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Agency's illegal immigrant apprehensions and drug seizures continue to rise
Sierra Vista Herald, Sierra Vista Arizona ^ | 01/01/05 | GENTRY BRASWELL

Posted on 01/01/2005 12:03:01 PM PST by SandRat

SIERRA VISTA - The U.S. Border Patrol's drug seizures and illegal immigrant apprehensions rose for the agency's Tucson sector and Cochise County in fiscal year 2004 and continue to rise in the first quarter of fiscal year 2005.

Officials say these heightened numbers are a result of increased enforcement personnel within the county and within the Tucson Sector, which stretches from the New Mexico state line to Yuma County, a length of 261 miles.

The Border Patrol seized 362,351 pounds of marijuana and made 347,263 apprehensions during its 2003 fiscal year, which ran from Oct. 1, 2002 to Sept. 30, 2003.

Agents seized 446,754 pounds of marijuana during the fiscal year 2004, and apprehending 491,771 border violators. The 2004 fiscal year ran from Oct. 1, 2003 to Sept. 30, 2004.

Joe Brigman, a spokesman for the Border Patrol's Yuma Sector, said the value of the marijuana confiscated can be approximated by multiplying the weight in pounds by $800.

Ninety-nine percent of illegal immigrants apprehended in the Tucson Sector are Mexican nationals, sector spokesman Charles Griffin said.

In Cochise County, Border Patrol agents seized 75,172 pounds of marijuana in 2003, and 175,854 illegal immigrants.

The Border Patrol seized 76,943 pounds of marijuana and 235,549 illegals in fiscal year 2004 within Cochise County.

"We increased our force by 10 percent with the 200 agents that we got," Griffin said. "And these are seasoned officers. They come from many sectors."

Griffin said the increase in apprehensions and seizures is "absolutely" a reflection of the increased ground support in the Tucson Sector and is not necessarily evidence of increased illegal immigrant traffic.

"They were targeting specifically the west desert region - Tucson to Ajo, basically," Griffin said, to prevent migrant deaths "and to grab hold of that area."

"That's been a strategy for quite a while," he said.

This Arizona Border Control Initiative began with the augmented federal border support on March 16, comprising the addition of not only patrol personnel but of more helicopters, "detail agents," and special operations agents. Some of the detail officers to the Tucson Sector are qualified as "Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue" agents who are trained as medical technicians in addition to border enforcement.

Border Patrol strategy or chosen route for illegal immigrants aside, the numbers have spiked again since the end of the 2004 fiscal year.

Since Sept. 30 through Thursday, the Tucson Sector has recorded 76,408 illegal-migrant apprehensions. During the same period last year, the number of apprehensions was 68,316. The comparison of the three-month time periods yields about an 11 percent jump in apprehensions during the first quarter of this year.

In the Naco-Douglas Corridor of the Tucson Sector, which comprises the area particular of Cochise County's apprehension statistics, the first quarter of fiscal year 2005 shows 37,987 apprehensions, compared to 76,408 for entire Tucson Sector.

Comparatively, the Yuma Sector, which is west of the Tucson Sector, has recorded 22,843 apprehensions in the first quarter of fiscal year 2005. Last year, the Yuma Sector recorded 8,192 apprehensions during the first quarter of the fiscal year.

The Yuma Sector recorded 56,638 illegal immigrant apprehensions total in fiscal year 2003, and 98,060 in fiscal year 2004.

In fiscal year 2003, there were 900,565 total on the entire southwest U.S.-Mexico border and 931,557 by Border Patrol nationwide.

For fiscal year 2004, there were 1,139,282 total apprehensions by Border Patrol on the southwest border and 1,160,395 nationwide.

The working motto of the new initiative is to "gain, maintain, and expand" U.S.-Mexico border enforcement, Griffin said.

