Arizona a Hill to Die on

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

US Consulate in Mexico infiltrated by drug cartel-murder suspect (and why not, who's stopping them?)

7/3, AP: "Mexican murder suspect: US consulate infiltrated"
  • (Obama isn't going to admit this and who in the Beltway will complain? Drug cartels control information in Mexico. The elite Calderon 'detained' this mass murderer but 'released' him. And we're bad and supposed to give more money.ed.)
Mexico City: "The drug-cartel enforcer told an unsettling story: A woman who worked in the Mexican border's biggest U.S. consulate had helped a rival gang obtain American visas. And for that, the enforcer said, he ordered her killed.

Nonsense, says a U.S. official, who said Friday the motive for the slaying remains unknown.

The employee, Lesley Enriquez, and two other people connected to the U.S. consulate in the city of Ciudad Juarez were killed March 13 in attacks that raised concerns that Americans were being caught up in drug-related border violence.

Jesus Ernesto Chavez, whose arrest was announced Friday, confessed to ordering the killings, said Ramon Pequeno, the head of anti-narcotics for the Federal Police. Pequeno said Chavez leads a band of hit men for a street gang tied to the Juarez cartel.

Enriquez and her husband were killed in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, as they drove toward a border crossing. Chavez also is accused in a nearly simultaneous attack that killed the husband of a Mexican employee of the consulate.

A U.S. federal official familiar with the investigation said Friday that after the killings, U.S. officials investigated possible corruption involving Enriquez and found none. The official was not authorized to speak about the case and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The official said the motive behind the killing remains unclear.

Officials with the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City declined to comment. At the U.S. Justice Department in Washington, spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler law enforcement "continues to work closely with our Mexican counterparts to bring to justice individuals involved in these murders."

U.S. Embassy officials previously said that Enriquez was never in a position to provide visas and worked in a section that provides basic services to U.S. citizens in Mexico.

Mexican police provided no further details from Chavez's confession on how Enriquez might have helped provide visas to a drug gang.

Enriquez was four months pregnant when she and her husband, Arthur H. Redelfs, were killed by gunmen who opened fire on their vehicle after the couple left a children's birthday party. Their 7-month-old daughter was found wailing in the back seat.

Jorge Alberto Salcido, the husband of a Mexican employee of the consulate, also was killed by gunmen after leaving the same event in a separate vehicle.

Chavez told police that gunmen opened fire on Salcido because the two cars were the same color and the hit men did not know which one Enriquez was in, Pequeno said.

Investigators also have looked at whether Redelfs may have been targeted because of his work at an El Paso County jail that holds several members of the Barrio Azteca, the gang believed to be responsible for the attacks. Pequeno said Chavez belongs to Barrio Azteca, which works for the Juarez cartel on both sides of the border.

In March, U.S. federal, state and local law enforcement officers swept through El Paso, picking up suspected members of the gang in an effort to find new leads in the killings. A suspect detained in Mexico shortly after the shooting confessed to acting as a lookout as the Azteca gang supposedly hunted down Redelfs, but he was never charged and was released without explanation.

Officials also have speculated that both attacks could have been a case of mistaken identity.

More than 23,000 people have been killed in Mexico's drug-related violence since President Felipe Calderon launched an all-out offensive against drug gangs in 2006.

Much of the violence stems from rival drug- and migrant-smuggling gangs vying for power, including a firefight Thursday that left 21 people dead and at least six others wounded about 12 miles (20 kilometers) from the Arizona border.

The shootings took place in a sparsely populated area near the border city of Nogales that is considered a prime corridor for migrant and drug smuggling. Sonora state prosecutors said all those killed were gang members.

Gangs often fight for control of the routes they use to smuggle drugs and people across the border, and also abduct migrants from each other. The violence near the Arizona border is one reason given for a controversial law passed in April requiring police there to ask people about their immigration status in certain situations.

The turf war between the Juarez and Sinaloa cartels, meanwhile, has made Ciudad Juarez one of the deadliest cities in the world. More than 2,600 people were killed last year in the city of 1.3 million people.

