed partnerships with the military and public schools and established state-level councils to promote prevention. In Baja California, a new television ad campaign warns of the dangers of drugs. But there is no sign the trend is being reversed.

"Basically, we're failing in this fight against addiction," said Jaime Arredondo Sanchez, a researcher at the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission, who studies drug issues in Tijuana.

Surveys have found only a fraction of the people who are dependent on drugs are in treatment.

Mildred is one of the lucky ones. After five months in Casa Corazon, she has been "reborn," her mother says. The teen has regained the 35 pounds she lost while using meth. She plays soccer three days a week. She passed the test to graduate from middle school. She laughs easily and often.

In therapy sessions, Mildred has retraced the path that led to her addiction.
"I know that what I've lived, and what I've done, has not been good," she said. "I was sick before." Now she's ready to begin a new life, she insists, with a new goal. She has decided to become a nurse.
"I want to save lives," she said.

Her mother still worries about the 16-year-old's release, expected early next year. She is working on a plan to send the teen back to Sinaloa for school. She knows the risks in Mildred's old neighborhood are ever-present. And the lure of meth has not fully dimmed.

Mildred, smiling, recalls it as "delicious ; I think the cravings will never stop," she said.

Yaqui Note : I have had the personally heartbreaking experience of watching this cancer grow in Mexico. Almost no family is untouched anymore, irregardless of class, occupation, religion, traditional or indigenous beliefs or the best up bringing. I have witnessed the best of families fight the battle, lose children and loved ones to the ever escalating drug use throughout the fabric of Mexican society. It is evident nearly everywhere , in communities large and small, tiny and isolated. It was not this way not so long ago.

As DD once said: "I cry for Mexico" in my heart and soul and sincerely hope there is a light at the end of this dark tunnel, somewhere, somehow , someday. I fear it will get worse before it gets better but I will never lose hope.


Friday, December 22, 2017

AZMEX I3 21-12-17

AZMEX I3 21 DEC 2017

Note: As always, all about illegal immigration.

Arizona DACA recipients released from DC jail after hunger strike
BY KTAR.COM | DECEMBER 20, 2017 AT 7:24 PM

PHOENIX — Two Phoenix-area undocumented immigrants who were on a hunger strike as a form of protest were released from a Washington, D.C. jail on Wednesday.

Belen Sisa and Erika Andiola are Arizona State University students and were two of seven Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients who had been detained since Dec. 15.

Sisa and Andiola were among the seven DACA recipients and one ally who spent six days on a hunger strike after they were arrested for protesting at the offices of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) and Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Florida).

The group protested in an attempt to "hold Congress accountable during the last chance to pass a clean Dream Act this year."

The announcement of their release came shortly after U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) confirmed that a bipartisan bill for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients would be brought to the Senate floor next month.

In a press release, the group vowed to "pressure [Schumer] to not allow a spending bill to go through without a Clean Dream Act."

"I am leaving jail to deliver a message to Sen. Schumer," Sisa said in a press release.

"He has said repeatedly he stands with DREAMers and that we need a Dream Act by the end of the year. We gave him a chance to put those words into action but he failed us. He let me spend six days behind bars, with no food, the risk of ICE involvement increasing every day."

President Donald Trump announced the end to the Obama-era program that granted temporary work permits to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children in September.

Trump gave a six-month delay to the end of the program to allow Congress to decide whether it wants to write legislation to protect the so-called DREAMers. That will end in March.

Nearly 800,000 young immigrants had been granted a reprieve from deportation and the ability to work legally in the U.S. under the program created in 2012 by former President Barack Obama.


Wednesday, December 20, 2017



Note: video at link.

Authorities start operation to support travelers in their journey through Sonora
By: Diyeth Arochi | 12/19/2017 1:30 PM

The Winter Operation began this morning with the purpose of providing facilities to travelers who will travel Sonoran roads in this holiday period.

The Chief Inspector of the Federal Police in Agua Prieta, Carlos Gómez Peralta, mentioned that one of the actions of the operation is to coordinate the three levels of Government in order to help fellow citizens and the population in general.

Also with the weather conditions that are in this border is intended that travelers are not stranded, he said, so they will intensify operations on the routes in more complicated areas, such as Puerto San Luis.


Note: San Miguel about 15 miles NW of Sasabe.

Previously deported member of MS-13 gang arrested in Arizona
Associated Press
10:25 AM, Dec 19, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona have arrested a previously deported member of a violent gang and discovered he has been convicted and incarcerated for multiple felony charges.

Tucson Sector agents patrolling near San Miguel took nine people into custody who were in the U.S. illegally.

During a records check, authorities say 45-year-old Ramon Rodriguez-Aparicio of El Salvador was identified as a MS-13 gang member who has an extensive criminal history in California.

Rodriguez-Aparicio now is in federal custody pending prosecution for criminal immigration violations and is facing re-entry charges of an aggravated felon.

The MS-13 gang is believed to have been founded in Los Angeles in the 1980s by immigrants fleeing El Salvador's bloody civil war and has grown into one of the largest street gangs in the U.S.


PGR incinerates more than one ton of drugs in Sonora
Details Published on Monday December 18, 2017,
El Diario

Hermosillo, Son

The Attorney General's Office (PGR), in coordination with personnel of the Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA) and elements of the Ministry of Public Security of Sonora, destroyed a ton, 167 kilograms 100 grams of various drugs.

The incineration event was carried out at the Radio Monitora station in the city of Hermosillo, where was destroyed;
one ton, 130 kilos, 300 grams of cocaine;
24 kilos, 200 grams of heroin;
12 kilos, 600 grams of methamphetamine.

