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Re: “Over Stepping Bounds

There seems to be some confusion over whether " NO ONE in the U.S. Border Patrol can legally give anyone "permission" to operate contrary to the law" or not.

Why was a Border Patrol Agent transporting 110 lbs of cocaine in his rental car trunk to Chicago?
See: http://nypost.com/2015/11/24/cops-find-110-pounds-of-cocaine-in-us-border-patrol-agents-car/

Why did the former DHS Inspector General, Tomshek (previously a 23 yr. veteran of the Secret Service) stated in a an interview that between 5 and 10 percent of border agents and officers are actively corrupt or were at some point in their career".

see: https://www.revealnews.org/article-legacy/ousted-chief-accuses-border-agency-of-shooting-cover-ups-corruption/

Why were the 43 College student protestors from Ayotzinapa Guerero disappeared, some from a school bus after it was riddled with bullets by the Mexican Army and Fed. Police; a school bus that has been reported to have previously traveled to Chicago without students; a bus that passed through US CBP twice? What kind of business is there between Guerrero and Chicago? One report linked it to the kind of business that transports the same white substance in the trunk of the BP officer.
(see: http://www.univision.com/noticias/noticias-de-mexico/revelan-que-policia-federal-y-ejercito-participaron-en-ataque-contra-alumnos-de-ayotzinapa).

Is that part of the law you speak of, or is that part of " some highly-questionable unsigned written agreement" . The students were shot while in the bus with machine guns in the hands of Fed. Mexican police and Army, rrportedly to protect a Cartel's goods. I don't think there is anything "warm and fuzzy" about why those murders happened, do you? But read on, if this appears unrelated . . . .

Immigrants principally leave Guatemala, Honduras, and Southern Mexico because they are pushed off their land by agricultural plantations ensured by NAFTA and CAFTA, because as their rural economies then collapse the drug Cartels move in, and because free trade has guaranteed weak , small , ineffectual governments there (keep tuned into that), they also want to join their family here who worked in places largely (but not completely) eschewed by us. 75% of all farm labor in the US is Mexican (Dept. of Labor 2005). And yes I come from a farm state.

And by the way, an aid station was set up in Nogales in Sonora, Mexico at the border, and it was received well by local Mexican authorities. There is no "thrill" in seeing a beat down immigrant, many who tell of loosing a companion to death in the desert. Many receive food and medical aid every day in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, by volunteers, people not paid.

Those who favor those policies in Central American and Mexico, the cause of migration, also often support the security and detention industries, or the remedy, here at home. Are you one of them?

Curious that. We once had agricultural laws that operated like those in Central American and Mexico. When small farmers were used for labor and they completed their contracts in the South, but usury fees and bank indebtedness "freed up their land", and dispossessed them as the large agricultural estates (former plantations), then bought them for a pittance. That is a form of a cartel. Most of those workers migrated (there is that " illegal" word again) to the north.

In Guatemala and Honduras, when agricultural workers finish their contract, if they try to stay on productive land in order to grow crops to live, the police are called, the dogs are set loose, and the "law" is applied there.

Here those laws were equally legislated sometime ago, Jim Crow.

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Posted by Stone Garden on 06/23/2017 at 12:52 AM

Re: “No Thanks, Trump

So...potholes all fixed, then?

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Posted by Nathan K on 06/22/2017 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Over Stepping Bounds

On a related issue, Humane Borders operates a number of water stations for border crossers on public land (e.g., the Fish and Wildlife Service's Buenos Aires NWR). I am not able to find FWS's NEPA documentation for the permits for those water stations that were issued in 2010. Did FWS ever do an environmental impact statement or an environmental assessment for those water stations?

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Posted by Nathan K on 06/22/2017 at 2:56 PM

Re: “High-Flying Chicken

They'll do anything for money, I guess. Sure cheapens the science.

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 06/22/2017 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Over Stepping Bounds

OK, let's try this one more time.... NO ONE in the U.S. Border Patrol can legally give anyone "permission" to operate contrary to the law, regardless of any perceptions that No More Deaths organizers have or because of some highly-questionable unsigned written agreement.

Anyone providing aid, other than U.S. Border Patrol personnel in the course of their legal duties, is as guilty of exploitation by providing false hope as the Coyotes and smugglers who use these people for monetary gain, as opposed to self-serving do-gooders who get a warm and fuzzy feeling -- and a slight thrill -- from circumventing "the man" and the laws of this country.