And on Friday, the Mexican army warned that drug cartels are using vehicles painted in military colors or with military emblems "to make it look as if they belonged to Mexican army." A Defense Department statement mentioned four instances in four different states where such vehicles had been detected.

Chavez, 41, served five years in a Louisiana prison on drug distribution charges, according to Mexico's central intelligence database.

He was detained in Mexico in 2008 by the Mexican army on drug trafficking allegations and released, only to be promoted within the Azteca gang, Federal Police said.

Chavez was arrested along with five suspected gang associates who are accused of carrying out killings or providing support. Six assault rifles, a sub-machine gun and ammunition were seized.

Aside from the killings related to the U.S. consulate, Mexican police say Chavez also confessed to participating in the Jan. 31 killing of 15 youths at a party that was mistaken as a gathering of drug-gang rivals. That massacre fueled outrage over innocents killed.

The State Department, meanwhile, announced new travel restrictions Friday for U.S. government employees working away from the border in Mexico and Central America.

As of July 15, they and their families are barred from crossing anywhere along Texas' border, north or south, because of safety concerns. The U.S. government continues to urge Americans to exercise extreme caution or defer unnecessary travel to certain parts of Mexico."

Monday, June 21, 2010

Kept quiet until now- 3 Arizona counties closed to US citizens due to violence and have been since 2006

  • ""Someone has to say that not one inch of American property will be given to the bad guys and not one death is acceptable."" But they won't. I wonder why.
6/18, "Imagine the federal government closing a section of the Lincoln Memorial because it was under the control of Mexican drug lords and bands of illegal immigrants.
  • That scenario is playing out as reality in southern Arizona, where parts of five federal lands -- including two designated national monuments -- continue to post travel warnings or be outright closed to Americans who own the land because of the dangers of "human and drug trafficking" along the Mexican border.

Roughly 3,500 acres of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge -- about 3 percent of the 118,000-acre park -- have been closed since Oct. 6, 2006, when U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Fish and Wildlife Service--heavy, ed) officials acknowledged a marked increase in violence along a tract of land that extends north from the border for roughly three-quarters of a mile. Federal officials say they have no plans to reopen the area.

  • Elsewhere, at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, which shares a 32-mile stretch of the border with Mexico, visitors are warned on a federally-run website that
  • some areas are not accessible by anyone.

"Due to our proximity to the International Boundary with Mexico, some areas near the border are closed for construction and visitor safety concerns," the website reads.

  • On another page titled "Border Concerns," the website warns that visitors should be aware that "drug smuggling routes" pass through the park.

"If you see any activity which looks illegal, suspicious, or out of place, please do not intervene," the website reads. "Note your location. Call 911 or report it to a ranger as quickly as possible. Each year hundreds of people travel north through the park seeking to enter the United States."

  • Visitors are also warned to be mindful of illegal immigrants within Ironwood Forest National Monument, a 129,000-acre federal parkland in the Sonoran Desert.

"All suspected illegal activities should be reported to [the Bureau of Land Management] or local law enforcement authorities," Ironwood Forest's website reads. "Visitors should stay safe by avoiding contact with persons exhibiting suspicious behavior or engaged in dangerous activities.

Dennis Godfrey, a spokesman for the Bureau of Land Management's Arizona office, said roughly a dozen signs were posted earlier this month along the Sonoran Desert National Monument advising that travel in the area is not recommended due to

  • "active drug and human" smuggling. The signs are not far from where a Pinal County deputy was shot and killed during a confrontation with marijuana smugglers in April and the fatal shooting of two men suspected to be drug smugglers.

"It is a corridor for smugglers of all types," Godfrey told FoxNews.com.

Similar signs have been posted at the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge and the Coronado National Forest, which covers nearly 1.8 million acres in southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico.

  • Estimates of exactly how many acres of federal land are closed due to safety concerns near the border were not immediately available, but at least one lawmaker told FoxNews.com that the policy of "ceding" federal land to drug and human trafficking is unacceptable.

"This is one of those things that the Department of Interior does not want to publicize,"

  • said Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, ranking Republican on the House Parks and Public Lands Subcommittee. "These bad actors are now being channeled into federal lands along the border because it's so easy to make that access. The situation is getting worse on federal lands and will only get worse until we make some proactive activity to change the status quo."

