Border Patrol Activity Report September 2, 2010by Hugh Holub on Sep. 07, 2010, under border issues, politics
The following is the Commnunity Informational report from the Tucson Sector of the US Border Patrol for September 2, 1010:
TUCSON SECTOR BORDER PATROL — In an effort to improve our communications within the community, we are sending you this Community Informational to inform you of significant actions taken by Border Patrol Agents in the Tucson Sector Area of Responsibility. We are excited to provide you this insight into issues that may appear in the media. We would appreciate your feedback and constructive criticism on how we can better keep you informed. If you would like to see something added, let us know. If you prefer not to receive this information, or know of someone who would like to receive it, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Finally, feel free to forward this to others who may benefit from this information. The following is a rundown of activities that occurred over the past week within the Tucson Sector.
(TUCSON) Tucson Station agents arrested an illegal alien Sunday who admitted to being a member of the MS-13 gang. The man was held for prosecution.
(AJO) Ajo Station Border Patrol agents arrested a Sureno 13 gang member Friday. The subject was illegally present in the U.S. and he was previously convicted for evading a police officer and auto theft. Agents found the subject’s criminal history using the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS). The man was held for prosecution.
(WILLCOX) Willcox Station agents arrested an illegal alien Friday who admitted to being a member in the Barrio Azteca gang. The man was held for further processing.
Criminal aliens, including gang members and aliens with felony drug charges, are among the dangerous individuals who attempt to enter the United States illegally. Technology, such as IAFIS, helps the Border Patrol quickly identify criminals and bring them to an appropriate law enforcement resolution.
Rescues and Recoveries
(AJO) Ajo Station agents received a call Sunday from two illegal aliens stating they were lost. Agents trained as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) responded and rendered medical aid to both individuals, who were then transported for processing.
(CASA GRANDE) Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue Unit (BORSTAR) agents responded to a call Saturday from an illegal alien in distress. The woman was rescued and deemed in good health. She was then transported for processing.
(TUCSON) Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue Unit (BORSTAR) agents treated a U.S. citizen Saturday involved in a motorcycle accident. The individual was transported to a hospital by Emergency Medical Services.
(CASA GRANDE) Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue Unit (BORSTAR) responded to a call Friday regarding illegal aliens in distress. After rescuing seven individuals, agents discovered scattered skeletal remains in the area. The scene was turned over to the Tohono O’odham Police Department.
(AJO) Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue Unit (BORSTAR) agents discovered human remains Friday and turned the scene over to the Pima County Sheriff’s Office.
Tucson Sector has more than 200 agents trained as emergency medical technicians and more than 3,200 agents ready to respond to emergency situations. Although agents in the Tucson Sector stand ready to provide humanitarian assistance to anyone encountered in need, the summer heat continues to be a threat to human health. Unfortunately, smugglers value profits more than the lives of the people they attempt to smuggle across the border. Individuals who fall ill are often left behind by smugglers and can become victims of the desert.
(AJO) Tucson Sector agents assigned to the Ajo Station conducted two seizures of marijuana over the weekend, netting more than 2,200 pounds with a total value of more than $1.7 million.
While patrolling in the west desert area Friday, agents assigned to Ajo’s All-Terrain Vehicle Unit (ATV) detected vehicle tracks that drove off road from State Route 85. Agents followed the tracks and found a stationary sport utility vehicle covered in brush. Upon further inspection, agents discovered 64 bundles of marijuana weighing more than 1,400 pounds. The marijuana and vehicle were seized and transported for processing.
Traditional tracking methods continue to be one of the more effective tools used by Border Patrol agents in the field. Specialty units, such as those using ATVs, are effective in remote border areas often impassible by traditional vehicles. From Oct. 1, 2009, to July 31, 2010, the Tucson Sector Border Patrol seized more than 867,500 pounds of marijuana worth more than $694 million.
Voluntary Return: The Exception, Not the Rule
TUCSON, Ariz. – The U.S. Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector is ground-zero for security and enforcement on the Southwest Border of the United States. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2009, agents in the Tucson Sector apprehended 241,673 illegal aliens.
In FY 2000, the Sector was responsible for 616,000 apprehensions. In FY 2008, the number fell to 317,696 and decreased further to 241,673 in FY 2009. With less than three months remaining in this fiscal year, the numbers are slightly more than 194,000; approximately 11,500 less than during the same period last fiscal year.
“Historically, our geographical location, vast landscape, lagging prosecution rates, and lack of permanent checkpoints made this region attractive to those who sought to profit from smuggling people across the border,” said Chief Patrol Agent Victor M. Manjarrez, Jr. “Smugglers took advantage of these issues and targeted the Tucson Sector for their illegal activities.”
“A number of prosecutorial programs were developed, and they have provided consequences to an unprecedented number of illegal aliens,” he said. “The rate of individuals being prosecuted in the Tucson Sector has nearly doubled to the point where, when combined with other programs, 96 to 99 percent of those arrested in the Tucson Sector are being impacted.”
One of the most successful programs, Operation Streamline, originally known as Operation Arizona Denial, has been in effect in the Tucson Sector since January 2008. Operation Streamline is a geographically targeted, prosecution-based initiative that has proven to be a significantly effective tool in gaining operational control of the United States border in areas where it has been applied. It is effective because it provides a previously lacking consequence to illegal entry into the United States that results in deterrence and lowered repeat offenses, and it is also effective in breaking the smuggling cycle by removing the alien from the typical voluntary return path.
“Most illegal aliens expect that if they are arrested by the Border Patrol they will simply be returned to Mexico in the local area to try again, with no legal consequence,” Manjarrez said. “This ‘voluntary return’ culture cannot be allowed to continue. Voluntary return needs to be approved on a case by case basis, based on exigent circumstances such as mothers with their children or unaccompanied juveniles.”
Processing illegal aliens through impact programs has resulted in less than 20 percent of them attempting to illegally re-enter the country. Other factors that have resulted in the Tucson Sector’s success include a significant increase in manpower, infrastructure and personnel, which has allowed the Sector to gain greater operational control of our nation’s border.
“By making the use of voluntary return the exception and not the rule, we make it clear that crossing the border illegally is not o.k.,” said Manjarrez. “We are committed to national security, and that starts with border security.”