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Border Patrol’s Brownsville Station Gets 25-Year Veteran As New Leader

border-patrol-suv-via-border-patrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Jaime Salazar, a 25-year veteran of the Border Patrol, was recently appointed agent in charge of the agency’s Brownsville station.

Salazar joined the Border Patrol as an agent in June 1992 and has worked his way through the ranks, most recently serving as a strategic advisor to the ICE/ERO deputy director in 2017, the Brownsville Herald reports

The Brownsville Border Patrol Station oversees 23 miles of river and 80 square miles of Cameron County.

The Herald wrote:

Salazar became a Border Patrol agent on June 4, 1992 and was assigned to the Chula Vista Station in the San Diego Sector. In 1997, he was promoted to senior patrol agent in Harlingen and subsequently promoted to supervisor in 1998.

In 2002, he was promoted to the PAIC over the Intelligence Unit for the Rio Grande Valley Sector, where in over eight years he transformed the Sector Intelligence Unit. In 2010, Salazar was promoted as the first J2/Intelligence Commander for CBP in Laredo.

In 2013, Salazar became an associate chief in the Law Enforcement Operations Directorate at the United Stated Border Patrol Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

In 2014, he was appointed deputy director for the Department of Homeland Security Human Smuggling Cell, a White House National Security Council Interagency taskforce established to combat international human smuggling efforts. Two years later, he became the acting director for the CBP Counter Network Division charged with integrating operations, intelligence and analysis. He later became a strategic advisor to the ICE/ERO Deputy Director in 2017.

Judge Declines to Lift Hold on President Obama’s Immigration Plans

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama’s plan to shield millions of immigrants from deportation received another setback Tuesday after a judge refused to lift a temporary hold on the executive action.

The Associated Press reports that U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville declined the administration’s request to lift the preliminary injunction issued on Feb. 16.

Without the injunction lifted, the administration is barred from implementing its new immigration policies.

The Justice Department also has appealed the court’s original hold on the actions, and arguments could begin as early as April 17.

Customs And Border Protection Officer Arrested for Allegedly Helping Smuggle Drugs into U.S.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A 38-year-old Customs and Border Protection Officer is accused of helping drug smugglers cross into the U.S., Fox News reports.

Jose Luis Zavala, who works in Brownsville, Texas, was arrested on charges of drug smuggling and corruption.

He was arrested Dec. 12 and placed on administrative leave. An initial story incorrectly stated that he was a Border Patrol agent.

“CBP stresses honor and integrity in every aspect of our mission,” CBP said in a statement. “The overwhelming majority of CBP employees and officers perform their duties with honor and distinction, working tirelessly every day to keep our country safe. We do not tolerate corruption or abuse within our ranks, and we fully cooperate with any criminal or administrative investigation of alleged misconduct by any of our personnel, on or off duty.”

Border Patrol Flies Immigrants to El Paso Because of Influx Causing Long Delays And Bus Drives

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

So many immigrants crossed into South Texas illegally recently that Border Patrol flew many of them across the state for processing in El Paso Wednesday, the Associated Press reports.

More than 100 detainees were flown from Brownsville in an effort to speed up processing following an average of 1,000 arrests a day in the Rio Grande Valley sector.

Immigrants were facing long wait times and often were forced to take hour-long bus rides to the Laredo and Del Rio for processing, the AP wrote.

“We’re utilizing all of the resources that we have available,” said Border Patrol spokesman Daniel Tirado. “We’re going to take advantage of that and farm out some of those detainees.”

Whether the flights become routine is unclear.

The goal of Border Patrol is to process immigrants and get the out of holding areas within 72 hours, Tirado said.

ICE Dir. John Morton Vows to Go After Mexican Gunmen Who Killed One Agent and Wounded Another

Dir. John Morton

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton on Tuesday vowed to go after the gunmen who fatally shot ICE agent Jaime J. Zapata and wounded agent Victor Avila in an ambush along a road in Mexico last week.

“Together, the United States and Mexico will bring the long, hard arm of the law down on Jaime and Victor’s shooters,” Morton told a crowd at the funeral of Zapata’s at the Brownsville Events Center in Brownsville, Tex. Agent Avila was shot twice in the leg.

“Together we will look after our people. Together we will continue to see that Jaime and Victor’s work is done and that the rule of law triumphs over lawlessness and empty violence. There is no other way. Acquiescing to the rule of criminals consigns our children, Mexico’s children to a hopeless and empty path. My friends: no retreat, no compromise. Our cause is just, our cause is right, there is no other way.”

Morton, who was joined by other dignitaries including Atty. General Eric Holder Jr. and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, continued, according to the text of his speech:

“Jaime died at the hands of gunmen on a highway in the state of San Luis Potosi in Mexico, a long, long way from home. His death was a dark moment – an unspeakable loss for his parents, for his four brothers, for his fiancé Stacye. It was also a dark day for ICE and all of Jaime’s fellow agents and officers.”

ICE Agent Jaime Zapata /ice photo

“I submit to you, however, that as dark as this moment is, Jaime’s life is really all about light. Everyone in this room will eventually meet his or her Maker, and the real question on that day won’t be how we died but how we lived. When it’s my turn, I want to say that I lived like Jaime.”

Nearly 1000 mourners filled the Brownsville Events Center for the mass, according to The Brownsville Herald.  Zapata came from a family of law enforcement members. His father was in law enforcement and one brothers works at ICE and , another in Customs and Border Protection.

Attorney General Holder remarked: “Like so many others who serve this nation in law enforcement, Agent Zapata could have chosen an easier path through life.

“But he was always drawn to public service – and to the work of protecting his fellow citizens and defending America’s security. And he was willing to give what Abraham Lincoln called that “last full measure of devotion” to the nation that he loved – and to the struggle for peace and the cause of justice, within and beyond our borders.”

ATF Creating 7 New Groups to Cut Flow of Illegal Weapons to Mexico

Ken Melson and Dennis Burke/atf photo
Ken Melson and Dennis Burke/atf photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — ATF is creating seven new anti-gunrunner groups around the country to try and cut the flow of illegal firearms to Mexico.

In announcing the new move, ATF said it was placing the groups “along traditional and newly-discovered firearms trafficking routes and hubs” in Atlanta, Dallas, Brownsville, Tex., Las Vegas, Miami, Oklahoma City and Sierra Vista, Az.

The groups are being created as a result of the 2010 emergency supplemental appropriation for border security. ATF received $37.5 million for Project Gunrunner to halt the flow of illegal guns to Mexico, the agency said.

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