The destroyed narcotics are related to a investigation derived from an seizure carried out on November 29, by elements of the SEDENA (Army) and elements of the State Police, at the military checkpoint "Cucapah", in San Luis Río Colorado.

The Deputy Attorney General for Regional Control, Criminal Procedures and Amparo (SCRPPA), through its State Delegation in Sonora, ordered the destruction of the drugs, under the supervision of personnel of the Internal Control Body that verified the quantity and weight of the drug to prove the legality of the incineration.


Monday, December 18, 2017

AZMEX EXTRA 16-12-17


Note: Mexican private industry is more than capable of producing the needed numbers.
Some little birdies have hinted at design issues, and also some manufacturing problems. Son of the SA-80?
Don't have the 2017 FX-05 production numbers, but still see the M16 almost exclusively around Mexico in front line units.
The G-3 still around also, but seems to be relegated to secondary duty.
Really old gun guys might remember the 1908 Mondragón rifle.
The unloved HK-21 not mentioned in this article

Pending, thousands of rifles for the Army
Saturday, December 16, 2017 in Mexico

In 2006, a group of 65 Mexican military engineers led by General Brigadier, José Antonio Iztiga Landeros, undertook the task of conceiving a new prototype weapon with special specifications: that is easy to use, 100% effective, light, low cost and suited for the build of the Mexican soldier.

It was thus that the Xiuhcóatl FX-05 Rifle was born, (a fire snake in Nahúatl) that will allow, in 2018, the little more than 230 thousand soldiers belonging to the Secretary of National Defense, (SEDENA) to migrate from the Heckler and Koch (HK) G-3 rifle (7.62x51) manufactured in Mexico under license, to the new 100% Mexican manufacturing weapon.

Last year, President Enrique Peña Nieto highlighted the momentum of the Mexican Military Industry and announced that, in 2018, all Mexican troops will use the FX-05 Xiuhcoatl rifle manufactured and patented by the Ministry of National Defense.

In 2016, the production of individual weapons of the General Directorate of Military Industry for the Army of Mexico was 16 thousand 600 rifles FX 05 caliber 5.56 mm (5.56x45) , representing 13.7% of the 121 thousand weapons considered in the Sectorial Defense Program National 2013-2018, that is, 86.3% of the total production is still pending.

According to the Ministry of National Defense, the new rifle was developed and manufactured in early 2006 at the Center for Applied Research and Technological Development of the Military Industry of Mexico, with lightweight materials that allow better handling.

The replacement of weapons with which the military daily face organized crime, is part of the sector program of National Defense 2013-2018, which details that the Mexican military industry, has two thousand 112 machines of which the 85.18% are older than 10 years and only 14.82% have an age equal to or less than 10 years, from conventional machines to modern automated machining centers. The 6.45% of the machinery and equipment has fulfilled its useful life and 14.49% is near it's end.

Still, the Sedena seeks to meet the needs of military personnel, so that during the current six year has been acquiring modernized machinery, equipment and infrastructure for the factories of the military industry, increased the productivity of the industry to meet the needs of Military Logistics, in the matter of armament, ammunition, grenades and spare parts and the total substitution of the individual armament of the personnel of troop will be completed, with the production of rifles FX05, caliber 5.56 mm.

Through the Transparency Law, SEDENA points out that the Center for Applied Research and Technological Development of the military industry (Ciadtim), responsible for the design and development of the FX 05 rifle, undertook the task of investigating among our national symbols that whose mere mention and image goes back to our pre-Hispanic origins, it transmits strength and confidence to face the future.

"Hence, by locating the Xiuhcoatl (fire serpent), as the weapon used by Huitzilopochtli to defeat the nocturnal powers against which he fought as a solar god and see it represented in the sun stone, the most appropriate name to designate the first assault rifle designed and developed by Mexican military engineers. "

SEDENA indicates that the industry generates 50 thousand jobs, so it has become a dynamic and strategic sector of the national economy and has made the national air fleet grew from 257 to 361 aircraft, an increase of 41% and that reduced the age of the commercial air fleet, which went from an average of 18 to only six years.

For lightweight materials and domestic manufacture, the federal government estimates that the new FX-05 rifle has a cost of production of 10,000 pesos, ( $523 USD ) approximately, while a similar rifle from abroad is between 30 and 40 thousand pesos. ( $1570 - 2,100 USD ??)

In the parade of September 16, 2006, the FX-05 rifle was officially presented to the nation although it is expected that by 2018 all Mexican soldiers have the new weapon.

Sedena points out that the reasons for creating the rifle were "reducing the costs of manufacturing the ammunition, increasing the volume of fire and granting tactical superiority to the Mexican soldier."


Friday, December 15, 2017

AZMEX I3 15-12-17

AZMEX I3 15 DEC 2017

Governor Pavlovich promotes housing program for migrant Sonorans in Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona, December 14, 2017.-

With the support of the Mexican Consulates of Phoenix and Tucson, she has started the promotion of the housing program "Build in Your Land", with which Governor Claudia Pavlovich supports the Sonoran migrants and their families who live in the state.

The head of the State Housing Commission (COVES, Comisión de Vivienda del Estado)
Ely Sallard Hernández, led the working meetings with the Consul General of Mexico in Phoenix, Claudia Franco Hijuelos, as well as the Vice Consul in Tucson, Enrique Alfonso Gómez Montiel.

"It is a housing program of the Secretariat of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development (SEDATU,
Secretaría de Desarrollo Agrario, Territorial y Urbano ) to which Governor Pavlovich wants to give great impulse and diffusion in Arizona so that it can be used as much as possible by migrant Sonorans who want to improve the quality of life of their relatives who are in Sonora, "said the general director.

