Skip to comments.Customs ‘Shadow Wolves’ Unit Shelved in DHS Reorganization
Posted on 06/25/2003 7:01:02 PM PDT by JackelopeBreeder
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Customs Shadow Wolves Unit Shelved in DHS Reorganization
According to Bonnie Eggle, the mother of slain Park Ranger Kris Eggle, the elite 'Shadow Wolves' Customs Unit is being taken away from the border. "They have spent much time through the past years in training Border Officers in European countries on how to track terrorists. They just recently arrived back from Poland and found out that their elite U.S. Customs Patrol Unit, Shadow Wolves, has been totally changed, moved over to Border Patrol, and they are no longer going to be allowed to do their skillful tasks of tracking narcotics along the border and throughout the Indian Reservation of the Tohono O'odham Nation. Apparently they also had to turn in their equipment and would be working either out of Tucson or Phoenix, too far from the Border areas."
The Shadow Wolves were a real success here on the border. For those who have never heard of them, they were all expert American Indian trackers -- from several tribes. Smugglers hated them. Their usual patrol area was the Tohono O'odham Reservation on the border southwest of Tucson. That's the same neighborhood where so many illegal aliens are dying of heat stroke and dehydration.
I guess they were too good.
We couldn't possibly have a unit that was efficient and effective managed by a government agency. Citizens might start expecting it.
Team of social workers heads for the border
Hope is to improve service to Mexicans in the Bluegrass
By Neil Ralston
Posted on Wed, Jun. 25, 2003
Lexington Herald-Leader Staff Writer
A group of social workers, teachers and health care professionals have traveled 2,000 miles, deep into Mexico, so they can learn how to better serve Mexican immigrants in Fayette County.
They're calling the trip "The Ultimate Home Visit."
"People in social services know the importance of stepping into somebody's home to really understand their life," said Cathy Sutphen, family resources coordinator at Russell Cave Elementary School.
Most of the group flew to Morelia on June 13, but Sutphen and her husband, Richard Sutphen, a professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Kentucky, drove all the way. They left June 8. They have been visiting Morelia, Mexico, a city of about 1 million people 41/2 hours northwest of Mexico City in the Guayangero Valley.
Members of the group are becoming immersed in the language, culture and lifestyle of Mexico. They are staying with Mexican families and visiting many parts of the city, particularly schools, a social service agency and health facilities. Wanda Faircloth, executive director of LexLinc, a non-profit social service group, said she expects that the trip will provide her with new insight into serving Hispanics in the Lexington area.
"I'm very interested in looking at the different cultures and social systems that support the people coming into this country," she said.
Faircloth said the participating organizations paid the $1,560-per-person cost of the 14-day trip.
Faircloth said the Sutphens developed and planned the trip, and the Community Action Council was the financial agent for the project.
Abdon Ibarra, director of the Cardinal Valley Empowerment Project, said the visit should help Fayette County social service providers work with an emerging Hispanic population in Lexington and the surrounding area.
He said the Lexington metropolitan area is home to about 35,000 Hispanics, drawn to the region by jobs in the horse, tobacco, construction and service industries.
The number represents enormous growth in the last few years, Ibarra said, but it is not unusual. According to U.S. Census estimates, Hispanics now make up the largest minority group in the country.
The Morelia trip is similar to a program that has been used by the Lexington police department, in which officers travel to Mexico to learn how to work with Mexican immigrants in Lexington.
In organizing the trip, Cathy Sutphen said she and her husband worked with Miguel Garcia, a professor at the Michoacan university in Morelia.
Sutphen said she and her husband met Garcia when they lived in Mexico in the 1970s.
She got the idea for the trip when she saw a photo of Garcia during a conference presentation and realized that Lexington could benefit from sending social service providers into the heart of Mexico.
"That's when we realized we need to be setting up trips like this," she said.
She expects the travelers to learn not only from the language sessions and the cultural immersion, but also from being in an unfamiliar place, not unlike the feeling that immigrants get when they come to the United States.
"We do want people to have a positive experience with what it's like to be a stranger in a strange land," she said.
Linda Hollis, a nurse team leader at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, said she hoped the experience would help her do her job better, especially when she visits Mexican immigrants in their Lexington-area homes.
"It goes beyond Spanish speaking," she said. "I want to learn about the culture."
Any culture that lets social workers come into their homes and "learn" about them isn't worth learning about.
Stay Safe !
They don't care about the future of America, neither party.
Travis, I am afriad you are right.
IMO, it's very very unlikely.
Mexico is very protective of it's National Sovereignty and having foreign troops running drugs and illegals or anything would not sit well with them.
Outside of a few obscure websites and rumors, I've never heard or seen any real substantial evidence of this.