Friday, August 18, 2017

AZMEX I3 POLICY 17-8-17

AZMEX I3 POLICY 17 AUG 2017

Note: Actually TEXMEX.


Texas police chiefs start adapting to sanctuary cities law
By NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press 2 hrs ago (1)

http://www.themonitor.com/news/state/article_49cc4efa-e16a-50a8-ae10-4dff9181a9cb.html

Texas police chiefs start adapting to sanctuary cities law
FILE - In this July 25, 2017 file photo, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and other law enforcement take part in public safety event in Austin, Texas. Even as a new Texas law targeting so-called sanctuary cities remains in legal limbo, police chiefs and sheriffs are making changes to comply. Houston police are drafting a policy instructing officers about their responsibilities under the law. Acevedo, an outspoken opponent of Senate Bill 4, said officers will be required to file a report anytime they ask someone about their immigration status. The law goes into effect Sept. 1 unless a federal judge in San Antonio blocks it. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)


HOUSTON (AP) — Even as a new Texas law targeting so-called sanctuary cities remains in legal limbo, police chiefs and sheriffs are making changes to comply, rewriting training manuals and withdrawing policies that prevented officers from asking people whether they are in the United States illegally.

The law, known as Senate Bill 4, goes into effect Sept. 1 unless a federal judge in San Antonio blocks it. The law prohibits police from stopping an officer from inquiring into the immigration status of someone during an arrest or a traffic stop, and requires local jails to honor all "detainer" requests issued by federal immigration authorities. It's aimed at sanctuary cities, broadly defined as places that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

The state says the law promotes cooperation on immigration enforcement and prevents immigrants without legal status accused of a crime from being released. Several Texas cities and civil-rights groups sued the state, arguing the law is unconstitutional and vague, that it would hamstring officers trying to work with immigrants who are victims of crime, and that it might inspire other states to pursue their own versions of the law. The state says Senate Bill 4 is different from the 2010 Arizona "show me your papers" law partially struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia is expected to issue a ruling before the law takes effect. But if he doesn't, or if he rules against the cities and groups that sued Texas, law enforcement across the state will have to implement the law starting in two weeks.

Texas hasn't issued any guidance to law enforcement agencies on whether to change their policies, nor has it required training on how officers are supposed to implement it. But police chiefs could face fines or jail time under the law if they prevent their officers from asking about a person's immigration status.

Houston police are drafting a policy instructing officers about their responsibilities under the law. Police Chief Art Acevedo, an outspoken opponent of Senate Bill 4, said officers will be required to file a report anytime they ask someone about their immigration status.

In part, Acevedo said, he's concerned about a minority of officers "taking SB4 as a mandate and as a blank check to go out and become immigration agents."

"We chase crooks, not cooks and nannies and day laborers," Acevedo said. "I think that's a view that's shared by the majority of Texas lawmen."

The San Antonio Police Department has made plans to rescind parts of a 2015 policy that says its officers "do not, and will not, ask people they contact for proof of citizenship or legal residency." The department will create training programs on the law if it stands, said spokesman Jesse Salame.

Police in Dallas are revising the department training manual and working on training for officers on how to enforce the law, KXAS-TV reported.

In Fort Worth, the department in the coming days will issue new instructions for officers on how to document each time they check someone's immigration status, a spokesman told The Associated Press.

And in Austin, Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez is prepared to revise her department's current policy to reject some "detainer" requests if the law goes into effect. Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and federal officials have attacked Hernandez and Travis County by name for refusing to accept all "detainers" to turn over people in custody who lack legal status.

Texas' biggest cities have large minority and immigrant populations, and tend to be more liberal than suburban and rural communities. While Texas is the nation's largest conservative state, 39 percent of its population is Latino — around the same percentage as liberal California — and it has an estimated 1.5 million immigrants living in the country illegally.

Sheriffs from rural Texas, meanwhile, said the law would improve public safety by giving officers more information and more ways to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Some have strengthened their ties with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, joining a program that trains their deputies to perform some of the duties of federal immigration agents.

A.J. Louderback, the sheriff in Jackson County, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) southwest of Houston, said Senate Bill 4 wouldn't require new training programs or policy changes for his office or most sheriffs in the state, and that fears about the law's impact were overblown.

"The way we would handle a traffic stop in the rural area is not that different from the way they would handle a traffic stop in an urban area," he said.

Edgar Saldivar, a senior staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, which is among the groups suing Texas over the law, said officers need more training to avoid discriminating against someone "on the basis of how they look, or even how they speak or what accent they have."

"There are numerous things that an officer would have to very quickly get up to speed on to avoid violating someone's constitutional rights," Saldivar said.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

AZMEX UPDATE 14-8-17

AZMEX UPDATE 14 AUG 2017


Man arrested for trying to sell information to cartel for $2 million
Clayton Klapper
4:50 PM, Aug 7, 2017
11:26 AM, Aug 9, 2017
http://www.abc15.com/news/state/man-arrested-for-trying-to-sell-vital-dea-information-to-cartel-for-2-million

PHOENIX - A former employee at a large aerospace and technology company in Phoenix was arrested recently for allegedly trying to sell vital information to an undercover FBI agent posing as a Mexican cartel leader.

According to court documents released from the FBI, Robert Miller is a former employee of a large Phoenix company and had access to multiple company passwords. After being let go from the company, Miller was allegedly looking to sell some of the information that he still had access to because of a separate login he had created before his departure.

ABC News said Honeywell International Inc., which has offices in Phoenix, confirmed Miller was an employee with them until February of 2017, but was terminated for unrelated reasons.

Someone tipped off the FBI to Miller's plan and helped set up a meeting that was supposed to be with the Mexican cartel.

Miller was allegedly asking for $2 million for the information.
After allegedly explaining to the undercover agent how to use the information, Miller was arrested without incident.

According to the FBI, Miller claimed he was actually trying to gain information from the cartel because he wanted to become a DEA informant.

Miller has been charged with two counts of computer fraud.

Stay with ABC15 and abc15.com for the latest on this developing situation.

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More:

They stop a expert for trying to sell technology to narcos
Details Posted on Monday, August 14, 2017, Posted by Notimex
Http://www.eldiariodesonora.com.mx/notas.php?nota=94747

Phoenix

An ex-employee of Honeywell Aerospace aerospace company in Phoenix was arrested by federal agents accused of illegally trespassing on the company's satellite tracking system to try to sell a drug cartel information on DEA movements.

According to a statement filed this week by a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent before the Federal Court in Phoenix, Arizona, Robert Miller, a satellite technology expert dismissed last February, expected to get about $ 2 million from selling the Secret codes of access to the company's high-tech localization system.

Miller, 45, owned the "passwords" to access multiple company servers and allegedly created his own access before being fired.

One person, self-styled as 'John Patriot' and later identified as Brandon Harris, alerted the company late last July about Miller's plans and then helped FBI agents set up a plan for his capture.

Miller was arrested after explaining how to use the codes to two undercover FBI agents posing as members of a drug trafficking organization willing to buy the information.

After being arrested on Aug. 4, Miller argued that he was actually trying to get information from the cartel because he wanted to become an informant for the Drug Control Administration? (DEA) of the United States. Honeywell's satellite tracking system (STS) is used by various government and military agencies, including the DEA, to track its air and sea equipment.

This technology, in the hands of a criminal organization, could be used to monitor the movements of DEA helicopters, airplanes, or ships, allowing drug traffickers to evade capture when smuggling narcotics into the United States. Miller will be presented Wednesday before a federal judge for a detention and notice of charges hearing

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

AZMEX SPECIAL 9-8-17

AZMEX SPECIAL 9 AUG 2017

U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons: Criminal Alien Report June 2017
Posted on August 8, 2017
By David Olen Cross

https://docfnc.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/u-s-federal-bureau-of-prisons-criminal-alien-report-june-2017/

The United States having a significant foreign national population residing within the nations boundaries, be they legally or illegally present in the country, unfortunately includes those who commit crimes.

The extent and impact of foreign national crime on the U.S. citizens and residents of this country is unambiguously revealed by a simple search on the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) inmates statistics website under the heading of inmate citizenship.

Here are the countries of origin, moreover, the number and percentage of those countries citizens recently incarcerated in the U.S. BOP prison system (The most recent BOP crime numbers available were from June 24, 2017.).

Inmate Citizenship:

– México 26,007 inmates, 13.9 percent;
– Colombia 1,705 inmates, 0.9 percent;
– Dominican Republic 1,503 inmates, 0.8 percent;
– Cuba 1,235 inmates, 0.7 percent;
– Other / unknown countries 9,518 inmates, 5.1 percent;
– United States 147,414 inmates, 78.7 percent;

Total Inmates 187,382 inmates.

To explain the meaning of these preceding criminal alien inmate numbers and percentages, I will translate them into words:

Combining June 24th BOP criminal alien inmate numbers, there were 39,968 criminal aliens in the BOP prison system. Alien inmates were 21.3 percent of the federal prison population; more than two in every ten inmates were criminal aliens.

With 26,007 Mexican nationals being incarcerated in the BOP prison system, at 65.1 percent, they were the vast majority of criminal aliens in federal prisons.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons breaks down the federal prison population into 13 types of offenses. One of the top five offenses, the reason inmates are serving time in federal prisons is for immigration crimes. There were 14,232 inmates in the BOP prison system incarcerated for immigration crimes; they were 7.6 percent of the federal prison population.