At the meeting, the benefits of the "Build in Your Land" program were explained, with the purpose of facilitating the information to the nationals through the consulates, as well as the process of access to the program promoted by the Governments of Mexico and the State of Sonora, in the United States.

"We found great interest on the part of the consular authorities in Arizona and they in turn told us that this program was already known in the region, but from the momentum that Governor Pavlovich is giving her, she has seen greater confidence and intention for part of the Sonoran migrants and the request for information about it has rebounded, "said Sallard Hernández.

According to data from the consular offices of Phoenix and Tucson, an estimated 1.5 million Hispanics live in Arizona, of whom about 600,000 are of Sonoran origin.

That is why the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME), included in its catalog of information and services that promotes among migrants through the Mexican consulates the promotion of the housing program "Build in Your Land".

"Under this scheme, the migrants receive a subsidy of around 90 thousand pesos ($4,700 USD) to build a house of 150 thousand pesos ($7,800 USD) (special cost for the program), on their own land or of a family member in Sonora and the rest is paid for five years. ", Explained the director of COVES.

Sallard Hernández, explained that Governor Claudia Pavlovich, seeks to generate certainty for Sonoran migrants to have a house in their own land, for the day they have to return to their country or to improve the quality of life for family members on this side of the border.

"This is a housing program that seeks to support Mexicans who are working in the United States and their families in Sonora, to build a heritage in their own state," said Ely Sallard.

Sonoran population in Arizona:
600 thousand
Remittances for Sonora in 2016:
410 million dollars
Municipalities that receive the most remittances:
San Luis Rio Colorado
Agua Prieta
Rocky Point




Note: A update to AZMEX SPECIAL 11-12-17

Felony Charges Dropped Against Borderland Handyman Accused Of Transporting Illegal Aliens

Derrick McCoy with Coni Hargrave outside U.S. District Courthouse, Tucson. [Photo by Huey Freeman]

TUCSON – On the day Derrick McCoy was scheduled for arraignment on federal felony charges, which could have landed him in prison for up to 10 years, he heard the news that his ordeal is over, thirty two days from the start.

"Your charges are being dismissed," Henry L. Jacobs, his court-appointed attorney, told McCoy, 20, shortly after he entered the courtroom in U.S. District Court at about 10:15 a.m. Wednesday.

"I'm very happy that the justice system has revealed itself and we have seen that it was brought to light about Border Patrol," said McCoy, a resident of the rural Portal area who was arrested about 8:30 a.m. Nov. 11 after he tried to transport four illegal aliens from his neighbor's property in order to turn them over to Border Patrol.

The big break in the case came after Jacobs, who previously urged McCoy to plead guilty based on written reports by Border Patrol agents, interviewed the four illegal aliens on Friday. After interviewing all the men separately and at length, he discovered that their stories matched McCoy's, but clashed sharply with the Border Patrol reports.

When Jacobs presented his findings to the U.S. Attorney's Office shortly before today's hearing, the decision was reached to file a motion to dismiss a grand jury indictment, which stated that McCoy should be formally charged with the felony.

U.S. Magistrate Leslie A. Bowman granted the government's motion to dismiss the indictment, after it was presented to the court by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Hakala.

After he was arrested Nov. 11 near his rural home, interviewed by Border Patrol agents, then held in custody for five days in inhumane conditions including solitary confinement, McCoy was accused of lying to Border Patrol about having illegal aliens in his vehicle, as well as trying to obtain $200 from them.

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Derrick McCoy talks to reporter Huey Freeman after charges of felony illegal alien transportation were dismissed.

McCoy moved to the rural area near the tiny town of Apache in Cochise County from rural Aztec, NM, in July. He said he had no prior contact with illegal border crossers. He has maintained that he was just transporting the four men, who were dressed in camouflage outfits, in order to protect his neighbors. He agreed to take them to Tucson, but he only intended to take them to the nearest Border Patrol agent. He did not even know the way to Tucson. His 1997 Mercury Mountaineer was hitched to a work trailer without license plates that he normally would not drive on main highways.

The testimony of several neighbors backed his story, including a woman who felt threatened by the presence of the border crossers near her property and a neighbor who asked McCoy to go to the scene, after he had called Border Patrol.

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McCoy said his lawyer told him Friday that the illegals backed his story, that he that he had not tried to evade Border Patrol nor considered an offer of $200 from them. They said they never offered him $200, which was a major part of the government's case.

The illegal aliens told Jacobs that a young man who was part of their group told the others "to get down" in the vehicle in Spanish. They said McCoy did not tell them to get down. McCoy does not understand Spanish.

Jacobs also discovered that McCoy did not have any of the aliens' money in his possession, showing a lack of evidence that he was driving them for money.

McCoy said he did not believe illegals carried money with them, that they were coming to America because they needed money. A hard-working handyman who is widely respected in his ranching community, with plenty of paying customers, McCoy never viewed illegal aliens as any kind of financial opportunity.

McCoy denied that he gave that direction to "get down" to the illegal aliens. It would have been a ridiculous thing to say, considering there were many Border Patrol vehicles arriving on the scene at that time, in broad daylight, and McCoy stopped when he saw them. He was trying to unload his passengers as soon as possible. His girlfriend was en route from Silver City, New Mexico, and he wanted to deliver the illegal aliens to Border Patrol as soon as possible, so he could get on with his plans for the day.

The Border Patrol's Criminal Complaint says, "They got into the back seat of his vehicle, where the driver stated 'get down' when they passed Border Patrol."

That document, the cornerstone of the foundation of McCoy's imprisonment and indictment, also accused him of telling an unnamed Border Patrol agent that he "had not seen or spoken to anyone but that there were four individuals on the road up ahead."