For the urban border areas in Arizona, the statistics have changed in ways other than the reactive arrest and confiscation numbers since the mid-1990s, Griffin said. The preventive infrastructure established in Naco, Douglas and Nogales has served a proactive enforcement purpose, he said.

The walls were part of the now-tenured Operation Safeguard within the Tucson Sector.

"Property values rose tremendously," Griffin said. "Crime statistics decreased tremendously."

At that same time, during the mid-1990s and particular to each sector's needs, the El Paso Sector implemented Operation Hold the Line and the San Diego Sector implemented its Operation Gatekeeper.

For such permanent infrastructure, Griffin said, environmental impact studies are done prior to construction. Though no plans to construct another wall in Douglas have been filed, there is an environmental impact study contract under way in that urban border area in Cochise County.

Griffin said the Tucson Sector is well-known as a high-traffic region for illegal migrants, as it comprises approximately 40 to 45 percent of all illegal crossings along the entire southwestern U.S. border.

Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever said interpretation of apprehension statistics is widely subjective, but added the Sheriff's Department certainly appreciates the Border Patrol and other agencies' presence and dedication in the county. It can be debated indefinitely whether or not increased arrests are the result of more border-crossing activity or improved law enforcement, he said.

"What we do know is that there are still hundreds of thousands of people crossing our border here in Cochise County," Dever said. And while some are caught, many aren't.

He added the county and its courts, health services and residents continue to suffer because of illegal immigration and drug smuggling from Mexico. He feels that without reaching a state of complete border security, "there is no rest."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Mexico; US: Arizona; US: California; US: New Mexico; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: ajo; aliens; border; cochise; douglas; drugs; elpaso; illegal; immigration; marijuana; naco; pima; sandiego; security; siezures; tucson; yuma

1 posted on 01/01/2005 12:03:05 PM PST by SandRat
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To: HiJinx; Spiff; idratherbepainting; JackelopeBreeder; AZHSer; Sabertooth; Marine Inspector; ...

Tighten the Border


2 posted on 01/01/2005 12:03:31 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

Even easier... just enforce the law.


3 posted on 01/01/2005 12:04:43 PM PST by Kurt_D
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To: SandRat

The Border Patrol is doing a great job against overwhelming numbers. My question is, where are all those "apprehended" illegal aliens now? Were they deported?


4 posted on 01/01/2005 12:14:12 PM PST by janetgreen
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To: SandRat
Thank you president Bush. Keep up the speeches encouraging illegal immigration

President Fox thanks you, the ruling oligarchy of Mexico thanks you and the poor of Mexico thank you.

I don't.

5 posted on 01/01/2005 12:17:35 PM PST by Amerigomag
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To: SandRat; Marine Inspector

>>"We increased our force by 10 percent with the 200 agents that we got," Griffin said. "And these are seasoned officers. They come from many sectors." <<

Didn't the Ridge or the President say he would increase the Border Patrol by 10,000?

Marine inspector; Does the loss of these are seasoned officers reduce the effectiveness of other areas?


6 posted on 01/01/2005 12:23:19 PM PST by B4Ranch (((The lack of alcohol in my coffee forces me to see reality!)))
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To: janetgreen

Starting out 2005 with a joke? Atta girl, keep your sense of humor.


7 posted on 01/01/2005 12:24:48 PM PST by B4Ranch (((The lack of alcohol in my coffee forces me to see reality!)))
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To: Amerigomag

Yeah, me too either.


8 posted on 01/01/2005 12:25:23 PM PST by Probus
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To: janetgreen

Only momentarily, then back the next day or the next week.


9 posted on 01/01/2005 12:27:02 PM PST by Probus
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To: janetgreen

The vast majority were given voluntary deportation, then tried again the next day and probably made it safely past the primary enforcement area. They then have to make it past the highway checkpoints 30 miles north of the border.

If the checkpoints are in operation, the coyotes end up with a backlog of passengers hidden away all over the southern end of the county. There are literally thousands out there hiding in the brush at any given moment waiting for their rides.