A wakeup call to all American citizens, eventually the majority of these criminal aliens from México, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Cuba and other countries will be released from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons after completing their prison terms.

The country of Mexico, America's neighbor to the south, is both historically and literally a land bridge of many frequently unsecured trails, roads, highways and railways used by persons trying and far too often successfully illegally entering our country.

United States citizens should, if they haven't already, contact their members of the United States Congress (two Senators and one Representative) and tell them to support President Donald J. Trump's commitment to build a wall (fences and technology) along the U.S. border with Mexico to stop the threat of tens of thousands of criminal aliens, once they are released from the federal prison system and deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to their countries of origin, ability to illegally return to this nation and harm its citizens and residents.

David Olen Cross of Salem, Oregon writes on immigration issues and foreign national crime. He is a weekly guest on the Lars Larson Northwest Show. He can be reached at docfnc@yahoo.com or at https://docfnc.wordpress.com/

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

AZMEX UPDATE 1-8-17

AZMEX UPDATE 1 AUG 2017



Trump admin waives environmental laws to allow border wall construction

CNN

9:06 AM, Aug 1, 2017
6 hours ago
http://www.kgun9.com/news/national/trump-admin-waives-environmental-laws-to-allow-border-wall-construction

The Trump administration announced Tuesday it will waive environmental and other laws and regulations that would impede the first phase of construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border.

The Department of Homeland Security decision clears an important hurdle to construction of the wall, and signals an approach the administration could take in the future when it seeks to build additional sections of wall or fence.

The waiver announced Tuesday applies to "a variety of environmental, natural resource, and land management laws" in the San Diego sector, one of the most-crossed regions of the border and the site where border wall prototypes are scheduled to be constructed later this year.

The 15-mile stretch identified in the waiver also includes 14 miles of replacement secondary fencing, for which Customs and Border Protection has requested funding from Congress.

Despite the waiver, construction will not begin for at least several more months because federal officials are currently reviewing a protest by a company that competed for, but was not awarded, a building contract. That process delays any construction on the prototypes, which have been authorized by congressional appropriators, until November at the earliest.

The waiver applies to 37 laws and regulations, most of them environmental in nature, a Homeland Security official told CNN. The department said it would publish the full waiver "in the coming days."

DHS said in a statement it "remains committed to environmental stewardship with respect to these projects."

The announcement follows concerns raised by conservation groups and Democrats that border barriers would hurt the environment. Most recently, environmental groups were alarmed with soil sampling conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers in a Rio Grande Valley wildlife sanctuary. Homeland Security officials said the refuge testing was part of broader work by the Army Corps to prepare for fencing the department wants to build.

DHS has used the waiver multiple times in the past, including to build border fence from 2005 to 2008. The waivers were challenged in the courts, but each time federal judges granted DHS the authority to move forward, according to a Congressional Research Service report. The Supreme Court declined two requests to review the issue.

Construction of a Mexican-funded border wall was a key campaign promise of President Donald Trump. During the transition period before he took office, Trump's incoming administration began reviewing environmental laws and other potential obstacles to construction.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

AZMEX I3 POLICY 25-7-17

AZMEX I3 POLICY 25 JUL 2017


Phoenix police chief explains department's new immigration policy
Posted: Jul 24, 2017 6:36 PM MST
Updated: Jul 24, 2017 6:36 PM MST
By Donna Rossi

http://www.azfamily.com/story/35960469/phoenix-police-chief-explains-departments-new-immigration-policy

Phoenix police chief explains department's new immigration policy
'The Phoenix Police Department ... [is] committed to protecting and serving every member of our diverse community ...,' Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams says on the department's website. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

The Phoenix Police Department implemented a new immigration policy starting just after midnight Monday morning.

The new policy has even undergone a name change, from immigration "enforcement" to immigration "procedures."


The changes in the policy stem from recommendations made by an ad hoc committee convened by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton earlier in the year and approved by the full Phoenix City Council in April.
(AZMEX I3 20-4-17 https://ktar.com/story/1536938/phoenix-police-to-not-take-part-in-federal-immigration-deportations/ )


Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams admits politics played a part in the policy changes but she said she prefers to focus on her goal regarding the changes as they pertain to perception.
"I have to have the responsibility that the people we are protecting and serving feel confident in calling us, are not fearful of calling us," she said. "And we had some components in that policy, in my personal opinion, that created that dynamic."

That is particularly pertinent, said Williams, as it relates to the addition of a section dealing specifically with school resource officers.

According to the new section, "SROs or any other officers must not ask immigration questions or contact ICE for any purposes while on school grounds."

Williams said her officers were not enforcing immigration laws and the department had not received any complaints suggesting they were, but she had heard anecdotal stories from students concerned about going to a campus police office for fear either they or their parents might be deported.

"There was this assumption that when you ask someone a question about identification, some people in the community equated identification with you asking immigration status. So, we just kind of removed that dynamic out of the equation," said Williams.

The head of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association said he believes the new policy is 100-percent politically motivated.

"It's really dangerous when you start letting politicians and select activist groups dictate and determine the direction of police policy and enforcement procedures," Ken Crane, the president of the organization, said. "That's what's going to start getting people hurt out there. And it's dangerous when you cater to select groups to satisfy a political agenda. That's clearly what's going on here."

Crane also said the old policy was working fine, and he, too, reiterated that the department had not been accused of biased policing, racial profiling or, in particular, SROs enforcing immigration laws.

"Our SROs have not been engaging in immigration enforcement in schools," Crane said. "So, most of them, if you interviewed them would say, 'It's really not going to change how I do business.'"


The Phoenix Police Department respects the dignity of all persons and recognizes the sanctity of human life, rights and liberty. We are committed to protecting and serving every member of our diverse community and ensuring that crime victims and witnesses feel comfortable and confident when reporting crimes to our officers. As your chief, I commit to you that racial profiling will not be tolerated. We will continue to ensure everyone's safety by continuing our crime suppression efforts and focusing on crimes that most affect our local community. As always, we will be guided by state law which dictates our responsibilities when dealing with arrested people.

Williams agrees. While the policy in written form looks, feels and reads very differently from the old policy, Williams said the interaction the community will have with Phoenix police officers will not change. The policy will just reassure the entire community that they will be treated with respect and dignity.

Under the new policy, Phoenix police officers will still verify the immigration status of all people arrested.

The new policy also identifies a single point of contact for all immigration inquiries. Williams said this will improve data collection, record keeping and allow for the department to know exactly how many times Phoenix police have contacted or turned over arrestees to federal authorities.

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Don't forget: "the decisions of who enters Mexico, are made by Mexico and only Mexico"
Luis Videgaray Caso, Mexican Foreign Minister
10 March, 2017

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AZMEX I3 16-7-17

AZMEX I3 16 JUL 2017

Note: As usual, "immigrant" or "migrant" means illegal immigrant. Legal immigrants do not face criminal charges.

Don't forget: "the decisions of who enters Mexico, are made by Mexico and only Mexico"
Luis Videgaray Caso, Mexican Foreign Minister
10 March, 2017
thx


Immigrants now facing criminal charges for first offenses
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS | JULY 14, 2017 AT 6:39 PM
UPDATED: JULY 14, 2017 AT 6:43 PM
http://ktar.com/story/1657977/immigrants-now-facing-criminal-charges-first-offenses/

PHOENIX — Migrants who are caught crossing the border illegally for the first time are now facing criminal charges in federal court in Arizona as the Trump administration steps up efforts to deter illegal immigration.

First-time offenders until recently were deported instead of being criminally prosecuted.

That changed as of June in the Tucson Sector, which includes most of Arizona's border with Mexico and which has already seen the prosecution of 565 first-time offenders, the agency said in a news release on Thursday.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says immigrants are charged with misdemeanors and tried in federal court under Operation Streamline, a 12-year-old initiative in which migrants are charged, enter pleas and are sentenced within a few minutes in large groups.

Critics of Operation Streamline say it burdens the courts and results in migrants going through more dangerous routes to avoid getting caught. The Border Patrol says it decreases recidivism.

Tucson Sector spokesman Daniel Hernandez said the agency is able to go after first-time offenders because fewer border crossers have freed up resources. The program for first-time offenders is already in place in one part of Texas and was previously in effect in Tucson, although it has been several years since it was used.

"This one is aimed specifically to deter people from coming to the country illegally in a way that prevents deaths," Hernandez said. "It creates consequences in the west desert region where we're having a lot of people distressed."

The Tucson Sector has seen a rash of heat deaths and rescues during the past few weeks even as illegal border crossings are at an all-time low.

Border crossers without a prior record are being turned over to federal prosecutors, Hernandez said.

First-time offenders are charged with a misdemeanor and are typically sentenced to time served unless they have aggravating circumstances, said Cosme Lopez, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona. He said that two Customs and Border Protection attorneys are detailed to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tucson and that they exclusively handle the program docket.

A recent docket for Operation Streamline, which takes place in Tucson several times a week, shows that 58 immigrants were tried on Thursday. About 35 were first-time offenders who were charged with improper entry. The rest were migrants who have previously been caught at the border and were charged with illegal re-entry.