McCoy insists that he immediately told the first agent with whom he spoke that he had four illegal aliens in his vehicle. Why would he say anything else? There were between six and 15 Border Patrol vehicles at the scene at that time. Would an intelligent, sober man try to hide four grown men from a sizeable group of federal agents, while they were in the back of a medium-sized SUV with the seats folded down, loaded with tools? Only a comedy writer could come up with that scenario.

On Friday, Jacobs emailed McCoy, telling him there were discrepancies between the Border Patrol agents' reports and the testimony of the illegal aliens, which could possibly lead to dismissal.

His email said "it went very well for your position, exposing important holes in the agents' reports." That was the first good news McCoy heard in his case. Shortly after his arrest, he was told that he would most likely spend three to five years in prison.

Jacobs said this was a very uncommon case.
"These facts are crazy; these facts are nothing typical," he said. "I don't really believe this boy did anything wrong."

McCoy's lawyer said that in most cases of this nature the defendants agree to plead guilty in exchange for a lesser sentence and the illegal aliens are not interviewed to tell their side of the story.
"The government intentionally puts pressure on defendants to take the plea immediately," Jacobs said.

The plea agreement offered to McCoy, which he was pressured to accept, has a notation of "Fast Track" right beneath the phrase "Plea Agreement." He was advised on Thursday, one day before the illegal aliens were interviewed, that he should accept the plea agreement that day.

If he accepted it, he would have been convicted of a federal felony, with a minimum sentence of three years' probation, and possibly some prison time. With a threat of 10 years in prison if convicted at trial, McCoy seriously considered that option.

Jacobs said the illegal aliens – a family unit of a senior man, his son and two nephews — had been through a rough journey since they left the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. Some of them had previously lived in Georgia, saved a considerable amount of money from hard labor, then returned to Mexico.

After bad guys stole from them as they struggled to earn a living in their native land, they decided to undertake the dangerous journey to America. They ran out of water and food stateside, and wondered if the older man would survive. The coyote (paid guide) who was taking them across the desert abandoned them to an uncertain fate. By the time they entered McCoy's neighborhood they were in desperate shape.

They told Jacobs that McCoy gave them water and they wanted to enter his vehicle so he would drive them somewhere. They didn't blame him for drawing his pistol when the older man advanced toward him. They said they did not have time to agree on a financial offer to make to McCoy in the short time they were in his vehicle. He had driven them about one half mile when the Border Patrol vehicles arrived.

"The illegal aliens were very forthcoming and very helpful to Derrick," Jacobs said. "They seem like nice guys. They are not the problem here."

The illegal aliens, known as "material witnesses" in court documents, were scheduled to give sworn testimony in depositions in McCoy's case Wednesday afternoon.

That would have been McCoy's only chance to cross-examine them, as the illegal aliens were scheduled for deportation shortly after testifying, in advance of McCoy's trial.

McCoy said he is seeking an attorney who will help him to file a civil rights lawsuit for false arrest and imprisonment. "I really hope that my case can help out many more cases," McCoy said. "I'm really happy I'm set free now and I don't have to deal with this for the rest of my life."


Wednesday, December 13, 2017



Note: Very long article. A lot of questions with this one. Video, photos at links.
If links should fail, I have the complete article.

Borderland Handyman Faces Prison Term For Removing Illegal Aliens From Neighbor's Property

Billy Grossman (left) greets Derrick McCoy outside Grossman's house after McCoy was arrested for removing illegal aliens from his property. [Photo by Huey Freeman]

PORTAL — Derrick McCoy, a 20-year-old handyman who moved to the southeast corner of Arizona in July, was planning to spend his Saturday hiking and cutting firewood with his girlfriend.

But when his neighbor sent him a text message at about 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 11, asking him to respond to a call from a local woman who spotted four illegal aliens dressed in camouflage gear near her home, McCoy put on his boots and drove to the scene.

The four men had been spotted in front of the home of Billy and Anna Grossman, his nearby neighbors who had asked McCoy to watch their property while they were out of town.

A short time after McCoy had a brief encounter with the four men, he loaded them up in his medium-sized SUV to turn them over to Border Patrol. As he tried to complete this action, he was taken into custody by Border Patrol agents, interviewed at the Douglas station, thrown into solitary confinement for two days, then held in federal custody for three days in crowded, inhumane conditions in Tucson and Florence.

McCoy is facing federal charges of Transportation of Illegal Aliens for Profit. An assistant federal public defender told him shortly after his arrest that he will likely receive three to five years in prison if convicted of the felony charges.

The heart of the case against McCoy is that two of the illegals allegedly told Border Patrol that they offered him "$200 to transport them to a town where they could get food, and he agreed" and he told them "to get down" when they "passed Border Patrol."

These allegations are stated in a criminal complaint filed by the Border Patrol Monday, Nov. 13, in U.S. District Court, Tucson.

McCoy denies that he ever told the illegal aliens to "get down." He said his only intentions in putting them in his vehicle was to remove them from his neighborhood and turn them over to Border Patrol as quickly as possible.

Although he also denies that he specifically agreed to accept $200 from them, he admits that he pretended to be driving them to Tucson, in order to keep them calm and protect himself as he drove them to the Border Patrol.

The complaint relies on the testimony of two of the illegal aliens for the majority of its evidence.

They were in his vehicle for a total of about two minutes. During that time the illegals — which apparently included only one English speaker — told Border Patrol agents they heard several things that McCoy said. Most of their allegations defy the common sense of anyone who heard McCoy's side of the story.

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David Robinson texted McCoy, sending him to the scene where illegal aliens were spotted by a female neighbor. [Video by Huey Freeman]

When McCoy asked the illegals where they were going, while holding them at gunpoint, the man who spoke English responded.

