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Wednesday
Dec222010

Agent's death a reminder of US - Mexican border violence

Border Patrol agents deplane Dec. 9 on Tohono O'odham Reservation in Arizona looking for drug smugglers

 

A U.S. Border Patrol agent was shot and killed along the Southwestern border last week, marking the second time in as many years that an agent was gunned down along the border with Mexico.

The shooting prompted politicians from both parties, including Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, to emphasize the dangers faced by the 20,000 Border Patrol agents and thousands of other law enforcement officers who patrol the border.

Records from a police memorial group and the federal government paint a clearer picture of how violent the border truly is. Fourteen Border Patrol agents have died since 2006, and records obtained by USA TODAY show that agents shot and killed 20 people in that time.

CONFIRMATION: Napolitano says gang killed border agent in battle.Brian A Terry - rubber bullets in weapon - KIA by Narco-Terrorist/Insurgents

Lt. Jeff Palmer, who founded the Pima County (Ariz.) Sheriff's Office border crime section, said they face armed smugglers, constant assaults by immigrants throwing rocks and a rugged terrain that makes apprehending people, and defending yourself, extremely hard.

"It's a violent, violent place out there, and people are utilizing whatever means they can to avoid apprehension," Palmer said.

Christian Ramirez of American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization that tracks border violence, said the blame lies on both sides of the border. Ramirez said smuggling cartels trying to push their goods into the U.S. are clashing with an ever-expanding collection of law enforcement officers on the U.S. side, leaving illegal immigrants simply looking for work caught in the crossfire.

"Border Patrol responds with more arms, more personnel, and drug cartels respond in kind. It's a cycle of violence that we need to figure out how to stop," he said.

A total of 260 agents fired their weapons in 213 incidents from 2006 to 2010, wounding 37 people, according to a database obtained from Customs and Border Protection through the Freedom of Information Act. The records reflect all Border Patrol encounters around the country, but Customs spokesman Lloyd Easterling said most of those occurred along the U.S.-Mexican border.

Fourteen Border Patrol agents died in the line of duty during that time period, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, which tracks the deaths of law enforcement officers. Two died from gunshot wounds, the rest of various causes ranging from heat exhaustion to being intentionally struck by a car.

Jennifer Allen, executive director of the Border Action Network, a Tucson-based civil rights group that helps immigrants, said the numbers show that agents are being reckless when responding to illegal immigrants crossing the border.

She said she understands that drug cartels and human smugglers can be violent, but she said agents are approaching any illegal immigrant crossing into the U.S. with a "heavy handed" approach that leads to so many deaths and injuries.

Hipolito Acosta, who patrolled the border for several federal agencies before retiring in 2005, said the number of immigrants killed or wounded was low considering the dangers and activity levels along the border. He said they encounter so many dangerous situations with smugglers that they must approach every encounter expecting the worse.

"If you look at the narcotics interdictions along the border, if you look at the number of weapons that are found, that's not a high number," Acosta said.

Allen said she has long complained to Border Patrol officials that they need a more comprehensive training program so agents know how to better distinguish between armed smugglers and people looking to enter the country to live and work.

A 2007 report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that the Border Patrol "exhibits attributes of an effective training program." But it found that the ratio of young, inexperienced agents to experienced supervisors was often too high.

Easterling said they have focused on hiring more experienced supervisors and trainers to show the new agents how and when to use deadly force. He said agents are frequently outmanned by smuggling operations.

"We don't want any of this going on, clearly," he said. "But we realize that these organizations are not giving up without a fight. In defense of themselves, their partners and innocent third parties, our agents will respond."

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Wednesday
Dec222010

Details remain sketchy in BP agent's murder case

 

The family of Brian A. Terry is preparing to say its last goodbyes to the fallen Border Patrol agent with a memorial service Wednesday in Michigan. Meanwhile in Arizona, federal officials remain tight-lipped about the details of his death.

