Napolitano Highlights Border Security Accomplishments
On March 26, 2010 Janet Napolitano decided to highlight all the ways that DHS has gone about securing the border between Mexico and these united States. She made lots to do about guns, drugs and money they had stopped from reaching Mexico, but not a word about closing off the torrent of criminal illegals crossing the border. Just how safe and secure is this country if they can’t stop illegal aliens? To my mind the only bragging rights DHS has is that they are making it harder and harder for Citizens to move in this country. Their failure to close down the lanes of illegal foot and auto traffic astounds even the most minimal of brains.
During the past year, Napolitano has visited with Mexican Pres. Felipe Calderone 5 times to discuss ways that both countries can improve relations and stop drugs and illegal firearms. Again, no mention of stopping the flood of illegals into this country. How much can you say on each visit that is different from the last time you spoke? And can’t most of this be done over the phone? Please, wasting tax-payer money is one thing all government agencies are good at. Call me skeptical, but I don’t believe they are trying to secure the borders at all. Token show is all that they are doing. Tying the hands of border patrol agents only ensures that we get more of the criminal illegal element here in these united States.
Secretary Napolitano Highlights Border Security Accomplishments on One Year Anniversary of Southwest Border Initiative
Release Date: March 26, 2010
For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Announces Across-the-Board Increases in Drugs, Weapons and Cash Seizures
Since last March, DHS has doubled the number of personnel assigned to Border Enforcement Security Task Forces; tripled the number of ICE intelligence analysts working along the U.S.-Mexico border; quadrupled deployments of Border Liaison Officers; and begun screening 100 percent of southbound rail shipments for illegal weapons, drugs and cash—for the first time ever.
DHS also deployed additional canine teams trained to detect drugs and weapons and non-intrusive inspection technology that help identify anomalies in passenger vehicles at the Southwest border. Today, the Border Patrol is better staffed than at any time in its 85-year history, having nearly doubled the number of agents from approximately 10,000 in 2004 to more than 20,000 in 2009.
Over the past year since the Southwest Border Initiative was launched:
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) combined have seized $85 million in illicit cash along the Southwest border—a 22 percent increase over the same period during the previous year.
- CBP and ICE together have seized 1,404 firearms and 1.62 million kilograms of drugs along the Southwest border—increases of 22 and 14 percent respectively over the same period during the previous year.
- CBP seized $29.5 million in illicit southbound cash along the Southwest border—a 39 percent increase over the same period during the previous year.
I have to say that I like the fact that money has been seized and prevented from reaching Mexico. It means that the corrupt government down their didn’t get theirs. Or is DHS paying Mexico’s government what it is losing. It is for sure that the Citizens of this country aren’t seeing any pay back from these funds, only raised taxes to pay for more unconstitutional programs.
As far as the guns go, not a single news item on google accounts for these numbers. Surely if they were real there would be ONE article out there to support these facts, but nothing. Even the numbers used come from fuzzy logic according to a FOX article. So how are they seizing all these weapons and no one writes about it? Show me some hard facts, don’t blow smoke up my tail pipe!
I did two searches for these articles. The first was “guns seized headed to Mexico” and the other was “Guns seized going to Mexico 2009-2010”. Nothing, nadda, zip, zilch. Lots of articles concerning anti-aircraft weapon seized NEAR the border with the U.S., buying a gun in Mexico, and ATF and DHS articles, but how can there be nothing local, nothing from the States at all? Where are they getting their numbers when not a word is being said on the internet, from reliable news sources, or even other countries? I like facts to back up the BS I’m being fed. Without them DHS is a liar as far as I am concerned.
One would think that these gun seizures would be big news. They would support the government’s claims. But NOTHING? I decided to do one more search and see what came up. I typed in U.S. Border Patrol Seizes guns. And I got a hit, yup, just one!
POSTED: 12:40 pm MST February 25,2010
UPDATED: 1:00 pm MST February 25,2010
PHOENIX — U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Yuma sector seized more than $1 million in marijuana and two weapons, recovered a stolen vehicle and arrested three people, all in the past week, authorities said.
Inside the vehicle, agents found a sawed-off shotgun, a .22 caliber handgun, ammunition, stolen body armor and a methamphetamine pipe, agents said.
I can see how this large cache of weapons would add to DHS’ total! In another incident the border patrol seized 107 bundles of marijuana which would indeed make a minimal dent in the numbers DHS has put out there. A few of these a month and we would actually have some real numbers. But where are the gun stories? Surely they don’t mean to tell us that a sawed-off shotgun and a .22 caliber handgun are part of mass of weapons that DHS has seized?
I’ve told you before I’m not a gun owner and know nothing of them, but it seems to me these aren’t the types of weapons you get from the local gun shop. I could be wrong, but they just look bad-assed. The article itself doesn’t say what type of assault rifle this is, only that it was seized. I’m sure someone out there knows what this is. Lots was made of the marijuana bales they found though. But I’m still looking for weapons caches that this department has found. Hand guns just don’t seem to the umpah to be considered. Someone help me out here. I’m not finding any articles about gun caches out there.
