Monday, September 25, 2017



Comment: Maybe some of the many thousands of unemployed Americans might want a job?

Local trucking firms butting heads with Border Patrol
By Paulina Pineda
Nogales International 19 hrs ago

Trucking Issues
A group of about 25 trucking and logistics company owners met Wednesday afternoon in Nogales to discuss regulations that are preventing them from using Mexican truck drivers to haul cargo loads within the United States.

Trucking Issues
Jim Watson, Jr. said local trucking and logistics companies want to comply with NAFTA regulations and are seeking a solution to the problem.
Photo by Paulina Pineda

Trucking Issues
Luis Rivera (center) of L&R Trucking discusses obstacles he's faced while applying for visas for his drivers.
Photo by Paulina Pineda

Newly enforced regulations prohibiting Mexican truck drivers from transporting cargo loads picked up at local warehouses to another location within the United States are creating a headache for trucking and logistics companies.

The issue stems from commercial violations of so-called "cabotage" regulations, a provision in the North American Free Trade Agreement that prohibits foreign truck drivers from lugging cargo that originated in the United States to a final destination within the country.

The issue prompted the owners of local trucking and logistic companies to convene a meeting Wednesday afternoon to discuss possible solutions to the problem. More than 25 people attended the gathering at WS Trucklines off Old Tucson Road, with most expressing concerns that if the problem isn't fixed, they may have to close their businesses or lay off employees.

"Long story short, if we don't fix this soon, 100 companies will close in Nogales," said Jimmy Watson, Jr., who runs local trucking company JSJ Enterprises with his father Jimmy Watson, Sr.

Watson said that while the regulations have long been in place, they weren't being enforced by local Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 19 checkpoint.

That changed, however, when Patrol Agent in Charge Sabri Dikman took over the Nogales Station in June, Watson said.

Though the group had until Oct. 1 to comply with the regulations, an email from Eric Lee, watch commander at the Nogales Border Patrol Station, to Luis Velasco of Athena Logistic Solutions, which the group provided to the NI, states: "The Chief of Tucson Sector has agreed to give local companies more time to get their operations in compliance before we start enforcing the regulations."

The group now has until Jan. 1, 2018 to come into compliance.

"This is just an aspirin for the headache that is coming," Watson told the group.

Change in attitude

In an emailed statement Thursday morning, the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector public information office said: "Federal immigration regulations and policies provide that foreign commercial truck drivers may qualify for temporary entry with a B-1 visa to pick up or deliver cargo traveling in the stream of international commerce."

B-1 Temporary Business Visitor visas are meant for people who are participating in business activities in the United States. In the case of truck drivers here on a B-1 visa, they must enter the United States with a trailer loaded with foreign merchandise and deliver it to its final destination, remaining in the stream of international commerce.

They cannot, however, unload the cargo locally and then reload their trucks with merchandise stored at warehouses in Nogales and Rio Rico. Doing so would be a violation of cabotage regulations, also known as point-to-point hauling, because it would be considered domestic commerce and would be in direct competition to U.S. truck drivers.

"These regulations do not allow for commercial drivers in the United States on a B-1 visa to carry cargo in violation of cabotage laws, i.e. domestic point-to-point hauling or other purely domestic service or solicitation," the sector's public information office said. "Should a driver engage in such activity, he/she would be engaging in unauthorized employment in the United States in violation of (federal statutes)."

According to a pamphlet distributed by Border Patrol regarding NAFTA regulations that was provided to the NI by the business owners, drivers in violation of employment laws can have their cargo taken, visas cancelled, and will be arrested and placed in deportation proceedings. Companies in violation can also face civil and criminal penalties.

Asked why the change in attitude, the sector's public information office said: "Border Patrol has exercised agent discretion in the enforcement of this law in the past. Reports from Interstate 19 checkpoint indicate numerous drivers transiting through the checkpoint are in violation of cabotage requirements."

Once regulations are enforced, agents at the I-19 checkpoint will check truck drivers' employment status and ask where the cargo loads originated.

Possible solutions

Among them, the businesses represented at Wednesday's meeting have roughly 500 trucks, Watson said. If they're unable to find a solution by the Jan. 1 deadline, it would mean a significant blow to the local economy, he added.

The group brainstormed various ways in which they could come into compliance with federal regulations, including hiring U.S. truck drivers, obtaining H-2B Temporary Non-Agricultural Worker visas for their employees and lobbying local, state and federal officials.

However, following through with those suggestions is easier said than done.

Nationwide, there is a shortage of U.S. truck drivers, and the group noted that the older average age of truck drivers on the road means there will be even more vacancies in the coming years.

Watson and others in attendance, including Luis Rivera of L&R Trucking and Salvador Gonzalez Luna of Goza Trucking, said they've run classified advertisements and visited the Santa Cruz County One Stop Career Center, but have been unsuccessful in their search for American drivers.

They said many potential drivers want to work Monday-Friday, drive locally or within the state and be paid in cash, demands that aren't realistic, Gonzalez said. He added that many insurance companies also require that drivers have three years experience, which makes it difficult to attract younger drivers who have recently received their commercial driver's license.

Still, Watson encouraged the group to reach out to the One Stop Center and also sign up to participate in the county job fair next month.

Another obstacle has been obtaining H-2B visas. Isaias Salas, owner of WS Trucklines, and Rivera said despite hiring a lawyer to help them with the application process, they've been denied multiple times. Velasco of Athena Logistic Solutions, who said he applied on his own and received a response from the Department of Labor, encouraged the group to submit the applications themselves before hiring a lawyer.

In addition to seeking American drivers more aggressively and applying for H-2B visas, the group also discussed creating a trucking association, helping to eliminate some of the competition among them, and also working with immigration lawyers and government officials who can help get their needs addressed.

"We're not opposed to the regulations," Gonzalez said. "We want to do things right, but we need help."

Coincidentally, the meeting Wednesday came a day after the Arizona Department of Transportation held a training with Mexican truck drivers in Nogales, Sonora as part of an effort aimed at helping them cross the border more efficiently.

The ADOT effort, which teaches commercial drivers what to expect during safety inspections when they cross through a port of entry, seeks to reduce long lines at the port. It's part of on-going effort to build better relationships between truckers and federal and state transportation inspectors at the Mariposa Port of Entry, which local and state officials believe is crucial to cross-border trade.


Saturday, September 23, 2017



Note: Mission expanded?

Meet the new Special Agent in Charge of ATF in Phoenix
Posted: Sep 22, 2017 8:42 PM MST
Updated: Sep 23, 2017 8:18 AM MST
By Mike Watkiss

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has a new special agent in charge in the Phoenix Field Division.

John Durastanti is taking aim at people he calls "the trigger pullers." He will oversee ATF's criminal and regulatory operations throughout Arizona and New Mexico. "ATF targets behavior," he said. "It's the behavior that's unacceptable. The violence. So no matter what the group is, if they are committing violent acts, we're going to target them."

Durastanti started his law enforcement career in Ohio as a patrol officer with a local police department, began his Federal law enforcement career with the United States Marshals Service in 1996, and transitioned to ATF in 1998.

During an interview Friday afternoon, we asked Durastanti about a number of groups in the headlines and linked to violence. "Those gangs, those groups that are contributing to the most violence in any community, that's one of our priorities. Our primary goals? Go in, infiltrate those gangs and take them off the streets," said Durastanti.

Durastanti says one of his main jobs is providing ATF's unique resources and expertise to local law enforcement, just as ATF did in the serial shooter case.

We also asked Durastanti about speculation that Arizona's own DPS director, Col. Frank Milstead, may be in the running to head up ATF in the Trump administration.

Durastanti said we would probably hear about that before he did.


Friday, September 22, 2017



Briefs: Ammo load seized
Nogales International 13 hrs ago (0)
Police confiscate load of ammo from stolen car

Nogales police officers seized roughly 6,000 rounds of ammunition from a stolen vehicle parked at the Shell gas station near the Mariposa Port of Entry last week.

Shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 14, agents with the U.S. Border Patrol reported that a dark-colored Nissan Versa that had been parked at the gas station all day appeared to have a fake license plate, according to a Nogales Police Department 911 dispatch report.