The FBI, the lead investigative agency in the case, has released no additional information since its initial statement that Terry, a member of an elite SWAT-type team, was shot during an armed encounter late on Dec. 14 in the Rio Rico area. The Border Patrol has added to that account only to say that the encounter was with a group of five men, and that four were detained (one was wounded) while another remains at large.

However, Terry’s stepmother told the Green Valley News that Terry was shot in the back, and most likely with an AK-47.

Reached by phone at her home in Michigan, Carol Terry said the Border Patrol told the family that at about 11 p.m. Tuesday, the agents saw a group of five “pirates” approaching them in Peck Canyon. At first, it appeared the men weren’t armed, but at least two carried AK-47s, she said.Television news crews descended on Monsoon Court near Circulo Sombrero in Rio Rico following Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry's fatal shooting last week. Photo / Terry Keton

In the ensuing gunfight, Terry was shot in the back, the bullet piercing his protective vest and tearing through his pelvis. Although critically wounded, he was able to call for help, telling fellow agents that he had been shot. Then he lost consciousness.

A team with an EMT arrived almost immediately, and a helicopter lifted Terry out of the area within minutes. But the damage was too great and he died in the helicopter en route to a hospital.

Asked Monday if he could confirm the details of Carol Terry’s account, Mario Escalante, a spokesman with the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector referred all questions to the FBI. But FBI spokesman Manuel Johnson declined to confirm the account, or discuss other details in the case, such as the identities of the suspects in custody, their nationalities, whether they’ve been charged, and the status of the manhunt for the fifth suspect.

“The investigation remains ongoing and we are not releasing any information at this time,” Johnson told the Nogales International in an e-mail response.

During a meeting Friday with the editorial board of The Arizona Republic, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano confirmed one fact of the case that had been widely known already: Terry’s elite BORTAC team was tracking a group of border bandits when the shooting began.

“They were seeking to apprehend what’s called a ‘rip crew,’ which is a name given to a crew that is organized to seek to rip off people who are drug mules or traversing the border illegally,” Napolitano told the newspaper’s editorial board. “That’s why they were in that area.”

In the absence of more detailed information from the authorities, some media outlets have filled the gaps with unconfirmed details and rumors. One rumor, that Terry’s team had been armed only with “bean-bag” rounds or rubber bullets, gained enough traction that the Border Patrol agent’s Local 2544 union felt compelled to refute it on its website.

Service planned

Terry was supposed to be at home in Michigan with his family this weekend. He planned to fly out Friday. Instead, his family will hold a memorial service on Wednesday.

“We just can’t believe it,” Carol Terry said. “It simply doesn’t seem real to us, and we’re devastated.”

Terry’s body was flown back to Michigan on Saturday. On the way to the airport early Saturday morning, four motorcyclists serving as escorts crashed, injuring one rider.

Tucson police spokesman Sgt. Matt Ronstadt told KGUN-TV that the members of the Arizona Rangers collided after some sort of traffic slowdown. The injured rider was taken to a hospital for evaluation of what appeared to be minor injuries.

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Monday
Dec202010

Rubber Bullets - Sand Bag Type Bullets - And Dead BP Agents

Brian A Terry KIA on the AZ-MX border. All he had was bean bag bullets.This is most disturbing.  Tom Tancredo recently stated in a World Net Daily article dated 12.18.2010 the following, and I quote:

[...] Here's the part Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Border Patrol management are trying to hide: Border Patrol Agent Terry and the BORTAC team were under standing orders to always use ("non-lethal") bean-bag rounds first before using live ammunition. When the smugglers heard the first rounds, they returned fire with real bullets, and Agent Terry was killed in that exchange. Real bullets outperform bean bags every time. [...]

Is this why Janet Napoleonitano went to Arizona for?  To cover all of this up?

I have been searching and searching for this data and article after article has been "oddly" removed except for the Free Republic and World Net Daily.  Imagine that?  And these jerk whistles in DC want to INCLUDE these murdering hordes citizenship in the USA?  What in the hell for?