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Ariz. Border Patrol Arrest Over 500 Illegal Aliens Under "One And Done Initiative"
July 14, 2017
OAN Newsroom
http://www.oann.com/ariz-border-patrol-arrest-over-500-illegal-aliens-under-one-and-done-initiative/

Officials along the U.S.-Mexico Border nab over 560 illegal aliens in just one month alone.

The Customs and Border Protection Agency prosecuted 565 people who were arrested on their first attempt at crossing the border near Tucson, Arizona in June.

Crossing illegally just one time results in a misdemeanor charge, while multiple crossings become a felony.

Before June, most illegal immigrants were not charged on their first attempt at crossing the border.

Officials say the "one and done initiative" was reinstated to prevent illegals from injury or death while crossing the Sonoran Desert.

Last month Border Patrol rescued 80 illegals who were lost in that desert.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

AZMEX POLICY 23-7-17

AZMEX POLICY 23 JUL 2017



Legislators write letter to oppose border wall, appropriations bill
FRANK GARZA | STAFF WRITER Jul 21, 2017

http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/article_0a6977ab-cc94-5c51-89d4-5d21eb8c7bae.html

U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, has joined his Border Caucus Co-Chair Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, in penning a letter in opposition of the 2018 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill.

The letter is addressed to Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen of the Committee on Appropriations, Chairman John Carter of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security, ranking member of the Committee on Appropriations Nita Lowey, and Lucille Roybal-Allard, ranking member of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security.

The two legislators vow to oppose bills on the House floor that attach "poison pills" like border wall funding.

"Making American taxpayers pay $1.6 billion for a portion of the wall is asinine. I understand Republicans want to give President Trump one win due to his failed six months in office, but this is just irresponsible," Vela said in a press release. "The border wall will rip our community apart, stomp on landowners' rights, and on the wildlife of the Rio GrandeValley, including the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge."

The wall, they wrote, will "serve as an un-American symbol of hatred toward immigrants who contribute so much to our country."


Co-signers of the letter include U.S. Reps. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, Ruben Gallegos, D-Arizona, Gene Green, D-Texas, Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, Juan Vargas, D-California, Vicente Gonzalez, D-Texas, Henry Cuellar, D-Texas and Marck Veasey, D- Texas.


Hundreds of private landowners and municipalities have had their property condemned, and lawsuits are still pending, Vela said.

"I have been in contact with Efren Olivares. That's his expertise, and he represents many of those landowners. Some of these landowners at a point go ahead and sell the land to get it over with, but others are still resisting," Vela said.

Olivares is a lawyer with the Texas Civil Rights Project. He is handling 15 cases dealing with eminent domain in the Rio GrandeValley.

From the Otay Mountain Wilderness Area to the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge, protected lands have been torn apart by border barriers. The continuation of a border wall will push endangered ocelots, jaguars, Sonoran pronghorns, and other species closer to extinction, and will harm eco-tourism, the letter states.

The legislators note an instance in Nogales, where border walls contributed to flooding that resulted in millions of dollars of damage and two people drowning. More border wall construction in the Rio Grande flood plain poses a serious flooding risk, they write.

"Last week, the Department of Homeland Security got caught doing some geotechnical testing at the Santa Ana Refuge. Congress voted on a budget three months ago — I voted against it — that funded 292 miles of replacement fencing in Arizona and California, and 40 miles of planning and construction that would allow them to close the gates, 35 in the Valley," Vela said.

The Sierra Club, Vela said, was concerned about the geotechnical testing. Members initially thought Homeland Security was moving forward with wall construction at the refuge.

Vela has an idea as to what that may have been about.
"The language is kind of vague in the last budget. When it says planning, they used some of that money, I think, to pay for that geotechnical testing in preparation for building a wall," Vela said. "(I think) they're currently banking on the fact that Congress will give them more money in the 2018 budget."

The Southern border "is not a war zone." Communities along the border are some of the safest in the U.S., the letter states.

Border security is important, but there are other ways to approach the issue. One such option is a virtual wall. It is unclear how much it would cost, but the cost does not matter, Vela said.

"Today, we have telescopic devices that can see butterflies two miles away. I just think we ought to be using people and technology rather than walls," Vela said. "We know the wall's not effective. Build it 12 feet high and they'll build ladders 14 feet high."

Vela said he discusses this alternative with other legislators regularly.

Vela believes members of the Border Caucus and Hispanic Caucus will fight the bill. The entire Democratic Caucus might. However, the party is in the minority, and it is likely some measure will come out of the U.S. House of Representatives next week.
"We're so deep in the minority that we get rolled over," Vela said.

Vela does not believe the U.S. Senate will consider the funding until the fall.
If the bill does pass, there is not much that can be done to stop it. Even so, Vela will keep fighting.
"We keep fighting to make sure in the future no further funding is spent, but at the end of the day, it's a matter of taking over one of the branches of government so in the future it won't happen," Vela said.

fgarza@brownsvilleherald.com

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Friday, July 21, 2017

AZMEX EXTRA 14-7-17

AZMEX EXTRA 14 JUL 2017

Note: photos at links;

Mexican troops seize mini-machine gun, assault rifles in Nuevo Laredo
By César Rodriguez,
LMTonline.com / Laredo Morning Times
Published 10:12 am, Friday, July 14, 2017

http://www.lmtonline.com/border-mexico/article/Mexican-troops-seize-mini-machine-gun-assault-11288912.php#photo-13209911

Mexican soldiers said they seized the weapons shown in this picture in Nuevo Laredo. Authorities also arrested five people in connection with the case.

Mexican soldiers said they seized the weapons shown in this picture in Nuevo Laredo. Authorities also arrested five people in connection with the case.
Mexican troops said they arrested five people and seized 11 firearms Wednesday in northwest Nuevo Laredo.
At about 5:30 a.m., Secretariat of the National Defense, or SEDENA, soldiers patrolling on Calle Zihuatanejo in Colonia Buena Vista came across a suspicious pickup truck.
Authorities said the occupants seemed nervous as soldiers were in the area.

An inspection of the pickup yielded nine AR-15s,
an M4 assault rifle, a mini-machine gun,
125 magazines and
6,900 rounds of ammo.

Soldiers said they also seized three pickups,
six grenades and
six bulletproof vests,
among other tactical equipment.
Troops did not identify the people detained.

Cartel activity continues in the Nuevo Laredo area. Last week, troops seized more than 90 assault rifles, 30,000 rounds of ammo and grenade launchers, among other tactical equipment.

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Also: Mexican army seizes arsenal of weapons in Nuevo Laredo
Over 90 assault rifles and 30,000 rounds of ammo discovered
By César Rodriguez, LMTonline.com /
Laredo Morning Times Published 11:11 pm, Saturday, July 8, 2017

http://www.lmtonline.com/local/crime/article/Mexican-army-seizes-arsenal-of-weapons-in-Nuevo-11275514.php

Mexico's army has seized more than 90 assault rifles, five grenade launchers and 30,000 rounds of ammo in northwest Nuevo Laredo, authorities said.
The Secretariat of the National Defense, known was SEDENA, said they seized the arsenal Friday in Colonia Toboganes.

"These results impact the organization and infrastructure of criminal groups that are members of organized crime. With their actions, they undermine the development and social peace for the Tamaulipecos," states a SEDENA news release.
Tamaulipas Gov. Francisco Javier García Cabeza de Vaca reacted to the news on Twitter, posting photos of the weaponry followed by a message to the soldiers.

"My appreciation to the SEDENA troops for the arsenal seizure in (Nuevo Laredo). (These are) actions to combat organized crime in (Tamaulipas)," he posted.
Gunmen
Early Friday, soldiers patrolling the area came across armed people near a home. Gunmen scattered as they noticed law enforcement presence.
Soldiers then inspected the home and discovered firearms, magazines, cartridges and military-type uniforms. Mexico's attorney general will take over the items seized. An investigation is underway.

Authorities seized the following:
78 AR-15s
13 AK-47s, or "Cuerno de Chivo"
Three .50-caliber Barretts
Four rifles
Five grenade launchers
13 grenades
One rocket for an RPG, an anti-tank weapon
30,000 rounds of various ammo
1,379 clips for AR-15s and AK-47s
20 military-type uniforms

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AZMEX I3 POLICY 21-7-17

AZMEX I3 POLICY 21 JUL 2017

Note: Of course, as always, it is all about illegal immigrants, not "immigrants".

Don't forget: "the decisions of who enters Mexico, are made by Mexico and only Mexico"
Luis Videgaray Caso, Mexican Foreign Minister
10 March, 2017



Senators reintroduce Dream Act to give immigrants path to citizenship
BY KTAR.COM
JULY 20, 2017 AT 4:04 PM

http://ktar.com/story/1663751/senators-reintroduce-dream-act-give-immigrants-path-citizenship/

PHOENIX — The Dream Act, which would give some young immigrants a shot at becoming United States citizens, was reintroduced in the Senate on Thursday.

The act would create a path to citizenship for immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally when they were children.

"These young people have lived in America since they were children and built their lives here," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of the bill's sponsors, said in a press release. "There is support across the country for allowing Dreamers — who have records of achievement — to stay, work, and reach their full potential."

Dreamers would be required to graduate from high school or obtain their GED and either pursue a higher education, work for three years or serve in the military.

"We should not squander these young people's talents and penalize our own nation," Graham said. "Our legislation would allow these young people who grew up in the United States to contribute more fully to the country they love."

They would also have to demonstrate an understanding of both the English language and U.S. history, pass a background check and have a clean criminal record.