"They said they were going to Tucson," McCoy recalled. They were about 100 yards away from McCoy's house at that time. "I told them to get into the vehicle. I was going to take them to Border Patrol in Rodeo. They got in the very back of the vehicle and laid down. They kept asking me if I was going to take them to Tucson. I kept telling them, 'yeah, yeah, whatever.'"

After he drove about a half mile, turning westbound onto Many Wells Road leading to State Highway 80, a contingent of Border Patrol agents sped toward him on the dirt road. McCoy said he stopped as soon as possible, exited from his car, and told a female agent that illegals were in his vehicle.

Border Patrol agents reported a different story, in which McCoy tried to conceal the fact that four grown men were sitting in his cramped vehicle. This allegedly occurred in broad daylight, in the presence of many agents.

Although McCoy insisted that he was innocent of the felony charges, his Tucson-based lawyer, an assistant federal public defender, sent McCoy a plea deal from the U.S. Attorney's Office one week after he was released on bond. The plea offer states that he would receive four points out of 12 for pleading guilty and accepting responsibility for his crime.

There is no mention in the eight-page plea agreement as to what the four-point offer means in terms of an actual sentence.

However, it clearly states that he is facing up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

On Thursday, Dec. 7, the assistant public defender came to McCoy's house to try to persuade him to plead guilty, in exchange for a possible sentence of a three-year probation term and a felony conviction. McCoy insisted that he is innocent and rejected the offer. He is in the process of seeking another attorney to represent him.

Long story The rest at:

Monday, December 11, 2017



Comment: What they really want is naturalization of illegal immigrants. Legal immigrants have the choice if they should want to become citizens of the USA. Legal immigrants with residency status, i.e. "Green Cards", have most rights as citizens, except for voting.

Arizona mayors endorse campaign for immigrant naturalization
The National Conference on Immigration Integration (NIIC) began this Sunday at the Phoenix Convention Center and brings together hundreds of activists from across the country. The mayors of Phoenix and Tucson highlighted that the naturalization process contributes to the local economy.

By: Univision and EFE
Posted: Dec 11, 2017 | 10:55 AM EST

They look for solutions in the National Conference of Integration for Immigrants held at Arizona Univision
The mayors of Phoenix, Greg Stanton, and of Tucson, Jonathan Rothschild, expressed their support for an initiative to promote naturalization among immigrants with permanent residency and eligible for US citizenship.

During the tenth edition of the National Conference on Immigration Integration (NIIC), which began this Sunday at the Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona, the mayors highlighted that the process of naturalization contributes to the local economy.

Currently 708,638 applications are in process of residents seeking naturalization, an increase of 35.23% over last year and 77% in taking into account the last two years, according to data from the campaign.

"Cities for Citizenship" is an initiative chaired by the mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, the mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, and the mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti. Currently there are 8.8 million legal permanent residents eligible for citizenship, 52% of whom remain low income.

The campaign highlights that immigrants who achieve their naturalization have access to better paid jobs (up to an 11% increase in personal earnings), academic scholarships and other benefits.

Stanton, who will be part of the opening plenary of this conference, said that citizens and local governments should "show respect" and "see with dignity the contribution of immigrants and refugees who come to this country."

For his part, Rothschild stressed the importance of the commercial relationship that should be kept with Mexico and recalled that when Law SB1070 was approved, at the time the strictest anti-immigrant law in the country, the income from local taxes fell by a third.

"There were many losses, there are currently 33,000 people with [permanent] residency in Tucson who for some reason have not become citizens," he added.

Although in the last year the refugees have suffered the effects of laws that drastically reduce their entry into the US, Rothschild said that since 1970 Tucson has been a city that has received refugees from various places and will continue to do so.

During three days, some 1,000 activists, experts, authorities and spokespersons of pro-immigrant groups participate in the National Conference on Immigration Integration (NIIC), which under the slogan "And justice for all" wants to develop strategies to strengthen and integrate immigrants and refugees in the country.


Friday, December 8, 2017



Note: As usual, all about illegal immigration.

Nation's largest immigration conference coming to Phoenix
DECEMBER 8, 2017 AT 4:30 AM

(National Immigration Integration Conference Photo)

PHOENIX – The National Immigrant Integration Conference is set to arrive at the Phoenix Convention Center Dec. 10-12.

Co-hosted by Promise Arizona and the National Partnership for New Americans, the conference focuses on the rights of immigrants and the empowerment with others to address the issues faced regarding immigration in the U.S.

The theme for this year's National Immigration Integration Conference (NIIC) is "Justice for all," a powerful statement meant to symbolize the need for equal rights among all immigrants.

Many nationally recognized civil rights leaders will be in attendance, including Dolores Huerta, Bob Moses, Heather Boon, and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL.).

Highlighting the event will be the "Arizona story," a look into the strategies the state has taken to resist immigration reforms including the notorious Senate Bill 1070. A panel of speakers will highlight the actions taken by those defending the rights of immigrants at the conference, and will be moderated by the Petra Falcon, the executive director of Promise Arizona Petra Falcon.

The conference expects over 1,000 people to be in attendance of the event, and is encouraging others to register. One-day passes can be purchased, but three-day passes must be purchased if you are planning on attending more than one day.

Each registration includes full access to the conference and a meal.

To register and get more information about the event, visit the conference website.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

AZMEX I3 5-12-17

AZMEX I3 5 DEC 2017

How Trump turned tide of illegal immigration in first year: Border crossing hits 45-year low
By S.A. Miller - The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Illegal border crossing plunged to a 45-year low and arrests of illegal immigrants inside the U.S. surged in the first year of the Trump administration, according to year-end enforcement numbers that the Department of Homeland Security released Tuesday.