[...] The larger, ugly truth Napolitano and senior managers in the Border Patrol want to hide is that the rules of engagement and inadequate weaponry of the Border Patrol place the lives of all agents at grave risk. The National Border Patrol Council, which represents over 15,000 field agents, believes the border is too dangerous for officers to patrol without body armor, armored vehicles and automatic weapons. [...]

But the borders are the safest they have ever been?

Been bags vs AK47 rifles and other "long rifles".  And the BP questioned me on the Border?  Perhaps if I had some bean bag bullets all would have been OK.

[...] Secretary Napolitano should do two things on Monday morning. First, she should order all Border Patrol agents to be issued weapons adequate for both self-defense and apprehension of armed drug smugglers. The second thing she should do Monday morning is resign. [...]

Someone needs to die over this.  Seriously.

Brian A. Terry was KIA near Rio Rico, AZ and all he had was defective ammo.  Period.  Bean bag bullets.  What a way to fight a war on the most secure border in the world.  Video of his death hereArticle here.  Read the entire WND article.  Cry is you feel like it.  Get pissed off as I am now.

We need REAL ammo folks and we need HELP.  Every donation will be deeply appreciated.  Thanks.  Running along the border is time consuming and expensive.  I personally eat MREs, thank you very much.  I fiind water when I am in the field and the "special tabs" are good to have.  An actual place to live would be good as well.  However, until the donations begin to trickle in...

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Monday
Dec202010

Another challenge to AZ immigration law dismissed

PHOENIX—A federal judge in Phoenix has dismissed another challenge to Arizona's new immigration law.

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton on Wednesday granted the state's motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed in July by the League of United Latin American Citizens.

The league sued over training materials distributed to Arizona law enforcement meant to guide the law's implementation, claiming the materials promoted racial and ethnic profiling.

Bolton says the league lacked standing and failed to establish any real and immediate threat of harm.

Gov. Jan Brewer says of the eight federal lawsuits against the state, six have been dismissed. Portions of the remaining two suits also been dismissed.

The federal government's lawsuit against Arizona on portions of Senate Bill 1070 remains at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

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Monday
Dec202010

Napolitano to Arizona in wake of Border Patrol agent's killing

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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is headed to Arizona on Thursday following a gun battle that killed a Border Patrol agent near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Agent Brian Terry was shot late Tuesday night on the U.S. side of the border in a canyon well known for its drug and human smuggling activity.

Napolitano, who is expected to meet with Border Patrol agents and employees in Arizona tomorrow, called Terry’s killing “an unconscionable act of violence against the men and women of the Border Patrol and all those who serve and defend our country.”

Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said he was praying for Terry’s family and called on Congress to support the Border Patrol operations in the region.

“Agent Terry’s murder is a reminder of the great service and willingness to sacrifice that the men and women of Customs and Border Protection embody when they put themselves in harm’s way to protect our country,” said Lieberman.

“They serve every day on the front lines of a perilous struggle against the Mexican drug cartels along our southern border, and we must do everything we can to support them in that effort.”

Federal authorities announced on Wednesday the arrest of four people who they believe might have been involved in Terry’s murder, according to The Arizona Republic.

Napolitano, who is the former governor of Arizona, committed the full use of U.S. resources toward finding Terry’s killer.

“We will leave no stone unturned as we seek justice for the perpetrators,” she said.

Violence along the border escalated to new levels in October when a Mexican police commander was beheaded while investigating the suspected murder of an American tourist by drug smugglers.

But violence has plagued the U.S-Mexico border for years, spurring the U.S. to step up security earlier this year as President Barack Obama signed a $600 million border security initiative and sent 1,200 National Guardsmen to the region.

More than 28,000 people have been killed in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon declared war on the country's drug cartels in 2006.

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Sunday
Dec192010

AZ border violence incidental to Napolitano's actual mission

As the hunt for the fifth killer of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry enters its third day, Arizona sheriffs expressed irritation that Homeland INsecurity chieftain Janet Napolitano did not bother to schedule meetings with them or include them in a Tuesday conference call on the issue of border security. The lackluster Napolitano, over her head and unwilling to exert any meaningful border enforcement, visited the area yesterday, as part of a previously scheduled trip. She met only with Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada.