Upon further investigation, an NPD officer working the Operation Stonegarden detail found that the vehicle was reported stolen in New Mexico, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a news release.

The driver, a U.S. citizen, was arrested and police seized the car.

A subsequent search of the vehicle turned up 6,000 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition hidden in the trunk, CBP said.


Thursday, September 21, 2017



Monterrey man gets two years in firearms case

7 hrs ago

McALLEN — When federal agents found him unloading boxes in the parking lot of a hotel in Hidalgo, the Mexican man knew he had been caught red-handed.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Randy Crane sentenced 52-year-old Alejandro Cavazos-Torres to two years in federal prison. This comes months after agents found him in the parking lot of a Super 8 Hotel unloading packages containing firearm parts and accessories headed for Mexico, court records show.

According to the criminal complaint, Cavazos-Torres was arrested Oct. 14, 2016, after Homeland Security Investigations special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement interrupted him while unloading the weapons items from a vehicle he was seen driving.

What Cavazos-Torres didn't know was that agents were aware of the packages' contents before his arrest in the Hidalgo parking lot.

HSI special agents were surveilling Cavazos-Torres for some time, specifically after it was learned that he had purchased more than $100,000 worth of firearm components from internet-based dealers — including parts from AR-15 kits and unfinished AR-15 lower receivers, the release states.

More than a week before his arrest, the complaint states, agents executed a search warrant on the parcels he had ordered and found the elements necessary to build firearms, such as AR type accessories. They included 25 ammunition magazines,12 platform upper receivers, bolt carrier assemblies, pistol grips with trigger group components, charging handles and buttstocks with buffer tubes.

On the aforementioned date of arrest, agents observed Cavazos-Torres, who was in possession of a Visa Border Crossing card, entering the United States through the Anzalduas port of entry and making his way to Worldwide Parcel, a parcel business in Hidalgo.

Upon arriving at the business, records show that Cavazos-Torres was observed by agents taking possession of 13 parcels, loading them into the back of his vehicle and leaving the area.

Cavazos-Torres, after having just picked up the parcels, arrived at a hotel in Hidalgo, and while still in the parking lot, agents observed him unloading the packages onto a luggage cart, the complaint states.

The defendant admitted to agents that the packages were his and that they were headed to people in Mexico. A month after his arrest, Cavazos-Torres, who hails from Monterrey, Mexico, pleaded not guilty to one count of smuggling, only to change his mind in February, court documents show.

In exchange for his guilty plea, court records show that federal prosecutors agreed to reduce the final offense level of the charge.

Cavazos-Torres, who is not a U.S. citizen and is expected to be deported once he completes his sentence, will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined at a later date.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017



Note: Yes, another stinking special. " in an area about 300 yards"

McSally chastises IBWC for slow response on Naco sewage spill
Sep 19, 2017 Updated 9 hrs ago (1)
Eric Petermann
Opinions Editor

(Herald/Review photo by Eric Petermann) U.S. Rep. Martha McSally listens to Gerald Eberwein, left, and John Ladd at a bridge immediately west of the Naco Port of Entry. The understream flowing in a wash that connects to Greenbush Draw is raw sewage originating from a broken sewer pipe across the border in Naco, Sonora.

NACO, Ariz. — If weather conditions stay dry, it could be another week before a stream of raw sewage flowing from Naco, Sonora and threatening Bisbee's water supply is "fixed," U.S. Rep. Martha McSally said Monday.

The congresswoman appeared unhappy with the timetable, calling for more oversight of the International Boundary and Water Commission and more investment in infrastructure at the border.

"It's taking way too long. Bureaucracies can be slow, but when you're talking about impacts on a community's health, clean drinking water and other environmental impacts, they need to react much more quickly than this," she said.

A broken sewer main in Naco, Sonora, located close to the fence, west of the Naco Port of Entry, releases a fast-flowing stream of raw sewage that crosses the international border and enters a wash that drains into Greenbush Draw and onto the Ladd Family Ranch in Palominas.

Overflows of the Naco, Sonora sewage treatment system have created the stream each rainy season as far back as the mid-1980s, border property owner Gerald Eberwein said Monday. He said his past experiences working with the IBWC to try and fix the sewage flow "...have not been good."

This year, the sewage flow started in May, Eberwein said, after an early season rainfall caused an overflow. He said the stream has continued without stopping due, in part, to a broken sewer main in Naco, Sonora.

The sewage flow is ponding in an area about 300 yards from Arizona Water Company, which pumps most of Bisbee's water supply from its well and storage operation on W. Zepeda Street, just west of Willson Road.

McSally said she spoke Monday to IBWC Commissioner Edward Drusina who reported a pump has been supplied by the agency to officials in Naco, Sonora. The congresswoman said even with an additional pump and a redirected sewage flow, it could be up to a week before the stream stops flowing into the United States.

"Look, speed is very important when it comes to addressing some of these issues, for the very real health and safety concerns in a community like this," McSally said.

More support is needed for communities on the border dealing with these kinds of problems, she said. "We need greater oversight, greater preventive maintenance, infrastructure investment and immediate responses when we see breaches like this," she added.

Rancher John Ladd criticized the IBWC for failing to address the issue and pointed at the agency's handling of sewage problems in Nogales as another example of its lack of effectiveness.
"This is their jurisdiction but they have their hands full with their problems in Nogales," Ladd said.

Nogales in the U.S. and the IBWC have a longstanding dispute on costs related to repairing and replacing a sewage main that crosses the international border and feeds into a treatment plant operated by the IBWC. In July, the cross-border sewer main ruptured, causing untreated wastewater to pour into Potrero Creek, north of Nogales on the U.S side of the border. In August, Gov. Doug Ducey declared the situation a state of emergency and dispatched the Arizona National Guard to assist state and federal authorities in stopping the sewage flow. Whether the repaired main is the responsibility of the city or the IBWC continues to be in question.

Ladd said the longstanding problem with raw sewage from Naco, Sonora streaming onto his family's ranch angers him. "It's a breakdown in our federal system because we're being binational with it," Ladd said. "We end up, we're going to foot the bill. Whatever happens over there we're going to pay for it."

He said the problem has existed as long as Naco, Sonora has existed, noting that water and sewage from the community flows down hill, referring to the nearby San Jose mountain range on the Mexico side of the border. "I don't care how broke you are," Ladd said. "You're still responsible for your sewage."

He questioned the effectiveness of state and federal environmental efforts.
"We're very hypocritical in our stance where we're spending millions of dollars on clean water projects to have clean water in Arizona and then we got 50 gallons a minute of raw sewage coming in from Mexico," Ladd said.




Note: Thanks to the good folks at Borderland Beat. China is not our friend. There has been a fairly significant Chinese presence in NW Mexico for over a hundred years. Photos at link.

A paradigm shift in illegal border crossings-those aren't Latinos coming across.
by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

In this tunnel, Border Patrol agents discovered 30 illegal immigrants, including 23 Chinese nationals. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)

Undocumented Chinese immigrants take the lead in apprehension numbers

At around 1 a.m on Saturday August 26, California Border Patrol agents made a surprising discovery; a crudely constructed tunnel that was being facilitated to smuggle illegal immigrants in to the United States.

And the overwhelming majority of the immigrant group were not Mexican, or even Latino, 23 of the group of 30 were Chinese. There were 21 Chinese males and 2 females. There exists a new human smuggling trend that is setting records, as it did in 2016, when the number of undocumented Chinese migrants, surpassed the number of Mexicans. The steep price tag that Chinese migrants must pay to be smuggled into the U.S. is 50 to 75 thousand USD, making it a very lucrative industry.

Far apart from the sophisticated drug tunnels of El Chapo, the newly discovered tunnel is a simplistic, rudimentary, system that utilized a ladder in place of an elevator, found in many Mexican Cartel tunnels.

Using tunnels to transport migrants into the U.S., is not new or unheard of, but it is atypical and the tunnels used are the throw away tunnels, tunnel projects abandoned for whatever reason. What is new is who they are finding using the tunnels.

Unfinished tunnel projects can present problems. An example is a few years ago when a migrant got stuck in a narrow passage, trapping himself and four others behind him. They were rescued by BP.