10 posted on 01/01/2005 12:42:02 PM PST by JackelopeBreeder (Proud to be a mean-spirited & divisive loco gringo armed terrorist vigilante cucaracha!)
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To: B4Ranch
Didn't the Ridge or the President say he would increase the Border Patrol by 10,000?

It was one of the few border measures that survived being cut from the Intelligence Reform Bill. It called for 10,000 additional BP agents and 2,000 more ICE agents over the next five years -- contingent on availability of funding and no funding was provided.

11 posted on 01/01/2005 12:58:35 PM PST by JackelopeBreeder (Proud to be a mean-spirited & divisive loco gringo armed terrorist vigilante cucaracha!)
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To: SandRat
Good for the AZ Border Patrol!

They deserve a raise. Arizona is the model for what ALL states should be doing.

That answers the ques, why isn't anyone doing anything about illegals? Now if we just had that good of Border Patrol in Texas enforced by a good Gov.

12 posted on 01/01/2005 1:18:22 PM PST by stopem
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To: SandRat
Ninety-nine percent of illegal immigrants apprehended in the Tucson Sector are Mexican nationals, sector spokesman Charles Griffin said.

How 'bout closing the REVOLVING DOOR on the borders ??

Geeez.....'lawmakers love passing new laws for citizens every year. How 'bout a few new laws against these border jumpers ??

Seems like no GW 'proposals' will ever work until illegals are made to respect our borders.

Something like the first time your caught sneaking in a 5 yr. wait 'until you can apply for any legal papers......Second time caught, you can never apply to come here legally.

13 posted on 01/01/2005 1:18:35 PM PST by txdoda ("Navy Brat")
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To: SandRat
illegal immigrant apprehensions

at first glance I thought the headline was calling the apprehensions illegal.

14 posted on 01/01/2005 1:20:07 PM PST by Clovis_Skeptic (Washington...we have a problem)
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To: janetgreen
My question is, where are all those "apprehended" illegal aliens now? Were they deported?

Hardie, har, har, har. Catch and release is the current policy.

15 posted on 01/01/2005 1:20:29 PM PST by itsahoot (There are some things more painful than the truth, but I can't think of them.)
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To: janetgreen
They are living in L.A collecting welfare under 7 different names.
16 posted on 01/01/2005 1:23:53 PM PST by rodguy911 (rodguy911:First let's get rid of the UN and then the ACLU, or vice versa..)
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To: SandRat

Agents seized 446,754 pounds of marijuana during the fiscal year 2004”


Hey!! They’re just bringing in the weed that Americans are too lazy to grow themselves!


17 posted on 01/01/2005 1:29:27 PM PST by JustAnotherSavage ("As frightening as terrorism is, it's the weapon of losers." P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: Amerigomag
President Fox thanks you, the ruling oligarchy of Mexico thanks you and the poor of Mexico thank you.

Anyone who believes Fox was sincere about making any reforms needs to read this --- more drugs than ever coming out of Mexico. The drug cartels are perfectly safe with Fox in charge.

18 posted on 01/01/2005 1:31:04 PM PST by FITZ
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Click to see other threads related to illegal aliens in America
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Well, something is working. Hey SandRat, did you also post the article about apprehending wanted felons?

Turns out the IAFIS system wasn't supposed to be implemented until today, but was put in early and has already resulted in nearly 24,000 known felons being ID'd and processed in the last three months...

19 posted on 01/01/2005 2:50:56 PM PST by HiJinx ( www.ProudPatriots.org ~ Operation Valentine's Day ~ 1/1/05 to 1/21/05)
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To: SandRat

Imagine that, enforce the law against third world anarchy and property values go up, someone tell the politicians this.


20 posted on 01/01/2005 2:53:14 PM PST by junta (junta, "is one uppity cracker")
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To: SandRat

"For fiscal year 2004, there were 1,139,282 total apprehensions by Border Patrol on the southwest border and 1,160,395 nationwide"



So that means only 21,113 arrest outside of the southwest border in 2004!