Nevertheless, if people are determined to provide aid and comfort to illegal border crossers, may I suggest that you set up your desert aid stations on the south side of the border and see how you are received by the Mexican authorities.

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Posted by sgsmith on 06/22/2017 at 7:45 AM

Re: “High-Flying Chicken

All the buildup, all the "press" coverage, and the flight of ChickenShip One is scrubbed.
I'll be over at Arby's, awaiting updates.

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Posted by n7iqv on 06/22/2017 at 7:12 AM

Re: “Over Stepping Bounds

blap:

Calm down before you have an aneurysm, you one trick pony.

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Posted by anti-bslap on 06/22/2017 at 7:09 AM

Re: “High-Flying Chicken

Our tax dollars at work! Now Tucson has a true competitor to The Thing out east on I-10, although in terms of weirdness it will still have to compete with the Pima County Board of Soup Advisors.

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Posted by AVL on 06/22/2017 at 5:47 AM

Re: “High-Flying Chicken

I can't believe I just read this. I guess anything is possible, now.

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Posted by Gonzo Sorcrachi on 06/22/2017 at 5:46 AM

Re: “Over Stepping Bounds

Yes, the illegal aliens did overstep some bounds for sure when they invaded our country.

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Posted by bslap on 06/22/2017 at 5:37 AM

Re: “Desert Ordeal

They need more people telling them not to come and we need border security that does not allow them to put themselves at risk. That would solve lots of problems. Instead bleeding hearts try to compartmentalize their thoughts and actions . This really doesn't serve anybody well.

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Posted by Nations Have Borders For Reasons on 06/21/2017 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Hispanic Chamber applauds Ducey education, business efforts

Where should we send hispanic children to get a "good" education?

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Posted by Jabberwalkie on 06/20/2017 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Hispanic Chamber applauds Ducey education, business efforts

Shame on the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. None of Ducey's so-called education efforts benefit Hispanic children who are usually on the losing end of those educational cuts. He has done NOTHING to benefit children in need in gaining a good education.

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Posted by gcb1 on 06/19/2017 at 7:35 PM

Re: “No Thanks, Trump

Not true. And many anti illegal entrants are not anti immigrant. The problem with your reasoning is that for some reason you have compiled all of each side into one convenient group. There are still legal immigrant (hopefuls) waiting patiently in line to be allowed entrance, while those you seem to want to help jump the line, sneak under the fence and claim citizenship because "they got here."

We have a system in place, you have just been convinced to ignore it.

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Posted by I love legals on 06/16/2017 at 4:50 PM

Re: “No Thanks, Trump

Wondering if these people who are so anti-immigrant are willing to go out into the fields and harvest
the many crops that these hard working labors do? Or wash dishes, mop floors?? These [so called]
illegal immigrants are essential to our economy. the only reason they are
[illegal] is because our federal government has become deadlocked and unable to improve our immigration policies.

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Posted by native daughter on 06/16/2017 at 3:08 PM

Re: “No Thanks, Trump

Of course, bslap is a know-nothing repetitive troll.

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Posted by anti-bslap on 06/16/2017 at 7:39 AM

Re: “No Thanks, Trump

Of course, Southern Arizona has always stood in full support of illegal immigration.

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Posted by bslap on 06/16/2017 at 7:08 AM

Re: “New Lease on Life

Such a comprehensive look at the issue. Thanks Eddie!

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Posted by Angela Alvarado Botello on 06/15/2017 at 7:35 PM

Re: “No Thanks, Trump

It doesn't matter what they are opposed to, if the president wants and succeeds in actually building this wall, their point is moot. Perhaps if they thought as highly of natural born American citizens rather than the law breaking illegal border crossers, they would be applauded!

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Posted by norm9 on 06/15/2017 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Crop Conundrum

Just think and we throw away over half the food produced. Hire more H2A visa workers to grow more food to throw away now that is American democratic logic right there.

Ever see George Carlin and is routine on STUFF ? Americans need to get more house to get more stuff. Then when you get to much you rent room to store yourself stuff.

What the story didn't tell is Dole sold out all operations in Yuma to a Chinese firm ITOCHU. It is this firm that set the world price and market distribution of winter Lettuce.

Story is false news

Posted by Carpet baggers on 06/15/2017 at 12:56 PM

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