Last March 27 Cochise County rancher Robert Krentz was murdered on his family ranch by Mexican nationals.

While chaos reigns on the US./Mexico border, the former Arizona governor, famous for her quip “You show me a 50-foot wall and I’ll show you a 51-foot ladder at the border. That’s the way the border works” makes “Environmental Justice,” including obscene land grabs and backdoor amnesty her priorities.

Syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin, who “gets it,” congratulates Napolitano with these well chosen words: “Heckuva job, J-Nap. Heckuva job.”

With liberal Napolitano, who as a former border governor should know the severity of these issues, at the helm of border enforcement, is it any wonder we are Seeing Red [in] Arizona?

The Arizona 2012 Project is organizing a Tea Party delegation to attend   Agent Terry’s memorial service, during the week of Dec. 20. Click here for updated information.

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Sunday
Dec192010

Napolitano visits Arizona-Mexico border, blasted by cops

This article is at the Examiner.  it is also located here.

Under intense pressure by the law enforcement community and many lawmakers, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will visit the Arizona-Mexican border after the latest incident of violence by Mexican nationals.

A decorated agent of the U.S. Border Patrol on Tuesday night was shot and killed on the U.S. side of the Arizona-Mexico border while attempting to apprehend suspects who regularly victimize illegal immigrants, according to the leader of National Border Patrol Council Local 2544, the union that represents agents. 

While Napolitano and her minions claim the location of this latest attack on American soil by illegal aliens has never been safer, illegal cross-border activity remains a significant threat, according to a government study released last week.

On the southwest border, the Tucson sector is the primary entry point for marijuana smugglers and illegal aliens, and over the last 3 years apprehensions on federal lands have not kept pace with Border Patrol estimates of the number of illegal entries, indicating that the threat to federal lands may be increasing.

Federal and tribal lands on the U.S. borders with both Canada and Mexico are vulnerable to illegal cross-border activity, as well. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) -- through its U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Office of Border Patrol (Border Patrol) -- is responsible for securing these lands, while the Departments of the Interior (DOI) and Agriculture (USDA) manage natural resources and protect the public.

The US Congress directed the Government Accountability Office to examine the extent that: border security threats have changed on federal lands;  federal agencies operating on these lands have shared threat information and communications; and federal agencies have coordinated budgets, resources, and strategies.

The GAO reviewed interagency agreements and threat assessments; analyzed enforcement data from 2007 through 2009; and interviewed officials at headquarters and two Border Patrol sectors selected due to high volume of illegal cross-border activity (Tucson) and limited ability to detect this activity.

In the Tucson sector, federal land managers said they would like additional guidance to determine when illegal cross-border activity poses a sufficient public safety risk for them to restrict or close access to federal lands. DOI and USDA efforts to determine whether additional guidance is needed -- consistent with internal control standards for the federal government and in line with DHS contingency plans for southwest border violence -- could help federal land managers more easily balance public safety and access to federal borderlands.

Information sharing and communication among DHS, DOI, and USDA have increased in recent years, but critical gaps remain in implementing interagency agreements. Agencies established forums and liaisons to exchange information; however, in the Tucson sector, agencies did not coordinate to ensure that federal land law enforcement officials maintained access to threat information and compatible secure radio communications for daily operations.

Coordination in these areas could better ensure officer safety and an efficient law enforcement response to illegal activity. There has been little interagency coordination to share intelligence assessments of border security threats to federal lands and develop budget requests, strategies, and joint operations to address these threats. Interagency efforts to implement provisions of existing agreements in these areas could better leverage law enforcement partner resources and knowledge for more effective border security operations on federal lands.

The GAO recommended that DOI and USDA determine if more guidance is needed for federal land closures, and that DHS, DOI, and USDA further implement interagency agreements. DHS, DOI, and USDA concurred with the recommendations.

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Wednesday
Dec152010

Border Patrol Agent Killed in Southern Arizona

See the article here.