If the invaders get past the border area they are virtually home free, and need not worry about being apprehended or deported at all.
That needs to change ASAP, they should never be able to become comfortable while flaunting our laws.


21 posted on 01/01/2005 3:07:37 PM PST by Richard-SIA ("The natural progress of things is for government to gain ground and for liberty to yield" JEFFERSON)
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To: janetgreen

"There are an estimated 80,000 criminal illegal aliens in the country, which are people who have committed crimes in the United States and are due for deportation but remain at large. An estimated 4,000 of those criminal illegal aliens are from countries that support terrorism."

Source: Lou Dobbs
http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/12/13/immigration.bill/index.html


22 posted on 01/01/2005 4:18:54 PM PST by FBD (Report illegals and their employers at: http://www.reportillegals.com/)
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To: JackelopeBreeder
It called for 10,000 additional BP agents and 2,000 more ICE agents over the next five years -- contingent on availability of funding and no funding was provided.

Our government at work... pretend something is being done, then do nothing. Keeping the sheeple at bay.

I think they say in Texas "all hat and no cattle". Reminds me of the guy in the WH.

23 posted on 01/01/2005 4:34:57 PM PST by janetgreen
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To: Amerigomag
Thank you president Bush. Keep up the speeches encouraging illegal immigration

His last speech was literally a broadcasted invitation for millions more to pour in. I am a little surprised that it wasn't done in both English and Spanish.

25 posted on 01/01/2005 6:17:51 PM PST by Joe Hadenuf (No more illegal alien sympathizers from Texas. America has one too many.)
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To: B4Ranch
Marine inspector; Does the loss of these are seasoned officers reduce the effectiveness of other areas?

Of course!

The other fact they don't tell you, is the increase on the Northern border came from seasoned agents from the Southern border.

Its 3 card Monty.

26 posted on 01/02/2005 5:05:50 AM PST by Marine Inspector (Customs & Border Protection Officer)
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To: HiJinx
24,000 known felons being ID'd and processed in the last three months...

Just think of how many got through over the past years.

27 posted on 01/02/2005 5:07:09 AM PST by Marine Inspector (Customs & Border Protection Officer)
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To: HiJinx

Nope, not that I recall.


28 posted on 01/02/2005 5:40:33 AM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: junta
"Imagine that, enforce the law against third TURD world anarchy and property values go up, someone tell the politicians this." There that's better.
29 posted on 01/02/2005 5:42:55 AM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Richard-SIA

So write, call, email, fedex, whatever you Congress-critters and get your friends family and neighbors to do the same. We've been saying this for a long time on FR especially those of us on the Forward Edge of the Battle Area, the border with Mexico.


30 posted on 01/02/2005 5:45:41 AM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: stopem
They deserve a raise. Arizona is the model for what ALL states should be doing.

Yes those guys out there on the ground do deserve a raise. I talk to them regularly, they agree with me that they are sent out to do their job with their hands tied behind their back.

If Arizona is the model, we are in trouble, there are still a lot more get away, than get caught.

31 posted on 01/02/2005 8:14:02 PM PST by c-b 1
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To: c-b 1

The AZ program I was referring to is Prop200 that stops all welfare and services to illegals.

Does anyone have a list of organizations that help to catch, apprehend and prosecute the illegals?
(no I am serious wishful thinking about catch and apprehend)

I mean like:
ALIPAC
Report Illegals

Groups like that and also the ones who email and fax Senators for you.

Lets get a list of all groups, organizations and post it, lets stop these turd (third world country) illegals .


32 posted on 01/03/2005 4:48:47 AM PST by stopem
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To: SandRat

Toll-free Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) number to report illegal aliens:
1-866-DHS-2ICE


33 posted on 01/03/2005 1:28:18 PM PST by stopem
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