President Trump works every day on the illegal immigrant issue. He’s determined to reinstate the rule of law and ensure our sovereignty. He has launched a major Border Patrol operation in a top sanctuary slum as part of his efforts to keep Americans safe.
This stretch of the border has been visited by both Vice President Pence and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen. The Border Patrol has just launched Operation Blazing Sands this past month in an effort to stop illegal aliens and to end human smuggling operations.
The area in question is along a stretch of border in the southeastern-most part of the California desert, according to agent Justin Castrejon. In mid-August Operation Blazing Sands was activated in a collaboration between the Border Patrol’s El Centro and Yuma sectors.
“This operation leverages the strengths of El Centro Sector and Yuma Sector to better target transnational criminal organizations,” stated Gloria Chavez, who is the chief of the El Centro Sector. This is deadly business and these agents are risking their lives going after the cartels and smugglers in this region.
“Agents apprehended 2,427 people illegally crossing that part of the border from October 2017 through July 2018, before the operation began, according to data from the sector. That’s about eight people per day and just over 10 percent of the 23,452 people caught in the entire El Centro Sector during that period.
“The sector splits its 70 miles of border among three Border Patrol stations. The 20-mile area where Operation Blazing Sands is focused, known to agents there as the “east desert,” makes up close to 29 percent of that border and is patrolled by agents from the Calexico station.
“Calexico station is the fifth busiest along the southwest border, Castrejon said.
“About 10 miles outside of the town of Calexico, the landscape turns from farmland to short brush and small mounds of sand. The All American canal runs between Interstate 8 and the border, and the canal’s steep sides and strong currents sometimes trap border crossers who are often already exhausted from their journey through the desert in Mexico.
“For many trying to sneak across the border in the El Centro Sector, their goal is Interstate 8, Castrejon explained. If they can make it to a car that’s supposed to pick them up there, they can disappear into traffic before they are detected.
“Near the Gordon Wells exit on Interstate 8, the All American Canal curves under the highway, removing the dangerous obstacle from border crossers’ path and allowing the freeway to stretch closer to Mexico. The sand begins to mound higher in this part of the desert though the dunes don’t yet reach the peaks of those further east at Buttercup, a popular dune buggy area.
“A Border Patrol camera tower stands near the exit, and agents frequently make “cuts” in the area, checking for footprints where they had dragged the sand smooth earlier in the day.
“Just before the canal turns away from Mexico, the border fence changes from 15- to 20-foot bollards used in town to a “floating fence” that was built around 2009. The floating fence has similar bollards, or posts placed close together, that are a few feet shorter, and its base allows agents to prevent sand from mounding into dunes along the fence until it is easy to climb over. If the sand gets too high, the fence can be lifted and set down again on top.
“Despite the heat and the sand that drags and slides underfoot, the area around Gordon Wells has become a popular place to cross, Castrejon said.”
Agents are constantly scanning for illegal aliens who are attempting to cross at these points. They point to footprints on the Mexican side of the fence and a piece of rope tied between bollards to act as a ladder. Sun-blasted water bottles are scattered on the ground along the fence.
Agent Castrejon explained that as he was patrolling in the eastern desert just about a month ago, less than 10 minutes after he checked the area by Gordon Wells, another agent monitoring the camera tower alerted him to a group that had just crossed there behind him. “As much as we’re watching out for them, they’re watching us,” Castrejon said. A spotter probably told the crossers he had just left and waved them on over the border.
This particular group of illegal immigrants got to a car and headed west on the highway. Unfortunately for them Castrejon caught them and arrested a U.S. citizen smuggler and four unauthorized immigrants.
If the immigrants make it to the highway, agents will attempt to pull their car over. If they won’t stop and pull over, agents collaborate over their radios to let each other know where the car is headed. In some cases, agents will deploy a “vehicle immobilization device” that punctures the car’s tires with hollow needles and slowly lets the air out.
The gradual release of air from the tires keeps the passengers safe from being hurt by a blowout. When the car is forced to stop, the agents are there to arrest the occupants. Then the agents go back to the border looking for any that might have been left behind. Sometimes smugglers will leave those who are sick, too old or too young if they slow down the group. They are acceptable casualties… all they care about is the money.
Agent Castrejon cannot say how many agents are involved in the operation. But he did say, “We’re not going to sit by and let a part of the border not be in our control.” He also declined to say how long the operation would last because the Border Patrol doesn’t want to tip off smugglers.
Operations like this by the Border Patrol are necessary. The wall will curtail a lot of this, but we will always need the Border Patrol and the military on the wall once it goes up to patrol it. Operation Blazing Sands has been a great success so far. That’s great news for Americans.
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San Diego Border Patrol Agents Assaulted With Rocks While Arresting 7 Illegal Aliens
This story originally appeared on WeBuildTheWall.news & was edited and republished with permission:
This is just another disgusting example of what our Border Patrol has to put up with.
NBC San Diego Reports:
Rocks were hurled at Border Patrol agents Friday near the U.S.-Mexico border as they arrested seven people who were in the country illegally, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.
The agency tweeted a photo of one its patrol SUV’s that was damaged in the incident. One of its rear windows was shattered by a rock.