The figures reflected a stunning turnaround in immigration enforcement under President Trump, who made combating illegal immigration a cornerstone of his campaign for the White House.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported 310,531 apprehensions nationwide in fiscal 2017 that ended Sept. 30, a decline of 25 percent from a year earlier and the lowest level since 1971.
A total of 303,916 of Border Patrol arrests were along the Southwest border, which the agency said underscored the need for a border wall that Mr. Trump wants to build.

At the same time, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 143,470 illegal immigrants living in America, a 25 percent increase from the previous year.
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke credits Mr. Trump with reversing the policies of the Obama administration to unleash enforcement of immigration laws.

"We have clearly seen the successful results of the President's commitment to supporting the front line officers and agents of DHS as they enforce the law and secure our borders," she said. "We have an obligation to uphold the integrity of our immigration system, but we must do more to step up and close loopholes to protect the American worker, our economy and our communities."

Jessica M. Vaughan, the director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington think tank, agreed. "It is that simple," she said. "The Obama administration had a deliberate policies to restrict immigration enforcement to only the most egregious cases. We saw a decades-long low particularly in interior enforcement."

The lack of enforcement enticed more people to illegally cross the border, but the Trump administration early on changed that calculation, Ms. Vaughn said.

"I'm very encouraged by these statistics," she said. "They really picked up the pace of criminal removals and they are going after gang members, because that is such a big problem in certain communities, because of the lack of border security. They also are going after fugitives, people who have had their day in court, ignored removal orders and have stayed here. That was a big group of people that the Obama administration ignored. And the same is true of people who have been deported multiple times before."


Note: From AP

Border arrests drop, deportations soar in Trump's first year
Elliott Spagat , Jill Colvin , Associated Press
11:08 AM, Dec 5, 2017

Reasons for the precipitous drop in border arrests are unclear, but Trump's election may have deterred people from trying. Trump has yet to get funding for the first installment of his proposed border wall with Mexico, and the number of Border Patrol agents has declined as the government struggle to fill vacancies continues during his presidency.

The numbers released Tuesday provide a complete statistical snapshot of immigration enforcement under Trump. And they show that deportation officers are taking his call for an immigration crackdown to heart, even without the funding increase that the president has sought from Congress for more hiring.

Trump campaigned as an immigration hard-liner, accusing Mexico of sending rapists and other criminals to the U.S. and promising to build "a great wall on our southern border." As president, he has signed a series of travel bans aimed at curtailing who can enter the country, pushed to overhaul the legal immigration system and tried to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to share information about illegal immigrants with federal authorities.

"We have clearly seen the successful results of the president's commitment to supporting the front-line officers and agents of (the Department of Homeland Security) as they enforce the law and secure our borders," acting secretary Elaine Duke said in a statement. "We have an obligation to uphold the integrity of our immigration system, but we must do more to step up and close loopholes to protect the American worker, our economy, and our communities."

Officials stressed they believe a border wall is still necessary.
Homan said that, every time a wall barrier has been built, illegal crossings had decreased significantly.
"Why would we not want to build a wall?" he asked. "What is the cost of national security and public safety?"

Despite the overall decline in border arrests, the numbers have increased every month since May - largely families and unaccompanied children.

About 58 percent of Border Patrol arrests were people from countries other than Mexico - up from 54 percent from a year earlier - largely from Central America. Starting around 2011, large numbers from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras began entering the country in South Texas, which replaced Arizona as the busiest corridor for illegal crossings.

Ronald Vitiello, Customs, and Border Protection's acting deputy commissioner, said he was "very concerned" about increases in families and children crossing in recent months. During the fiscal year, which included the Obama administration's final months, border authorities stopped people traveling as families 104,997 times on the Mexican border and unaccompanied children 48,681 times.

CBP also said inspectors at land crossings, airports and seaports denied entry 216,370 times during the fiscal year, a decline of 24 percent from 2016. Border Patrol arrests occur outside of those official points of entry.

CBP, which has faced allegations of excessive use of force, said its employees used firearms 17 times during the fiscal year, down from 27 the previous year and 58 in 2012. It said its employees were assaulted 847 times, compared to less than 600 each year going back to 2012.


Note: See also:



Man accused of assaulting Border Patrol agent near Nogales
Posted: Dec 04, 2017 5:10 PM MST
Updated: Dec 04, 2017 5:10 PM MST
NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) -

A Mexican man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a Border Patrol agent in southern Arizona.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say the agent was kicked multiple times in the head, but was able to arrest his attacker before going to a hospital for an evaluation of his injuries.

They say the 25-year-old suspect was attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border Sunday east of Nogales, Arizona, and resisted arrest before assaulting the agent.
The man was seen climbing a fence east of Nogales and the agent pulled him off it.

Federal authorities say the man will be charged with assault and processed for violating immigration law.
His name and the agent's identity weren't immediately released Monday.


48 pounds of methamphetamine found in car at Arizona border
Posted: Dec 04, 2017 5:26 PM MST
Updated: Dec 04, 2017 5:26 PM MST

SAN LUIS, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities at the Port of San Luis have arrested a 25-year-old woman attempting to cross the Arizona border with 48 pounds of methamphetamine.

The unidentified woman was travelling with four young children Monday when U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials referred her vehicle for a secondary inspection.

A drug-sniffing dog alerted officers to multiple packages of suspected narcotics in the vehicle's rocker panels. The drugs turned out to be about $144,000 worth of methamphetamine.

Officers arrested the woman for narcotics smuggling and turned her over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

Authorities also seized the drugs and vehicle while the four children were turned over to a family member.