Migrants were "stuck" in this narrow tunnel
Joaquin "el chapo" Guzmán, the master and originator of drug tunnels, has perfected tunnel construction projects to include rail car transport, ventilation and lighting systems. The entry is on the Mexico side of the border, and terminates on the U.S. side, typically popping up through the floor of a California warehouse, or single family home purchased specifically for its location.

Not all tunnels are alike. It is dependent on its intended usage of how superior it must be developed. If it is to be an ultra-long tunnel to transport drugs or a prison escapee, it will require all the bells and whistles. In 2016 a record breaking tunnel was discovered in San Diego. It stretched for half a mile and included electric lights, rail and ventilation systems. The tunnel initiated in a house in Tijuana, where an elevator was installed in a closet expediting the entry/exit, and then exiting through a pallet business on the California side. It measured 775 meters in length.

Things became chaotic when agents approached the group. Some ran back into the tunnel, others attempted to run off. They were detained and taken to the Chula Vista Border Station for questioning.
The tunnel was approximately one mile in length.

While illegal border crossings by Mexicans and other Latinos has diminished to record breaking lows, attributed by many to the "Trump effect", [Trump IS the wall], the number of undocumented Chinese immigrants coming to California's south order, has climb sharply in recent years.

Between the months of October to May nearly 700 Chinese nationals were apprehended, compared to 5 in 2014, and 48 in 2015. Before 2014 a spokesperson for Border Patrol said "we just were not getting any Chinese nationals."

The Chinese surge, with the premiums charged them for border crossing, is capitalized on for cartel profits, maximizing revenue derived from a "diversification" apart from a drug trafficking.

Trafficking humans, requires is a much less elaborate method of earning profits, than trafficking drugs, with little loss even if plans end unfavorably.

"Factank" from the PEW Research Center

The number of Mexican immigrants living in the U.S. illegally has declined by more than 1 million since 2007. In 2014, 5.8 million unauthorized immigrants from Mexico lived in the U.S., down from a peak of 6.9 million in 2007. Despite the drop, Mexicans still make up about half of the nation's 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants (52% in 2014).

In 2016, a total of 192,696 Mexicans were apprehended in illegal border crossings opposed to 222,847 non-Mexicans.

On the Mexican side of the southern border, some Chinese nationals are electing to stay in Mexico, resulting in a whole different set of issues, mostly social.

Borderland Beat Reporter Chivis Posted at 7:10 AM


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

CANADA: "Our rules, our principles and our laws apply to everyone."
Justin Trudeau, boy PM of Canada. 20 Aug. 2017

So, Canada and Mexico can decide who enters their countries, but it is only the USA that cannot control who enters our country?
Gracias, Merci, Thx

Tuesday, September 19, 2017



Litigation could stall government's plan for border wall construction
LORENZO ZAZUETA-CASTRO | STAFF WRITER Follow @lorenzozazueta 5 hrs ago (3)
Border Wall Reality Check

A constitutional challenge to the government's border wall waivers in California could impact its construction in the Rio Grande Valley, according to a local environmentalist.

Last week, the Center for Biological Diversity expanded its lawsuit against the federal government's border wall and prototype projects in San Diego, challenging the Trump administration's authority to waive environmental laws and calling for an end to the unconstitutional strategy, according to a news release.

The new filing, made Sept. 6, is the second amendment and expands on the original lawsuit filed by the center in June against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The suit states that former DHS Chief John Kelly did not have authority to waive dozens of laws to rush construction of the border wall and prototypes, according to court records.

The waivers for the construction of the wall and prototype projects the government submitted Aug. 2 would waive more than 30 laws, according the center's release.

"The waiver highlights the Trump administration's dangerous disregard for our environment and the rule of law," Brian Segee, a senior attorney with the center said. "Trump is willing to throw environmental protections out the window to fulfill his divisive and destructive campaign promise. What's to stop him from using this lawless approach to wreck wildlife refuges and beautiful public lands all along the border? We need to halt these unconstitutional waivers once and for all, here in San Diego."

Scott Nicol, executive member of the Sierra Club, also confirmed that his group, along with the Defender's of Wildlife, and the Animal Legal Defense Fund, filed a similar lawsuit Sept. 14 against the acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and DHS.

Like the suit filed by the center, the lawsuit filed by Sierra Club, the Defenders of Wildlife and the Animal Legal Defense Fund, is based on a challenge to the constitutionality of the government's waivers.

Nicol, whose groups have been at the forefront of the debate locally, said he believes U.S. Customs and Border Protection have been operating with impunity with regard to laws surrounding the purported border wall construction.

He said the outcome of these legal challenges could have an impact on the Valley if and when federal government officials begin their plans for border wall construction.

"It's likely that if they are going to go forward with border walls in Santa Ana (wildlife refuge) they will waive laws the same way they have in California," Nicol said. "It's just easier from their perspective … they don't care about the damage that they do, then why should they have to suffer legal consequences for doing it. I think that's pretty irresponsible. It's pretty absurd to say, 'We need to enforce one set of laws, and we're just going to go ahead and sweep aside another set of laws.' It's not what the whole legal structure should be about."

Nicol said if the Supreme Court were to decide that the waivers are unconstitutional it could be a game-changer for purported talk of border wall construction throughout the country.

"(If) the (U.S.) Supreme Court says, that yes, this waiver power is unconstitutional, then that completely changes the playing-field for border walls everywhere, South Texas included," Nicol said. "They would no longer be able to waive all of these laws."

He said if the government were forced to abide by the laws they tried to circumvent through the waivers, it might be a while before any construction begins.

"If they don't have the ability to waive the national environmental policy act, they're going to have to prepare an environmental impact statement — that's going to take them probably a year, Nicol said. "…All these laws that were waived the last time walls were built in South Texas, they would have to start obeying those laws."

Paulo Lopes, a public lands policy specialist with the Center for Biological Diversity, said the government is utilizing an old law as their basis for the waivers.

"Over a decade ago, Congress granted waiver authority under the REAL ID Act to expedite the construction of a border fence, which has already been completed," Lopes said. "Congress did not grant DHS perpetual unchecked authority to cast aside dozens of laws."

"The 2005 REAL ID Act amended the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to give unprecedented and sweeping authority to the Homeland Security secretary to waive federal, state and local laws to expedite construction of the double- and triple-layer border fencing in San Diego," according to the center's release.

The waiver would speed construction of replacement walls, 30-foot-high prototypes, roads, lighting, and other infrastructure without any analysis of the environmental impacts or any public input. This coastal area of south San Diego is surrounded by communities and contains critical habitat for several endangered species, the center's release states.

Lopes said the government has until October to respond to their amended complaint. The center would then respond in November to the government's motion, with a tentative hearing on the government's motion for dismissal set for Dec. 15.



Note: So why don't they cross legally and get together? As do so many others. Guess?
Photos at link.

BP installs mesh at popular border fence meeting spot
By Arielle Zionts
Nogales International Sep 19, 2017 Updated 5 hrs ago (1)

Border mesh
Julio Santiago, 27, who works in Phoenix but is originally from Nogales, Sonora, visits Nogales, Ariz. on Saturday to talk with his extended family in Mexico, including his nieces and nephews, pictured here. The mesh that now separates them at their usual meeting spot was recently added by the Border Patrol.
Photo by Arielle Zionts
Fence reunion
A family separated by the U.S.-Mexico border gathers at the fence along West International Street for a picnic and get-together on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. The section of fence seen here has now been covered with metal mesh.
File photo by Jonathan Clark
Border mesh
The new mesh along International Street is placed in an area where Ambos Nogales families and friends frequently meet to chat or even share a meal. Border Patrol said the mesh was intalled to prevent contraband from passing through the fence.
Photo by Arielle Zionts
Border mesh
The mesh extends east to a fenced-off area posed with "U.S. Property, no trespassing" signs.
Photo by Arielle Zionts

On Saturday afternoon, Julio Santiago stood up against the border fence on West International Street in Nogales, speaking to his extended family inches away in Nogales, Sonora through the gaps between the barrier's steel tubes.