Graham cosponsored the bill with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who introduced the original Dream Act 16 years ago. "I'll continue fighting until it becomes the law of the land," he said in the release.

Several versions of the Dream Act have been introduced over the years but, for varying reasons, it has failed to pass each time.

NBC News said Thursday's act was introduced hurriedly, as a group of conservative attorneys have demanded President Donald Trump's administration stop accepting and renewing deportation deferrals under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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S.1615 - A bill to authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain individuals who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States as children and for other purposes.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1615/cosponsors

Cosponsor Date Cosponsored
Sen. Durbin, Richard J. [D-IL]* 07/20/2017
Sen. Flake, Jeff [R-AZ]* 07/20/2017
Sen. Schumer, Charles E. [D-NY]* 07/20/2017

Text: S.1615 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
As of 07/21/2017 text has not been received for S.1615 - A bill to authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain individuals who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States as children and for other purposes.


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Thursday, July 13, 2017

AZMEX I3 13-7-17

AZMEX I3 13 JUL 2017

Note: Of course, as always, it is all about illegal immigrants, not "immigrants".

Don't forget: "the decisions of who enters Mexico, are made by Mexico and only Mexico"
Luis Videgaray Caso, Mexican Foreign Minister
10 March, 2017

thx


Fight flares in Arizona over tuition for young immigrants
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS | JULY 13, 2017 AT 5:43 AM
UPDATED: JULY 13, 2017 AT 12:12 PM

http://ktar.com/story/1655333/daca-tuition-immigrants-russell-pearce/

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2011 file photo, Arizona State Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, left, prepares to address the media in Mesa, Ariz., after losing his recall election bid, as Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpiao, right, stands by his side. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

PHOENIX (AP) — A former Arizona lawmaker known as the driving force behind most of the state's toughest immigration laws is moving to challenge the university system for temporarily allowing young immigrants protected from deportation to keep paying lower-cost in-state tuition.

It comes after a court ruled that students in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program must pay higher-cost out-of-state tuition. The Arizona Board of Regents, which oversees three public universities and other colleges, voted soon afterward to allow in-state costs to stand while the issue is under court review.

The court decision last month sets Arizona apart from other states that are granting in-state tuition to young immigrants in recipients of former President Barack Obama's program. That includes Republican-dominant states such as Oklahoma, Tennessee and Nebraska.

The Trump administration has stepped up immigration enforcement and says it has not decided the program's fate.

Russell Pearce, a former state Senate president who helped create the landmark 2010 immigration enforcement law SB1070, said Wednesday that different law prohibits benefits for anyone living here illegally.

"I come here from Idaho or Utah or Texas and you have to pay out of state tuition but I'm in the country illegally and I don't?" Pearce said. "It's crazy it doesn't make sense and it's a violation of the Constitution."

Pearce sent a letter Tuesday to state Attorney General Mark Brnovich, giving him 60 days to sue the Board of Regents over its decision before threatening to take legal action himself.

The attorney general's office didn't immediately return a request for comment.

Arizona State University student and DACA recipient Edder Diaz Martinez said that without paying in-state tuition, he would only be able to afford one class per semester, potentially setting him back years before he could complete his senior year of college.

"The initial feeling was, of course, frustration because this is something that we have fought for for a very long time and we had victories — positive results at lower courts and we now are having setbacks," said Diaz Martinez, 26, who works full time to pay his tuition.

The Arizona Court of Appeals overturned a 2015 decision by a lower-court judge saying DACA recipients were considered legally present in the U.S. under federal immigration laws and therefore qualified for state benefits.

The Maricopa County Community College District board said it will ask the Arizona Supreme Court to overturn the ruling.

Pearce was known as the most full-throated advocate for tougher immigration enforcement during his more than 10 years as a state senator.

He was the chief sponsor of the contentious immigration law SB 1070 requiring police officers, when enforcing other laws, to question the immigration status of those suspected of being in the country illegally.

He also wrote laws that barred employers from hiring people in the United States illegally, denied bail to immigrants charged with certain crimes, declared English the state's official language and prohibited immigrants from being awarded punitive damages in lawsuits.

But Diaz Martinez said he is still feeling hopeful, calling Pearce's threat to sue "just an intimidation tactic."

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Earlier :
http://ktar.com/story/1638873/community-colleges-to-take-in-state-daca-tuition-to-arizona-high-court/4


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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

AZMEX I3 SPECIAL 12-7-17

AZMEX I3 SPECIAL 12 JUL 2017

Note: as always it is about nationals in the U.S. illegally.
Those living in the U.S. legally typically keep their green cards on them.
Gracias


Mexican Consulate's campaign encourages Mexican nationals to have documents ready
MOLLY SMITH | STAFF WRITER 1 hr ago (0)

http://www.themonitor.com/news/immigration/article_b3e42a80-6771-11e7-a92c-cb2dd9046a2f.html

People wait inside the Mexican Consulate office Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in McAllen. The office is encouraging Mexican citizens living in the U.S. to get their immigration papers in order in case they are detained following the passing of SB4 into law.
Nathan Lambrecht

Guillermo Ordorica Robles, Mexican consul at the McAllen office, talks about his efforts to make sure Mexican citizens living in the area have their immigration paperwork in order Tuesday July 11, 2017, in McAllen.
Nathan Lambrecht

McALLEN — The Mexican Consulate here wants to help Mexican nationals be prepared in case they unexpectedly have to leave the country.

It launched a new campaign this week, "Protect Your Important Documents," to encourage Mexicans living in Hidalgo, Starr and Brooks counties to organize their paperwork and have it easily accessible.

"The (Mexican) community is asking for the support of the consulate in face of the uncertainty that exists in the state of Texas and along the border region about what could happen to them given possible migratory actions leading to deportation," Guillermo Ordorica Robles, Mexico's consul general in McAllen, said in Spanish.

Starting this week, all visitors to the consulate will receive a complimentary file folder in which to store identification and financial documents, such as birth certificates, passports, consular ID cards, bank statements, tax returns and academic certificates.

Consular officials gave out more than 200 folders on Monday alone.

Ordorica Robles attributes rising uncertainty in the community to anti-immigrant rhetoric nationwide and the passage of Senate Bill 4 in Texas.

SB 4, which is set to take effect Sept. 1, allows local law enforcement officers to ask people, who have been arrested or detained, about their immigration status. It also mandates cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

"People fear, which is normal, that they could be deported at any moment," Ordorica Robles said.

Since Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB 4 into law on May 7, the number of Mexicans in Texas calling the Center for Information and Assistance for Mexicans increased 678 percent compared to May and June of last year, according to Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. CIAM is a 24-hour hotline run by Mexico's network of U.S. consulates.

Ordorica Robles also said the McAllen consulate has seen an increase in Mexican nationals requesting legal information and expedited consular documents.

"We are encouraging people to come to the consulate to inform themselves and to obtain their documents — their birth certificate, voter ID, consular ID card — so in case they have to leave the country, they'll do so in an orderly manner," he said. "The consulate is their ally — we're going to support them and represent them."

msmith@themonitor.com



Note: The mayor and majority of council are with the pro criminal democrat party.
The new Phx police chief is from Calif.
Thx


Phoenix police mulls altering immigration-enforcement policy
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BY ASSOCIATED PRESS | JULY 11, 2017 AT 7:45 PM
UPDATED: JULY 11, 2017 AT 7:46 PM

http://ktar.com/story/1653519/immigration-phoenix-police-enforcement/

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Police Department is considering policy changes that would limit when and where a person's immigration status applies to local police work.

The revised immigration-enforcement policy would bar officers from asking a crime victim or witness about their immigration status.

It also would prohibit school-resource officers from contacting Immigration and Customs Enforcement while on school grounds, according to a draft version of the policy.

The policy amendments would not change how police interact with a suspect, regardless of immigration status. All arrested individuals have their immigration status verified by the federal government before they're released, under Arizona law.

The union representing Phoenix police officers says the proposed changes look to fix something that's not broken and would leave officers hamstrung in certain investigations, The Arizona Republic reported.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona says it would like to see further safeguards against biased policing in even more situations.

Phoenix police Sgt. Jonathan Howard said the policy still is being reviewed and revised but declined to discuss which portions would be identified for future amendments.

"We sought the input of community leaders and organizations and are in the process of modernizing our existing policy regarding immigration," he said.

The proposals come amid a national conversation on immigration and policing, reignited by President Donald Trump and his executive orders that allow local police to take a more aggressive role in identifying people who do not have legal status.

The draft revisions come as a result of recommendations from a Phoenix City Council subcommittee formed by Mayor Greg Stanton in February after Trump signed the order.

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AZMEX UPDATE 1-7-17

AZMEX UPDATE 1 JUL 2017

Note: drugs & more drugs.


Find 600 liters of liquid opium in Sinaloa Leyva
June 30, 2017 by Editorial Staff

http://riodoce.mx/narcotrafico-2/encuentran-600-litros-de-opio-liquido-en-sinaloa-de-leyva

The Attorney General's Office initiated investigation folder of crimes against health, after the seizure of substances and precursor chemicals used to make synthetic drugs in that state.

The discovery of this clandestine laboratory took place near the town of Santa Ana, municipality of Sinaloa de Leyva, by members of the Secretariat of National Defense, who made delivery site staff Criminal Investigation Agency, to perform the inspection, processing and research.

