Taking Pride in Arizona's Efforts To Close Our Borders
I signed up for emails to be sent directly to me from DHS. I was able to choose the categories that interested me most. Some of those I chose were about the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, (CBP), and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, (ICE). I was curious to see what they were up to since they weren’t going to be enforcing the law in Arizona.
Both groups have been used almost exclusively for drug busts. I have almost a thousand emails from the last month to prove it. Millions and millions of dollars, (estimated street values), in illegal drug confiscations. What does the government do with all that dope? I don’t believe they actually destroy it. I know that seems bad, but I believe they use the drugs to finance operations we aren’t supposed to know about. Or maybe congress indulges?
However, today I actually got an email from CBP notifying me of the capture of 12 individuals attempting to enter the united States. The fact that most of these individuals were actual citizens of this country, despite the fact they are criminals, CBP still did their jobs, sort of… These are fugitives from justice. These not the average Mexican migrant crossing the border. These men have committed crimes in this country and so warrants for arrest were issued by government agencies. Take a look:
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Marlon Manuel Gonzalez-Lopez, a 26-year-old male Mexican citizen, and resident of Tijuana for a no bail felony warrant for marijuana smuggling.
Juan Manuel Ceballos-Ceballos, a 23-year-old male Mexican citizen from Jalisco, Mexico for a no bail felony warrant for a dangerous drugs offense, issued at the request of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office. The CBP officer identified the fugitive as an impostor to the U.S. passport he presented for entry into the U.S. Officers confirmed his actual identity and the warrant through fingerprint identification.
Alonso Montes, a 20-year-old male U.S. citizen, and resident of Tijuana, for a no bail felony warrant for a family offense.
John Paul Villamar, a 28-year-old male Philippines citizen, and resident of San Diego, for a no bail felony warrant for larceny, issued at the request of the Department of Public Safety Parole and Probation in Las Vegas, Nevada. After the CBP officer received the fugitive’s U.S. permanent resident card, a query of law enforcement databases revealed the warrant.
Audreyna Rodriguez, a 32-year-old female U.S. citizen, and resident of Oceanside, Calif., for a $40,000 bail felony warrant for burglary, issued at the request of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. The fugitive arrived at the port and orally claimed to be a U.S. citizen, providing the CBP officer with her California identification. A query of law enforcement databases revealed the warrant.
Raymundo Marquez Vela, a 23-year-old male U.S. citizen, and resident of Guadalajara, Mexico, for a no bail felony warrant for homicide from Portland, Oregon, issued at the request of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. The fugitive surrendered to CBP officers immediately upon arrival at the border crossing.
Jesus Alvarez, a 49-year-old male U.S. citizen, and resident of Alta Loma, Calif., for no bail felony warrant for parole violation,
Octavio Esparza Cholico, a 29-year-old male Mexican citizen and resident of Long Beach, Washington, for a $105,000 bail felony warrant for traffic offense, issued at the request of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office. The fugitive arrived at the border crossing as a passenger in a pickup truck and presented the CBP officer with his permanent resident card. A query of law enforcement databases revealed the warrant.
I wonder just what kind of “traffic violations” you have break to net you a fine of $105,000.00 bail? Must have been good…
My point is that most of the time the only reports coming out of both ICE and Border Protection are about the drugs they have seized or the pornographers they have captured. And there is a LOT of that! I have only saved about 200 of the emails I’ve received. Why? Because none of them are about enforcing the federal laws on illegal migrants. It is all about the drugs and other law breaking. As though this administration is picking and choosing which laws they want enforced.
I’m sure there is a lot of profit for the government in drugs. Certainly much more than in jailing and deporting illegal aliens.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – U. S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch announced today four separate indictments charging 17 individuals for their participation in health care fraud and money laundering schemes in the Eastern District of New York. In addition, agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the FBI and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) searched offices of 12 durable medical equipment retail companies located in South Brooklyn that were operated by the defendants and seized assets from bank accounts maintained by the defendants’ retail companies.
According to the indictments, the defendants filed fraudulent claims with private insurance companies with no-fault insurance plans. Specifically, the defendants – through their retail companies – allegedly submitted false invoices to the insurance companies for reimbursable expenses for durable medical equipment at prices well in excess of the price paid by the defendants, as well as for durable medical equipment that was never obtained. The indictments allege that it was also part of the defendants’ schemes to engage in financial transactions to conceal the identity, source, and destination of the fraudulent proceeds by “laundering” them through checks they issued to the same wholesale companies. The checks were then negotiated at check cashing stores and the resulting cash was delivered back to the defendants.
Would someone, anyone, care to tell me why ICE is doing the arresting? Why not the FBI? Isn’t it the duty of the FBI to surveil, arrest, and charge those committing fraud and money laundering in this country? After checking up on the FBI duties I found that while they might consider doing this it really wasn’t in their job description. But why ICE? It just doesn’t seem to fit in the name of the agency: Immigration and Customs Enforcement…
But ICE is very busy with drugs.
