Skip to comments.(Illegal alien) Apprehensions rise in Naco, decline in Douglas
Posted on 04/15/2003 7:26:30 PM PDT by JackelopeBreeder
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Border Patrol agents at the Naco station have seen a rise in apprehensions while their counterparts in Douglas have seen a decline.
For the first two weeks in April 2003, that is, up to the 14th, agents in Naco have apprehended 4,610 undocumented migrants.
For the same month and date in 2002 agents there apprehended 3,649, said Frank Amarillas, spokesman for the Border Patrol's Tucson sector.
For fiscal year 2003 the agents in Naco detained 36,766 undocumented migrants.
In fiscal year 2002, the figures were 29,256, Amarillas said.
Amarillas said smugglers might think crossing through Naco has become easier, which explains the rise in apprehensions there.
"But the fact that we have a rise in apprehensions means we're detaining more and more aliens, and that it is not easy to get through," he said.
In Douglas, apprehensions in April 2003 have gone down by 47 percent during the first two weeks, said Fred Esquivel, a supervisory agent at the station in Douglas.
The first two weeks agents here detained 2,453 undocumented migrants.
For the same times in 2002, agents apprehended 4,660, Esquivel said.
"The smugglers are trying to find a weak spot along the line," Esquivel said. "But it's gotten tough to cross through here with all the cameras, the horse patrol and other resources," Esquivel said.
For April 14, 2003, agents here detained 122 migrants compared to last year for the same month and date when agents detained 339 migrants.
In Ajo and Casa Grande, typically called the Wet Desert, apprehensions have also declined.
For April, up to the 14th, agents there detained 1,313 migrants in Ajo and 2,738 in Casa Grande, reflecting a combined 39 percent declined in those stations in 2003.
Last year, up to the 14th, agents detained 1,917 migrants in Ajo and 5,124 in Casa Grande.
Most of my buds on the Border Patrol say they only catch between 20 to 35% of the border crossers. That means about 10,000 got away in that same two-week period.
Now a couple of notes of interest for the home team here in Sierra Vista. The "Border Fire" on the San Pedro River burned out most of the natural cover and concealment along that first mile or so north of the border fence, so the coyotes are gonna have to shift their passengers to other areas.
The most likely choice will be through Coronado National Memorial and then follow the canyons into town. It was already happening, but it looks like it is getting worse. Sad to say, but I found two more trails out of Fort Huachuca this evening and followed them to the pick up points in town.
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Yet, as evening was coming on, the Border Patrol had already rounded up enough illegals to make three or four groups of 10-12, about one group per mile, and had them under guard on the RR embankment -- waiting for the bus.
One can only imagine what the traffic must be like in more remote areas, and at night.
If we had any kind of control over our borders those numbers would drop to the 10's or 100's. Then we could handle things.