Therein the following was found: 600 liters of a liquid apparently liquid opium, contained in a tub and a drum 60 kilograms of a solid brown, apparently opium residue contained in two bags, 15 kg of white powder used to produce heroin, contained in a cuvette, 750 milliliters of a liquid substance apparently hydrochloric acid, contained in a bottle, three metal presses, two tubs, two pots and a container.

They were made available to the Social Representative assigned to the Deputy Regional Control, Criminal Proceedings and Amparo Federation in the state delegation, who continues with investigations by the aforementioned crime against the person or persons responsible.

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Agents Find Heroin Concealed in Woman's Groin
Release Date: June 30, 2017
https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/local-media-release/agents-find-heroin-concealed-woman-s-groin

TUCSON, Ariz. – Nogales Station Border Patrol agents working the Interstate 19 immigration checkpoint Wednesday afternoon found more than 2 pounds of heroin concealed in the groin area of a 58-year-old Mexican woman. heroin was discovered during an immigration inspection on a commercial shuttle-bus. When a female agent obtained permission from the woman to conduct a body search, the agent detected a foreign object in the woman's groin area.

Agents arrested the woman for narcotics smuggling after determining the object was a package of heroin, worth almost $35,000. She was then transported to the Nogales Border Patrol Station and later turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for processing.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the U.S.Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free.

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PGR gets prison for person arrested carrying 55 liters of Crystal at Navojoa
Rolando Castaneda

Http://www.elregionaldesonora.com.mx/noticia/68107

Navojoa.-The Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), through the Deputy Attorney General for Regional Control, Criminal Procedures and Amparo, in his State Delegation in Sonora, obtained from a Judge sentence of a person, for the crime of Against Health, in the modality of Transport of Methamphetamine Hydrochloride, in support to the state program "The Truth of the Crystal".

According to what was established in the Research Folder, elements of the Federal Police, Navojoa Station, in the vicinity of the National Highway 1460, Los Mochis-Ciudad Obregón section, Juan Ignacio "N" was detained on board a vehicle with plates of the State of Sinaloa, which came from Pueblos Unidos, Culiacán, Sinaloa and was bound for Tijuana, Baja California.
At the time of reviewing the unit, the federal elements located and secured three plastic jugs, which contained 55 liters of methamphetamine.

This was placed at the disposal of the Deputy Attorney General for Regional Control, Criminal Procedures and Amparo (SCRPPA), in his State Delegation in Sonora, while Juan Ignacio "N" was held at CEFERESO # 11, based in Hermosillo , Sonora.

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New model of addiction surveillance presented in Nogales
Nogales, Sonora, June 29, 2017.-

Http://www.elregionaldesonora.com.mx/noticia/68095

Adolfo García Morales, Felix Higuera Romero, Director General of Mental Health, presented the new and innovative Information Model developed in Sonora for the System of Epidemiological Surveillance of Addictions (SISVEA) ).
This, in the framework of the Seventh Regular Session of the Transversal Council held in Nogales.
SISVEA is a system created by the technological area of ​​the Ministry of Public Security to record sociodemographic data of the person who goes to a governmental or non-governmental treatment center, explains Félix Higuera.

The session included units of the three orders of government and civil society organizations, grouped around the inter-institutional strategy that takes place in colonies focused on the State framework of the Prevention Program Citizen Shield.

The director of Mental Health and Addictions explained that this system indicates with which drug a person began his addiction, that is to say what is the drug with which they come back to ask for help to a hospital.
It is also followed in this virtual program in the type of consumption, the route of administration of the drug, the risks and the characteristics of the addiction.

"By having these geo-referenced data, they tell us in which street, colony and sector of the city is presenting the consumption of a particular drug, this tool being a great help for violence and crime prevention programs, such as programs Prevention and care of domestic violence, let's remember that addiction leads to violence or commiting criminal acts, "said Félix Higuera.

For his part, State Security Secretary Adolfo García Morales reminded those present of the frontal fight that is being carried out in relation to drugs, either from prevention within the Citizen Shield program, a program backed by Governor Claudia Pavlovich Arellano , Combined with the combat against its sale and distribution, mainly of the crystal.

These types of tools come to process information and provide more accurate data to give an effective and immediate response.

During the session, the participation of civil society was very important, including Cecilio Luna Salazar, President of the State Association of Parents, as well as Jesús Antonio Ruiz Miranda, delegate of the Mexican Central of General Services of Alcoholics Anonymous, Sonora north; Dr. Germán Palafox Moyers, Coordinator of the Observatory Citizen Security, who with their participation and proposals enriched the event.
At the Seventh Ordinary Session, a report on activities carried out within the framework of the "The Truth of the Crystal" campaign was presented; Palafox Moyers presented an evaluation of actions carried out by the members of the Transversal Board of Directors and a protest was made to the members of the Municipal Operative Council and a collaboration agreement was signed between the SSP and the Central Mexican General Services of Alcoholics Anonymous A.C.

The event was attended by Luis Tadeo Velasco Fimbres, Secretary of the City Council representing Mayor Cuauhtémoc Galindo; Lieutenant Colonel Jose Villafaña Ortiz, on behalf of DEM Brigadier Salvador Fernando Cervantes Loza, commander of the 45th Military Zone.
Also participating were Juan Pablo Acosta Guti

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

AZMEX I3 9-7-17

AZMEX I3 9 JUL 2017

Note: More details ?

9th Circuit Opens Door for Mass Release of Illegal Immigrant Minors
July 7, 2017

http://www.libertyheadlines.com/9th-circuit-opens-door-mass-release-illegal-immigrant-minors/?AID=7236

(LifeZette) The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday that illegal immigrant minors must be granted a bond hearing – a hearing in which the burden of proof is on the government to show why the person should be held rather than released.

9th Circuit Opens Door for Mass Release of Illegal Immigrant Minors"The overall issue is that it releases people we know nothing about and can't properly vet," says Matthew O'Brien, a former trial attorney for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) who now works for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

The justices of the 9th Circuit ruled against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, and the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, writing that two federal laws did not invalidate a 1997 settlement in which the government had agreed to certain things regarding the detention and release of illegal immigrant juveniles. According to this settlement, referred to as the Flores settlement, minors cannot be held without being given a bond hearing at which they have the right to be represented by a lawyer, and at which the government has to make an argument for why they should be held.

In a bond hearing in a regular criminal case, O'Brien notes, the government would have to show that the person is a danger or is a flight risk in order for a judge to agree that they should be held pending a trial.

Under mandatory detention rules, all illegal immigrants have always been considered a flight risk, as they were unlikely to show up at a future court appearance.

"That puts this on its head," says O'Brien of the 9th Circuit's decision, and adds that it removes a lot of the discretion normally accorded to ICE and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

The case, he says, represents a "further erosion" of those agencies' power to determine who should not be released for national security reasons.

"The interests of alien children should not trump the security interests of the citizens of the United States," he told LifeZette.

In the original Flores case, which dates to the 80s, a 15-year-old girl from El Salvador who'd entered the country illegally was handcuffed and detained in an area with minors of both sexes for two months.

But things have changed since the 80s, and the influx of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Mexico and Central America, most of them male, created a crisis at the border in 2014 and 2015 after President Barack Obama signed the executive order creating DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Tens of thousands of illegal immigrant minors from Mexico and Central America have been released in the last few years and placed around the country. Many have joined the ranks of criminal gangs like MS-13 in small, previously peaceful small towns like Central Islip on Long Island, where a teenage girl was murdered by young gang members last year. The Department of Homeland Security estimates that there are more than 1,000 MS-13 members in towns on Long Island, and that most came to the U.S. as unaccompanied minors.

And while those claiming to be minors are supposed to show documentation to verify their age, many don't have anything, making it very easy for an illegal immigrant who is 18 or older to claim that he is a minor, and thus win release – and escape deportation.

But why would they be in a detention center in the first place?

A 2008 law meant to protect victims of human trafficking made it difficult for the U.S. government to deport unaccompanied minors. The law required the government to institute a legal process for unaccompanied minors from Central America, in particular, rather than quickly returning them to their countries. The legal process usually takes several years, and more often than not results in the minors remaining in the U.S.

Added to this is a special visa program that awards permanent residency status – "green cards" – to thousands of illegal immigrants who were detained as juveniles.

The 9th Circuit's decision applies only to the western states – California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Nevada – and also Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, and the Mariana Islands.

But other federal appeals courts are likely to consider its decision in similar cases, and it throws yet another wrench into the Trump administration's efforts to enforce immigration laws.

"I think all these things do is hobble the federal government and hobble ICE as they attempt to do their jobs," says O'Brien. "We believe they should be challenging things like this. There's no reason why, 20 years later, the government should be hewing to this agreement," he said, referring to the Flores settlement.

After the 9th Circuit blocked the travel ban and the attempt to withhold funds from any city that refused to cooperate with enforcement of immigration laws, President Donald Trump said that he was "absolutely" considering proposals to break up the 9th Circuit, presumably into two or more smaller courts.

And now, he has a third reason to consider such a proposal.

Republished with permission from LifeZette via iCopyright license.

AZMEX UPDATE 10-7-17

AZMEX UPDATE 10 JUL 2017

No, did not make this up. Consider also the source, La Raza / AP.
Gracias



Largest US Latino group changing name to be more inclusive
Associated Press
10:59 AM, Jul 10, 2017
4 hours ago

http://www.kgun9.com/news/local-news/largest-us-latino-group-changing-name-to-be-more-inclusive

PHOENIX (AP) - The nation's largest Latino civil rights group is changing its name to make it less polarizing and more inclusive.