Note: Time to give these guys a surgical "rehab" or "fixed" while in prison?

Border Patrol agents arrest convicted sex offender near Calexico
Crystal Bedoya
Posted: Dec 04, 2017 04:30 PM MST
Updated: Dec 04, 2017 04:30 PM MST

U.S. Customs and Border Protection
CALEXICO, Calif. - El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a previously deported sex offender, who illegally entered the United States Sunday night.

Agents patrolling approximately three miles west of the Calexico Port of Entry around 11:15 p.m. encountered a man who was illegally present in the United States.

The man was arrested and transported to the El Centro Station for processing where record checks identified the man as Jose Luis Vargas-Hernandez.

The man had been previously convicted of a misdemeanor sex offense for unlawful sexual conduct with a 16 or 17-year-old and was sentenced to 18 months probation and time served in jail. The record checks also revealed Vargas subsequently was ordered removed by an Immigration Judge on Aug. 30th, 2016.

"Our job as Border Patrol agents, is not only to enforce immigration laws but to ensure the safety and well-being of our community," said Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Joyce C. Golosino.

Vargas, a 27-year-old Mexican citizen, will be prosecuted for re-entry after removal.


FBI doubles reward in Texas border patrol agent's death
Posted: Dec 04, 2017 06:08 PM MST
Updated: Dec 04, 2017 06:08 PM MST

EL PASO, TX - The FBI has doubled its reward for information in the death of a border patrol agent that could lead to resolving the case.

Agent Rogelio Martinez died after he was found Nov. 18 with severe head injuries and broken bones. The reward for information increased from $25,000 to $50,000 Monday.

Investigators have said Martinez's partner, who radioed for help and who has not been named, is recovering from similar injuries but does not remember what happened.

Several elected officials called the incident an attack in the hours after it was reported. FBI officials said they are investigating the incident as a potential assault, but have not ruled out the possibility that the agents were injured in an accident.

Texas is also offering a $20,000 reward for information.


Monday, December 4, 2017



US pulls out of UN's Global Compact on Migration

In September 2016 the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted a non-binding political declaration pledging to uphold the rights of refugees, help them resettle and ensure access to education and jobs
The administration of President Donald Trump has withdrawn the United States from a United Nations pact to improve the handling of migrant and refugee situations, deeming it "inconsistent" with its policies, the US mission to the global body announced Saturday.

"Today, the US Mission to the United Nations informed the UN Secretary-General that the United States is ending its participation in the Global Compact on Migration," the Americans said in a statement.

In September 2016, the 193 members of the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted a non-binding political declaration, the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, pledging to uphold the rights of refugees, help them resettle and ensure they have access to education and jobs.

"The New York Declaration contains numerous provisions that are inconsistent with US immigration and refugee policies and the Trump Administration's immigration principles. As a result, President Trump determined that the United States would end its participation in the Compact process that aims to reach international consensus at the UN in 2018," the US statement said.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the country would continue its "generosity" in supporting migrants and refugees around the world, but that "our decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone."

"We will decide how best to control our borders and who will be allowed to enter our country. The global approach in the New York Declaration is simply not compatible with US sovereignty."

Under Trump and his "America First" policies, the United States has withdrawn from several global commitments made under the administration of president Barack Obama, including the Paris climate deal.

More recently, American pulled out of the Paris-based culture and education body, UNESCO, accusing it of "anti-Israel bias."


But 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


Mexican congress approves law allowing army to act as police
Mark Stevenson, Associated Press
Updated 4:32 pm, Thursday, November 30, 2017