Santiago, a 27-year-old Phoenix-based construction worker originally from Nogales, Sonora, said he makes the trip to visit with his family through the fence every two or three weeks.

During past visits, Santiago and his family were separated by the fence's "bollards" – interconnected metal tubes that extend up to 30 feet above a concrete footer – but they had an unobstructed view of each other and could hold hands through the four-inch gaps between the tubes.

But now, Santiago and anyone else who meets at this popular visiting spot is also separated by metal mesh that's been attached to the fence. The U.S. Border Patrol, which had adopted a generally tolerant attitude toward gatherings at the fence after the barrier was installed in 2011, says it installed the mesh about two months ago to prevent people from exchanging contraband.

Intended or not, the change has also put a damper on the intimacy of the border fence meetings. Visibility has been diminished and hand-holding is out of the question.

"It gives you a chance to see your family if you behave well," Santiago said of the bollard fence. "But now, you can't even see (through it)."


The meeting spot on West International Street, about 150 feet west of the intersection with West Street, is popular in large part due to its accessibility. The street runs right up against the fence there, offering a smooth, paved surface as opposed to the rock-strewn, 10-foot wide buffer zone just to the east that's posted with signs reading: "U.S. property, no trespassing." Just to the west, the street and fence rise up a hill on the U.S. side, separating the street levels in the U.S. and Mexico and making cross-border meetings impractical.

Especially on weekends, it's not uncommon to see people camped out in plastic chairs on the U.S. side, while loved ones in Mexico set up tables and lay out a family meal on the other. For unlike the busy area of East International Street near the Morley Avenue pedestrian crossing, where eye-level, steel mesh-covered windows allow communication and limited visibility through a concrete border wall, the spot on West International has allowed unobstructed views and physical contact in a relatively quiet area of downtown – until now.

The approximately 75-foot-long segment of new mesh covers the entire meeting area, stretching from the "no trespassing" zone to a spot on the hill where the ground levels on either side of the fence are too far apart for face-to-face meetings.

The Border Patrol's Tucson Sector headquarters did not respond specifically to a question about whether the passing of contraband had become a problem at the location. Instead, a statement from the sector's public information office said: "Smuggling has always been an issue along the U.S.-Mexico border. As with any enforcement effort there are lessons learned and modifications made to address the ever-changing enforcement challenges."

Emilio Gomez, a 54-year-old retiree who lives near the new mesh on West International Street, said he still sees families gather there. Even so, he said: "It's very bad because the people want to be talking with their family and many times they can't. It interrupts."


While the Border Patrol has taken a hands-off approach to people talking and touching through the fence, it has made it clear that people cannot exchange items through the barrier.

"The Border Patrol is primarily concerned with individuals or contraband illegally crossing the international boundary," spokeswoman Colleen Agle told the NI in June 2011 in response to questions about gatherings at the fence, though she added that "no items or people may pass over, under or through the fence."

The Tucson Sector's public information office reiterated that stance in an email last week, noting that passing items through the fence is prohibited. "Although individuals may have innocent intentions, the criminal element may take advantage of the innocence to smuggle or pass contraband across the border," it said.

Technically, hand-holding is also prohibited, though it's not an enforcement priority, the agency suggested in the email.

Santiago, the construction worker from Phoenix, acknowledged that his meetings with family have also included the exchange of food. "Yes, they bring me food as well," he said. "They say you can't, but sometimes I eat, I don't care."

And while the meetings themselves have been tolerated, the Border Patrol said last week that the practice is only allowed with prior permission. That's because all U.S. land within 60 feet of the border is federal property known as the Roosevelt Reservation, an off-limits area established in 1907 through a proclamation by President Theodore Roosevelt.

Back at the fence, Santiago, who did not specify why he doesn't wish to cross into Mexico to visit loved ones, said the new mesh isn't a big problem for him since he's still pleased to be able to see his family. Even so, he said, it's sad that the material prohibits them from touching during their reunions at the popular meeting spot.

Gomez, the neighbor, reiterated his assessment of the mesh as a "very bad" development.
"It's not enough to put up a wall, they have to put up mesh as well," he said.

SIDEBAR: Prior approval

Jesus Maldonado, a supervisor at the Nogales Border Patrol Station, said that if people want to submit a request to gather at the fence, they can contact Supervisor George Schmid at (520) 761-2400 or Steve Passement, the sector's Border Community Liaison, at



Note: photo at link.

Agents seize fake FBI ID cards during human smuggling attempt near Tucson
Seth Pines
10:11 AM, Sep 19, 2017
2 hours ago

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. - Border Patrol agents seized several fraudulent FBI identification cards as they helped thwart a human smuggling attempt near Tucson on Sunday.

According to Customs and Border Protection, Fort Huachuca officials came into contact with a vehicle being driven by a U.S. citizen near an entrance of the Army post.

As agents arrived, they learned that the driver's two adult male passengers were Mexican nationals who were illegally present in the U.S. The two Mexican nationals were placed under arrest for immigration violations and the driver was taken into custody for human smuggling, according to CBP.

During a search of the vehicle, agents located fake law enforcement equipment, including a realistic-looking handgun that fired BB's and fraudulent federal identification cards that showed the driver's photo and information with the FBI logo.



MEXICO: "the decisions of who enters Mexico, are made by Mexico and only Mexico"
Luis Videgaray Caso, Mexican Foreign Minister
10 March, 2017

CANADA: "Our rules, our principles and our laws apply to everyone."
Justin Trudeau, boy PM of Canada. 20 Aug. 2017

So, Canada and Mexico can decide who enters their countries, but it is only the USA that cannot control who enters our country?
Gracias, Merci, Thx

Monday, September 18, 2017



Note: No, did not make this up. Some may appreciate the irony of Fox's participation.
More details at the link.

Phoenix 2017 - Southwest Cannabis Conference and Expo


Keynote Speaker:
Vicente Fox
Fox served as Mexico's president and is a current member of the Global Leadership Foundation.
A leading international advocate for progressive marijuana policy, Fox is a vocal proponent for the decriminalization of cannabis.

OCTOBER 12TH, 13TH & 14TH, 2017


The Southwest Cannabis Conference and Expo is coming back to host the most exciting professional and educational medical cannabis conference the Southwest United States Cannabis industry has ever seen.
A business-to-business event bringing together experts from the local, regional and national cannabis industry to network and share the latest industry information is an event where individuals interested in the industry can learn more from these industry experts. Last year was just the introduction, our theme this year: THE CANNABIS WORLD OF TOMORROW

SWCC Expo will be an electric environment for industry members, entrepreneurs, local leaders, companies, job seekers and curious individuals to come learn about the rapidly expanding cannabis industry and our changing culture.

Attendees will hear from speakers there to educate and inspire, not just showcase, their businesses. As always SWCC Expo will create a highly professional environment where the outlines for the future of cannabis will take shape. The conference includes seminars from top industry leaders and an exhibit hall filled with businesses showcasing industry related products and services. I personally look forward to your participation in this groundbreaking event. Come take a look at the future.

Presented By
New Times



Policy change bars Arizona troopers from field-testing drugs
Posted: Sep 18, 2017 10:59 AM MST
Updated: Sep 18, 2017 10:59 AM MST

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Department of Public Safety changed its policy on field-testing suspected narcotics due to fears that troopers could overdose from contact with the potent opioid fentanyl.

The Arizona Republic reported ( ) on Saturday that troopers are barred from conducting the tests, so the samples are sent to the department's laboratory.

The newspaper reviewed data from August that indicates the policy change has caused a backlog of more than 2,000 controlled substance cases that still require testing.

Officials say that if the delay is left unchecked, it could hinder prosecutors from filing formal criminal charges.

Because of the controlled substance testing backlog, the department's backlog of all other pending tests has increased.

Some medical professionals question if such a testing precaution is necessary.

Information from: The Arizona Republic,


Friday, September 15, 2017

AZMEX I3-2 15-9-17

AZMEX I3-2 15 SEP 2017

CPLC and General Consulate of Mexico in Phoenix will host 3 free DACA renewal events
Ozzy Mora, KPNX
3:42 PM. MST September 15, 2017

Chicanos Por La Causa and the General Consulate of Mexico in Phoenix will be hosting three free DACA renewal events at the CPLC Community Center.

