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Border Patrol Tries to Combat Migrant Deaths with Training on Severe Heat, Rough Terrain

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents have seen enough bodies of immigrants who died while attempting to cross the border illegally.

In the Tucson Sector alone, 84 bodies were found last year.

Every year, the Tucson Sector hosts “Border Patrol Initiative” to teach agents, nonprofits and the media about the dangers of the rough terrain and heat, KGUN9-TV reports

The session over the weekend included a 3-mile hike through the desert.

“I want you guys to experience the heat, the dryness, the thirst that’s going to take over,” Acting Special Operations Supervisor Steven Passement said at the beginning of the session. “You’re kind of putting yourself in the feet, or the shoes — if you will — of a migrant.”

Deaths appear to be increasing, Passement said, because criminal smuggling groups don’t show compassion for migrants who struggle with the terrain or weather.

“Unfortunately, you’re looking at a criminal organization that has no loyalty,” he said. “They don’t have the migrants interests at heart. They look at them as cattle. If one falls behind, they’ll leave them.”

Border Patrol Agent Assaulted, Nearly Stabbed by Undocumented Immigrant

border patrol helicopterBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An undocumented immigrant assaulted and nearly stabbed a Border Patrol agent near Tucson on Tuesday night.

The attack happened as the Border and Air and Marine Operations were responding to a report of roughly 10 migrants walking in the desert, the Arizona Republic reports.

Using a helicopter as a guide, agents located the group.

When an agent tried to stop a fleeing migrant, he was nearly stabbed when the man pulled out a knife. The agent’s handheld radio was stabbed, potentially saving him.

The co-pilot of a helicopter helped subdue and arrest the man.

The agent wasn’t seriously injured.

Other Stories of Interest

Border Patrol Mechanic to Be Sentenced for Stealing Parts from CBP Vehicles

Border PatrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Customs and Border Protect mechanic who sold parts from Border Patrol vehicles on eBay is scheduled to be sentenced soon.

Herold Demes, who worked for Border Patrol in Tucson, was indicted by a grand jury last month on a theft charge, Fronteradesk.org reports. 

Among the parts Demes sold were two driver-side airbags, a fuel pump and seat belt tensioner.

Demes admitted in federal court that he sold the parts.

Prosecutors will ask a judge to impose a maximum six-month sentence and order restitution of $2,400.

ACLU: Tucson Police, Border Patrol Violating Constitutional Rights During Immigration Checks

Border Patrol agents reads the Miranda rights to a Mexican national arrested for transporting drugs.By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Tucson police and Border Patrol agents are violating the Fourth Amendment rights of Southern Arizonans by immigration checks that often take more than an hour, the ACLU of Arizona wrote in a pair of letters to the two agencies Monday.

Of the 110 traffic stops reviewed by the ACLU by Tucson police between June 2014 and December 2015, a majority lasted longer than one hour, Tucson.com reports. 

More than three-quarters of the cases involved “clear or potential constitutional problems,” the ACLU said.

Border Patrol Sees Spike in Arrests of Sex Offenders Trying to Cross Border

Border Patrol agents reads the Miranda rights to a Mexican national arrested for transporting drugs.By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An increasing number of sex offenders are trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border.

Tucson News Now reports that Border Patrol agents from the Tucson Sector have arrested 46 sex offenders so far this fiscal year, compared to 69 last fiscal year.

Since March 1, agents arrested 10 sex offenders. Eight were from Mexico and one each from El Salvador and Honduras.

“Border Patrol agents encounter sex offenders, various people with criminal histories in their course of duty nearly every day,” said agent Adrienne Crowley, a spokesperson for the Tucson Sector.

“Border Patrol agents in Tucson Sector face various threats in the field,” Crowley said. “Every person they encounter potentially has a criminal history so we really don’t know what we’re working with until we bring that person in and run those records checks.  Agents are working every day to make our community safer…by getting those people off the streets.”

Head of Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector to Take Helm at Rio Grande Valley Sector

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector in southern Arizona is losing its leader.

Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla Jr. is taking the helm at the agency’s Rio Grande Valley Sector, The Arizona Daily Star reports. 

The Nogales native will make the shift later this month.

Under Padilla’s watch, the Tucson Sector has seen a “marked decrease” in human smuggling, border violence and other illegal activities, according to CBP.

Padilla “always felt a sense of community and made it his purpose in life to reduce cross-border criminal activity while improving the quality of life for Arizona’s residents,” a news release said.

Padilla’s career with Border Patrol began in 1986 at the Sierra Blanca Border Patrol Sector in Texas.

Mother Sues Border Patrol After Son Fatally Shot in Back of Head

Jose Arambula/Pima County Sheriff's Department

Jose Arambula/Pima County Sheriff’s Department

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A mother is suing Border Patrol after an agent killed her son south of Tucson last year.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that Elisa Beckel filed suit in federal court Friday, claiming she “has lost the love, affection, companionship, care, protection and guidance since the death” of Jose Luis Arambula.

Arambula was shot in the back of the head by Border Patrol Agent Daniel Marquez during a chase through a pecan grove.

The agent said he fired the gun because Arambula gestured as if he, too, had a gun and was about to shoo.

Marquez struck Arambula once, firing nine times.

Arambula died at the scene.

Mexican Immigrants Getting Injured at Alarming Rates by Jumping Border Fence

border fence photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The treacherous trek through the 100-degree desert may not be the most difficult challenge for many immigrants who are sneaking over the border from Mexico.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that an increasing number of people are getting injured trying to jump the border fence, which has been made higher in some areas.

As a result, hospitals are seeing numerous case of injured immigrants. Most of the injuries are to the feet, ankles and spine.

“It’s the same crossing through the wall or through the desert,” said Gilda Felix, director of the Juan Bosco immigrant shelter from Nogales. “Both are difficult and dangerous.”

The exact number of people getting injured from jumping the fence is unclear, but nearly 100 case were reported so far this year by two Mexican consulates.