A shootout between border patrol agents and bandits in the rugged canyons near Mexico's border left one officer dead and a suspect injured, a union official said Wednesday.

 


 

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Wednesday
Dec152010

BREAKING - Border Patrol Agent Killed in Southern Arizona

DEVELOPING: TUCSON, Ariz. -- A U.S. Border Patrol agent was fatally shot after he encountered several suspects in southern Arizona, officials announced Wednesday.

Agent Brian A. Terry was killed late Tuesday near Rio Rico, Ariz., according to a statement released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials.

At least four suspects are in custody and another is still being pursued.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Terry family for their tragic loss," CBP Commissioner Alan Bersin said in a statement. "Our commitment to Agent Terry and his family is that we will do everything possible to bring to justice those responsible for this despicable act."

The FBI and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office are investigating Terry's death.

KOLD-TV in Tucson reports the incident occurred just after 11 p.m. Tuesday in the Peck Canyon area north of Nogales.

Prior to Terry's death, the last fatal shooting of a Border Patrol agent was on July 23, 2009, when Robert Rosas, 30, was killed by unidentified assailants while responding to suspicious activity in a known smuggling corridor near Campo, Calif., CBP officials said.

In May, President Obama authorized the deployment of up to an additional 1,200 National Guard troops to the Southwest border to provide support for surveillance, reconnaissance and narcotics enforcement to augment CBP and U.S. Customs and Immigration (ICE) authorities already in place. Those deployments began on Aug. 1. Obama also requested $600 million in supplemental funds for enhanced border protection and law enforcement activities.

"Over the past year and a half, this administration has pursued a new border security strategy with an unprecedented sense of urgency, making historic investments in personnel, technology and infrastructure," Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a statement released on July 19.

"These troops will provide direct support to federal law enforcement officers and agents working in high-risk areas to disrupt criminal organizations seeking to move people and goods illegally across the Southwest border," the statement continued.

Napolitano also announced in July that more than $47 million in fiscal year 2010 Operation Stonegraden grants for the Southwest border states to support law enforcement personnel, overtime and related costs. Nearly 80 percent of the funding will go to Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas, up from 59 percent in 2008.

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Saturday
Dec112010

Bite Your Lip

As an Arizona Senator, I had the benefit of working with state legislators from all over the United States through multi-state policy groups designed to help representatives from each state both do their own jobs better and to better understand what was going on in other sovereign states.  Over the years, I apparently became known for immigration policy in many of these settings. Sometimes this was a good thing, other times not so much.

Strange as it seems to an intelligent reader, these folks who had no real experience with our federally ignored border seemed to have a strong opinion that they never failed to share.  I tried my best to gently inform them, but often left those conversations with the realization that my understanding of the border issue, having “been there” was causing them cognitive dissonance with their own strongly held (read: ignorant) beliefs.

Now that I am out of office, I would like to suggest to all elected officials that they take a deep breath and accept there are things you don’t know yet.  There are things you can’t possibly understand not having “been there.”  And, while you were biting your lip enduring yet another cry for help from Arizona for the destruction of our state caused by our open border, we were biting our lip, too.

We bit our lip when you wailed that the billions in federal aid you received after your hurricane simply wasn’t enough.  We bit our lip when you implored us to support a federal bailout of your largest industry because it would be crushing to your state budgets if all of those private for-profit companies failed.  We bit our lip when you asked us to force drivers to use more ethanol products because your farmers couldn’t possibly be expected to actually sell corn for market value in ways other than through forced market creation by the federal government.  We bit our lip when your state created its own mini-European welfare state and then went broke, but you insisted that as one of the largest states you somehow deserve extra federal bailout dollars to continue your broken promises to your constituents.

The glaring difference is that OUR problem is also YOUR problem.  The open borders in Arizona present a national security risk that is absolutely the sole responsibility of the United States.  And, you swore to support the Constitution which provides for protection of the states.  And, yes, this includes the federal dollars needed to provide that protection.  So, while we all have our problems in our states, the problem in Arizona is a shared problem and it must be dealt with by the combined treasuries from all 50 state... through a federal appropriation.