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, no initial request for DACA will be accepted.

Only DACA renewals will be accepted starting Oct. 5,2017.

CPLC and the General Consulate of Mexico in Phoenix will assist those in need of DACA renewals by providing; an information session and two application sessions.

Look at the information below for the times and dates of the sessions:

1. Information Session - DACA
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 21 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WHERE: CPLC Community Center 3216 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ 85009

2. Application Clinic
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 22 from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
WHERE: CPLC Community Center 3216 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ 85009

3. Application Clinic
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
WHERE: CPLC Community Center 3216 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ 85009


AZMEX I3 15-9-17

AZMEX I3 15 SEP 2017

Phoenix Motel 6 tipped off ICE on undocumented guests
Posted: Sep 13, 2017 9:49 PM MST
Updated: Sep 14, 2017 3:15 PM MST
By Lauren Reimer

There are accusations that a Motel 6 in the Maryvale area was giving its guest list to the Feds for immigration enforcement. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Guests' privacy is up to the discretion of the hotel. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

Robert McWhirter said ICE showed up at his clients Motel 6 room because they had been notified by the hotel. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

A man is facing deportation after his attorney says a hotel tipped off Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents he was staying there.

Last June, a man named Jose Renteria Alvarado was staying in the Motel 6 at 51st Ave and McDowell Rd when he had a knock on his door.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were there looking for him.
How they found him? His attorney, Robert McWhirter, believes the hotel was sending its guest list to the federal agency.

"I imagine what went on here is they probably took a look at the names on the guest registry and compared that to a database of people that have been deported," said McWhirter.
Alvarado had been deported once before.
Before that, he had only a minor criminal record, but back in the country, he was now considered a higher priority in the eyes of ICE.

But it turns out his privacy, and everyone else's, is up to the discretion of the hotel.
"The hotel may have a policy that they won't give out their registry without a valid warrant. But if they don't have that policy and they agree that police can search their registries, you don't have any right as a guest to say, 'Wait, I don't want people to know,'" explained McWhirter.

Motel 6 sent us a statement saying:
"Over the past several days, it was brought to our attention that certain local Motel 6 properties in the Phoenix-area were voluntarily providing daily guest lists to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). As previously stated, this was undertaken at the local level without the knowledge of senior management. When we became aware of it, it was discontinued.

Moving forward, to help ensure that this does not occur again, we will be issuing a directive to every one of our more than 1,400 locations nationwide, making clear that they are prohibited from voluntarily providing daily guest lists to ICE.

Additionally, to help ensure that our broader engagement with law enforcement is done in a manner that is respectful of our guests' rights, we will be undertaking a comprehensive review of our current practices and then issue updated, company-wide guidelines.

Protecting the privacy and security of our guests are core values of our company. Motel 6 apologizes for this incident and will continue to work to earn the trust and patronage of our millions of loyal guests."
The company has not shared how long they think this may have gone on for.

When asked about the practice, ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice sent the following statement:

"Due to operational security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) does not typically disclose or discuss specific information related to the source of its enforcement leads. The agency receives viable enforcement tips from a host of sources, including other law enforcement agencies, relevant databases, crime victims, and the general public via the agency's tip line and online tip form. Private citizens who provide enforcement leads to ICE are not compensated for the information.

In carrying out their immigration enforcement mission, ICE deportation officers make arrests nationwide every day as part of the agency's ongoing efforts to ensure domestic security, public safety, and the integrity of our nation's borders. The agency's immigration enforcement actions are targeted and lead driven, prioritizing individuals who pose a risk to our communities.

It's worth noting that hotels and motels, including those in the Phoenix area, have frequently been exploited by criminal organizations engaged in highly dangerous illegal enterprises, including human trafficking and human smuggling."

Alvarado will be sentenced Thursday to six months in a federal prison, then deported.

"I'll tell you one thing, I won't stay at a [M]otel 6 now," said McWhirter.


Motel 6 says Phoenix policy working with ICE discontinued

PHOENIX — Motel 6 said its employees in Phoenix will no longer work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents following reports its workers were apparently turning in guests they believed were in the United States illegally.

The hotel chain responded to the reports, first published in the Phoenix New Times, in a Wednesday tweet.

The chain followed its first tweet with a Thursday statement that said it would order all of its more than 1,400 nationwide locations to stop voluntarily providing guest lists to ICE.
"Protecting the privacy and security of our guests are core values of our company," the statement read. "Motel 6 apologizes for this incident and will continue to work to earn the trust and patronage of millions of loyal guests."

The news that Motel 6 workers in Phoenix were tipping off ICE agents thrust the chain into the national immigration debate.

The weekly newspaper reported ICE had arrested at least 20 people at two Motel 6 locations in heavily Hispanic areas of Phoenix, and quoted workers as saying they gave guest lists to agents.

"We send a report every morning to ICE — all the names of everybody that comes in," a front-desk clerk told the New Times. "Every morning at about 5 o'clock, we do the audit and we push a button and it sends it to ICE."

Phoenix Police Department spokesman Sgt. Jonathan Howard told the New Times in an email that his agency had also received guest lists from hotels and motels on certain occasions.

The KTAR Newsroom contributed to this report.

Thursday, September 14, 2017



Note: video, photos at link.
Comment: The ESA needs to be fixed. KGUN, despite the call letters, is a Tucson TV station.

New video released of jaguar in Chiricahua Mountains
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CHIRICAHUA MOUNTAINS, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - The Center for Biological Diversity released new video today of a wild jaguar in Chiricahua Mountains.

The video was captured by a remote-sensor camera and offers a glimpse of the jaguar recently named "Sombra" by students at Paulo Freire Freedom School in Tucson.

The Center for Biological Diversity Facebook page says the rosette spot patterns on the cat suggest this is the same individual photographed by the Bureau of Land Management in the Dos Cabezas Mountains in November 2016.

The sex of the jaguar remains unknown.

According to the Facebook post:

Additional footage from the same remote camera also shows bears, a mountain lion, deer and a coati sharing the same habitat with Sombra.
Since 2015, three wild jaguars have been spotted in Arizona: El Jefe, Yo'oko and Sombra.

Since 1996 wild jaguars have appeared in nine different mountain ranges in Arizona and two mountain ranges in New Mexico.
In March 2014 — as a result of legal action by the Center for Biological Diversity —
jaguars received 764,207 acres of critical habitat in Arizona and New Mexico.

Jaguars have always roamed the U.S. Southwest but were nearly driven to extinction in the 20th century.
One of the greatest single threats to jaguar recovery in the United States is the proposed expansion of the U.S.-Mexico border wall,
which would destroy the big cats' ancient migration paths.




Note: video & photos at link. And far from the first time.

EXCLUSIVE: Leaked Images Show Armed Mexican Cartel Smugglers Crossing into U.S., Feds Confirm
Breitbart Texas/Brandon Darby

Leaked U.S. government surveillance images exclusively obtained by Breitbart Texas show armed Mexican cartel smugglers crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and entering into Arizona. Border Patrol officially confirmed the images' authenticity in an exclusive interview. Breitbart Texas agreed to redact portions of the images so that the exact locations of the secret law enforcement border cameras would not be revealed. The images were taken within the past month.

The images were taken in an area of the Tucson Sector in the Huachuca Mountains. The region is controlled by a transnational criminal organization known as Los Salazar. The regional cartel is aligned with the Sinaloa Federation. Other criminal groups in the Sinaloa Federation are warring against Los Salazar and this manifests in this portion of Arizona becoming their battleground. The other groups send "rip crews" into Los Salazar's smuggling turf in efforts to steal their drug loads on U.S. soil. The area is not only full of Mexican cartel smugglers, but other cartels' rip crews are present and U.S. prison gangs and other gangs stalk the area to steal drug loads as well. Such rip crews consist of armed criminals attempting to rip or steal cartel drug loads as they are in transit.

Tucson Sector Border Patrol Chief Rudolfo Karisch spoke with Breitbart Texas on the images and stated, "These appear to be authentic of criminal organizations coming across the border. This is not unique to Arizona, we have seen this in other parts of the country as well all along the Southwest border. Any time you have illicit commodities crossing the border, you will have criminals trying to protect those commodities — both from law enforcement and from other bad guys.

