Defending Our Borders, A One Week Look…

In NewsWithViews today was an article by a former border patrol agent who is now retired. I like NewsWithViews for the most part, although today I found an article there that just made me my blood boil at the false hate speech it spewed, but I will use what I find there occasionally. Since border issues are important to all of us, and myself in particular, and I can’t understand why the Congress hasn’t forced the issue so far, I thought I’d include this piece in my blog.

I have great respect for those who watch our borders. They do an incredible job with little to no thanks, little to no support from the government that should get off its collective ass to support them, and issued commands that do more to tie their hands than free them to do their jobs properly. Ramos and Compean come to mind…

Considering they are dealing with those who have automatic weapons, have no conscience at all, and are willing to do whatever it takes to make a buck whether that results in the death of their cargo or not, or the fact that they are organized drug cartels, doesn’t seem to phase those in high places, insulated as they are from the reality of the situations these border patrol agents have to deal with. I guess there aren’t any lobbyists greasing palms on this issue.

So, here from NewsWithViews is this article by John W. Slagle:

A TYPICAL WEEK END ON THE ARIZONA BORDER

John W. Slagle
April 20, 2008
NewsWithViews.com

At 11 P.M. Friday, April 11, 2008 near the Sasabe, Arizona and Sasabe, Sonora Mexican border, eight armed narcotics “mules” backpackers when confronted by agents responded with gunfire. Agents took cover as the contrabandistas continued “firing rounds” while retreating across the line into Mexico. The smugglers dropped a load of 253 pounds of marijuana . Agents did not return “fire” according to U.S. Border Patrol, Tucson Sector spokesman, Mike Scioli because they did not know where the “incoming rounds” originated.

On Saturday April 12, 2008 , around 5 P.M. a lone agent on patrol near the Border Fence in Nogales, Arizona confronted a “Pollero” Guia “sitting atop the international barrier. The Guide in Spanish told his Group on the other side to “ throw rocks” over the fence to “hit the officer.”

The agent utilized a pepper ball non-lethal device to resolve the situation and called for assistance from Mexican authorities in Nogales, Sonora. No injuries were reported, nor were arrests made in Mexico.

On Sunday, April 13, 2008, 7:45 A.M, a human trafficker “crashed “ overturned a pickup filled with illegal aliens near Sierra Vista, Arizona. Two people were killed and four injured.

Francisco Javier Morquecho-Valdez was charged Monday , April 14, 2008 with transporting illegal aliens for profit resulting in death, U.S. Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sandy Raynor stated in a news release.

Nine people in the truck were turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol to be held as material witnesses in the case per Vincent Picard, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman. Four witnesses said Morquecho-Valdez was the driver of the truck that picked the group up near Naco, Arizona after their trek through the desert, Raynor stated. One witness said his destination was New York at a cost of $2,500 for the trip.

In between the lines, rarely presented by media sources are why “ human trafficking organizations “ in violations of 8 USC 1324, a felony statute are of little consequence, importance unless death is involved in the felony act.

You can read the rest of the article HERE:

It is true how out of touch the media is when compared to what the average American is interested in. I just did an article about the Con Artists You Believe In last night to prove the point of media bias.

In case you are wondering what 8 USC 1324 is, I’ve looked it up and will include it here:

1907 Title 8, U.S.C. § 1324(a) Offenses

Title 8, U.S.C. § 1324

(a) defines several distinct offenses related to aliens. Subsection 1324(a)(1)(i)-(v) prohibits alien smuggling, domestic transportation of unauthorized aliens, concealing or harboring unauthorized aliens, encouraging or inducing unauthorized aliens to enter the United States, and engaging in a conspiracy or aiding and abetting any of the preceding acts. Subsection 1324(a)(2) prohibits bringing or attempting to bring unauthorized aliens to the United States in any manner whatsoever, even at a designated port of entry. Subsection 1324(a)(3).

Alien Smuggling — Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(i) makes it an offense for any person who — knowing that a person is an alien, to bring to or attempts to bring to the United States in any manner whatsoever such person at a place other than a designated port of entry or place other than as designated by the Commissioner, regardless of whether such alien has received prior official authorization to come to, enter, or reside in the United States and regardless of any future official action which may be taken with respect to such alien.

Domestic Transporting — Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(ii) makes it an offense for any person who — knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, transports, or moves or attempts to transport or move such alien within the United States by means of transportation or otherwise, in furtherance of such violation of law.

Harboring — Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(iii) makes it an offense for any person who — knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation.

Encouraging/Inducing — Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv) makes it an offense for any person who — encourages or induces an alien to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law.