#SanDiego #BorderPatrol agents were assaulted with rocks Friday while arresting 7 illegal aliens near the immediate #border. Agents avoided injury, but a marked patrol vehicle’s window was shattered. Approx. 125 assaults on #SD agents recorded since October 1, 2018. #CBP #USBP pic.twitter.com/MMocPKMpgp
— CBP San Diego (@CBPSanDiego) April 23, 2019
CBP said no agents were injured.
According to the agency, there have been approximately 125 assaults on agents in the San Diego area since October of 2018.
It is becoming more and more dangerous for our agents.
Met with border agents, in disgust they told me and Kris Kobach that they are releasing cartel hitmen onto the streets of the US because they bring a child with them and claim asylum! They even admit to being hitmen. EXPOSE THIS! @DonaldJTrumpJr @SheriffClarke @realDonaldTrump
— Brian Kolfage (@BrianKolfage) April 13, 2019
A few days ago, Breitbart News reported a Border Patrol Agent was Assaulted in Arizona Mountains
An Ecuadorian migrant assaulted a Border Patrol agent on a mountain trail about 15 miles north of the Arizona border with Mexico. The Ecuadorian migrant was traveling with two Mexican migrants.
Agents assigned to the Sonoita Border Patrol Station responded to a reported group of migrants hiking on a remote trail near Lone Mountain close to Patagonia, Arizona. As the agents attempted to take the migrants into custody, one of the migrants began fighting with one of the agents, according to information obtained from Tucson Sector Border Patrol officials.
The migrant struck the agent multiple times. He fought with the agent for several minutes causing both to slide down the hillside, officials reported. Several minutes later, additional agents responded and subdued the migrant. The additional agents handcuffed the migrant and placed him under arrest.
The agents identified the suspect as an Ecuadorian migrant who had no legal authorization to be in the United States.
Agents checked the migrant and the assaulted agent for injuries. Both declined additional medical attention.
Other agents apprehended the two Mexican migrants.
Border Patrol officials reported that the Ecuadorian migrant is now facing charges of assaulting a federal agent and immigration violations.
The two Mexican nationals will also face charges for immigration violations. All three are being held in federal custody pending the outcome of their charges.
“Assaults highlight safety concerns for agents who often encounter and arrest multiple subjects in remote and isolated locations in rugged terrain,” Tucson Sector Border Patrol officials stated. Continue Reading
It’s time lethal force is used at the border..that would stop this insanity fast. Our agents are being attacked and enough is enough! If this was anywhere else.. the person would be done.
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REPORT: Central American Migrants Paid Human Smugglers $2.3 Billion In 2017
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On Monday, A RAND Corporation report was released and it reveals that Central American migrants paid human smugglers more than $2 billion in 2017 to get them into the United States.
RAND Corporation’s Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center reveals Central American migrants paid human smugglers, including transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) up to about $2.5 billion in smuggling fees and “taxes” in 2017.
During Fiscal Year 2017, Border Patrol agents apprehended migrants crossing the border in near-record low levels. Agents apprehended only 303,916 migrants during that fiscal year, including 75,622 Family Unit Aliens (FMUA) and 41,435 Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC), according to the FY2017 Southwest Border Migration Report from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
During the first six months of the current fiscal year, agents already exceeded the total FY2017 apprehensions with the arrest of 361,087 migrants. Those include a record-setting 189,584 FMUAs and an additional 35,898 UACs.
“Cartels + criminal organizations run a profit-driven enterprise trafficking human beings across our border,” U.S. Representative Chip Roy (R-TX) tweeted in response to the RAND report.
Cartels + criminal organizations run a profit-driven enterprise trafficking human beings across our border. Today, a new report came out estimating that Central American migrants paid human traffickers upwards of $2.3 billion in 2017. https://t.co/C5HmARH317
— Rep. Chip Roy (@RepChipRoy) April 22, 2019
Congressmen Roy is leading the charge to have certain factions of Mexican cartels designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) by the U.S. State Department in order to allow law enforcement to employ additional tools to combat human smuggling and trafficking, Breitbart News reported in February.
“We know that the dangerous fentanyl and heroin that is flowing through our border between the ports of entry and at the ports of entry as well as the people who are being put in stash houses, being held hostage, paying ransom back to the cartels that all of this is endangering us significantly,” Roy told Amanda House during an interview broadcast on Breitbart News Sunday. “The gangs that are now growing in Texas and throughout the country are doing so in part due to the connection to the cartels.”
“So, it is past time for us to recognize that they are a terrorist threat to the United States,” the Congressman from Texas stated.
The authors of the RAND report developed “a preliminary estimate of revenues from human smuggling flowing to all types of smugglers, not just TCOs — ranging from about $200 million to $2.3 billion in 2017.” The “range in uncertainty stemming largely from analytical challenges related to data limitations and time constraints.”
The authors also looked at “taxes,” or “pisos” paid by migrants to drug-trafficking TCOs as they pass through their cartel-controlled smuggling routes. Those “taxes” range from $30 million to $180 million, the report stated.”
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Here is the complete report cites numerous examples of human smuggling fees and how they break down into payments at various points along the smuggling route.
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