National Council of La Raza, or NCLR, will announce Monday that will be known as UnidosUS.

President Janet Murguia said the name change was three years in the making and was in response to members of the organization who felt the term "raza" was outdated and didn't resonate with them.

The term means "the people" and was coined to describe the various races Mexican people come from. Chicano civil rights activists made the term popular in the 1960s and 1970s.

Murguia pronounces the "US" in UnidosUS like the abbreviation for the United States but says it's purposely missing the punctuation so that it can be interpreted as either "us" or "U.S."

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

AZMEX EXTRA 8-7-17

AZMEX EXTRA 8 JUL 2017



Former TPD officer receives sentence for illegal sales of firearms
Friday, July 7th 2017, 3:35 pm MST
By Tucson News Now Staff

Joe Santiago Valles (Source: Tucson Police Department)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/35836750/former-tpd-officer-receives-sentence-for-illegal-sales-of-firearms

On Thursday, July 6, a former Tucson Police officer received his sentence from U.S. District Judge James A. Soto.

According to a Department of Justice news release, Joe Santiago Valles will serve 78 months in prison, after his trial where he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the U.S., tampering, aiding and abetting false statements from firearms transactions, tampering with a witness, and identity theft.

Valles was a business partner with a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) in Tucson from Oct. 2015 to April 20, 2016. According to the release Valles and the FFL used identities of individuals who were not purchasing firearms, to submit ATF Form 4473 claiming they were the purchasers. An ATF Form 4473 is required to legally purchase or acquire firearms from FFLs.

The FFL and Valles used the fraudulent forms to hide the identity of the true buyers. During the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives investigation, 35 firearm transactions were completed, including 24 semi-automatic pistols and rifles. The purchases were made using identities that Valles, who was a TPD officer at the time, stole from two people he had contact with through his official duties.

According to the release, these two identities were listed as buyers in 29 firearm transactions, when in fact they were not the purchasers.
One of the firearms was intercepted at the Nogales Port of Entry, while a second firearm, a .50 caliber semi-automatic rifle was seized by Mexican authorities.


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Also:
Former Tucson Police identity theft and illegally selling firearms
Posted: Jul 07, 2017 5:43 PM MST
Updated: Jul 07, 2017 5:43 PM MST
Written By Hannah Palaniuk

http://www.kvoa.com/story/35837348/former-tucson-police-identity-theft-and-illegally-selling-firearms
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

AZMEX SPECIAL 19-6-17

AZMEX SPECIAL 19 JUN 2017


Spouses of twins who turned on 'El Chapo' tell story of 'Cartel Wives'
BOOKS 06/17/2017, 08:07am
Brothers Pedro (left) and Margarito Flores rose from street-level Chicago drug dealers to the top of the cartel world, federal prosecutors say. | U.S. Marshals Service
Frank Main

http://chicago.suntimes.com/entertainment/spouses-of-twins-who-turned-on-el-chapo-tell-story-of-cartel-wives/

Their friends think they're "average soccer moms" separated from their husbands.

In reality, Olivia Flores and Mia Flores are in protective custody to avoid coming into contact with the hit men — sicarios — of the Sinaloa cartel.

They're the wives of Chicago's biggest drug traffickers — Pedro Flores and Margarito Flores Jr. — identical twins who cooperated with prosecutors against Sinaloa Cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

In their new book "Cartel Wives," the women describe once living in a Mexican mountaintop estate with servants and a menagerie of animals including horses, monkeys, even a tiger cub.


"Cartel Wives, A True Story of Deadly Decisions, Steadfast Love, and Bringing Down El Chapo" (Grand Central Publishing, $27), on sale Tuesday.

Olivia says she rubbed shoulders with Kanye West in New York as she tried to launch a musical career. Her husband played basketball with R. Kelly in Chicago, she says.

But the wives' access to unimaginable riches and fame evaporated when their husbands surrendered to U.S. drug agents in 2008 and became the government informants they'd always despised.

The Flores twins and their spouses all grew up on the Southwest Side. The women were daughters of Chicago cops. The husbands learned the drug trade through their dad. And they learned well: In their heyday, they imported more than a ton of cocaine a month into Chicago and other cities through their cartel connections.

Now, they're all in protective custody after the twins pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy charges and were sentenced to 14 years in prison.

"For the rest of your life, every time you start a car, you will be wondering, 'Will this car start, or will it explode?' " U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo warned the brothers in 2015 at their sentencing in Chicago.

In this courtroom sketch, Pedro Flores, left, and Margarito Flores appear before U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo in 2015. | AP

Their wives, who used pseudonyms in the book, say they carry the burden of that warning every day.
"Living in fear is a curse. You can't sleep and you jump out of bed at even the smallest noise," Olivia writes.

The book provides glimpses at life at the top of the drug world.

In 2005, Margarito Flores — whom his wife Olivia calls Junior — met with El Chapo at his mountaintop headquarters in Mexico to secure his twin's release from kidnappers there.

The problem for Junior: He owed the kingpin $10 million.

"You know people that come up here don't go back," the book quotes El Chapo. "I could kill you and your brother right now and go about my day."
Junior responds: "Yes, señor, I'm very aware. But I am here because I only have my word."

Junior hands the drug lord a stack of ledgers detailing his payment history to the Sinaloa Cartel — proving he wasn't shirking his debts to El Chapo.

Convinced, El Chapo orders the kidnappers to release Pedro Flores, and the twins go on to forge a lucrative partnership with the kingpin, who'd been scouting for talented businessmen with U.S. drug connections, like the twins.

In the end, though, they all wound up behind bars in the United States. El Chapo is now awaiting trial in New York on related charges, and the twins could be the star witnesses.

The Flores' wives seem to struggle with whether their husbands were good guys or bad guys. They note their husbands forgave debts — and even a Chicago kidnapping and beating of Pedro that was orchestrated by a drug dealer working with a dirty Chicago cop — to put business ahead of revenge.

The wives say their husbands showered them with the best: red roses by the dozens, a 10-carat diamond wedding ring and getaways at luxury resorts in Puerto Vallarta.

But they also speak of the dark side of their husbands' profession.
"We fell in love with criminals," they acknowledge.

The wives write that their husbands witnessed men tied to trees, skinned alive, in Mexico — victims of the savage cartels with whom they worked. The fortune the twins amassed, according to their wives, was "dirty money with a trail of bodies behind it."

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

AZMEX I3 28-6-17

AZMEX I3 28 JUN 2017

Note: As always, "immigrant" really means illegal immigrant.
thx


Community colleges to take in-state DACA tuition to Arizona high court
BY KTAR.COM
JUNE 28, 2017 AT 1:58 PM

http://ktar.com/story/1638873/community-colleges-to-take-in-state-daca-tuition-to-arizona-high-court/

PHOENIX — A community college district that serves the Phoenix area voted Tuesday to take the matter of in-state tuition for young immigrants with deferred action status to the Arizona Supreme Court.

The Maricopa Community Colleges District board voted 4-3 to challenge last week's Arizona Court of Appeals ruling that removed the lower tuition costs for young immigrants granted deferred deportation status under a program started by former President Barack Obama.

"I move that the board approve the legal appeal to the Supreme Court in the matter of in-state tuition for DACA students," board member Alfredo Gutierrez said prior to the vote.

There was no immediate timeline for the district's challenge to be filed.

In a Facebook post, the district said last week's ruling would affect about 2,000 students.

"We are a very unique small amount and they (the board) are willing to put that support in us and that belief," student Allie Aguilar said. "That makes me feel so great. I can't even explain how well it feels to have a board believe in you."

Without the challenge, a 2006 voter-enacted law known as Proposition 300 would be in control. That law prohibits public benefits for anyone living in Arizona without legal immigration status.

Gutierrez said the district should expect pushback from state officials because of the board's decision.
"It has not been without consequence that we defy the governor, the Legislature and the voters," he said. "The consequence has been the cut of millions of dollars into this system."

KTAR's Tom Perumean and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Thursday @ 6:30 p.m. on CBS 5: Black market passports
Posted: Jun 28, 2017 2:32 PM MST

http://www.azfamily.com/clip/13449653/thursday-630-pm-on-cbs-5-black-market-passports

CBS 5 investigates an alarming new trend in human smuggling. We take our hidden cameras south of the border to see just how quick and easy it is to obtain a black market passport. See the story Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on CBS 5 News.

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AZMEX F&F EXTRA 29-6-17

AZMEX F&F EXTRA 29 JUN 2017

Note: from the folks at The Daily Signal

Fast & Furious - Mexican Lives didn't Matter


Fast and Furious Whistleblower Says He Became an 'Enemy of the State'
June 26, 2017

http://dailysignal.com/2017/06/26/fast-and-furious-whistleblower-says-he-became-an-enemy-of-the-state/

It's one of the longest-running congressional investigations of our time: the probe into Fast and Furious. It was the government's secret operation to watch as thousands of weapons were trafficked to Mexico's killer drug cartels.

In many respects, the story began when federal agent John Dodson agreed to an interview with investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson in March 2011. It was highly unusual, if not unprecedented, for a sitting federal agent to speak out in such a strong way.