Chief Agent Karisch continued, "We acknowledge that these criminal organizations pose a threat to both U.S. and international security. Border security work is dangerous. We deal with transnational criminals, gang members, and other threats. They are trying to get their product through without encountering the public."

When asked about the threat to the general public from these armed cartel smugglers, the chief agent responded, "The border is a dangerous place, but we train and equip our agents to respond and patrol these areas. We are out there to protect Americans who want to utilize these lands. We have mountain units and air mobile units that deploy on a regular basis. I want to assure the American public we are out there to protect them."


Brandon Darby is managing director and editor-in-chief of Breitbart Texas. He co-founded the Cartel Chronicles project with Ildefonso Ortiz and Stephen K. Bannon.
Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He can be contacted at

Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist with Breitbart Texas. He co-founded the Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and Stephen K. Bannon.
You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.

Editor's Note: Breitbart Texas decided to not publish additional photos that were leaked to us.
The images contained context that would risk revealing secret surveillance camera locations.
We determined that risking exposing such camera locations could hurt law enforcement efforts to secure the border.
( Unlike the alleged "mainstream" media. AKA the fascist media. )


Wednesday, September 13, 2017



Note: As of now, have not been able to learn if Mexico is doing anything to correct the problem.
Or intends to.
State Dept.? Long a useless organization.
Video at link.

Stinky situation: Raw sewage from Mexico flows into Arizona
By: John Hook
POSTED: SEP 12 2017 08:44PM MST
UPDATED: SEP 12 2017 09:44PM MST

BISBEE, Ariz. - When talking about the U.S. - Mexico border, national security, illegal immigration or drug smuggling usually come to mind, not raw sewage. But that's the stink happening near Bisbee.

For months, a broken down Mexican sewage treatment plant has been dumping raw sewage into a wash that flows into Arizona. It's a smelly situation that could get serious if the area's water supply is threatened.

"Here we are, three months into the deal and no one's done a thing about stopping it," said John Ladd.
His family's ranch, The San Jose, shares more than 10 miles of land with the U.S. - Mexico border. Most of that border is protected by a fence to keep illegal aliens and drug smugglers out.


"The big thing is when Trump got elected, just his rhetoric.. just the illegals coming.. pretty well stopped here on the ranch because the threat of them going to jail if they got caught," said Ladd.

But so far, no one has stopped this: raw sewage flowing from a Mexican water treatment plant in nearby Naco, Sonora. Until someone invents "smell-a-vision" you're going to have to take our word for it. This really stinks.

"Mexico doesn't spend a lot of money on it, Naco is broke so there is raw sewage flowing into the U.S.," he said.

In this part of Arizona, water flows south to north. So does this sewage. Right into Ladd's ranch and dangerously close to the only water supply for homes in the area.
"It comes in right on the west side of Naco, Arizona from Naco, Sonora, runs down a draw right to the water wells for Bisbee," he said.

And it's been flowing for months now.
"It's been happening since June."

The Border Patrol keeps an eye on it, but "that isn't the Border Patrol's problem.. they've talked to the State Department and everyone else," said Ladd.

One agency no one apparently talked to was Arizona's Department of Environmental Quality, our state's agency responsible for keeping the environment clean. They didn't know about the problem until we told them about it. But after investigating, they told FOX 10, "ADEQ is pleased to report that the agencies with authority are making progress toward both short- and long-term solutions."

Ladd doesn't think anyone cares. He says this remote part of Arizona is used to being ignored.
"If it happened in Scottsdale, what do you think would happen?"

In the meantime, the sewage keeps flowing. The smell keeps smelling. A real stink for those who have to live with the stench.
"It's raw sewage, I've got a problem with that," said Ladd.

FOX 10 reached out to the U.S. State Department, which told us it regularly engages the Mexican government on environmental issues, like raw sewage releases, but it had no time table to solve this particular problem.


Monday, September 11, 2017



Note: video at link.

FLOOD GATE OF PROBLEMS: Border ranchers say gates on the border fence are a security risk
POSTED: SEP 11 2017 10:28PM MST

We all know about the President's promise to build a new wall along the United States-Mexico Border. That plan, however, will have to take into account the flooding we see during the monsoon.

Each year, over two feet of rain that falls on the Mexican side of the border will flows north into Arizona, due to area topography. Arizona ranchers depend on that water, but allowing that water to flow through means opening a big hole in the current border fence.

Some long-time ranchers in the area see that as an open invitation for some to enter the United States illegally.

"We've been here 121 years," said John Ladd of the San Jose Ranch. "We're still raising beef cows, and I'm forth generation. We're still doing good by. We are right on the border."

Illegal immigration and drug smuggling is nothing new to the Ladd family.

"In the early 90s to the early 2000, they are catching 200 or 300 people a day on the ranch," said Ladd.

Ladd said the mesh fence that was put up in 2008 hasn't helped at all, especially when it comes to drug smuggling.

"We've always had some marijuana issues coming back and forth," said Ladd. "In the last five years, predominately, we have more dope than people coming now."

Ladd took our crews to a port on the fence that he calls a "lift gate". During the monsoon, several like it are raised, to allow water to flow into Arizona from Mexico.

"The big watershed is off in the San Jose Mountains, and we depend on that water to irrigate the native grasses," said Ladd. "We're not farmers, but we use flood waters to grow the grass."

The problem is, these lift gates are not easy to open, or close.

"They have to bring a forklift out," said Ladd. "They are pretty crude design. They lift them up with a forklift, pin them up, and lock them open."

For the summer rains that last about three months, the gates stay open, the whole time. Ladd said the Army Corps of Engineers were afraid the fence could fail completely when it floods, so the lift gates were added to avoid embarrassment.

"We are sacrificing national security not to embarrass the Corps of Engineers and their wall failing," said Ladd. "I don't agree with that."

The only things stopping illegal border crossings is a couple of strands of barbed wire, and a vehicle barrier cable beneath the raised gate..

FOX 10 Phoenix reached out to the Border Patrol about the fence, and they responded with a written statement which reads, in part:

"The infrastructure, such as the pedestrian fence or vehicle barriers, are constructed to deter or slow individuals down who are entering the U.S. Illegally...during monsoon season in certain flood prone areas, the pedestrian fence is lifted, in order to mitigate debris buildup and damage to the fence...Although infrastructure is an important tool in border security, agents are also equipped with technology to monitor the border and respond to such incursions accordingly."

Ladd said a new fence completed this year, closer to Naco, works better. He took a photo of the new swing gates that allow flood waters to pass, and can be easily closed by Border Patrol once the water recedes.

"They are hinged like a door, so they can anticipate a flood event and have agents come out and open them up," said Ladd.

Ladd, however, said any wall or fence is vulnerable unless the Border Patrol puts more people on the border.

"We've got a bunch of them in Washington, and agents in Tucson, but we need them down here on the International Boundary, especially during the summer," said Ladd.


Friday, September 8, 2017

AZMEX I3 8-9-17

AZMEX I3 8 SEP 2017

AG Brnovich Files Lawsuit Against Arizona Board of Regents for Unconstitutional Tuition Hikes

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For Immediate Release: September 08, 2017
Contact: Mia Garcia (602) 339-5895 or

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich today filed a lawsuit against the Arizona Board of Regents ("ABOR") for dramatically and unconstitutionally increasing the price of base tuition and mandatory fees at Arizona's public universities by more than 300 percent since 2003. The Arizona Constitution requires that "the university and all other state educational institutions shall be open to students of both sexes, and the instruction furnished shall be as nearly free as possible."

"Every Arizonan dreams of being able to send their kids to college," said Attorney General Mark Brnovich. "Within the last 15 years, Arizona went from having some of the most affordable public universities to having some of the most expensive. We believe the Board of Regents needs to be held accountable and answer tough questions for Arizona's skyrocketing tuition rates."