"Frankly," Bishop continued, "the status quo is failing. We are failing to control our borders."

  • Bishop, who has introduced legislation that would remove environmental restrictions the Department of Interior imposes on U.S. Border Patrol agents, questioned the message sent by federal authorities by closing off part of the Buenos Aires Refuge.

"That is a ludicrous message," he said. "That policy in unacceptable. That strikes of running a policy of appeasement to drug cartels instead of fighting back.

  • Someone has to say that not one inch of American property will be given to the bad guys and not one death is acceptable.""

by J.R. Miller, "Five Federal lands in Arizona have travel warnings in place"

Sunday, June 13, 2010

They honestly believe they can get away with anything

6/10/10, Politico, The far left millionaires have not changed, still think if they re-word things they'll fool everybody into buying their act. They still have no conviction, no concern for terrorism on the Arizona border. They believe they just have to keep talking and we are too stupid to figure it out. Don't be fooled by the headline of this article and don't waste your time reading it. "Dems' tough new immigration pitch," by C. Brown. It's meaningless.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Arizona is America's new Alamo

5/28: ""Arizona we feel is America's Alamo in the fight against illegal and dangerous entry into the United States," she said.
  • "Our border guards and all of Arizona law enforcement are undermanned, undergunned, taxed to the limit,
  • front-line defenders trying to hold back the invasion," Louden continued.

"We are calling on all America, from the president to every consumer to defend our Alamo in the best way that they have to do so," she said, which in this case means

  • supporting Arizona financially."...

from Arizona Daily Star, "Two Arizonans taking up SB1070 cause"


Friday, May 21, 2010

Cuban citizens must always show papers, can be removed by Castro if on part of island they don't belong

5/20: "Cuban citizens are required to carry identification with them wherever they go, and can be stopped by police and sent home if they are found in a part of the island where they don't belong....Cuban citizens are treated differently from other immigrants seeking a new home in the United States. Under America's "wet foot, dry foot" policy, any Cuban who reaches U.S. soil is automatically granted asylum. Those interdicted at sea are sent home."..."Cuban lawmakers denounce Arizona immigration law" AP

Canadian Immigration detains non-Canadian Major League Baseball players

5/20: ""There are certain offenses in Canada that are considered more major than they are in the United States," Orioles team travel coordinator Kevin Buck said. "Specifically, we were advised that things like So we've just got to be careful about making sure we're aware of anything that anybody in our traveling party might have in their past to prepare for it before we head north."... "The baseball players' association has
  • warned members with criminal convictions or arrests to contact the union before trying to enter Canada.

Doyle Pryor, a union assistant general counsel, sent a memo to agents Thursday titled

"Individuals who are not Canadian citizens may be detained at the border and, in certain cases may not be permitted to enter Canada at all,

  • if they have any sort of past criminal record," he wrote. "Recently, Canadian authorities have stepped up enforcement of these laws, resulting in several non-Canadian players traveling to Toronto with their teams being
  • detained at the border because of a past criminal record."

He warned that "even an arrest, conviction or suspended sentence many years ago for a minor crime, or a juvenile offense, can result in a border detention."

  • Three upcoming series at the Blue Jays are specified, involving Baltimore (May 28-30), Tampa Bay (May 31-June 2) and the New York Yankees (June 4-6).

"Disclosure of past criminal records can have potential employment ramifications for players, so you should advise players with such issues to contact the players' association for advice before disclosing any past criminal record to anyone else, including their traveling secretary or any other club official," Pryor wrote.

A pamphlet of information from Canadian immigration was attached to the memo.

  • "There are certain offenses in Canada that are considered more major than they are in the United States," Orioles team travel coordinator Kevin Buck said.
"Specifically, we were advised that things like DUI and that sort of thing are considered a felony in Canada. So we've just got to be careful about making sure we're aware of anything that anybody in our traveling party might have in their past to prepare for it before we head north.""Where are gangs of screaming protesters? Where is the ACLU? Where is Obama? ed

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