I’d encourage elected officials from all 50 states to come to Arizona and see this national problem for just that... a NATIONAL problem.  Until then, please bite your lips a little harder.

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Friday
Dec102010

Supreme Court To Look At Arizona Illegal Immigrant Employer Sanctions Law

Arizona again will be in the national spotlight regarding illegal immigration when the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday on whether the state can punish employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers.

At issue is the 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act, commonly called the employer-sanctions law, which was among the first in which a state tried to assume control of what previously had been strictly a federal function. The landmark has withstood challenges in U.S. District Court and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which have said the law is constitutional.

The act emboldened Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who unlike other sheriffs across the state has used it to conduct 40 raids on businesses accused of employing illegal immigrants. Those busts have resulted in 308 arrests for identity theft and forgery, while two employers have faced civil sanctions. [...] go read the rest

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Wednesday
Dec082010

High court torn on AZ law sanctioning companies hiring illegal immigrants

Deport all IllegalsThe Supreme Court sounded conflicted Wednesday about whether Arizona's attempt to revoke the licenses of businesses that knowingly employ illegal immigrants violates federal law or complements it.

The case pits Arizona against an unusual coalition of challengers that includes the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, civil rights groups and the Obama administration. The challengers contend that the state law is an intrusion into the federal government's power to enforce the nation's immigration laws.

Both the state and the challengers agree that Congress generally meant for the 1986 federal Immigration Reform and Control Act to preempt state efforts to control immigration by sanctioning employers. But Arizona has taken advantage of a parenthetical clause in the statute - "other than through licensing and similar laws" - to go after companies that knowingly hire illegal immigrants.

The law being challenged, the Legal Arizona Workers Act, imposes tougher sanctions than federal law for hiring illegal workers, and could result in a company losing its business license - a "death penalty," in the words of Washington lawyer Carter G. Phillips, who represented the chamber of commerce.

It was passed in 2007, and signed by then-Gov. Janet Napolitano, now President Obama's homeland security secretary.

It is different from a more recent Arizona law that the Obama administration is battling in lower courts. That law contains a provision that requires local law enforcement officials to check on the immigration status of people they stop, and to detain them if they were suspected of entering the country illegally.

A federal judge has blocked enforcement of that requirement and the law is under review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

The Supreme Court's decision in the illegal-worker case, though, might give some indication of how willing the justices are to allow states to come up with their own solutions for trying to curb illegal immigration. The Obama administration argues that it is a usurpation of power that belongs only to the federal government.

Phillips said the federal law is important in heading off a proliferation of conflicting state laws on employer sanctions. He said the statute was "carefully calculated" to ban the hiring of illegal workers and make sure that companies were not discouraged from hiring those legally in the country.

Acting Solicitor General Neal K. Katyal said there could be no doubt that Congress meant to reserve enforcement of such employer sanctions for the federal government, and the licensing exception was not meant as a way around that.

But the conservative justices sharply questioned that. Justice Antonin Scalia said Congress might not have envisioned the licensing exemption to be used in such a way, but neither would it have been clear in 1986 that federal sanctions have "simply been not enforced" by the government.

At the time the law was enacted, Napolitano said, "immigration is a federal responsibility, but I signed HB 2779 because it is now abundantly clear that Congress finds itself incapable of coping with the comprehensive immigration reforms our country needs." [...] see page 2 - click the picture

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Saturday
Dec042010

PD - 11 children found at south Phoenix drop house

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PHOENIX - Three suspects are in custody after 11 children were found at a south Phoenix drop house Thursday.

Phoenix police Sgt. Steve Martos said an investigation into the alleged drop house began after a woman from El Salvador reported to the FBI that her three daughters had been kidnapped and were being held in the Valley.

According to Martos, it was later discovered that the girls' family paid smugglers to bring the children into the country. The "coyotes" reportedly tried to extort more money from the family, even threatening to sexually assault the girls if their payment demands were not met.