The State alleges that ABOR has adopted unconstitutional tuition-setting policies, has abandoned its duty to serve as a check on the university presidents, and has ceased deriving tuition rates from the actual cost of instruction. According to the lawsuit, ABOR has misinterpreted its "nearly free" mandate to mean whatever the market rate is for peer institutions and made itself as the arbiter of "affordability" for Arizona's students and families.

Intertwined with these price hikes, ABOR has also refused to comply with Arizona law prohibiting state subsidies for students "without lawful immigration status." ABOR is causing the illegal expenditure of public monies and the failure to collect tuition in direct contravention of clear and established Arizona law.

For a copy of the lawsuit,

Deputy Division Chief Beau Roysden and Assistant Attorneys General Keith Miller and Evan Daniels worked on this case.

Arizona university bosses sued for immigrant tuition
Associated Press
2:15 PM, Sep 8, 2017

PHOENIX - Arizona's attorney general is suing the state university system over its decision to keep providing lower in-state tuition rates for immigrants granted deferred deportation status.

The lawsuit filed Friday goes much farther and alleges the Arizona Board of Regents is violating the state Constitution through a years-long series of tuition increases. Arizona's Constitution says public universities' tuition must be as close to free as possible.

The action by Attorney General Mark Brnovich comes days after the Trump administration announced it will wind down the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The board sent a letter to the attorney general's office last month noting its intention to wait for the Supreme Court to decide whether to overturn a lower court's ruling that those immigrants aren't eligible for lower in-state college tuition.


Thursday, September 7, 2017



Note: from our friends at Arizona Border Defenders.

EXCLUSIVE: Mexican Cartel Spying on U.S. Cops in Plot to Identify, Murder Informants in Arizona
June 25, 2017 - AZBD News
by ROBERT ARCE 24 Jun 2017

A Mexican transnational criminal group aligned with the Sinaloa Federation (Sinaloa Cartel) is performing a surveillance operation on U.S. soil against U.S. law enforcement personnel. The cartel is attempting to identify U.S. law enforcement agents' confidential informants so that the sources can be murdered. The operation is occurring in southern Arizona, according to a warning classified as law enforcement sensitive (Police Sensitive/Unclassified) that was issued by the FBI. The warning, known a situational report or bulletin, was issued on Friday, June 23, 2017. A highly trusted source working in the region provided the information to Breitbart Texas on the condition of anonymity and with the agreement that we would redact certain details in our public report.

This deadly plot is occurring in Douglas, Arizona, or surrounding areas by a special forces group of the Sinaloa Federation based out of Agua Prieta, Mexico. The cartel's group, specifically a specialized surveillance team, is called "Grupo Delta." The FBI-issued report names a specific individual as a known member of the Agua Prieta drug trafficking organization and it asserts that this individual deployed the cartel surveillance team into the U.S. for this effort. Breitbart Texas agreed to omit the name of the cartel operative in this report.

Though the FBI-issued situational report does not specify the name of the specific Mexico-based criminal group, Agua Prieta is controlled by a group known as Los Salazar which operates under the banner of the Sinaloa Federation; thereby making them part of the Sinaloa Cartel.

Agua Prieta is located on the border with Douglas, Arizona, approximately two hours southeast of Tucson, Arizona.

The source related that the desert area in this portion of southern Arizona is very volatile because of rival drug smuggling organizations fighting over the valuable smuggling routes. Breitbart Texas has previously reported on this issue, specifically that Los Salazar is engaged in turf battles with another Sinaloa Federation group known as Los Memos. The source said that the heavy traffic related to smuggling activities involves heavily armed criminals: those who are smuggling drugs and those who are protecting drug loads from rip gangs known as "Bajadores."

These rip gangs roam the desert mountains looking for drug loads to rip along known smuggling routes. The smuggling organizations are forced to deploy anti-rip teams to provide security for these drug loads. These smuggling organizations also deploy mountain top to mountain top counter-surveillance lookouts. These lookouts are known as cartel scouts, another subject Breitbart Texas has repeatedly reported upon.

The Sinaloa's Los Salazar began using armed scouts in their territory as problems with Los Memos heated up. The scouts are frequently equipped with long rifles and surveillance equipment such as high-powered binoculars and walkie-talkie radios, allowing them to communicate with the smuggling loads and security teams moving along their designated routes below on U.S. soil.

Robert Arce is a retired Phoenix Police detective with extensive experience working Mexican organized crime and street gangs. Arce has worked in the Balkans, Iraq, Haiti, and recently completed a three-year assignment in Monterrey, Mexico, working out of the Consulate for the United States Department of State, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Program, where he was the Regional Program Manager for northeast Mexico (Coahuila, Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Durango, San Luis Potosi, Zacatecas.)


Wednesday, September 6, 2017



They secure 2.7 tons of crystal in clandestine laboratory in Mocorito
Military personnel carried out terrestrial patrols in the environs of Zapote de Los Cázares when they detected the site
01/09/2017 | 01:00 AM

They secure 2.7 tons of crystal in clandestine laboratory in Mocorito
MOCORITO._ A clandestine laboratory in which synthetic drugs were made, was seized and dismantled by elements of the Mexican Army, in the town of Zapote de Los Cázares, in the municipality of Mocorito.

In a statement, the Ninth Military Zone reported that the laboratory was detected at the time military personnel made land patrols in the vicinity of said village.

Sedena reported that it was in a trail that leads to farmland, where they perceived a strong smell of chemicals, so they made an inspection in the area.

In the place was located a laboratory, in which they secured containers with chemical substances and diverse objects used to make synthetic drugs.

Sedena said that with the illicit product located in the laboratory, could produce 2,710 kilograms of "crystal".

All the materials were made available to the corresponding authorities.


- 27 containers with a capacity of 200 liters each, with 100 kilograms approx. c / u. of a granular substance apparently crystal

- 45 sacks containing chemical, unknown
- 8 cylinders of gas of different capacities
- 1 tank with nitrogen gas
- 10 plastic containers with a capacity of 200 liters
- Two reactors
- 42 plastic drums with a capacity of 50 liters
- Seven metal drums with a capacity of 200 liters
- An electric mixer
- A cylindrical apparatus for grinding
- 3 pedestal fans
- 4 metal drums with a capacity of 50 liters
- A bucket with approximately 10 kilos of "crystal"
- 3 cylindrical electric dryers
- 3 pewter pots.
- 2 loading doors
- 3 scales grams


Note: No info or origin of the chemicals.

PGR destroys more than 33 tons of chemical substances and precursors in Sinaloa
September 1, 2017 by Editorial Staff

More than 33 tons of chemical substances and precursors were destroyed by staff of the Attorney General's Office (PGR) in Sinaloa.

Through a statement, it was reported that the Deputy Attorney General for Regional Control, Criminal Procedures and Amparo (SCRPPA), in coordination with personnel from the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) and the Navy Secretariat, Armada de México (SEMAR) they seized the precursors and chemical substances in different parts of the state, especially in mountainous areas, where clandestine laboratories were located that were used for the production of synthetic drugs.


"It deals with 8 tons 656 kilos 789 grams of lead acetate,
benzoic acid,
phenylacetic acid,
Sodium cyanide,
ammonium chloride,
sodium hydroxide
and 24,954 liters & 625 milliliters of acetone,
acetic acid,
hydrochloric acid,
sulfuric acid,
ethyl alcohol and
among others, "he says.

"The destruction was carried out following previous practice of the Public Ministry of the Federation, as well as personnel from the Internal Control Body of the PGR and experts in forensic chemistry, who testified to the weight and quantity of the chemical substances."

The destruction was carried out in the premises of a specialized and authorized company, under the coordination and supervision of the Public Ministry of the Federation.


CBP Officers at Port of San Luis seize $199K in meth
Posted: Aug 30, 2017 11:02 AM MST
Updated: Aug 30, 2017 11:03 AM MST

SAN LUIS, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona's Port of San Luis said they apprehended two U.S. citizens after finding more than 66 pounds of methamphetamine during separate encounters Monday.

Officers first referred a 46-year-old Yuma woman for a secondary search of her 2008 Ford Fusion when she attempted to enter the U.S. early Monday. During the inspection, a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted officers to the backseat area where they found more than 41 pounds of meth, worth approximately $123,000.