In the latest episode of "Full Measure," Attkisson catches up with Dodson six years later.

Dodson: Part of my mission with the [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives] in Phoenix was to combat a legal firearms trafficking to the Mexican drug cartels. Somehow, in order to achieve that goal, the strategy that had been adopted was to facilitate and allow the illegal firearms trafficking to the Mexican drug cartels. We were essentially flooding the border region with firearms from the U.S. civilian market, and then tracking and tallying the results as they were used in crimes on both sides of the border.

Attkisson: "We" meaning federal agents, who are supposed to be stopping the trafficking?

Dodson: Yes, ma'am, meaning the federal agency that was in charge of combating that very thing.

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Dodson had objected internally to the dangerous practice of "gunwalking" secretly allowed by the ATF. But his objections fell on deaf ears.

Attkisson: Was the final straw Brian Terry's murder?

Dodson: Yes. When Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed, I immediately noticed that my agency was attempting to cover up any link between the investigation and the strategy that we employed and the death of Agent Terry.

Illegal immigrants armed with Fast and Furious rifles gunned down Terry in Arizona in December 2010 near the Mexican border. Dodson says Department of Justice officials frantically worked to cover up the killers' links to weapons trafficked as part of the secret federal case. He agreed to an interview with Attkisson for CBS News in March of 2011.

(Attkisson's interview with Dodson on CBS aired March 3, 2011.)

Attkisson: Dodson's job is to stop gun trafficking across the border. Instead, he says he was ordered to sit by and watch it happen. Investigators call the tactic letting guns "walk." Dodson's bosses say that never happened. Now, he's risking his job to go public.

Dodson: I'm boots on the ground here in Phoenix, telling you we've been doing it every day since I've been here. Here I am. Tell me I didn't do the things I did. Tell me you didn't order me to do the things I did. Tell me it didn't happen. Now you have a name on it. You have a face to put with it. Here I am. Someone now, tell me it didn't happen.

Attkisson: When you stepped forward, what did you think and hope would happen?

Dodson: When I stepped forward, I thought it would all come to a screeching halt, and that the case would be shut down, the policy would be abandoned, and it would pretty much be over with very, very quickly, as soon as word got to the right people. I was very surprised to learn otherwise.

Attkisson: What did happen?

Dodson: Well, originally the Department of Justice issued what was a letter denying the allegation, categorically denying the allegations. And from that point on, there was a congressional hearing and obstruction and document hiding and it seemed like everything that the United States government could do at the time to avoid showing the allegations that was alleged and proving them and … still continuing to deny that there was any nexus between the investigative strategy and Agent Terry's death.

The supposed goal of the government's gunwalking was to see where the weapons ended up and make a big case that took down Mexican cartel leaders. That never happened. Instead, the guns were used in crimes on both sides of the border. Attkisson identified a dozen other federal cases in which agents allegedly allowed guns to walk in places like Florida, New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona, with names like Too Hot To Handle, Wide Receiver, and Castaway.

In a bipartisan vote in 2012, the House of Representatives held Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over documents in the Fast and Furious case. President Barack Obama blocked Congress from getting the documents by using executive privilege the one and only time of his presidency. Eighty thousand pages were later released under a court challenge.

At a little-publicized hearing earlier this month, House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said Congress is still trying to convince the Justice Department to hand over outstanding documents.

Chaffetz: Litigation is ongoing as it continues its unprecedented stonewalling and I'm sorry to report under the Trump administration this has not changed. This has not changed.

Dodson testified at the hearing alongside Terry's mother, looking back at his decision to blow the whistle.

Dodson: That single action … went from being an agent of the government … to enemy of the state.

Members of both parties, including Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and the incoming chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said they still don't think they have all the answers as to what was really behind Fast and Furious.

Gowdy: I'm just struggling to understand how this ever could have turned out any other way. As soon as the gun leaves the parking lot, unless you're maintaining constant surveillance, then you've lost the gun. And then if it crosses the border, God knows what you're going to do with it. And then when you learn they didn't even let our Mexican counterparts in law enforcement know what was going on. This is the most imminently predictable tragedy that I've been connected with since I've been in Congress.

Attkisson: What are some of the outstanding questions today?

Dodson: Well, I think that some of them, and they all might not pertain directly to the Terry family, is the amount of homicides or murders that have been caused by the firearms that we allowed to be trafficked, what the ultimate cost of this strategy was, I think those numbers have been kept and held.

Although the government won't release information delineating the crimes that have been committed by criminals using guns trafficked during Fast and Furious, Attkisson found evidence of at least 43 killings, including two U.S. federal agents, three Mexican police, and a terrorist torture kidnapping and murder in Mexico.

Attkisson: Do you think people are still in place in government who are part of what you call the obstruction or the cover-up?

Dodson: I think they are. I think maybe not in the same exact positions. I think many of them moved around. But there is still a good portion of that system, that mechanism that is still in place.

Attkisson: It sounds like your takeaway is that the public should understand it holds the power and use it.

Dodson: Yes, the public does hold the power. They're supposed, that's how our entire system is designed, but if we don't ask the questions, if we don't hold people accountable, if we don't get the explanations that we deserve and the answers that are entitled to us, then we don't. We, we give those reins of power away, alright? And we're also subjected to a bureaucracy that is so big and so uncontrollable that it answers only to itself, no longer to us.

In case you're wondering, Dodson still works at ATF today, though he says he's been marginalized, retaliated against, and transferred around 11 times in six years.

In April, U.S. officials arrested one of Terry's alleged killers. Five others have pleaded guilty or been found guilty by a jury in the case. One suspect is still on the loose. Hundreds of guns that the feds allowed to be trafficked to criminals are still missing and unaccounted for.


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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

AZMEX UPDATE 27-6-17

AZMEX UPDATE 27 JUN 2017


Note: From our friends at Borderland Beat

Thursday, June 22, 2017
MAY 2017 : The Most Violent Month in 20 Years
Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from Zeta

http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2017/06/may-2017-most-violent-month-in-20-years.html

June 21, 2017

According to data released Wednesday by the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP) of the Ministry of the Interior, in May of this year there were 2 thousand 186 intentional homicide cases, which surpassed the record figure of this crime in the last two decades, since the compilation of data is made monthly from 1997 to date.

The level of intentional homicide in May 2017 is greater than the maximum recorded, which was the number of 2,112 intentional killings in May 2011 during the last leg of the government of Felipe de Jesus Calderón Hinojosa.

The 2 thousand 186 records of intentional homicide cases of May of this year, signify 2 thousand 452 victims of violent acts. The figures are different because in a same preliminary investigation, open in state procurator's offices and state prosecutors, more than one death may be included.

The highest number of intentional homicides in May occurred in the State of Mexico, with 225 cases. It is followed by Guerrero, with 216 and Baja California with 197.

But considering the number of inhabitants of each entity, the highest percentage of intentional homicides occurred in Colima, with 31.69; Followed by Guerrero, with 26.47, and the states of the Baja California Peninsula, with 20 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants.

June is getting off to an equally grim start: On June 14 their were six murders and six attempted murders in less than 24 hours in Tijuana.

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Note: as this comes from AP, be aware that the correct info is young illegal immigrants, not "young immigrants".
No problems for young legal immigrants to get the lic. Reminder, the drivers license is the primary govt. ID for purchase of firearms.
thx


The U.S. Supreme Court wants more information before deciding on whether to deny driver's licenses to young immigrants who are shielded by Obama-era program.

Associated Press , KPNX 9:56 PM. MST June 26, 2017
http://www.12news.com/news/local/arizona/us-supreme-court-wants-more-info-on-arizona-license-case/452337512

PHOENIX (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday failed to make decision in the lawsuit involving Arizona's attempt to deny driver's licenses to young immigrants who are shielded from deportation through an Obama-era program.

The court instead asked the U.S. Solicitor General for more information regarding the lawsuit.

Arizona must provide driver's licenses to young immigrants who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program that shields them from deportation and allows them to legally work for two-year periods. That's because of a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Arizona is appealing that decision to the high court.

DACA recipients have been able to get licenses in Arizona since December 2014. The state is the only one who is still waging a legal battle over them.

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Nearly 200 possible opioid overdoses reported in Arizona last week
BY KTAR.COM | JUNE 26, 2017 AT 11:41 AM
UPDATED: JUNE 26, 2017 AT 1:48 PM

(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
PHOENIX — Arizona health officials reported nearly 200 suspected opioid-related overdoses in the last week.

In a press release, the Arizona Department of Health and Human Services said 15 of the 191 people treated died.

The information was released as part of a new initiative spearheaded by Gov. Doug Ducey that gets real-time data about opioids into the hand of health professionals.

"This new, real-time data gives us a clear picture we didn't have before," he said in the release. "One life lost to these highly addictive drugs is too many."

Earlier this month, Ducey declared a health crisis because of opioids. Data released in May showed 790 people died of an opioid overdose last year, an increase of 16 percent over 2015.

Ducey also signed an executive order that requires opioid overdoses and deaths be reported to state health officials within 24 hours.

"We're going to do everything that we can from a government perspective here," Ducey told KTAR News 92.3 FM's Mac & Gaydos after signing the order.

"We've limited first-fill of opioids to prescriptions that the government is paying for. We're working with Walgreens so people can return their unused opioids so that they don't get out into the system."

