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Border Patrol Credits Trump’s Administration for Sharp Declines in Border Arrests

File photo of a Border Patrol vehicle, via Wikipedia.

File photo of a Border Patrol vehicle, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The number of undocumented immigrants caught crossing the border from Mexico has declined dramatically this year.

Following a burst of apprehensions at the end of last year, arrests have sharply dropped. In February, the arrests dropped to the lowest number in years.

The apprehensions continued to plummet in March to 16,600 people, which was a 30% decrease from February and a 64% decline from the same month in 2016.

“Since the Administration’s implementation of Executive Orders to enforce immigration laws, the drop in apprehensions shows a marked change in trends,” agency officials said in a statement.

Border Patrol Operation Leads to Arrest of 1,000+ Migrants in Southern California

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

More than 1,000 people accused of illegally crossing into the U.S. have been arrested since mid-October as part of an operation to thwart human smuggling near Dulzura in southern Californian.

More Border Patrol agents and resources were sent to the Otay Mountain area to combat illegal crossings, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. 

“Smugglers are exploiting the most rugged terrain in the county, and we’re countering with this effort,” said Matthew Dreyer, Border Patrol agent and commander of the new task force. 

Because of the treacherous conditions, Border Patrol agents often have to rescue migrants.

“Oftentimes the migrants are not prepared by the smugglers for how difficult the terrain is,” Dreyer said. “Oftentimes they’re left behind when they’re injured, and we’ll have to rescue them.”

Patience Was the FBI’s Strategy to End the Oregon Occupation Peacefully

Screen Shot 2016-02-12 at 7.48.16 AMBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI played the long game to end the Oregon standoff.

Law enforcement finally surrounded the remaining four occupants 41 days after armed militants took over the Malheur National Wildlife Reserve near Burns. The FBI and state police arrested several leaders of the occupation after 25 days.

The Atlantic reports:

But all of these pale in comparison with the time it took to apprehend Cliven Bundy. The father of Ammon and Ryan Bundy, two leaders of the Oregon occupation, he was arrested Wednesday night at the Portland airport when he arrived from Nevada. He had flown in to support the remaining group of four, three of whom surrendered shortly after he was taken into custody. For the FBI, the wait to arrest Bundy was longer: almost two years, since Bureau of Land Management agents who tried to remove his cattle from federal land where they were grazing without permits or fees were met by a huge group of armed men who turned them away.

Bundy had been illegally grazing his cattle on federal land for more than 20 years, and since 1998 was ordered by a court to remove his animals.

The FBI hasn’t said much about why it waited long.

“As we have said since day one, our goal has been to end this illegal occupation peacefully, and we are grateful that we were able to do so today,” FBI Special Agent Greg Bretzing said in a news release. “I want to make it very clear that we will continue to enforce the law with respect to the refuge and other federal properties. Anyone who chooses to travel to Oregon with the intent of engaging in illegal activity will be arrested. Saying that, I want to reassure those Harney County residents who simply visited the refuge or provided food to the occupiers—we are not looking into those events. We are concerned about those who have criminal, violent intent.”

FBI Accelerates Terrorism Arrests After ISIS Concerns But Risks Rushing Cases

ISIS flag

ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Fears of an ISIS-inspired attack has prompted the FBI to accelerate the arrests of terrorism suspects, not unlike after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Trouble is, many of the terrorism suspicions immediately following the 2001 attacks were unfounded, and some cases went nowhere, The New York Times reports. 

As a result, the FBI took a more patient approach, investigating suspects longer to gather more evidence.

Now that ISIS is a concern, the FBI has accelerated its arrest of suspected terrorists again.

The Times wrote:

In recent months, the F.B.I. has apprehended people suspected of being Islamic State sympathizers soon after they came onto the government’s radar. The F.B.I. has arrested and charged at least 25 people in the past three months with having ties to the Islamic State or other terrorist groups, compared with 20 people arrested over the previous year, according to court records.

National Guard Troops May Get Authority to Arrest Undocumented Immigrants in Texas

Tex. Gov. Rick Perry/official photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The 1,000 National Guard troops who were deployed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry to assist with the border crisis may get the unusual authority to make arrests and apprehensions, the New York Times reports.

In the past, troops who were sent by presidents were prohibited from making arrests while they helped at the border. But since Perry ordered the deployment, he has the authority to permit Guard troops to make arrests, the New York Times wrote.

Immigration rights advocates and experts on the National Guard expressed concern that troops were ill trained to handle potentially deadly encounters.
“This does not come from the federal government,” said Jayson P. Ahern, a former Customs and Border Protection acting commissioner who helped coordinate deployment of the National Guard to the border in 2006. “That’s the biggest distinction here. This is the governor taking unilateral action. Not having that oversight and supervision and direction as part of a plan from the federal authorities, I think it is reckless and could lead to significant safety issues.”

The troops are expected at the border next month but they cannot enforce immigration law.

FBI Sting Rescues 168 Children, Nets 281 Arrests Involving Sex Trafficking

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A weeklong child-prostitution sting netted 281 arrests and the rescue of 168 children nationwide, Time reports.

Dubbed “Operation Cross Country VIII,” the string is part of a larger effort that has so far rescued about 3,600 children and led to the convictions of 1,450 people.

“Operation Cross Country reveals that children are being targeted and sold for sex in America every day,” said John Ryan, the CEO and president of NCMEC, in a statement.

The FBI originally targeted casinos, truck stops and websites advertising dating services, using that information to expand the string.

“Child sex traffickers create a living nightmare for their adolescent victims,” Leslie Caldwell, assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, said in a statement. “They use fear and force and treat children as commodities of sex to be sold again and again. This operation puts traffickers behind bars and rescues kids from their nightmare so they can start reclaiming their childhood.”

 

Justice Department to Taken Inventory of All Federal Agencies Whose Agents Carry Guns

FBI stock photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

How much heat does the federal government pack?

The Justice Department plans to find out by taking an inventory of all federal agencies whose agents carry weapons and make arrests, Newsmax reports.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics will collect the data.

“It’s certainly proper for every agency to have an accurate accounting of what firearms it has,” said Dave Workman, communications director for the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. “After all, these guns don’t belong to the agents. They belong to the taxpayers. We paid for that stuff.”

In 2008, the last time such an inventory was undertaken, the Justice Department found that 120,000 government employees were armed at 73 agencies.

Border Patrol Shifts Resources Because of Sharp Increase of Immigrant Smugglers in Texas

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The never-ending battle to crack down on immigrant smugglers has shifted to southernmost Texas where federal agents are seeing an alarming influx of activity, Fox News reports.

Border Patrol leaders are shifting resources from western states after a marked increase of arrests from Oct. 1 to May 17, when more than 148,000 people were arrested. At that pace, the arrests would reach the last year’s number in just eight months.

“I don’t think we have anywhere near the resources that we would require to even make a dent in what we’ve got going on here,” said Chris Cabrera, a Border Patrol agent in McAllen and local vice president of the agents’ union. “I think it’s common knowledge that we don’t have the resources, that’s why they’re coming in droves like they are. They’re exploiting a weakness that they’ve found and quite frankly they’re doing a good job of it.”