A few hours later, officers referred a 41-year-old man from Wellton, Ariz. for further inspection of his 1993 Ford Ranger. This time, a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted officers to the truck's tires. Each tire contained two half-moon metal collars filled with meth. Combined the drugs weighed 25 pounds and worth an estimated $76,000.

Officers arrested both suspects for narcotics smuggling, and turned them over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. CBP officers also seized the vehicles and drugs.

Federal law allows officers to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.




Note: A busy Sept. 1, not stopping anytime soon.

A firefight between armed group and police in Chihuahua
El Heraldo de Chihuahua
Thursday August 31, 2017 in Republic

The video was taken Saturday afternoon in the municipality of Madera, when an armed command attempted to free three detainees from the State Police. The detainees were municipal expellees of Madera.

There were 30 pickup trucks from which dozens of gunmen descended who started firing at Mexican Army and State Security elements.


More: video of firefight at link.

Video: This was the confrontation between policemen and sicarios in Madera

The media of the city of Parral shared the video of the moment when state police and the army confronted the hit men in the municipality of Madera the afternoon of Saturday.


Cops vs. Sicarios
Saturday afternoon in the municipality of Madera occurred another confrontation when hitmen tried to release three detainees from the authorities, three ex-police.

The members of the State Security Commission of Chihuahua arrested three municipalities of Madera.

Dozens of armed men in 30 trucks fired on elements of the Mexican Army and State Security when they arrested three police officers.

The confrontation was long but the security elements of Chihuahua captured the three policemen and secured two cars, one without plates, black Pontiac and GMC Sierra gray, in whose interiors they found arms and cartridges.

They secured long arms .223 caliber, a .45 pistol, as well as one thousand 120 cartridges of 7.62 x .39 caliber, characteristic of AK-47 weapons.

Armed individuals who unleashed the gunfight against the Army and the State Police, left the place and several fled to the road to Largo Maderal, while others went toward the Dolores mine.


And then:
Investigates Prosecutor's Office filming of video of shooting in Madera

The Attorney General of the State initiated the investigation of the leak of the video where the confrontation between assassins and policemen in Madera can be appreciated.


Ciudad Juárez
The video began circulating through the media yesterday morning where it can be seen when police are shot at by criminals.

The video come from an element of the Attorney General's Office, so they opened the investigation folder to determine who is responsible.

Jorge Nava, prosecutor of the northern zone informed that it is the control department of Internal Affairs who carry out the inquiries to find the person in charge.

At the moment of meeting with the person responsible for disseminating the video, they will sanction it as this is part of the investigation.




Tucson Border Patrol invites public to sign up for citizen's academy
U.S. Border Patrol Tucson Sector
Sep 1, 2017 Updated Sep 1, 2017

The Tucson Border Patrol Station is taking applications for their "Citizen's Academy" winter session scheduled to start in October.

Each session consists of classes, discussions, scenarios and demonstrations to provide community members an in-depth view into various areas of law enforcement and the daily operations of securing Arizona's southern border.

Classes are held one night per week for seven weeks; each focusing on a different aspect of what Border Patrol agents do on a daily basis. Participants also get a brief overview of various laws agents must know prior to graduating from the Border Patrol Academy.

The Border Patrol's primary purpose for offering this introductory course is to give attendees a better understanding of U.S. Customs and Border Protection operations and how agents conduct enforcement duties.

In addition, the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector is committed to community outreach programs to strengthen relationships within border communities.

Attending the Citizen's Academy is free – all materials are provided – but applicants must be at least 18 years old and meet certain application requirements.

For more information, contact the Tucson Station's Public Affairs Office at (520) 748-4773.


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

AZMEX I3 2-9-17

AZMEX I3 2 SEP 2017

Note: The one in the photo in full camo. Photo at link.

CBP finds immigrants in car trunk
Phil Villarreal
12:22 PM, Sep 1, 2017
6:35 PM, Sep 1, 2017

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested two men on the State Route 90 checkpoint Thursday night on suspicion of smuggling two Mexican men into the U.S. inside a car trunk.

At the checkpoint, north of Whetsone, Ariz., agents stopped a 2008 Infiniti coupe. A K9 alerted the agents to two men hiding inside the trunk.

Agents arrested the 24-year-old driver and 26-year-old passenger, who are both from Tucson. The men int he trunk were processed for immigration violations.


Note: From a few days ago. "
Canada is a "welcoming country" but also a "country of laws" But not the USA?

Trudeau: I didn't really mean 'Canada welcomes you'
Saturday, August 26, 2017 |
Chad Groening (

Justin Trudeau (Canadian leader)It's much too late for Canada's liberal prime minister to walk back his comments welcoming refugees to flood the country, says a conservative activist.

Back in March, when President Donald Trump was pushing ahead with a halt to refugees from war-torn countries, the media fawned over Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for responding with kinder words.
"Regardless of who you are or where you come from," he proclaimed at the time, "there's always a place for you in Canada."

Thousdands of refugees, many of them from Haiti, happily took him at his word and ventured north, most demanding asylum in French-speaking Quebec.

"Canada sees 'unsustainable' spike in asylum seeks at U.S. border," the Reuters news service reported in an August 17 story.

The story reported more than 3,100 refugees walked into the country in July after 884 entered in June, and by mid-August 3,800 more were arrested at the border.

The government estimated more than 11,000 have attempted entry since the beginning of the year.

Canada is a "welcoming country" but also a "country of laws," Trudeau belatedly explained in an August 21 press conference, where he went on to claim that Canada has "rigorous immigration and customs rules" that will be followed.

Longtime conservative activist Dr. Charles McVety, president of Canada Christian College, says Trudeau failed to enforce the country's "rigorous" immigration laws that allowed 36,000 Syrian refugees to enter the country. "His words are opening the floodgates," says McVety, comparing Trudeau to Germany leader Angela Merkel who tossed aside her country's immigration laws to allow a flood of refugees.

Trudeau will not face any political consequences for his policies, McVety predicts, because Canada's media outlets owe their survival to the government they are charged with covering.



Luis Videgaray: Mexico decides who enters our country
Posted on Friday March 10, 2017,
"the decisions of who enters Mexico, are made by Mexico and only Mexico"
Luis Videgaray Caso, Mexican Foreign Minister
10 March, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
"Our rules, our principles and our laws apply to everyone."
Aug 20, 2017




Tucson Sector Border Patrol gets new chief
Posted: Sep 01, 2017 5:34 PM MST
Updated: Sep 01, 2017 5:34 PM MST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The Tucson Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol has a new chief.

The agency announced Friday that Rodolfo Karisch began his term as chief patrol agent on August 20.
He was previously in charge of the Del Rio Sector in Texas
and was the acting assistant commissioner of the Office of Professional Responsibility for Customs and Border Protection,
the Border Patrol's parent agency.

A former El Paso Police Department Officer, Karisch joined the Border Patrol in 1986.

The Tucson Sector comprises most of Arizona and includes nearly 4,000 agents.


Swat training begins for 25 state police
manuel POSTED ON 01/09/2017
Hermosillo, Sonora.

State Police of Public Security (PESP) officers are trained by the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS), which has trained and accredited instructors trained by SWAT personnel (Special Weapons and Tactics).

Víctor Félix Félix, State Operations Security Coordinator of the PESP, reported that it is a group of 25 elements of the corporation's special groups, who develop planning strategies and have precision shooting practice.
"From this training they will have the knowledge to plan intervention in closed places where the live fire is latent or where the incident is already developing with live fire, that is to say, a confrontation between a delinquent group and our elements responsible for guaranteeing the law and that there is a exchange of bullets between both contingents he indicated.
Felix Félix said that the first slogan of the Secretary of Public Security, Adolfo García Morales, is to maintain and safeguard the physical integrity of the agents and with them protect the security of civilians or scene where the crime takes place.
"The repetition of events is what makes them more dexterous, and at the unfortunate hour of an incident with a delinquency group our chances in proportion are much greater our possibility to keep us 100% alive and to reduce organized crime," he emphasized .

At the beginning of the practice was present Juan Miguel Arias Soto, General Director of the Higher Institute of Public Security of the State (ISSPE).