FBI officials began working with the Phoenix Police Department to investigate the claim, which led to the discovery of a drop house near 7th and Southern avenues.

Martos said the Special Assignments Unit entered the home around 6 p.m. Thursday and were able to locate the three girls. Police found a total of 11 minors inside the home, all who appeared to have been smuggled into the U.S. without their parents.

The children reportedly came from various locations, including Mexico, Columbia and El Salvador. Police said the youngest child found was a 2-year-old girl.

Martos said detectives found one suspect inside the home acting as guard. The man reportedly told investigators he had also been smuggled into the country by "coyotes" and was paying off his debt by guarding the house.

A man and woman who were seen leaving the house shortly before authorities arrived were taken into custody nearby.

Investigators will be working to reunite the children with their families, according to police.

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Wednesday
Dec012010

Don't Arrest Cartel Members in the USA? You Get Fired

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FLORENCE, Ariz. – An Arizona deputy who came under scrutiny after claiming he was wounded by drug smugglers in the desert has been suspended over comments he made to a Phoenix weekly newspaper.

Pinal County spokesman Tim Gaffney says Deputy Louie Puroll is on paid administrative leave pending an internal probe over the statements to the Phoenix New Times.

Puroll was quoted as saying that he had been approached by a Mexican drug cartel who wanted him to look the other way, and that he did not arrest the cartel members or report the alleged encounters.

Puroll was in the national spotlight this year when he claimed he was grazed by a bullet during a gunbattle with smugglers.

No smugglers or drugs were found, but an independent test on his clothes supported his story.

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Arizona Officials Dispute Report Saying Boycott Over Immigration Law Hurt State Economy

July 29: Los Angeles workers from 32 different unions joined local faith and community leaders at Dodger Stadium boarding 11 buses bound for Arizona to protest Arizona immigration law SB 1070.

A new study estimates that Arizona lost more than $140 million in canceled meeting and convention business from a boycott of the state in the wake of its controversial immigration law — but Arizona officials dismiss the report, saying their losses are related to the economy and they expect revenues to improve slightly next year.

The report, “Stop the Conference,” was released last week by the liberal Center for American Progress. It put hotel industry losses during the first four months after the signing of the law at about $45 million. Visitors would have spent an additional $96 million during their stays, said Angela Kelley, the group’s vice president for immigration and advocacy.

“This is as much, I think, to serve (as) a warning to other states, particularly those who rely on tourism and conferences and conventions, that there is an economic impact to it,” Kelley said. “We feel like this is a very modest slice, just a piece of what the economic impact is, and we don’t think that we’re overstating it or overselling it.”

But in an e-mail to FoxNews.com, an Arizona official says the report is off base.

“Although we are well aware that the travel and tourism industry was impacted this year and previously due to many economic issues, determining the true economic loss or gain from these issues is difficult at best ,” said Sherry Henry, chairwoman of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s task force on tourism and economic vitality, adding that the state was not consulted on the research.

“What we are hearing now are some preliminary but cautiously optimistic signs of improvement as our industry continues to work in a unified fashion to promote Arizona as a premier leisure destination and convention location.”

The Center for American Progress paid for the study but a respected Scottsdale-based economic firm, Elliott D. Pollack & Co., conducted it.

The study says lost bookings will probably continue for more than a year, multiplying the effect of a boycott called by immigrant-rights activists after Brewer, a Republican, signed the state’s new law in April.

Former state Sen. Alfredo Gutierrez said the goal of the boycott was to bring the state’s economy to a stop in much the same way that a boycott punished the state 20 years ago over its refusal to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with a holiday.

After U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton put the most controversial parts of the new immigration law
on hold on constitutional grounds in July, some opponents of the measure called for the boycott to end, including U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona and the grocery workers union.

An estimated 15 million visitors come to Arizona each year for vacations, conventions and sporting events such as the Fiesta Bowl, pro golf tournaments and baseball spring training. The state tourism office estimates that conventions and other tourism-related activity brought in $16.6 billion in 2009 and that 157,200 people were employed in industry.

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