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's ruling party rammed a bill through Congress' lower house Thursday giving the military legal justification to act as police, stream-rolling objections by rights groups and opposition legislators who said it would effectively militarize the country.
Supporters of the bill said Mexico's armed forces have to stay in the streets to fight gangs, given the incapacity or corruption of local police forces. But critics said there should still be a calm, detailed debate about whether the law should allow the army to perform law enforcement duties indefinitely, and with what limits.
The hurried approval process, in which members of the Chamber of Deputies debated and voted on a bill that most apparently had not had time to read, meant a thorough, reasoned debate did not happen.
"Blah, blah, blah. The truth is you always vote against everything," said Arturo Alvarez, a congressman from the Green Party, an ally of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party. "The fact is we still need the army in the streets."
It remains to be seen whether there will be more debate in the Senate, which will now take up the legislation.
The bill was voted through a lower house committee an hour or two before it was approved by the full body on a 248-115 vote.
"Today this congress is about to write ... one of the most embarrassing and shameful pages in the history of Mexico," said Jorge Alvarez, a congressman from the small Citizens Movement party. "The majority of congressmen and congresswomen here to vote today aren't even familiar with the bill."
The bill would allow soldiers to do legally what they have been doing ad-hoc for at least a decade: conduct raids and man highway checkpoints, pursue and detain suspects.
Supporters said the measure would permit troops to act only for renewable one-year periods in states where the president issued a finding that local police forces weren't up to the task. Opponents said that could make the deployments endlessly renewable.
Critics also questioned a provision that would classify as "secret" any information about deployments.
They also said the bill would make it too easy for a president to declare a state of emergency and send the army into the streets, and warned that it opened the possibility of using troops to crack down not only on cartel gunfights but also on protest movements and other demonstrations if they were not "peaceful."
"We are doing a very rushed and not very professional job," said opposition congressman Jorge Triana of the conservative National Action Party. "What this bill seeks to do is convert something that should be the exception into the norm."
The Washington Office on Latin America think tank wrote that "formalizing the militarization of public security in Mexico would set a fundamentally negative precedent in Latin America," where such arrangements are becoming more common.
President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration has been facing violence that is now worse than during the darkest days of Mexico's drug war. His Institutional Revolutionary Party, known as the PRI, used old-style tactics to limit debate and rush the bill through, including enlisting allies to resort to nationalist rhetoric to attack the international rights groups critical of the bill.
"We shouldn't listen to foreign groups that want to violate our sovereignty, by attempting to define what kind of laws we should have," Norma Martinez Guzman, a congresswoman for the tiny PRI-allied Social Encounter party. "Watch out, this is an effort we have seen from several organizations, and it deeply violates our national sovereignty."
Mexican state governors and the PRI tend to like the law authorizing the army's presence under loose and indefinite rules because it takes the pressure off them to engage in the long, costly and difficult process of training, equipping and paying reliable police officers who can be trusted not to go work for the drug cartels.
Dozens of human rights groups issued a statement on the eve of discussion of the new law calling for strengthening law enforcement institutions instead.
"If today, the federal and state governments haven't lived up to their responsibility to build effective police forces, they're even less likely to do so if they have a legal justification to fill that void with the request for military intervention," it said.
Supporters said the bill includes requirements that the army, which has often been accused of illegal searches and arrests, and in some cases executing suspects, respect human rights.
"The issue of human rights is covered, and covered well" in the law, PRI congressman Cesar Dominguez said. "But we cannot guarantee liberties and the full exercise of rights if there isn't a climate of public safety and peace."
Mexico's army and navy are some of the few remaining respected public institutions. Some regions of the country, such as the violent border state of Tamaulipas, depend entirely on the armed forces to keep some semblance of order after all city and town police forces were disbanded because officers were on the payroll of warring drug cartels.
At present, the military operates under a vague clause that allows troops to "aid" civilian law enforcement agencies when called upon to do so.
Few on either side blame the army and navy, whose leaders have made clear they would rather return troops to their barracks and concentrate on tasks the soldiers were trained for.
"They didn't get themselves involved in this. They were made to get involved in this," said congresswoman Norma Nahle of the leftist Morena party.
But Nahle noted that rights complaints involving the armed forces rose from about 190 cases a year before the army was called out in 2006 to about 1,075 complaints annually in recent years.
Rules already in place specify that soldiers accused of violating civilians' rights must be tried in civilian, not military courts.


Friday, December 1, 2017



Note: busy down south.

They seize a ton of marijuana and magazines in Álamos (Son)
Details Published on Thursday November 30, 2017,
El Diario

Hermosillo, Son

The Attorney General's Office (PGR), in its Sonora Delegation, during search, secured more than one ton of marijuana and six magazines, in Álamos, Sonora.

Elements of SEDENA, (Army) in coordination with personnel from the Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC), ensured the following: 89 plastic bags, 38 packages, four cardboard boxes; 19 sacks, all containing marijuana, shedding a gross weight of one ton 292 kilos;
five magazines for long weapon; a magazine for a short weapon.

The search was carried out in compliance with a search warrant, in Colonia Macorahui, in Álamos, Sonora; no one was arrested.

The items remain at the disposal of the Public Ministry of the Federation, attached to the Deputy Attorney's Office for Regional Control, Criminal Procedures and Amparo (SCRPPA), in its Delegation in Sonora, who continues to integrate the corresponding investigation folder.
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Seize a ton of cocaine
Details Published on Thursday November 30, 2017,
El Diario


Mexican Army personnel carried out the seizure of more than one ton of cocaine hidden in a load of lemons, as well as several kilos of heroin and methamphetamine, in the strategic check point of Cucupáh in the municipality of San Luis Río Colorado.

The Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) through the 45th Military Zone announced that this was made on November 29. The agency reports indicate that the seizure was carried out in coordination with federal and state authorities. The report states that a cargo vehicle from the center of the country was inspected at the checkpoint, which was transporting lemons, and among boxes found dozens of packages containing different types of prohibited substances.

A total of 964 packages of cocaine were seized, which yielded a weight of 1,130.3 kilograms, as well as seven packets of beige heroin, weighing 18.8 kilograms.
They also detected another five packages that contained white heroin weighing 5.4 kilograms and 16 packets of methamphetamine weighing 12.6 kilograms.

The driver, the vehicle and the cargo were placed at the disposal of the federal authorities in San Luis Río Colorado, with the drugs being safeguarded.

With actions as it is, the personnel of the Mexican Army and Air Force ratify their commitment to Mexican society.



BP agent killsGuatemalan in Arizona
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Omar Chiquete
New Day / Nogales, Arizona

Border Patrol agents revealed information about a recent incident in which an undocumented immigrant died after being shot by a federal agent who was shot after struggling and trying to snatch the gun from another agent. A US Border Patrol agent reportedly fired his firearm and hit the aggressive individual around 11:30 am on Wednesday, November 29, in an area of ​​the Baboquivari Range, west of Three. Points, Arizona.

Two agents followed a group of undocumented migrants through a rugged mountainous area in response to the activation of a sensor. Both agents found the group about 21 miles north of the United States-Mexico border. One of the subjects attacked an agent who was trying to arrest him and tried to take the firearm, so the agent's partner shot him for the aggressiveness and endangering the life of the Border Patrol element.
An agent suffered injuries that did not endanger his life during the assault, so he was transported to a hospital in Tucson for treatment.

The agents arrested three members of the group, all adults, of Guatemalan origin, for immigration violations.

"The incident evidences the threat and dangers that our agents face on a daily basis to protect our borders and communities. I am proud of these men and women who keep us safe, "said Chief of Border Patrol of the Tucson Sector, Rodolfo Karisch.

The lead investigative agency is the Tohono O> odham Nation Police Department, jointly supported by the FBI and the CBP Office of Professional Responsibility.