During the course of a narcotics smuggling investigation, agents identified a residence located near Alvernon and River roads that they suspected was being used as a stash house. Agents watched the home for several days and on Monday observed a GMC Yukon towing an 18-foot trailer pull into the driveway. Agents saw two suspects climb out of the truck and flee into the desert. ICE agents, assisted by the Pima County Sheriff’s canine unit, attempted to track the suspects through the desert, but were unable to locate them.
After obtaining a search warrant, agents discovered approximately 5,500 pounds of marijuana in the trailer and another 1,700 pounds in the residence. Agents also found a sophisticated repackaging system in the house, indicating the residence played host to a significant smuggling operation.
If they failed to track the smugglers it wasn’t the fault of the dog. I have to assume ICE wasn’t really interested in busting the fugitives. I can’t help but wonder just why ICE and CBP are so interested in the drug trade rather than securing the border or ports? Oops, I forgot who was in charge of things this year and for a couple more...
And then there is the odd occurrence of receiving an email with a link but the article isn’t on the CBP website and doesn’t seem to exist. Take the following for example:
CBP Officers Discover Marijuana in Concrete Furniture
Tue, 15 Jun 2010 16:06:08 -0500
Douglas, Ariz. -U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a drug smuggling attempt at the Douglas, Ariz., Port of Entry when a large mobile X-ray unit detected more than 300 pounds of marijuana concealed in concrete tables.CBP officers were screening commercial traffic coming from Mexico on Monday when they selected a commercial semi-trailer load of concrete furniture for inspection. (more)
The link takes you to the dreaded 404 server error. Do we assume, (another dreaded word), that the investigation continues? Who knows.
A large amount of ICE arrests are for child pornography. I think few things disgust me as much as child pornographers. And they are always men. What makes a man think that a child is a sexual object? This country is far too lenient with male sexual offenses. Do children have to defend themselves against the male perpetrators as the women in this country do in sexual assaults? Why is it OK for a man to rape a woman and the woman has to prove she didn’t ask for it? Rape is not a crime of passion but of rage and anger.
The search warrant and subsequent arrest of De Jesus-Colon stemmed from an ICE investigation which originated from a referral from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). According to NCMEC, there were approximately 380 files of what appeared to be child pornography uploaded to a Web site by De Jesus-Colon.
“Possessing child pornography is a very serious crime,” said Roberto Escobar Vargas, ICE special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Puerto Rico. “Every time someone looks at one of these images, a child is victimized all over again. ICE will continue to work in partnership with other law enforcement agencies to bring those who prey on children to justice. There is no gray area regarding the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and we will continue to take a no tolerance approach towards individuals who exploit children.”
Let me first apologize to the males out there who do not have the problem of sexual fantasies with children because I’m about to rant. Just stop reading here.
These males should lobotomized! So long as men only get a slap on the wrist for sexual crimes they will continue. If the punishments fit the crime and their privates were removed we might get somewhere. Sorry for the rant but just how long do women and children have to suffer these life changing events before society makes some real changes? I have rarely seen a woman charged with child pornography or rape. This is a sick, sick individual but by no means is he alone. The next article is even worse.
Dustin Mishler, 29, admits in the plea documents that he has a 2006 conviction in Dallas County for possessing child pornography. Because of his criminal history, Mishler, who is in custody, faces a maximum statutory sentence of not less than 10 or more than 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release. He is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Fitzwater on Sept. 10.
Mishler freely admitted that he possessed images and videos of actual prepubescent children engaged in sexually explicit acts, and that some images and videos depicted sadistic and/or masochistic acts.
These men should be separated from the rest of civilization. They should never be allowed to breed with other human beings, never cohabitate with anyone other than another pedophile, and never, ever, be allowed into regular society once found guilty of this crime. They are NOT human.
But why is it ICE that is doing the arresting and investigating of these disgusting deviants? This is a Citizen of this country, (sadly), and not an immigration issue as far as I can tell. Explain to me why ICE is even remotely involved in something like this? Wouldn’t our country be better served by ICE doing the immigration and custom enforcement their name specifies??? * smacks forehead * Oh, that’s right, this is the Obamination administration and Janet Napolitano we are talking about. Can’t have this agency doing its damn job!
Here is another case of scratching my head and wondering what the f***?
PHILADELPHIA – David Lynn, 35, of Holland, Penn., was sentenced 40 months in prison and ordered to forfeiture $1.7 million in cash and assets on June 10 for leading an asylum fraud scheme that netted him and five co-defendants millions of dollars in illegal profits. The investigation was led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
ICE investigated this case with the U. S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General’s Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud, the FBI, the Office of Inspector General for Housing and Urban Development; with support from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office of Fraud Detection and National Security, Department of State Diplomatic Security Services, the Northampton Township Police Department, and the Upper Southampton Township police. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Terri A. Marinari.
Seriously, there weren’t enough 3,4,or 5 letter agencies that ICE had to help out? Our nation is NOT being served by using ICE this way. It is a pathetic notation on the Obaminator’s squatting. Just how much does he owe Mexico that he must so abuse the American people this way? Or is he just so anti-American that he doesn’t give a shit? Well, at least the alphabet soup was complete!