Ducey said a big problem is that when people are facing pain and their prescription drugs run out, they sometimes turn to heroin to help. In turn, the number of heroin deaths in Arizona is up three times as much as last year and they are at the highest level since 2012.

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AZMEX EXTRA 2-6-17

AZMEX EXTRA 27 JUN 2017

Note: photos at links Major bust? Have not yet learned source of the weapons. Fast & Furious link?
Mexican govt. "leakage"?
Fast & Furious - Mexican Lives didn't Matter.
Gracias


Decommissioning arsenal and thousands of bullets in Sonora

Http://www.elregionaldesonora.com.mx/noticia/67930

Sonoyta Sonora.-
Elements of the State Coordination of the Federal Police in Sonora secured an arsenal that included 18 long arms, including a Barret and over a hundred thousand cartridges, which were transported hidden in a lead-lined compartment in a tractor trailer truck.
The facts were recorded when and at kilometer 226 + 800 of the Altar-Sonoyta highway, Caborca-Sonoyta section, had contact with a semi-trailer, which was driven in an irregular manner, That they proceeded to stop the truck.
When questioning the driver, identified as Luis "N" 44, was nervous and said that the unit was from Tijuana and was destined the city of Torreon.

The members of the Federal Police requested a inspection of the truck, where they located a hidden compartment lined with lead to avoid the x-rays, in the center and along the platform, which concealed firearms and cartridges of different calibers.
Therefore, the driver was arrested, who was read the Card of Rights that Assist the Persons in Detention.

18 long arms were counted,
12 of them with grenade launchers,
1 Barret 50 caliber rifle,
A .38 caliber handgun,
Magazines of different sizes and
16 20 liter( 5 Gal.) buckets filled in total of more than 100 thousand cartridges of caliber 7.62.

The detainee, the vehicle and the materials were placed at the disposal of the Agent of the Public Prosecutor of the Federation, an authority that will follow up the investigation and assign responsibilities.

Also: https://cdn.oem.com.mx/tribunadesanluis/2017/06/portada20170626.jpg

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

AZMEX I3 POLICY 18-6-17

AZMEX I3 POLICY 18 JUN 2017

Note: It is, as always, about illegal immigration.

SUNDAY, JUNE 18, 2017

Arizona Latino Legislative Caucus to Stand in Solidarity with Texas Latino Community in Wake of SB 4 Legislation at NALEO Annual Conference in Dallas

http://www.naleo.org/dallas2017

http://www.americanfreedombybarbara.com/2017/06/arizona-latino-legislative-caucus-to.html

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Less than seven weeks after Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed SB 4 into law, the Arizona Latino Legislative Caucus will join the nation's largest gathering of Latino policymakers for a discussion on next steps during the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials 34th Annual Conference in Dallas.

The three-day event, which will take place June 22-24, 2017, at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, will bring together the Arizona Latino Legislative Caucus with Texas lawmakers and colleagues from across the country as Latino policymakers join forces to strategize on how best to protect and support the immigrant community in the current political climate.

"In Arizona, we know the fight Texas has on its hands. We have seen similar harmful legislation when Arizona enacted SB 1070, which was one of the most destructive pieces of legislation that oppressed an entire community and which had a devastating economic impact in Arizona," stated Rep. Diego Espinoza, D-Tolleson (District 19). "The Arizona Latino Legislative Caucus stands in solidarity with those who oppose SB 4 in Texas and look forward to joining colleagues in Texas to discuss a plan of action."

On Saturday, June 24, Arizona Latino Legislative Caucus members will participate in a special plenary session devoted to the newly signed legislation entitled, "Supporting the Lone Star State Post SB 4: How Latino Leaders Can Unite to Combat Anti-Immigrant Laws and Practices." This plenary session will explore how different communities are responding to this new paradigm and how lessons learned from California's Proposition 187 and Arizona's SB 1070 can be applied to best support the immigrant community today and to mobilize toward increased civic participation.

Following the plenary session, Arizona Latino Legislative Latino Caucus members will join Latino policymakers from California, Texas and across the nation for three working group break-out sessions focused on key issues relating to SB 4 and other similar anti-immigration measures. The meetings will focus on policy and legal tools that Latino policymakers can use to support immigrants, strategies for ensuring the immigrant community knows its rights, and an examination of the negative impact these laws have on state and local economies.

A number of Texas Latino elected officials who led the fight against the SB 4 legislation will be in attendance with the Arizona Latino Legislative Caucus during the three-day event, including NALEO President and Dallas County Treasurer Pauline Medrano, Texas State Senator and Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus Chair Sylvia R. Garcia, Texas State Representative and Mexican American Legislative Caucus Chairman Rafael Anchia, Texas State Representative Cesar Blanco, Texas State Representative Armando Walle, Harris County Sherriff Ed Gonzalez and Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez.

More information on the NALEO 34th Annual Conference can be found at www.naleo.org/dallas2017.

The bipartisan Arizona Latino Legislative Caucus has 17 members from both the state House and Senate. Members hold strategic leadership positions and promote legislation and policies that directly affect Latinos in Arizona. The caucus also encourages more Latinos to engage in the political process through public policy and community events.
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AZMEX I3 SPECIAL 18-6-17

AZMEX I3 SPECIAL 18 JUN 2017

Note: photos at link. "Red Migrante" is Migrant Network.

Comment: "stems from border militarization and immigration policy in the United States, which has created a flow of people attempting to cross the border illegally " Apparently it is the fault of the U.S. for wanting to control it's own border?
Gracias


Group's report decries impunity for abusers of migrants in Sonora
By Kendal Blust
Nogales International Jun 16, 2017

http://www.nogalesinternational.com/news/group-s-report-decries-impunity-for-abusers-of-migrants-in/article_ddd1c2a6-5224-11e7-af9a-03f7718faa07.html

A panel of leaders from migrant aid organizations in Sonora discuss the report "Y la impunidad continua" during a press conference on Thursday. From left: Rev. Samuel Lozano de los Santos, Alba Gloria Andrade Murieta, Perla Del Angel, Maria Engracia Robles Robles, Rev. Prisciliano Pereza and Bishop José Leopoldo González González.

Sister Maria Engracia Robles Robles of the Kino Border Initiative detailed the Red Migrante Sonora's recommendations to address violence and abuse of migrants in Sonora.

Nogales, Sonora Mayor Cuauhtemoc "Temo" Galindo speaks about the importance of sharing the report with federal authorities.
"Todo pasa y no pasa nada," said Rev. Prisciliano Pereza, using a phrase that roughly translates as "Things happen but nothing gets done" to decry what he and a group of fellow migrant advocates say is near-complete impunity for human rights abuses of migrants in the Mexican state of Sonora.

"(Migrants) won't even report crimes because no one will listen to them, and the last thing they want are more problems," said Pereza, director of a migrant assistance organization in Altar, Sonora, which is part of the Red Migrante Sonora, or the Sonora Migrant Network.

During a press conference Thursday morning at the Nogales, Sonora art museum, the group presented a report called "Y la impunidad continua," or "And the Impunity Continues," which details abuses experienced by migrants and deported people who arrive at shelters in the Sonoran cities of Nogales, Altar, Caborca and Agua Prieta on a daily basis, and the lack of recourse victims have to bring their abusers to justice.

U.S.-bound migrants, who are often fleeing violence, poverty and persecution at home, are vulnerable not only because of their desperation but also because they often have to rely on others to reach and cross the border, a fact that can easily lead to exploitation, said Sister Maria Engracia Robles Robles of the Ambos Nogales-based Kino Border Initiative.

"The deported and journeying migrant has become a dollar sign, not only taken advantage of by criminals, but by Mexican citizens and some authorities," she said.

Migrants who make their way to northern Sonora are regularly robbed, extorted, kidnapped and tortured, said Perla Del Angel, who works with migrants in Agua Prieta. And the report offers first-hand accounts of migrants who have been beaten, burned, starved and raped by human traffickers, law enforcement officials or gangs.

But while these abuses are commonplace, little is done by federal, state or local governments to address the problem, allowing abusers to go free, while migrants remain an easy target for exploitation, she said.

"They are not even treated as human beings," she said, describing how authorities routinely set aside complaints of abuse or even threaten migrants who dare to come forward.

Part of that problem stems from border militarization and immigration policy in the United States, which has created a flow of people attempting to cross the border illegally and contributing to the costly, dangerous and violent nature of the journey, according to the report. However, Red Migrante Sonora focused on the injustices that not only take place in Sonora, but are perpetuated by local, state and federal authorities who are either complicit in abuse of migrants or do not seriously investigate and prosecute those crimes.

"We excuse ourselves," Pereza said. "But we have also experienced this impunity that's so detrimental to our society."

To address that impunity, the report suggests six steps that can be taken, including honest and vigorous defense for migrants by authorities; the implementation of security measures in areas identified as especially dangerous for migrants; the creation of secure routes for migrants; human rights workshops for law enforcement and social service organizations; and better communication and follow-through from all levels of government in protecting the rights of migrants and prosecuting those who abuse them.

"At the moment, our goal is to make this reality visible," Robles said of the latest report, a follow-up to information the Red Migrante Sonora released in 2015.

And while the number of deportations and migrants crossing the border has decreased in recent years and months, the level of abuse continues to increase, Robles said.

"There hasn't been any improvement. On the contrary, things have gotten worse," she said.
"It's an inverse function ... the fewer the migrants, the greater the exploitation."

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