What the article DID mention was that the technology distributed along the border is making a difference. So how come they want to scrap what is working, if indeed it is helping to stop drugs and guns…
As the Border Patrol becomes increasingly effective due to the implementation of more technology such as the MSS, smugglers are becoming frustrated with the fact that they can no longer conduct their illicit activities. This frustration on the smugglers behalf is causing them to become more aggressive in their methods to attempt to cross marijuana into the United States. These attempts include the use of dangerous and deadly weapons such as the ones mentioned above to protect their drugs. The above mentioned incidents are excellent examples of how integrative, organized operations combining technology, infrastructure and personnel along the border work collectively to ensure that criminals are unsuccessful regardless of their persistence or ingenuity.
They may be better armed, but they certainly don’t have any courage to back them up. I guess they don’t teach that in smuggler school.
Most of the articles I found come from the CBP website itself, (a government website), local news agencies then parrot the news on local stations. I’m still highly suspicious of these articles and none of them lead me to conclude there have been 1,404 weapons seized. But I guess if you have a year, one gun at a time adds up.
In my search for gun news I did find a bit of humor in regards to cash being stopped at the border from leaving these united States:
Officers in Nogales recently found $58,000 in undeclared cash inside the luggage of a 37-year-old woman on a bus heading into Mexico. The money was stuffed in her bags, her clothing and a Mickey Mouse plush toy.
Come on guys, admit it, it was the plush Mickey Mouse toy that tipped you off wasn’t it? You can tell us! After all, how many of us at age 37 run around with one of those? Huh??? And then, along these lines of thought I found the following article. While serious, I was dumbfounded at the headline.
Earlier this month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Tacoma seized a shipment of 30 toy M-4 automatic rifles that had arrived on Oct. 20 in a 40-foot ocean container.
Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) tested the files and determined they were tooled to shoot plastic balls. However, ATF also found that the internal components could easily be refitted with original machine gun components, making the rifles capable of firing live ammunition. ATF lab results indicated the rifle to be a WE-Tech, Model AWSS M4CQBR, Airsoft M-4 copy.
You will be happy to know that BATFE skillfully destroyed these dangerous toys. Do you suppose Napolitano is counting these as part of her 1,404 weapons seized?
While seizing drugs and guns is important, take a look at some of those attempting to, or successfully, crossing the border between these united States and Mexico. The ones below were caught, but how many more actually get cross the border and stay? Remember, they can track a cow from birth through any living calves anywhere in this country and Canada but they can’t find any illegal aliens living in this country which is estimated at upwards of 20 Million? From October 15, 2009 records show the following:
Laredo Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Honduras near Laredo, Texas. Records checks revealed the subject was a Mara Salvatrucha 13 (MS-13) gang member, and had been previously removed from the United States.
Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Ajo, Arizona. Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction for a lewd act upon a child in the State of California. He also had an active arrest warrant in California.
Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Nogales, Arizona. During processing, the subject admitted to being an MS-13 gang member. Records checks revealed he had a prior conviction for assault with a deadly weapon in the State of California. He also had an extensive criminal history and had been previously removed from the United States.
Yuma Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Blythe, California. Records checks revealed the subject was an MS-13 gang member. He also had prior convictions for forgery and obstruction of a public officer. The subject had also been previously removed from the United States.
Reported on October 16, 2009
Grand Forks Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested two illegal aliens from Mexico after assisting local law enforcement officers near Dickinson, North Dakota. Records checks revealed that one of the illegal aliens was a Sureño gang member, as well as an aggravated felon with a prior conviction for possession of a short-barreled shotgun. He had also been previously deported from the United States.
Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Nogales, Arizona. Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction for sexual conduct with a minor and was sentenced to five years in prison in Arizona. He had also been previously deported from the United States as an aggravated felon.
Reported on October 19, 2009
Del Rio Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Eagle Pass, Texas. During processing, the subject admitted to being a member of the Paisas gang. Records checks revealed the subject had an extensive criminal history, to include criminal sexual conduct, alien smuggling, and assault causing bodily injury. The subject had also been previously removed from the United States.
El Paso Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Deming, New Mexico. Records checks revealed the subject was an aggravated felon with an extensive criminal history, to include burglary, possession of a weapon, and possession of narcotics. He had also been previously removed from the United States.
El Paso Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Fort Hancock, Texas. During processing, the subject admitted to being a Barrio Azteca gang member and records checks revealed that he had been previously removed from the United States.
Saturday, 27 March 2010 14:08
Border Patrol agents seized over 8,004 pounds of marijuana. Agents arrested 10 criminal aliens and 12 gang members. There was 1 rocking incident.
Reported on March 18, 2010
El Centro Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Ocotillo, California. During processing, the subject was identified as a Sureño 13 gang member and records checks revealed he had previously been removed from the United States.
And on and on and on. These are not the good citizens that the bleeding hearts would have us hand amnesty over to. These are hardened criminals, gang members, child molesters and those seeking entry here to do mischief and damage and who WILL hurt the Citizens of this country in one way or another. But so little is said about them because it would damage the demand of sympathizers who say “give them amnesty”, criminals will get that too. When 80% of the Citizens of this country object to these illegals being given amnesty, we are dubbed racists!
I still find nothing for DHS to brag about. While some progress is being made the agency has done more to thwart domestic security than it has to help it. Putting invasive 3D scanners in airports isn’t helping to stop the illegal crossing at our borders and ports. Creating articles and numbers doesn’t impress me unless I can verify them. It is like Obama’s stimulus funds that went to non-existent zip codes and nonexistent counties.