Conspiracy/Aiding or Abetting — Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(v) expressly makes it an offense to engage in a conspiracy to commit or aid or abet the commission of the foregoing offenses.

Bringing Aliens to the United States — Subsection 1324(a)(2) makes it an offense for any person who — knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has not received prior authorization to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, to bring to or attempts to bring to the United States in any manner whatsoever, such alien, regardless of any official action which may later be taken with respect to such alien.

The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA), enacted on September 30, 1996, added a new 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(3)(A) which makes it an offense for any person, during any 12-month period, to knowingly hire at least 10 individuals with actual knowledge that these individuals are unauthorized aliens. See this Manual at 1908 (unlawful employment of aliens).

Unit of Prosecution — With regard to offenses defined in subsections 1324(a)(1)(A)(i)-(v), (alien smuggling, domestic transporting, harboring, encouraging/inducing, or conspiracy/aiding or abetting) each alien with respect to whom a violation occurs constitutes a unit of prosecution. Prior to enactment of the IIRIRA, the unit of prosecution for violations of 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(2) was each transaction, regardless of the number of aliens involved. However, the unit of prosecution is now based on each alien in respect to whom a violation occurs.

Knowledge — Prosecutions for alien smuggling, 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(1)(A)(i) require proof that defendant knew that the person brought to the United States was an alien. With regard to the other violations in 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a), proof of knowledge or reckless disregard of alienage is sufficient.

Penalties — The basic statutory maximum penalty for violating 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(1)(i) and (v)(I) (alien smuggling and conspiracy) is a fine under title 18, imprisonment for not more than 10 years, or both. With regard to violations of 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(1)(ii)-(iv) and (v)(ii), domestic transportation, harboring, encouraging/inducing, or aiding/abetting, the basic statutory maximum term of imprisonment is 5 years, unless the offense was committed for commercial advantage or private financial gain, in which case the maximum term of imprisonment is 10 years. In addition, significant enhanced penalties are provided for in violations of 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(1) involving serious bodily injury or placing life in jeopardy. Moreover, if the violation results in the death of any person, the defendant may be punished by death or by imprisonment for any term of years. The basic penalty for a violation of subsection 1324(a)(2) is a fine under title 18, imprisonment for not more than one year, or both, 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(2)(A). Enhanced penalties are provided for violations involving bringing in criminal aliens, 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(2)(B)(i), offenses done for commercial advantage or private financial gain, 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(2)(B)(ii), and violations where the alien is not presented to an immigration officer immediately upon arrival, 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(2)(B)(iii). A mandatory minimum three year term of imprisonment applies to first or second violations of § 1324(a)(2)(B)(i) or (B)(ii). Further enhanced punishment is provided for third or subsequent offenses.

With these laws on the books, it is a wonder that they Mayor of LA and other sanctuary cities haven’t been charged with felonies. What is wrong with these people? What is wrong with the Congress that they allow these cities to make these claims on US soil?

I think it is criminally negligent for the city of Tucson to choose not to prosecute those with less then 500 lbs. of drugs. This says to the border patrol that their efforts aren’t worth the notice of the Justice Department. WRONG! These men and women do an incalculable service for us here in the United States and should be backed up by the might of the United States of America at ALL times. That our congress has failed to act, that local authorities fail to act, demonstrates a criminal neglect on the part of these agencies.

Failure to secure our borders is NOT an option. Failure to support our border patrol agents is NOT an option. With as much as the federal government is failing on a daily basis, We the People need to make our voices heard to such a degree that these brave men and women are supported in their efforts and screw working with Mexico.

The Pope’s visit to the USA was filled with criticism for the USA on border issues. The pope went so far as to state he had authorized sanctuaries for those seeking access to the USA illegally. This shows a blatant lack of respect for the Sovereignty of the United States and her borders. I have NO respect for anyone who advocates for illegals. They are law breakers to start with and deserve only the respect of a jail cell and deportation. Coming especially from an organization where pedophilia is rampant and they try to blame “gays” for it. Such hypocracy makes for little credibility in my book. Go home pope! Your opinions and desires mean nothing to me. And your disrespect for MY country, when you live in a walled city yourself, smacks of the absurd. When you have cleaned up your own back yard you can point fingers at mine!

For my own sanity I am calling and writing to these cities that have such a cavalier attitude towards the border and border patrol agents. I’m letting them know my feelings and what I want to see happen. I’m not a bleeding heart. No one has made my life easier and I see no reason why I should capitulate to those who advocate for allowing those with no allegiance to this country into it.

Reform Mexico so mexican’s stay home!

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~ by justmytruth on April 21, 2008.

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