Skip to comments.Border Patrol Agents Arrest 86 Illegal Aliens in Vans, House in Yuma
Posted on 05/18/2005 11:22:13 AM PDT by sean327
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Border Patrol agents arrest 86 illegal aliens in vans, house in Yuma
May 18, 2005
A call from a concerned citizen led U.S. Border Patrol agents to a drop house in Yuma and the apprehension of more than 85 illegal aliens Tuesday.
Yuma sector Border Patrol spokesman Joe Brigman said at 11:30 a.m. the Border Patrol received a call about a suspicious home in an alley off of 22nd Street, just west of Arizona Avenue.
Agents observed two 1994 Chevrolet passenger vans leaving the residence. The vehicles were stopped at 16th Street and 4th Avenue and a total of 15 illegal aliens were found inside, Brigman said.
Following the stop, agents returned to the residence and found an additional 71 illegal aliens inside. "They were interviewed, and the majority are Mexican nationals," Brigman said.
Initially, agents found five children, between the ages of less than a year old and 7, who appeared to be unaccompanied.
"No one knew the parents," Brigman said.
Later, parents of two of the children were found among the group in the drop house, but the parents of the other three had not been found.
The Mexican Consulate has been notified in an attempt to locate the parents of the children.
Brigman said the vans were seized and that Border Patrol is conducting an investigation to find the owner of the property and determine any role he or she might have played in harboring illegal aliens.
All of those apprehended were transported to the Border Patrol's Yuma station for processing. If they are found to be clear of any warrants or prior immigration violations, they will receive a voluntary return to Mexico.
Citizens who would like to report information to the Border Patrol can call 1-866-999-USBP.
And the spirit of the Minutemen lives on.
Or is that an involunatry return to Mexico on our tax dollar so they can show back up again next week? Good story though. 86 down - 8,600,000 to go.
aren't employers (i.e. the mayor of Denver) who knowingly hire criminal aliens indirectly aiding and abetting human trafficking and smuggling? Not sure how Ashcroft can duck at least the ethical problem here let alone the criminality...
people die crossing
And in the spirit of the Minutemen, there is a group here in Yuma, The Yuma Patriots, that are now patroling the border. They have the same philosophy as the Minutemen, in that they do not confront illegal aliens. They inform the Border Patrol. They are also unarmed. They wanted to make sure they did not attract any idiots to their cause. I would love to join but being an active duty Marine prevents that.
The Yuma Patriots were started after the founders son was beaten, robbed, and had his truck stolen by illegals in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area. He got fed up, and decided to do something about it. He also went to Mexico and recovered his son's truck on his own.
And the President condemned the "vigilante action."
Protect our borders and coastlines from all foreign invaders!
Be Ever Vigilant!
Minutemen Patriots ~ Bump!
So, they're really really sure?
I think you'd have to be an idiot to do this unarmed.
Why does the title refer to their footwear?
Vehicle stolen from soldier in dunes recovered from Mexico
BY JEFFREY GAUTREAUX
Apr 26, 2005
After almost a month in a Mexican impound yard, a vehicle that was stolen at gunpoint from a Yuma soldier was brought home Monday.
A 1997 Ford Explorer owned by Matthew Sharrar, a specialist with the California Army National Guard who returned from a deployment to Iraq on March 15, was brought back on a trailer Monday by Matthew Sharrar and his father, Flash Sharrar. The vehicle was stolen during an armed robbery March 27 in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.
Matthew Sharrar had purchased the vehicle in cash, with much of his combat pay only two weeks prior to the robbery. The vehicle he saw Monday was much different from the one he purchased.
It was heavily damaged: three tires were flat, there were at least two bullet holes in it, the stereo had been stolen and the windshield was smashed.
Despite the damage and the cost to recover it, Flash Sharrar said it was worth it because of principle. "Leaving it there would be like leaving my son on the battlefield," he said.
On Thursday, Flash Sharrar said he and his son spent 2 hours at the American Consulate in Tijuana trying to straighten out the paperwork to get the vehicle. They were forced to enlist the help of volunteers to translate all of the documents into Spanish and then have them notarized, he said.
"We did all that and then the federales said they didn't have the vehicle," Flash Sharrar said.
Flash Sharrar said he tried the Mexicali Police and the Federal Preventive Police while looking for the vehicle. After another trip to Mexico on Monday, the documents were signed, and the two were sent to a tow yard 40 miles south of Calexico, according to him.
"I paid $527, and we got an escort to the impound yard," Flash Sharrar said. "It took a half-hour to find it. I started it and drove it onto the trailer."
At the border, Flash Sharrar said the vehicle was released by the Calexico Police Department so it could be brought back into the United States.
"It's just nice to have it back," Matthew Sharrar said. "I did pay for it."
While the custom stereo was stolen and one of the rims has a bullet hole in it, Matthew Sharrar believed that the engine and drive train could still be salvaged.
He used the rest of his combat pay for the down payment on the 2000 Nissan Frontier he is currently driving.
The Explorer was insured only for liability, not theft, Flash Sharrar said.
Flash Sharrar said regardless of the condition of the vehicle, he was going to get it back to prove it could be done and to get it on U.S. soil, where he said it belongs.
Last week, Mexican authorities released a suspect who was believed to have been involved in the robbery, according to the Imperial County Sheriff's Office. The suspect was arrested after Matthew Sharrar's vehicle was crashed in a high-speed chase near Los Algodones, Baja Calif.
In response to the incident in the dunes, Flash Sharrar started a border watch program called the Yuma Patriots. The group has already done some small patrols and is planning for larger patrols near the border in the future.
Flash Sharrar said the group might chop the top off of the Explorer and turn it into a vehicle for patrolling the border.
Getting the vehicle back did not rekindle any more memories of the night of the robbery for Matthew Sharrar.
"I think about that night all the time," he said.
Jeffrey Gautreaux can be reached at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 539-6858.
Yes indeed the very vigilant private citizen helps his government do their duty...
I agree that patroling the border unarmed is not a wise move, but a couple of years ago there was agroup that was doing this in Yuma armed. They detained a group of illegals, and were arrested for it. The Yuma Patriots want to avoid that same scenario.
Those shoes match Yassir Arafat's kufiyah, or maybe the tablecloth at the nearest cheap Italian restaurant.
How dare you, they have just as much a right to be here as those who were born here. Why should someone be kicked out, when through no fault of their own, they were born in another country. (left-wing hand-wringing sarcasm)
Yes you would, and no I am not.
Yet our california tax dollars are used to print the whole range of government forms, ballots, etc in spanish (& a half dozen other languages) & provide translators for spanish speaking criminals gratis - no charge.
Are we suckers or what.
If they would do this in southern California, Santa Ana would be their pot of gold. It's illegal alien heaven.
Every time President Bush speaks about the war on terror, my husband and I now laugh. We both voted for President Bush, but now wonder about him. He called the great men and women of the Minutemen Project "vigilantes" and our borders are wide open to anyone. We really don't understand President Bush when it comes to this issue.
I read the story about the son being beaten and his truck stolen but never heard anything about the father going to Mexico to retrieve the truck. That must be a story in itself. If you know the story, please post it. I'll bet it is a good read.
After reading you first post, I scrolled down and found the story. I guess I should rad all the replies before I jump the gun.
It is barely a start. they are still 7 million away from saying they have completed their job.
thanks to all the decades of turning the other cheek.